What we eat and how our food is produced, packaged, shipped and disposed of accounts for at least 16 percent of human-caused carbon emissions in Multnomah County. With the holidays approaching, it is a good time to think differently around our relationship with our stuff and consider actions we can take to make our holidays less stressful, less wasteful and more meaningful.
Here are 10 actions Portlanders are taking to Get More of the Good Stuff in the kitchen. The actions are ranked starting with the highest climate change impact to the lowest. As you can see, these simple actions can also have a positive impact on our health and life experiences.
- Eat unprocessed foods – especially fruits, vegetables and grains
- Reduce wasted food
- Plan a kitchen that is the size that fits your needs
- Purchase Energy Star appliances
- Practice good food preservation techniques
- Buy durable and used goods for the kitchen, like cloth napkins and reusable plates
- Prepare and eat meals together at home
- Grow and share your food — consider sharing garden space with a neighbor
- Remodeling your kitchen? Find recycled materials for a unique remodel
- Reduce food packaging by using your own grocery bags, bulk item containers and buying less processed foods
Find resources to help you get more of the good stuff in the kitchen.
Download a custom menu planner/grocery list from the Be Resourceful website.
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