How to create an eco-friendly kitchen
In the current era we are more environmentally aware than ever before, due to the ozone layer having been subjected to damage we are today greatly conscious of our own individual carbon footprint. We have all been working on ways that will help reduce the accumulation of carbon emissions on the Earth such as sourcing renewable energy instead of using the limited amount of the Earth’s fossil fuels for energy. On a smaller scale, an effective way of being greener daily in your own home is by having an eco-friendly kitchen.
Green design choices – materials (sustainable wood) to power saving appliances (greener dishwashers
The start of having a greener kitchen is choosing sustainable materials to design it with, nowadays there are loads of eco-friendly materials you can use to build your kitchen, for example, FSC-certified wood which you can read more about here. There is now a huge range of natural and hardwearing flooring materials available which are a great alternative to standard wood flooring, for example you could use linoleum which is also very insulating, saving you some money on your heating bills too! When it comes to installing the important utilities in your kitchen such as your oven, you could opt for a less wasteful electric hob rather than a gas fired one. You could also choose to pick appliances which are power-saving and do not waste energy. Recycling has also allowed us to re-use glass and steel and these can now be used to make steel kitchen sinks and glass worktops, so make sure you consider an appliance that may have already been used and recycled before.
If it is too late to completely redesign your kitchen in an eco-friendly way, why not try replacement kitchen doors which could be just the thing to revamp your kitchen units both aesthetically and environmentally.
Turn off appliances
The golden rule whenever you leave the room is to turn off the lights! But why not get into the habit of switching off all your appliances, it is a huge waste of energy to leave appliances on that are not being used. It is only a simple action but the accumulative effect could be significant in the long term!
This is a key activity that has hugely helped to reduce waste and recycling can be made so easy if the correct organisation is in place. Make sure you have a clear system for all the different types of waste in your kitchen, utility room or wherever you keep your bins.
Use eco-friendly cleaning products
Some people are extremely wasteful with the cleaning products they use in their kitchens, for example the recommended amount of washing up liquid you should use per bowl is 50ml and often people use a lot more! You could even switch to eco-friendly products and detergents to wash your clothes with. The kitchen staples such as vinegar and bicarbonate of soda are also still regarded fool proof ways of removing stains such as a nightmare red wine carpet spillage!