We all know about the climate factors we are facing in the future and how we all need to make lifestyle changes. The pressure to be environmentally friendly is always increasing, especially when our detrimental impact on the planet is shown on the news nearly every day.
This is where the trend for ‘eco-friendliness’ when designing your kitchen is coming in.
How to have an Eco friendly kitchen is an important factor to consider when you are designing a new kitchen, using materials with a low carbon footprint and from a sustainable source can make a huge difference.
When looking for a new kitchen, bear in mind you want a kitchen that will last a long time. A kitchen can be a big expense and it’s important to choose long-lasting cabinetry, worktops and appliances. The reason we work with the company Hacker is not only because of the quality of their product but also because of how they work and support the environment.
Häcker manufactures modern fitted kitchens that set high expectations for quality, functionality, durability and design. Hacker are very environmentally friendly and make sure all materials for cargo and transportation are environmentally friendly. Häcker is strongly committed to sustainability and their production is carbon-neutral.
Read more about this on their website. https://www.haecker-kuechen.com/sustainability
Thanks to a reduction in the carbon intensity of the UK’s electricity, the average CO2 emitted by electric ovens and hobs has been falling and is predicted to continue falling. However, it is still better for the environment to have a gas cooker than an electric one. As for hobs, it may very well be time to consider induction hobs as the most environmentally friendly option.
We encourage our customers to use the company the Used Kitchen Exchange to sell their old kitchen instead of throwing it away. https://www.usedkitchenexchange.co.uk/sustainability The used kitchen exchange is a company that offer Approved used and ex-display kitchens for sale at affordable prices. People like the idea of saving money and doing a little bit to help our planet along the way. For every kitchen sold, UKE customers have made incredible environmental savings and enjoyed the ‘feel good’ of making an ethical choice. If you want to know more about the way the company works, and how it supports the environment click on the link above.
The Siemens induction hob gives you everything you need for flexible and energy-efficient cooking. Induction cooking only ever heats up the base of the pan and with the automatic pan recognition, you’ll only use the energy you need. This is much better for the environment and safer for children.
Siemens now have Home Connect, on their ovens, you can control your Wi-Fi enabled Siemens home appliances conveniently via an app. You can switch an appliance into energy-saving mode from anywhere in the world. Use smart assistants like the smart storage Guide to keep your food in the fridge fresh for longer and to get inspiring recipes based on existing ingredients, so that no food is wasted. Read more about why we use siemens appliances .https://www.siemens-home.bsh-group.com/uk/inspiration/innovation/sustainability
If you’re planning a kitchen renovation, consider using reclaimed materials for your flooring and worktops. When it comes to making eco-friendly choices in your kitchen, second-hand materials might not be the first thing that springs into your mind, however using a reclaimed material not only limits the number of natural resources your new space uses, but it then also requires far less energy in the production process.
Glass splashbacks and wooden worktops are natural materials so these are good options to consider when in the designing phase of your kitchen. Glass is a solid-like transparent type of material that is made from natural, abundant raw materials like sand, limestone and ash that are melted at a very high temperature.
Quartz worktops are made from engineered stone, this is formed by a combination of ground quartz, polymers and resins to create a strong solid material and one of the most popular kitchen worktops. Quartz is moisture resistant and very hard-wearing. So this makes it a great material to have in a kitchen which is used a lot, especially with hot pans and liquids. Although quartz is a man-made and engineered stone, Silestone and Caesarstone quartz surfaces are manufactured from approximately 93% quartz which is one of natures hardest minerals. It is a hard-wearing and practical material to use in a kitchen as it’s long-lasting and tough so it will last a long time and won’t need to be replaced often. https://www.francistatemarbleworks.co.uk/
Managing your waste is a key part of being eco-conscious in your home. using Integrated pull out bins are the most appealing to our customers. We have a variety of layouts for the bins but the most popular are two large bins, one for rubbish and the other for recycling and the back two smaller bins can be used for other products such as glass. It is important to make any small or big changes you can to the environment.
The Quooker tap provides instant boiling water so you don’t need to have a kettle that uses more electricity. With a Quooker COMBI tank it provides both boiling and hot water all from a cold feed, it saves on energy and this is great for the environment. When you dispense water from the Quooker tap, you use the exact amount of water you need. Whereas a kettle people often boil more water than they need and then decide to re-boil it because the water has cooled down, wasting lots of energy! Although the Quooker tap is pricy compared to a kettle the benefits are great. https://www.quooker.co.uk/sustainability
Another small change you can make to help your kitchen become more eco friendly is to replace the need for wasteful plastic packaging by using sustainable storage jars. This means you can choose to purchase your groceries in packaging that uses less non-recyclable content from the supermarket and decant it at home or shop from local shops that work hard to support the environment.
Buy The Weigh is a fantastic shop in Ticehurst East Sussex. The shop is a Zero-Waste Shop for Everyone.
It is run by Susan & Rob along with their two sons. They supply products that have a story, they need to be local and/or supporting UK businesses, organic, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, sustainable, E number free, compostable, biodegradable, slave
free, ethically sourced and or fair trade. They stock many things such as wooden sustainable household brushes, bamboo reusable cutlery, bamboo toothbrushes, plastic-free dental floss, toothpaste tablets, beeswax wraps, reusable straws and Kilner jars. https://buytheweigh.shop/ i
Another amazing local shop near us is the Zero Shop in Heathfield they are a plastic-free and zero-waste shop and encourage people to bring their own containers to the shop. . https://thezeroshop.co.uk/
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