#FoodPH - Five simple ways to cut your carbon footprint in the kitchen

We have likely noticed that storms have increased in frequency, scorching days have gotten much hotter, or rainfall have been heavier over the previous few years. According to studies, these are the effects of climate change, which are reportedly felt most keenly in the Philippines because of its geographic location.

You don't have to be a superhero to help, even though this is a matter for concern. Collectively, even small adjustments to the way we cook and prepare food in the kitchen can help to mitigate the effects of climate change.

How does cooking affect global warming? The entire quantity of harmful greenhouse gases produced by a person or activity, or "carbon footprint," includes everything from cooking to dishwashing to just stocking up on goods.

Here are some of the practical ways you can minimize your impact on the planet by starting in the kitchen:

Buy from your local market

The United Nations estimates that growing, processing and packaging food make up one-third of all greenhouse-gas emissions. When you can, buy food and ingredients from local businesses, farmers and market vendors as these products don’t usually need shipping facilities, extra packaging or excessive fuel consumption before they reach consumers. Locally grown ingredients are not only relatively cheaper, but also fresher and more nutritious.

Always bring a reusable bag with you

While there are local ordinances in place requiring grocery stores in the Philippines to use paper bags in place of plastic bags, it is still wise to bring a reusable bag each time you shop. Got lots of eco-bags but end up always forgetting to bring them during errands? Stash your reusable bags next to your to-do list so you can grab them when you head out the door.

Reduce food waste

The World Wildlife Fund estimates that one-third of all the food produced in the world is wasted, contributing to 6% to 8% of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. You can help reduce food waste by planning your meals ahead and buying only what you need. Instead of cooking from scratch, you can also be creative with leftovers to whip up new meals. 

Maintain a clean cooktop 

Cleaning your appliances regularly, especially your stove, not only makes for a pleasing and healthy kitchen but is also a way to reduce your household’s carbon footprint. Your gas range's burners will produce heat better when they are not filled with burnt grime, reducing your cooking time and gas consumption.

You can also periodically check if your stove produces blue flame, which indicates that gas is being burned efficiently and without waste. Choosing only a safe and trusted LPG like Solane is guaranteed to produce blue flame for your stove, indicating its quality and authenticity. 

Only Verified Solane LPG comes with an exclusive 7-Point Safety Check upon delivery, where friendly Solane riders check the safety of your LPG tank and ensure that your gas appliance is in tip-top shape. 

Verified Solane LPGs also come with the Bioseal, the first of its kind biodegradable LPG seal in the country, which are easy to recycle and take only about five to ten years to decompose, contrary to 500 to 1,000 years normal plastic wastes need.  

Making kitchen practices more eco-friendly is easier when you have sustainable and safe kitchen fuel. To order Verified Solane LPG, customers may call the Hatid Bahay Hotline - (02) 8887-5555, send a message to 0918-887-5555 (Smart) / 0917 8977555 (Globe) or the Solane Facebook page, or place their orders through the Solane app.  Customers may also place an order through the Web Ordering Platform.

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