Here come new ideas to green the kitchen

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Introducing the Edible Spoon Maker, the savior. Not. It’s not the edible spoon by itself that can save the world. It is the idea that we can make something like this will – something that doesn’t create waste or strain our limited resources or pollute our environment. If we can make edible spoons, we can make edible other stuff too. What if you could not only eat the spoon that we use to eat other stuff, but also gain nutrients from it? India Innovates introduces you to Narayana Peesapati and his edible cutlery ‘Bakeys‘ that is made from millet, rice and wheat, and is available in a variety of flavours.

Eco-friendly disposable utensils that can be composted and biodegraded already exist. These are sought out for eco-friendly parties, weddings, business or social events, family picnics, eco-friendly shops, restaurants, and cafés. 50-spoon pack for $6.05. How expensive are these? You tell me, I’m new in the US. In India, we can see companies like Ecoware, now the largest manufacturer of compostable tableware. Their plates start from Rs. 2 per piece. During my wedding shopping we stumbled across plates made from sugarcane, which I wish I had noted down the price for (scratches her head). I’ll do that when I go back to India, I promise.

The idea that you can make edible stuff has slowly started to seep in and you’ll think of other ways of how to green your kitchen. You’ll start to google these words into your search engine. This is where I come in. I will curate some web searches for you that will give you some background on greening the kitchen, cooking organic and healthy food, zero waste kitchens, environmentally conscious cooking, etc. By all means though, go ahead and do your own research, come back and tell me down below in the comments section.

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Before we start to look for green ‘disposable’ items, I’d like to give a moment of pause and retreat to an old maxim. It goes like this – R. R. R. Yes, the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. If you only had to buy something once, you wouldn’t need to keep buying stuff. But we keep buying stuff and there are generations that will do the same. Having said that, would you buy something once? BuyMeOnce finds and promotes products that don’t break the bank, don’t break the planet… that don’t break at all!

Moving back to greening the kitchen, here are some curated articles I promised:
  • 3D food printing converts alternative ingredients such as proteins from algae, beet leaves, or insects into tasty products.
  • WikiFoods technology wraps a vast range of foods and beverages in edible packages made of natural ingredients = less packaging waste.
  • Mobile Kitchen Classroom engages students by making connections between food and issues that they care about – culture, the environment, power. Education is the first step to greening the kitchen, starting right here right now.
  • Matthew Kenney Culinary school emphasizes the use of whole, organic, unprocessed, plant-based foods to achieve healthy, aesthetically refined and flavorful cuisine.
  • Connection of ‘sell by date’ and food waste. I’ve used milk from a milk carton past its ‘best by’ date and it tasted great!
  • Eatizz is an app and a website fighting food waste, allowing local businesses to promote last-minute discounts on their products reaching their sell-by dates.
  • To Cut Food Waste, Spain’s Solidarity Fridge Supplies Endless Leftovers. Have one near you?
  • Denmark opens first food waste supermarket selling surplus. Have one near you?
  • Those who cannot make their own food – > Green Tiffin
  • Wonky Veg Box‘ lets shoppers buy imperfect vegetables in bulk to feed their families. So, imperfect ‘ugly’ looking vegetables don’t go to waste.
  • To build a better fire – A kind of hippie Manhattan Project in rural Oregon tackles climate change, air pollution, and deforestation by bringing together the best minds in the field to invent cheap, durable, clean-burning stoves for 3 billion people.
  • 10 ways , and more 7 Smart and Easy Tips , and some more 9 Ways to Go Green in the Kitchen. This is endless.
  • How to Go Green in Your Kitchen, with pictures, Wikihow
  • Going Green & Zero Waste In The Kitchen ♡ NaturallyThriftyMom
  • Cooked: Michael Pollan’s New Netflix Series Explores the Human History of Cooking. Right down to basics.
  • How I Grocery Shop | Zero Waste
There are several ways one can green their kitchens, one thing at a time if it seems overwhelming. I, just like some of you, have just begun to ponder on how I could do all of this. I’ve been spending a lot of time in the kitchen lately but I have also been through a busy lifestyle that can be a pain and one that doesn’t allow for such creative adventures.
One of the several ways to green a kitchen is to become a zero-waste chef. This is something you and I too may have learnt from a close relative – one who is an expert at turning left-overs into delicious dishes. I’m not a pro in this regard but I try – my husband is getting the taste of it these days. To actually become a zero-waste chef is a different ball game. It is more than turning left-overs into new-found cuisines. Meet Dalila Sayd (28) a chef of restaurant Instock (Amsterdam) who rescues wasted food and decides the menu for the day accordingly. Also meet Anne-Marie Bonneau ‏(), a fellow blogger who just got on the cover of the Weekend section. Anne-Marie runs a website ZeroWasteChef.com where she writes about her zero-waste adventures. Hope we learn something from them.
Credits: Photo via Visualhunt.com


P.S.: Next post’s an interview with the Zero Waste Chef, Anne-Marie, so stay tuned! :O ;)

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Edit: Added Eatizz app to the research 6.21 pm, 20th March 2016
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