As we all know our planet is in need of immediate attention. It is estimated that more than 10 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year. While it may seem overwhelming as to where to start in helping our planet, even just the smallest of changes can truly make a difference. Below is a list of a few ways in which can help you to be more eco-friendly within the kitchen and ultimately contribute to reducing the constant amount of waste we dump onto our planet.
Packaging adds a huge amount to our waste – most foods are wrapped in unnecessary plastic and non-recyclable materials. However, there are a few ways to help reduce this. Where possible try and opt for loose fruit and veg from the supermarket rather than the plastic packaged ones. You could even shop at your local market or farm where much of the produce is already unpackaged.
Shopping in bulk also reduces the amount of packaging we consume. Kitchen staples such as flour and rice can be bought in larger amounts and then transferred into mason jars to store at home. Using containers made of glass or metal are not only a better option for our planet, but are also a great decorative touch that adds even more character to your bespoke kitchen.
The kitchen is the heart of the home and so it is one of the most regularly cleaned rooms within the house. Many cleaning products are not only single use but also contain harsh chemicals that are bad for both the planet and even our own health.
More options for eco-friendly cleaning products are appearing in our supermarkets today providing a much more sustainable and healthy solution. Look out for products that are biodegradable, made from natural and non-toxic ingredients, or are reusable. So, whilst keeping your kitchen clean, you are keeping the planet clean.
With technological development in recent years, we have seen some major changes in electrical appliances. Many companies are now aiming to create more energy efficient appliances. These are both much better for our environment and of course our own running costs. So, when buying new appliances for your kitchen – whether it be a dishwasher, kettle, fridge, or coffee machine – it’s always good to check exactly how energy efficient they are.
Unlike mass-produced kitchens, bespoke handmade kitchens mean that there is minimal waste in the production and the final result. Bespoke kitchens are made from high quality timbers and because they are specifically made for each individual, nothing is made to waste. Here at our workshop, we save up all the off-cuts and use them to burn for heating during the winter.
The quality of your cabinetry plays a major part in the durability and use of your kitchen. If you’re having to replace your kitchen shortly down the line you are only adding to the waste that is polluting our planet. Here at Salcey Cabinet Makers, due to our attention to detail and the care we put into designing and making your bespoke kitchen, it ensures that everything we make is of the most excellent quality. This is why we can guarantee that your bespoke kitchen from us will last you a lifetime.
Even if further down the line you wanted to change things up with the design, for example a new colour scheme, this can easily be achieved without having to remake an entire new kitchen.
Bespoke handmade kitchens truly are a great investment for both you and our planet.
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