I try not to got holier than thou with environmental footprint prescriptives. I try. (Although, when it comes to bottled water, I’m rather unforgiving.) Mostly I prefer to advocate making better choices. And mostly there is a better choice. And small, everyday, mindful things we can all do.
Problem is, there is so much misinformation out there. How about we spend today clearing a few up? Below is a mix of my own tips and some “dilemmas: sorted” courtesy of one of my favourite magazines, Green Lifestyle Magazine.
What’s better: dishwashers v hand washing?
Based on Green Lifestyle Mag’s research, dishwashers work out better. But here’s some tips for both:
- Dishwashers come out on top – they use less water and are usually better on the electrical energy – when stacked properly and you do a full load.
- If washing by hand, use two sinks – one full of hot, sudsy water for washing, and another for rinsing.
- Clean a dishwasher filter regularly for increased efficiency, and, if you can, bypass the drying phase – simply open the door to let out air while the dishes are hot – you’ll be surprised how quickly they dry.
- If you’re in the market for a new dishwasher, shop by the stars.
Tip I want to share: boil only as much water as you need in your kettle.
Kettles and jugs are one of the BIGGEST suck holes of energy in your kitchen. So many people fill the jug unnecessarily to make one cup of tea. Don’t be one of them!
What’s better: print books versus ebooks?
The e-book appears to be greener (when you weigh up the eco-cost of paper v the energy and tech infrastructure used to make an eReader), according to Green Lifestyle Mag‘s research. Here’s a few notes to help you if you’re new to