With a few common sense guidelines, a microwave oven can be a great eco-addition to your kitchen.
Ever since Percy LeBaron Spencer accidentally melted a candy bar while conducting an experiment, the microwave oven has been saving time and thrilling housewives the world over. These days, I can’t think of a household that doesn’t have one. But since I recently had to replace mine, I began to wonder how eco-friendly microwave ovens really are. Read on to find out...
Microwave ovens save energy.
They cook quickly and efficiently, and use less energy than their traditional kitchen partners like the oven or stove.
Microwave ovens are recyclable.
According to The Green Miles, parts of every microwave, like metal and glass, are recyclable. Contact your county’s Solid Waste Disposal Bureau for more info.
Microwave ovens are safe.
Especially if you already have or purchase a newer model microwave, like the LG Electronics 2.0 Cu. Ft. Countertop Microwave Oven, they are certified safe by the FDA. The FDA continually tests microwaves for the presence of harmful levels of radiation, and limits the amount of microwaves that can leak from an oven throughout its lifetime. If you have an older model, and feel unsure about it’s safety, you can spend just $10 for a consumer-grade testing kit to check for leaks.
Tips to make your micro even more eco-friendly...
Use eco-smart containers.
Using eco-friendly food containers instead of plastic containers will protect your health and the environment. Plastic containers can release harmful chemicals when heated, and plastic that has been in contact with food is refused by many recycling centers. Switching to eco-friendly food containers just makes more sense.
Be a short order cook.
One of the microwave’s best features is shortened cooking times, so make the most of it. Use the shortest amount of time to do the job and you’ll save energy and valuable food nutrients, too!
The bottom line? With a few common sense guidelines, a microwave oven can be a great eco-addition to your kitchen.