Just because you are looking for a luxury, bespoke kitchen, doesn’t mean that you can’t have a green and sustainable kitchen – in fact, this makes it easier. There are a number of factors that you can consider, to ensure that your new and beautiful kitchen is also a benefit to the planet.
You can get more ideas as well as see how these ideas look and work by visiting our London showroom. Our expert kitchen designers will also be on hand to help you to bring your eco-friendly kitchen dreams to life.
MaterialsOne of the most obvious ways to make your new bespoke kitchen eco-friendly is through the materials that you are looking to use. Just because it is eco-friendly doesn't mean that the kitchen detailing can't be of the best quality.
For a rustic look, for example, you can use reclaimed materials that have been expertly adapted to create your bespoke kitchen furniture. You could also consider using materials that are found locally to reduce the carbon footprint of your dream kitchen.
You should be able to check where the materials that have been used to create your new kitchen furniture have come from – are they FSC or PEFC certified, for example?
Quality and SustainabilityIf you are concerned about the environment, getting a high quality bespoke kitchen is the best way that you can ensure that it lasts for a long time. This means less wastage of both materials and money – and a long-lasting, beautiful kitchen.
AppliancesAnother area where you can ensure that your new kitchen is as eco-friendly as possible is in your choice of appliances. If you are planning on buying a washing machine, dishwasher, tumble drier, or any other white appliance, it should have an energy rating attached to it which will tell you how energy efficient it is.
The rating has a range from A to G – with ‘A’ being the most energy-efficient. In some cases, A+, A++, and A+++ grades have been introduced to keep up with the changing energy-saving technology which we are now seeing.
With more energy-efficient appliances, you can ensure that your new kitchen is as energy efficient as possible.
You should also think about water efficiency. A number of different appliances in the kitchen use water, so try to ensure that you are getting appliances that are water as well as energy-efficient – which will also save you money.
Consider your CleaningWhen you are choosing which materials to use for your ideal kitchen style you should be also thinking about how you are going to clean and maintain them. There are some materials, for example, which might need chemicals to clean them properly, or to protect them from damage over time.
To make your kitchen as eco-friendly as possible you should try to stick to materials which can be cleaned and maintained using natural products – or at least chemicals which are the least harmful to the environment.
Eco-PaintIf you are thinking about painting your kitchen it is worth considering using eco-paint to do so. Kitchen eco-paint should be water-based with few or no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and no solvents. You can get eco-paint in a range of different colours and some of it is also categorised as being organic.
If you are considering having tiled splashbacks in your new kitchen, you could think about using reclaimed tiles to make it ‘greener’ - as well as to give it some extra character.
LightingIn many households, a lot of unnecessary energy can be used up on lighting, Simple things like using low-energy lightbulbs and ensuring that you switch lights off when you leave the room can be very effective in cutting energy use.
Lighting is, however, an important factor in making your kitchen look good, so you should carefully consider how you are going to light it. Think about low energy LED lights, dimmer switches, and fitting separate light switches to allow you to choose which ones to turn on.
Ensuring that you have an eco-friendly kitchen is something that is becoming increasingly important for people. And if you are looking at getting a new kitchen, this can become a priority. There are a number of ways that you can make your new kitchen more eco-friendly without compromising on how it looks and works, meaning that a ‘green’ kitchen is a viable option for everyone.