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The Zero Waste Kitchen: 4 Tips for Planning Your New Kitchen with Zero Waste in Mind

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your house because it’s where you prepare and eat all of your meals, but there’s more to kitchens than food. This room can be a gathering place for family and friends or a quiet refuge after a long day at work. But what kind of personality do you want your kitchen to have? 


When it comes time to remodel your kitchen, it’s important to think about how you can design it in a way that aligns with your zero waste goals. Here are four tips for planning your new zero-waste kitchen:

Choose materials wisely

When selecting materials for your kitchen renovation, choose ones that are durable and can be reused or recycled. For example, opt for stainless steel appliances instead of plastic ones, and use solid wood cabinets rather than particle boards.


A better option is to go for high-quality products, like plywood cabinets. These are easy to use and take care of, but also will last a lifetime. When picking cabinets, make sure you go with a timeless color, like white or gray. 


Consider your layout carefully

When planning the layout of your new kitchen, be sure to include space for sorting and storing recyclable materials. This will make it easy to recycle everything you use without having to go out of your way.


Think about the most efficient way to layout your kitchen so that you can reduce waste. Placing the sink, refrigerator and oven close together will help you conserve water and energy. Additionally, installing a dishwasher in the sink area will save space and add convenience to your kitchen.



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Design for easy cleaning

Your kitchen should be designed with ease of maintenance in mind. Zero waste kitchens include non-carpeted flooring, such as tile or linoleum floors, to make it possible for dirt and grime to simply be washed down the drain rather than having to be scrubbed away. 


Use open-end shelves so you can clean behind them easily. Open shelf desking may not work if some young children or teens leave their messes on tables or shelves since they won’t have anywhere to hide it but must live with their mess showing all the time which could cause problems between these two generations.

Choose appliances and materials that are zero waste friendly

Appliances are one of the most important aspects of any kitchen. When choosing appliances and materials for your kitchen, look for those that have a low environmental impact.


This might mean selecting appliances with the Energy Star rating or looking for sustainably-produced materials like bamboo or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood. Appliances that are Energy Star certified use at least 20% less energy than others. You can also find zero waste-friendly kitchen products by searching online or in specialty stores.


Appliances that use less water are also better for the environment. Choose a dishwasher or washing machine that has an “A” rating for energy efficiency.

When planning your zero-waste kitchen, it’s important to keep in mind the big picture. With a little bit of planning, you can create a space that is both beautiful and sustainable.



For more information on designing this kind of kitchen consult our professionals for free at info@nelsonkb.com or call 832-998-6598. We love to hear from you!


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