Green Home Month: What Does a Green Kitchen Mean to You?

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This is Green Home Month across our sites and we want to know: what does Green mean to you?

There's discussion on whether the Green movement is just one more way to make us feel better about buying more stuff. We think that we live in a consumer society so there is always a danger that we'll slip into a mindset that tells us being conscientious means using just the right product, or making one more purchase.

But we are not defined as people by our roles as consumers, and we believe here at the Kitchen that being "Green" often means saying no instead of yes to purchases, yes instead of no to creative limitations, and making do with what we have.

In that there are thousands of choices, each with its own set of tradeoffs. There is no easy answer to being fully responsible inside our own small spheres of environment and ecology. But most of us make choices every day to be more thoughtful, more purposeful in how we use our resources and care for the people and environment around us.

Green is a big word today. It can mean a hundred different things. What does it mean to you, and how are you exploring it in your kitchen and your eating?

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.