An ecologic kitchen can be an excellent way of doing our part in helping the environment. In this article, we will show you easy tricks to make your kitchen environmentally sustainable.
Nowadays we are much more aware about our responsibility with planet Earth, and how careful we need to be with how much energy and water we spend, in order to help the environment.
Making change starts in our homes, and that’s why here we will be sharing with you 9 tricks to transform your kitchen so it becomes much more ecological and environmentally sustainable.
1. Use old restored furniture
An excellent way of giving a vintage appearance to your kitchen is giving new life to old furniture.
It’s also a way to have a rustic + classic look in your kitchen that new furniture cannot provide.
2. Recycle waste
Many people underestimate recycling. However, we recommend you start doing it!
Having separate garbage containers for different kinds of waste is a great starting point, and a good step in the direction of having an ecologic kitchen.
The kinds of waste to separate are: Plastic, paper, glass, organic waste, and others.
3. Place the fridge far from the oven and microwave
Placing correctly your appliances in an ecologic kitchen can be very helpful for saving energy.
Placing your fridge far from appliances that produce heat, like the oven, can help make your fridge keep its temperature low. That translates in the fridge consuming less energy. This is something important to keep in mind.
4. Install induction hobs
When choosing the kind of kitchen we want, it’s important to consider the level of consumption of that kind of kitchen.
Gas-based / vitro-ceramic stoves consume much more than stoves which use induction hobs. Moreover, those kinds of stoves activate only if they have a pan or pot on top of them.
5. Ecologic utensils
Utensils are an essential part of our kitchens, and if we want to keep our kitchens ecological and environmentally sustainable we need to be aware about the kinds of materials our utensils are made of.
First of all, using plastic utensils is a big no-no – plastic utensils can contaminate for years to come, and there are many more materials that degrade much more easily.
We recommend you use materials such as organic cotton for your aprons and washcloths, and cedar wood or other kinds of resistant wood for your cutting tables and utensils.
Other ecological materials are carbon steel for knives and cutlery, and vegetable cellulose for cleaning products.
6. Reuse your bottles
Bottles have a much longer lifespan than we think, so it’s better to make the most out of bottles and reuse them as much as possible, instead of just throwing them away after using them once. Doing this will help you have a more environmentally sustainable life.
We recommend you use glass bottles, which are usually free of toxins, and can be cleaned and reused multiple times.
7. Water-saving faucets
Water is one of the most precious liquids in our lives, and thus we should do our part to help save it. We can change the faucet of our kitchens to decrease the flow of water out of there, thus saving water.
Another alternative is using a faucet aerator, which reduces the flow of water by increasing the amount of air at the end of the faucet.
Using a faucet with an aerator is still efficient in regards to the everyday use of the faucet, and by using such an aerator we will keep our kitchen ecological.
8. A+++ appliances
Saving energy is the main focus of any ecological kitchen. This is why we need to keep in mind all the energy sources that we use there.
Appliances are classified with energy tags that go from G to A, where the green A tag represents the most energy-saving and efficient grade.
We should opt for using energy-saving appliances, and the best way of doing so is making sure the appliances we choose to get have the green A+++ tag. These are the most energy-saving appliances that the market has to offer.
So don’t think it twice, and look for that green tag!
LED bulbs and other efficient light sources can help you reduce the amount of electricity you consume up to 85%.
Did you find these tips useful? Which other tips would you apply to have an ecological kitchen?