You maybe one of those people that are growing concerned about carbon in the Earth’s atmosphere, and ways in which you can lower your own carbon footprint in order to protect the environment. There has been much debate about the virtues of cremation over burial, and one of the plus points for cremation is that it takes up less space than a traditional burial. That being said, cremation is not so eco-friendly either, as there is the fuel needed to power the furnace and the smoke and fumes this expels.

A lot of people that wish to be cremated are looking at more ways in which they can help the environment when they pass on. One way is to bury the ashes in a funeral urn that will biodegrade once buried in the ground. In this article, we take a look at one such eco-friendly option.

Becoming eco-friendly is possible even if this concept is something new to you. Just because you are not that conscious about your huge impact to the planet, doesn’t mean it’s too late to start living a greener life. In fact, the small steps you take today can help with the rising problems of our landfills and oceans.

The main problem seems to lie on plastic being non-biodegradable, which is 80% of ocean waste. If that’s not an enough reason to go green in the kitchen, consider the health risks of plastic. Recent studies show that some compounds used in plastic are toxic, such as the controversial BPA (Bisphenol-A).

Find below some useful tips to achieve a plastic-free and eco-friendly kitchen:

Eliminate plastic in your kitchen – Though this may not sound as green as you think, prioritizing the health of your family should come first. There may be some safe plastic products, but with the constantly changing news and research, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Before completely ditching those plastic containers, verify if they’re recyclable. Otherwise, even if it’s not recommendable to put food in those containers, you should be able to come up with other ideas to make them useful. You can perhaps utilize them for storing non-food items like bolts, nuts, arts and crafts, etc.

Think before you purchase – When you are enticed to buy the latest stylish plastic container, consider its long-term consequences. How long do you plan to keep it or how long will it last? Keep in mind that plastic loses its glamour over time. Just look at some of your old, dull plastic containers. Do you notice any peeling plastic? This could be due to constant use like mixing, washing in the dishwasher, or microwaving. These plastic peels are harmful should they end up in your food and in your body.

Substitute your plastic – Despite getting rid of all your plastic containers and other products, you still have a lot of better and greener alternatives, such as glass, bamboo, and stainless steel. Glass is a classic kitchen tool and has been constantly proven safe and eco-friendly. Various glass products can be used in the oven, freezer, microwave, and are dishwasher safe. Bamboo is another great choice over plastic. It grows pretty fast and highly sustainable. Kitchen utensils, such as bamboo chopping board and bamboo storage tins are just some of the many bamboo products you can use. Last, but definitely not the least, is stainless steel kitchenware, which can readily come as mixing bowls, stainless steel food containers, etc. Super elegant and eye-catching, stainless steel is easy to clean, healthy, and of course, green.

If you’re concerned about Mother Nature, wave goodbye to plastic and say Hi to green kitchen alternatives. Simply follow these practical tips and you’re on the right path towards an earth-friendly kitchen.

The Advantages of the Eco-Friendly Option

One of the main reasons why this method of cremation and burial is proving to be so popular is that it does not require the need for a scattering of the deceased’s ashes by relatives. A lot of people can find the thought of scattering the ashes of their departed loved ones a bit unpleasant, not to mention upsetting. One good thing about choosing the biodegradable option is that there is no need to scatter ashes at all, the urn can also be buried in the exact spot that the deceased wished their ashes to be scattered before they died.

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