15 Tips to help you create a more eco-friendly kitchen design
Here at Koivu we like to do what we can to look after the environment. It’s an important part of our brand ethos, and it’s important to us on a personal level too. We don’t just say we’re environmentally friendly, you can see it in everything we do, from our products to the way we operate our business.
And when it comes to designing kitchens for our lovely customers, we like to impart our words of environmental wisdom and include lots of eco-friendly touches where we can.
But what if you’re designing your own sustainable kitchen? Well, we’ve got plenty of tips to help you make sure it’s just that little bit greener. And we don’t mean in terms of your choice of paint colour!
2. Dispose of food waste rather than sending it to landfill.
One way to easily dispose of food waste is to install a waste disposal unit, however these can use a huge amount of water to work properly. Instead allow for a caddy bin under your sink that you can then empty into a compost heap in the garden.
4. Choose energy efficient appliances.
When you’re choosing water-thirsty machines such as a dishwasher or washing machine, make sure you choose energy efficient models. While these may seem a little pricier up front, you will save costs in terms of the energy used to run them and you’ll be doing a good deed for the planet too.
6. Only replace your kitchen when it’s absolutely necessary.
Modern kitchens are generally designed to last 7-8 years, with people often replacing them because they moved house and the new kitchen isn’t to their taste, or simply because they fancy a change. Instead consider replacing only the doors or worktops to ‘upstyle’ without the waste.
8. Recycle packaging.
When choosing your kitchen provider, ask prospective companies about the packaging they use and make sure it will be taken away and recycled.
10. Use eco-friendly materials for the bulk of your kitchen – your carcasses and worktops.
Farmed plywood is a great choice, tree stocks are continually replenished, it’s extremely hard-wearing meaning it’ll last a lifetime, and it gives off the lowest VOC emissions of all kitchen materials on the market today. Plywood kitchens can also be extremely beautiful – check out our gallery for inspiration and find out more about why we love plywood.
12. Choose suppliers who support your green ethos.
When you’re choosing peripherals like tiles, lighting and dining furniture make sure you find out about the companies you’re buying from and choose those who support your green ethos. Plan lighting schemes so you won’t need to use all the lights all the time. You can do this by zoning – having a separate switch of each area of lighting. That way, when you’re preparing food you can use the under-unit lights to illuminate your chopping board whereas when you’re eating you can use the pendant lights over your table.
14. Plan lighting schemes so you won’t need to use all the lights all of the time.
You can do this by zoning – having a separate switch for each area of lighting. That way, when you’re preparing food you can use the under-unit lights to illuminate your chopping board, whereas when you’re eating you can use the pendant lights over your table.