Indian cuisine has evolved and come a long way. With changing lifestyles and modernization, the emphasis on aesthetics, respect for the environment and sustainable development has taken center stage.
Today, this space does more than tie the family together around food. Cooking has taken on a new meaning and has moved beyond a place intended solely for cooking. It has become an extension of our personal life and is used as a place of entertainment, hospitality, relaxation and even work, given the current pandemic situation.
Here are simple, easy-to-follow tips to make that small but important space in your home environmentally friendly and sustainable to enhance the experience of friends, family and guests and turn it into an entertainment space. as and when needed.
Switching from plastic to glass– Plastic is everywhere and occupies a prominent place in our kitchens, whether it is plates, utensils, storage bags and even cutting boards. The best way to be sustainable and environmentally conscious is to replace most, if not all, plastics with glass products. Steel, copper and ceramics are also viable and safe options. Plastic has detrimental long-term health effects as it releases harmful chemicals when heated. Glass, on the other hand, does not leach harmful chemicals when heated and will not cloud with repeated use. Glass products are available in the market with beautiful designs and multiple options. Borosilicate glass storage containers are suitable for the kitchen as they can be used for serving, storing, freezing and even baking. Avoid plastic wrap for preserving food and go for an eco-friendly option like beeswax wrap. These wrappers are reusable and made from organic cotton and beeswax.
Declutter– Minimalism – this is a trend that is adopted around the world. Remove excess pots, pans, plastic bottles and unused / broken dishes and utensils and avoid accumulating items such as plastic containers and take out boxes. Keep things simple in the kitchen with just the essentials of storage and dishes. Decluttering makes the kitchen more open and gives it an airy appearance.
Switch to reusable carry bags and kitchen towels– The ban on single-use plastic bags is not yet very effective in our country because plastic is consumed in large quantities. One way to combat this is to switch to cotton bags that can be used for shopping. These are available in the market and are easy to wash and maintain. Having 1 to 2 reusable carrier bags is a healthier option than filling your cupboards with plastic bags. For cleaning purposes, those who use paper towels in the kitchen to clean up dirt and food spills may want to consider reusable kitchen towels because they can be used over and over. They are easy to clean and wash. In the long run, this helps the environment because fewer trees will be cut down to produce paper.
Invest in smart devices– With the two waves of COVID-19 and the effects of several blockages, people were spending more time in the kitchen and honing their cooking skills. With busy lives, having light and energy efficient devices saves time and electricity and is also efficient, easy to maintain and functional. Opt for electrical devices with low engine noise and made of materials other than plastic (where possible). Having an OTG, waffle iron, induction hob, egg boiler, blenders, rice cookers, electric choppers makes the cooking process easier and helps you maximize time. These devices are convenient for entertaining people and give you the option of serving different types of food.
Invest in reusable and durable tableware and storage options– Indians love to entertain and entertain. So, whether it’s a Sunday brunch, a family reunion, or a high tea party with friends, shop for eco-friendly, reusable tableware and storage for your kitchen. Choose from options such as Opal ware table sets which come in beautiful designs. With dishes and storage to match your kitchen’s aesthetic, guests will be in awe. Now you can make everyday meals look extraordinary with beautiful plates and table settings. Another good investment is the 100 & borosilicate glass storage jars and containers. High quality borosilicate glass, unlike plastic, does not release harmful chemicals when heated, is microwave resistant, does not take years to decompose, and is a safe and cost effective material to use value for money because it can be used repeatedly. While purchasing plastic plates and cups, saucers, and jars is a cheaper option, it is not the healthiest material to use in the kitchen. Replace plastic spoons with steel, wood, and bamboo ones.
Turn to composting– Food scraps or stale foods often end up in bins and kitchen bins. Learn how to compost by collecting your dry and wet waste in a terracotta or ceramic pot that can be used as a soil fertilizer for your plants and garden. Kitchen items such as fruits, vegetables, eggshells, tea bags, nut shells, newspapers, houseplants, etc. can be used for composting. One simple step in the kitchen can lead to environmental protection. The excess waste goes straight to landfills which not only take up space but also release methane, a harmful and potent greenhouse gas. With composting, reduce your carbon footprint now.
Invest in houseplants – Plants have a calming effect and are beneficial when placed in the kitchen. They become part of the decor and also convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, making your kitchen green. Add extra curb appeal with a variety of different plants that can be placed on table tops, windows, or hung on the kitchen balcony. Sit back and enjoy your morning cup of tea / coffee shrouded in greenery, even if you live in the heart of the city!
(The author is Chief Digital Marketing Officer, Borosil)