Building a Sustainable Kitchen
Building your perfect kitchen doesn’t need to cost the earth – in more ways than one. By creating a sustainable kitchen, you’re not only helping the environment, but you’ll also enjoy a range of benefits, too.
There are a number of ways you can build a sustainable kitchen, and we’re here to help you get started.
Make the most of the natural light
When designing a sustainable kitchen, the first thing you will want to consider is how to make the most of the natural light available to you. The more windows, the better – and you can even consider installing a skylight to add even more light to the space if required.
As an added bonus, having enough natural light also makes it easy to create an indoor herb garden. You can check out our previous blog post on the best herbs to grow in your kitchen here.
Choose the right materials
Cabinets and bench tops make up a huge part of a kitchen design. These days, a range of sustainable options is available to help reduce waste and minimise the environmental impact wherever possible.
- Look for materials containing low or no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). Like their name suggests, VOCs can be pretty nasty, especially for those with weakened respiratory systems (such as asthma sufferers).
- Choose recycled materials whenever possible, such as recycled timber bench tops. At Kitchen Craftsmen, we source 90% of our wood products from sustainably grown Australian forests, and recycle over 95% of our timber waste. Plus, we’re proud to partner with companies like Laminex who also believe in the importance of sustainable building.
Pick energy efficient appliances
When choosing appliances for your kitchen, pay close attention to their energy and/or water efficiency. Remember, the more stars the appliances have, the more energy efficient they are. More energy efficiency means you’ll save money in the long run, as well as reducing harmful emissions.
Like to find out more? Check out the Government’s energy rating website here.
Plenty of hidden nasties can be hidden in flooring – especially toxic sealants, grouts and glues. Make sure you do your research to find materials that can be installed without toxic materials. If choosing wooden floors, look for sustainably grown wood products, or choose recycled materials whenever possible.
It’s not just bench tops and cabinets that can contain nasty VOCs – paint can also contain quite a few of them, too. Fortunately, there are plenty of brands that offer eco-friendly and non-toxic paints, in a huge range of colours. Just do your homework and ask around at your local paint supply store to find the right brand(s) for you.
Still looking for more advice on creating a sustainable kitchen? Our team at Kitchen Craftsmen are always happy to help. We are proud that our sustainable work practices and hardy materials allow us to limit our impact on the environment. Contact us today to see how we can help you create an eco-friendly kitchen for your home!