Kitchen and Diet


  • Don’t use the dishwasher until it is completely full.
  • Say no to plastic and paper bags—use bags made of cloth or biodegradable plant-based materials.
  • Compost your leftover food. You can use the compost to fertilize your garden.
  • Purchase energy efficient appliances; look for the Energy Star logo when purchasing a new refrigerator, washing machine, dryer, or dishwasher.
  • Avoid paper and plastic throwaway plates, utensils, and glasses.
  • Microwave ovens reduce energy by two-thirds compared to conventional ovens. Crock pots and pressure cookers are also efficient.


  • Buy locally produced goods whenever possible.
  • Opt for organic options if they are available.
  • Look for Rainforest Alliance-certified products when shopping for packaged goods.
  • Reduce your consumption of animal products, including meat and dairy, as they create more pollution than all other sources.
  • If buying animal products, do not buy items produced on factory farms.
  • Search for sustainably produced food.
  • Encourage your favorite restaurants to buy local, organic, and sustainably produced ingredients.

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