Most of us want to consciously try and be environment friendly with all the damage that has already been done to planet earth. What better way to start minimizing exploitation of Mother Earth’s resources than in your own kitchen! From the construction methods and materials used in the build to the long term sustainability implications and energy expended by appliances, there are plenty of areas to consider improving your kitchen’s scope to be more ecologically friendly.
Energy-efficient food preparation and cleaning habits, using equipment made from sustainable materials, and dodging toxic chemicals are also important if you want to have a truly healthy kitchen. Green products reduce exposure to air pollutants. In addition to the energy cost savings and lower environmental impact, there are health benefits.
The simplest way to reduce waste in your new kitchen is to make conscious decisions to scale down and use space very effectively. That means designing a kitchen tailored perfectly to what you need, and nothing more. Smaller is better.
All things considered, it’s a decision that will save you time, money, and ultimately, help the environment. Opt for drawers rather than cupboards, as they are more space-efficient and help increase storage. Customized corner units can maximize every nook and cranny of the available space you have in your kitchen.
You can replace the kitchen with eco-friendly soaps. There are some ingredients that you can even find in your kitchen pantry that can be used as cleaning material. For example, a cup of white vinegar, 2 cups of water and a few drops of essential oil or lemon juice in a glass spray bottle works brilliantly as a cleaning agent.
Make sure you check the composition of your kitchen counter tops if it is safe to use vinegar. Avoid using paper towels and wipes, instead switch to washable and reusable dishtowels. Use wood and stainless steel containers. Buying good quality is key to longevity. You can even find reusable straws to use now!
If you are planning on replacing your kitchen floor, it might be a good idea to make it a material that’s eco-friendly too. Recyclable materials are always recommended. If you like the look of wood flooring, bamboo has grown in popularity over the years! We know that recycling materials is key for minimizing the amount sent to landfill.
In order to effectively recycle at home, you need a system in place. If your city requires you to use a specific type of recycling bin but the bin doesn’t fit in your kitchen, no worries. You can set up an at-home recycling center based on the setup of your own space. You can also use containers to separate compost, recycling and waste.
If you love to cook, growing your own herbs at home is a fun and eco-friendly way to help make your kitchen greener. You can certainly grow herbs outside in your garden; however, if you don’t have any outdoor space, you can grow them at home right on your countertop.