Simple steps we take to reduce our impact on the environment.
As Earth Day approaches, we are given a time for self-reflection on how we impact the environment. It can easily become overwhelming when realizing how many ways humans are harming the Earth, and the amount of work that must be done to change these damaging habits.
We suggest starting to make small changes in your lifestyle, such as reducing paper towel use when cooking and washing dishes (cloth dish towels are a great substitute!) or opting for reusable containers instead of disposable ones. For more ideas on how to reduce your environmental impact without blowing your budget, click here.
At Hippie Kitchen, we are constantly asking ourselves how we can reduce our carbon footprint, and maybe even help the environment in the process! Below is you'll find three methods we use to help the Earth.
1. We collect compost for our gardens.
Organic waste from our kitchen is collected daily and added to our compost stock as green material (fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, etc). This gets mixed with brown material (leaves, branches, wood chips). After months of turning and mixing the compost, and keeping it moist, the compost will become a rich soil to be used in our gardens.
Below you'll see a photo of our compost pile, working hard to become soil we can use to grow more produce!
2. We do not use straws.
Did you know 500 million plastic straws are used and discarded every day in the United States alone? Straws have become such a standard item in society, that most people use them without realizing how harmful they are to the environment, particularly to the oceans and the creatures that live in them. If you are a fan of using straws, we suggest using ones made of metal, paper, or biodegradable materials!
Become part of the movement by committing to #refusethestraw and click here learn more about how straws impact the environment.
3. We us biodegradable to go boxes.
We ditched the Styrofoam and other harmful plastic containers for something more eco-friendly, provided by local company Boopsie's Boxes. That way, you can bring your leftovers home or place a pick-up order guilt-free! Styrofoam is extremely harmful to the Earth, as it takes at least 500 years to break down at the very least (here's a great cheat sheet on biodegradability). In comparison, biodegradable plastics and papers take mere months to break down, and are compostable!