Did you know, that the average lifespan for a kitchen is seven years? SEVEN years!
By lifespan we mean before it gets worn out, before its owners simply get bored and decide they’d like a change, or before new homeowners decide they want to make their own mark. And what happens to an old kitchen when it’s ripped out?
It’s a sad fact that a large proportion of kitchen materials and appliances will simply go to landfill. While it is possible to recycle at least the wooden elements of a kitchen, removing laminate and the many metal and plastic parts can often prove too much for DIYers and even professionals who want to save time and cost on their renovation projects.
Sustainability is about avoiding the depletion of natural resources. It’s about protecting our beautiful planet and handing it down to our children’s children in a reasonable state. It’s about doing all we can to prevent the kind of environmental catastrophes we’re seeing across the globe: droughts, forest fires, floods, the rise of plastics in the oceans. If we don’t sit up and take notice soon it will be too late.
In the case of kitchens (and furniture in general) we need to start making more sensible choices. Choices that are based on quality and long-lasting style rather than faddy trends that will go out of fashion too quickly. Ultimately, choices that will reduce the amount of waste we’re sending to landfill.
When it comes to choosing a new kitchen there is plenty you can do:
We’ll leave that decision up to you. But in our opinion, we’ve reached the point where we must do every little thing we can. And we’re pleased to be able to do our bit, however small it may be.