In honor of Earth Day, we are talking all about the environment today! While the “going green” movement has been on trend for quite some time now, homeowners are focusing on creating sustainable spaces more than ever. Sustainability is much more than just using eco-friendly cleaners and and flicking off the lights. Economically friendly choices need to be made in every single area of designing (even beyond just the kitchen) in order to make any kind of difference.
Below we have gathered a few tips on how you can create a zero-waste kitchen:
REUSE & RECYCLE
Reuse and recycle is one of the most overused eco-friendly term but goes unseen a lot of the time. Recycling is not only throwing your used cans in the recycling bin, its washing them out and reusing them as storage containers for future foods. Reusing old containers can help save you money in the long run as well.
REDUCE PAPER GOODS
Although paper good are extremely convenient while having gatherings, they contribute to majority of your waste. Paper plates, napkins, paper towels, plastic cutlery are all materials worth cutting down on. Reach for a cloth towel rather than paper and use traditional dishes, glasses and serving ware to help cut down on waste.
Composting is a great way to not only get rid of old fruits and veggies but it’s ideal for creating a nutrient dense soil. Homeowners with their own gardens would benefit immensely from composting their veggies. Composting doesn’t have to be complex, you can have a small table top bin with a lock-tight lid and create your compost right in doors.
ENERGY EFFICIENT APPLIANCES
Incorporating energy efficient appliances in your kitchen is the easiest update you can make to create a more eco-friendly kitchen. Faucet, microwave, range, dishwasher and refrigerator companies almost all offer some style of economical version of their appliances. For faucets, make sure it’s lead free, solid stainless steel and fully certified such as the new WHS1644-SK Waterhaus Collection faucet from Whitehaus.
ANALYZE YOUR DESIGN
Sustainability isn’t just about what your putting inside your home, it has a lot to do with the build and design of your home as well. Things like leaky windows, drafts and proper window placement for optimal sunlight will all effect your carbon footprint. Think beyond the word “green.” Are your materials eco-friendly? How about the grout between your tiles, what harmful chemicals can be found there? Every decision you make when designing and decorating your kitchen will make an effect on how sustainable your home really is.
Happy Earth Day!