April 22 is Earth Day, a worldwide celebration to demonstrate support for environmental protection. The main purpose of the celebration is to unite people belonging to different cultures for a single purpose – to care for the earth. We must all become wise stewards of the earth if we want to affect problems like pollution, habitat destruction, global warming, and more.

Every person can make tangible contributions to protect the earth. No act of conservation will be considered too small or insignificant because all steps toward environmental protection matter.

A lot of resources are used in the kitchen. Here are just a few earth-friendly practices you can adopt in the kitchen.

  • Conserve light and water –You can go green in your kitchen by increasing its efficiency. Replace old incandescent light bulbs with energy-saving compact fluorescent lamps or LED lights to cut down your energy consumption and reduce your carbon footprint. To conserve water, turn your faucet off rather than leaving it running, and don’t run the dishwasher more often than is necessary.
  • Recycle items – Think twice before tossing kitchen supplies. You can often spruce them up and extend their life. For example, if you have used and abused your old wooden cutting boards, don’t throw them away. Rub them down with sandpaper to remove the stains and scars. Then apply oil to make them like new. Also, do not throw away old kitchen cabinets if you are replacing them with new ones. Put a free ad online and, chances are, you can easily find them a new home. This is far better than sending your cabinets to the landfill.
  • Compost – Instead of tossing your food scraps into the trash bin, chop them to make organic compost. Get a sealed container and add your kitchen scraps each day until you have built up enough organic fertilizer for your garden.

While it’s important to think big when it comes to saving the planet, much of the heavy lifting will be done by a population dedicated to forming small, earth-friendly habits.