Sustainable kitchen design considers the whole lifecycle of the product. It looks at where the materials have come from, how you’re going to use them and where they’ll end up.
Think about how you can reduce your use of gas, electricity and water before embarking on your kitchen design. Here are some sustainable kitchen ideas to help get you started.
1. CHOOSE CABINETRY WISELY
Try to avoid buying into mass produced cabinetry as they do have a planned obsolescence. Most doors are plastic wrapped and cannot be changed after they are installed, which encourages wasteful and costly re-designs in the future. The kitchen itself may be structurally fine, but through trends changing people feel the need to replace the whole kitchen. Opting for a hand-painted kitchen means that you can update your kitchen in the future, without having to replace it.
2. THINK ABOUT ENERGY EFFICIENT APPLIANCES
Where appliances are concerned, look into the energy efficiency and water consumption of your dishwasher before making a decision. Miele have just launched an AutoDos dishwasher within their Gen7000 which uses a disc of detergent and automatically dispenses the correct amount, and the correct volume of water for the contents. This also reduces packaging on dishwasher tablets.
3. REUSE OLD KITCHEN PARTS
If you are thinking of a renovation or extension, why not consider using parts such as cabinets or handles from your old kitchen in another room such as a utility, garage or pet space. Try to choose a painted kitchen. Harvey Jones kitchen cabinetry can be repainted to a colour of your choice, not only saving you money, stress but also avoiding going into landfill.
4. SOURCE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY WOOD
Source items such as wooden worktops, chopping boards and bar stools from companies with an FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification – meaning the wood has been ethically sourced from forests specifically grown for harvesting the trees for use in domestic and commercial sectors. Essentially it means that the wood can be tracked back to the source and will either be 100% from certified forests, recycled or a mix with the former being replanted as the companies' harvest.
5. DITCH PLASTIC
New technology is being released every day to help reduce our carbon footprint. Such as Quooker CUBE, the newest addition from Quooker produces chilled sparkling water. The machine uses Co2 canisters that can be sent back free of charge to Quooker to be refilled and with the average household creating over 300 plastic bottle waste a year, it makes a tough argument to keep buying plastic.
6. MAKE RECYCLING EASIER
Including integrated recycling bins into the cabinetry design will make recycling easier; there will be a place for everything and help keep waste organised and the kitchen clutter free. This will also encourage you and your family to recycle regularly.
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