Three Sustainability Tips for a More Eco-Friendly Kitchen

 

With climate change having a potentially disastrous effect on the future of the earth – it is up to us humans to slow it down. You can start by incorporating eco-friendly measures into your kitchen renovation. Remodeling your kitchen may seem unrelated to global warming, but designing a sustainable kitchen can ultimately help to preserve the environment. Going “green” benefits the earth by reducing the emission of toxic air pollutants. Making your kitchen eco-friendly is, therefore, a must to stop climate change. Research on how to reduce your kitchen’s effect on global warming provides the following tips on how to make your kitchen eco-friendly.  

 

 

Environmentally Friendly Materials 

The first step in creating a “green” kitchen is to use biodegradable materials during the remodeling process. Biodegradable or sustainable materials are materials that undergo natural decomposition without damaging the environment, such as pure wood and paper. Construction materials are also considered to be environmentally friendly if they aid in reducing your carbon footprint, i.e., the number of greenhouse gases emitted because of your actions.  You can, therefore, keep your carbon footprint small by using natural materials in your kitchen remodel, which emit trace or no amounts of toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs).  

Kitchen cabinets constructed from particleboard or medium-density fibreboard  (MDF) contain formaldehyde and are, therefore, detrimental to the environment.  Plywood or hardwood cabinets are, therefore, considered to be more eco-friendly as they are made from natural materials. In regard to flooring; cork,  wood, and bamboo or recycled materials are the most environmentally sound choices. If you’re looking for a unique choice, resin flooring is the sustainable alternative to concrete, as large amounts of chemicals and water are used in the manufacturing of cement.  

 

 

Recycled and Reclaimed Materials  

Instead of cutting rid of unused materials, recycling them is the more sustainable option because it takes much more energy to produce virgin materials. Recycled glass tiles, for example, can be put to good use as the material of choice for a kitchen backsplash. As an eco-conscious kitchen  renovator, you should also source your kitchen hardware from manufacturers that use recycled materials for their products, such as recycled copper sinks and recycled mosaic countertops.  

Join the reclaiming movement, and give old and unused items a new lease on life! Making use of reclaimed materials is good for the environment because landing up in the junkyard as harmful waste is their only other alternative. It’s,  therefore, not a bad idea to spend your Saturday afternoons browsing second-hand shops and antique dealers for reusable items. For example, vintage cabinet hardware can be reclaimed to use on new kitchen cabinets, or salvaged wood can be used for open shelves.  

 

 

Eco-Friendly Appliances 

Kitchen appliances are no longer the electricity chomping and water-guzzling environment pariahs that they once were. The magnitude of power required to run appliances with cooling and cooking functions has been greatly reduced,  while technological advances in appliances used for cleaning means that they utilize a much smaller amount of water.  

The efficiency of kitchen appliances has, therefore, improved in leaps and bounds over the years, while simultaneously reducing their environmental impact. For instance, boiling water dispensers produce instant hot water and use less energy than boiling water in a kettle.  

Refrigerators are the biggest consumers of energy in the kitchen because they run 24/7 and have to consistently keep the temperature cooler. Modern refrigerator models, however, use only about half that amount of electric energy as their 90s equivalents. While arguably the most convenient appliance in the kitchen, dishwashers utilize excessive amounts of electricity and water.  However, the latest models are more eco-friendly and operate on a quarter of the amount of electricity and half of the quantity of water.  

 

If you’re looking to go the more sustainable route, then you should consider buying from online stores. Without a showroom to maintain, their carbon footprint is much smaller than storefronts. You can find out more about purchasing your kitchen cabinets online by contacting Nelson Cabinetry at 832-998-6598. Our online cabinetry will reduce your carbon emissions without making a serious dent in your wallet.