Tips to an eco-friendly kitchen

2016-03-24 06:00

IF you are planning on renovating or installing a new kitchen, take a step in the right direction and choose an eco-friendly design.

Here are a few tips to consider when choosing materials for a kitchen:

Renewable floor and countertop materials

Did you know that many floor and countertop materials, such as exotic hardwoods, granite or marble, are non-renewable materials? What this means is that once they’ve been removed from the earth to be made into flooring or countertops they’re gone forever.

An environmentally friendly kitchen focuses on renewable sources for floors, cabinets, and countertops. For example, look into bamboo or cork floors for a wood look, or a natural linoleum product for tiles.

For countertops, concrete is a great choice, as are products that use crushed, recycled granite to make new granite-look countertops.

Be energy efficient

Look for appliances that are energy efficient, meaning that they use far less energy than standard appliances, and less energy than appliances 5 years or older.

Choose a convection oven and induction stove tops, which use less energy to get hot. Also replace your incandescent lighting with fluorescent.

Recycle, reuse and restore

We all know that recycling is the way to go, and the more we recycle, the better it is for the environment.

Fit your new kitchen with the latest recycling technology. This can be anything from high-end cabinet units that roll out and give you separate bins for your recyclables, to a spot reserved for a simple bin.

Kitchens generate huge amounts of waste that can be recycled. Just think of all of the aluminium cans, plastic containers, and glass bottles and jars. Sending it all to a recycling centre instead of a landfill is an easy, necessary part of having a green kitchen.

Set up a compost heap for all your kitchen food waste, such as fruit and veggie scraps, egg shells, coffee grounds, etcetera, and use these to create a kitchen herb garden.

Where possible, reuse or restore what is already in the kitchen instead of throwing out and replacing it. Solid wood cabinets can be restored or painted. Cabinet carcasses can be reused for practical garage storage, or repurposed into bathroom storage cabinets.

Go green with natural cleaners

Take the step towards natural cleaners rather than buying a chemical for every cleaning job. Lemon juice and vinegar are both wonderful sanitisers.

Baking soda can easily be used to replace scouring cleanser. Use a little bit of coarse salt on a half of a lemon, and rub it all over wood cutting boards to sanitise.

Clean windows and appliances (other than stainless steel) with a little vinegar in a spray bottle. Use newspapers with your vinegar spray to give windows a streak-free clean.

– Property24.

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