This post was originally published on June 23, 2017 and updated on August 12, 2021.
Shop local. Compost your veggie scraps. Bring a reusable bag when you go shopping. Those are typical ways to shop and eat green. But modern dads are anything but typical. Today’s men can stay sustainable in the kitchen in surprisingly macho ways, such as brewing your own beer and grilling with non-GMO Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil. Keep reading to learn why these are some of guys’ earth-friendliest food hacks.
Reuse your empties by brewing your own beer. Brewing your own beer is a lot simpler than you think. It’s also a smart way to reuse those empty pop-off bottles. (Sorry, twist-off bottles can’t be easily resealed.) Get started by purchasing a one-gallon kit from your local brew store. Make sure it comes with a bottle capper and caps. Follow the directions and in just a week or two, you’ll be filling up and re-capping those bottles, and wondering why you haven’t hugged the earth this way before.
Grill with heat-friendly, non-GMO Malaysian certified sustainable palm oil. It just doesn’t make sense to buy organic veggies and proteins, then grill them with unsustainable and genetically modified oils. Ditch the soy or canola oil, and grill with non-GMO Malaysian palm oil. It’s the world’s first sustainable vegetable oil. And unlike coconut and olive oil, which begin to degrade into harmful chemicals at medium heat (between 350 and 380 degrees), Malaysian palm oil can tolerate grilling temperatures in excess of 450 degrees.
Update your kitchen lighting with LEDs. Invest in LED replacement light bulbs for your kitchen. These bulbs use 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting. They also emit very little heat (incandescent bulbs release 90 percent of their energy as heat), so you won’t have to adjust the air conditioning when you’re prepping dinner under your kitchen’s bright lights.
Use reusable beeswax wrap instead of aggravating plastic wrap. Wrapping leftovers with plastic wrap can sometimes be a battle. The film can stick to itself and you may find that you use (and then toss) way more than you anticipated. A better bet is to wrap your extras with reusable beeswax wrap. This natural alternative to plastic wrap can be used again and again. With proper care, it can last for an entire year.
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