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green living Healthy House Easy Ways to


Green It Up by Avery Mack


L


iving green isn’t difficult or expensive. Start small, one room at a time.


In the Kitchen Defrosting trays have been avail- able for a while, and although they aren’t a miracle solution, they are eco-friendly and easy to clean; thawing most meats, seafood and vegetables usually takes just 30 to 60 minutes. It’s one way to avoid using the microwave. Most cutting boards of sustainable


bamboo or cork originate in China, creat- ing a big carbon footprint. Glass boards are


air to cook food 25 to 30 percent faster and more evenly than a conventional oven; it uses less energy and has fewer emissions. Foods come out crispier, which also makes for great veggie chips. A conventional oven is still best for soufflés, breads or cakes that rise as they bake. Replace chemical-coated nonstick


pans, disposable parchment paper and alu- minum foil with reusable, eco-friendly, U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved silicone mats. Tey are easy to clean, afford- able and available in many sizes and shapes. Run the dishwasher when full and at


night. Off-peak hours won’t cut the electric bill, but are more efficient for the power plant, reducing its energy footprint. Skip the garbage disposal to save


water and energy. Use food waste for plant-nurturing compost. Plastics num- bered 1, 3, 6 or 7 are prone to leaching into food or drinks. Recycle or repurpose those already on hand to store craſt items, small toys or office supplies.


breakable and hard on knives. Consider planet-friendly boards made of recycled cardboard and food-grade plastic com- bined with flax husks. A countertop convection oven set


about 25 degrees lower circulates heated


On the Floor Keep floors clean and healthy by leav- ing shoes at the door. Tey track in dirt, pesticides, chemicals, pet waste and leaked fluids from vehicles. Slippers or socks with a grip sole keep feet warm and prevent falls. Bamboo flooring is sustainable and


eco-friendly, but is also shipped from Chi-


• Serving patients and their families with restorative care using tooth-colored dental materials


• Providing dental treatment for medically-compromised patients and those with allergies and chemical sensitivities


• Offering initial exams, consultations, second opinion evaluations, and collaboration with patients’ health care providers


MICHAEL D. FLEMING, DDS, PA JOHANNA LERZUNDY, DDS


1858 Hillandale Road Ste 200 • Durham, NC 27705 919-471-1064 • www.drmichaelfleming.com


34 NA Triangle www.natriangle.com


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