If you’re re-doing or building a new kitchen, this can be the perfect opportunity to take a look at how eco-friendly your home is. While lots of homeowners now want to do their bit for the environment, it can be hard to work up the motivation to change parts of your kitchen for this reason alone. But if you’re planning to do work anyway, it’s easy to use this as an excuse to create an eco-friendly kitchen.
There are several ways to make your new kitchen environmentally-friendly and some are easier than others. To give you some ideas, we’ve come up with 5 easy ways to create an eco-friendly kitchen.
1. Use sustainable natural materials
Using sustainable natural materials is a really simple way to make your kitchen more environmentally-friendly. Try using cork tiles or linoleum, which is made of linseed oil and pine resin, for flooring. You can also use timber for worktops, flooring and units. Not only will this make your kitchen more eco-friendly, it’ll also keep it looking stylish and on-trend.
To make sure that all the wood products you buy are sustainable, look out for the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) logo. This guarantees that a product is made out of managed or recycled wood.
2. Opt for recycled products
You can also create an eco-friendly kitchen using recycled materials. Stainless steel is usually made from around 70% recycled material, so is ideal for sinks and cabinets. Recycled glass worktops are another option and can look very modern and stylish.
3. Ensure you have efficient appliances
Ensuring you have efficient appliances will reduce water and energy use and save you money. If you have older appliances, consider replacing them with new, more efficient models. We recommend going for appliances with an A+++ rating (the most efficient rating) whenever possible.
Another tip is to turn your appliances off when you’re not using them instead of keeping them on standby. This will reduce the amount of power you use and, according to the Energy Saving Trust, save the average household £30 a year.
4. Invest in equipment
You can also create an eco-friendly kitchen by thinking carefully when you stock it. Go for pots and pans made from stainless steel or cast iron, as they’re long-lasting and will reduce wastage. Likewise, buy quality, durable utensils that won’t deteriorate quickly. And buy tea towels and cloths that you can wash and use again instead of disposable ones. Not only will this reduce the amount you throw away, it’ll also save you money in the long run.
5. Maximise natural light
A brilliant way to make your kitchen more eco-friendly is to maximise natural light. This can mean anything from cutting back plants from around your windows to fitting roof windows and bi-fold doors. The more natural light you can let into your home, the less energy you’ll use powering artificial lighting. And make sure you fit energy-saving light bulbs so that when you do need your lights you don’t use more power than you need.
So whether you’re building a whole new kitchen or just changing a few basic elements, you should be able to find a way to create an eco-friendly kitchen for your home.