People who are looking to renovate their kitchen could take it one step further and make it eco-friendly as well. They can reduce their carbon footprint with a modern, suitable kitchen that everyone will enjoy spending time in.
Environmental concerns are at the forefront of many people’s minds. Construction companies reflect on this by building new homes with built-in wind turbines or solar panels for a more sustainable living experience. Individuals can do their part by converting their homes, so they have less impact on the planet.
When buying kitchen appliances such as refrigerators, microwaves or cookers, choose one that has the most stars. Australia’s energy rating system rates how much energy different brands of appliances use. The more stars on the appliance, the less energy it uses and the more efficient it is.
Solid Steel or Wood Units
Avoid MDF units; they are cheaper but they are made of woodchips that contain urea formaldehyde resin. Formaldehyde should be avoided, as it is a carcinogen linked to leukaemia and throat and nasal cancers. Kitchen cabinet makers can manufacture eco-friendlier solid steel or combination steel and wood units from sustainable wood sources.
Eco-friendly flooring options for a new kitchen include engineered boards made from sustainably sourced timber, recycled porcelain tiles or resin. The resin is made from biopolymers that resemble polished concrete but do not use the chemicals or vast amounts of water normally required to make it.
Stainless Steel Sinks
Stainless steel is a ‘greener’ option for the sink, as a large percentage of steel is already recycled. It can also be easily recycled after use and it looks modern and attractive.
For homeowners who are concerned about the quality of the water supply, filter taps can help remove contaminants and eliminate the need to buy bottled water.
LED Eco Lighting
LED bulbs last longer than standard bulbs and use less energy, so there is lower emission. This makes the bulbs an energy-efficient and environment-friendly option.
When renovating a kitchen, it only takes a few simple steps to turn it into an eco-friendly space. If you think you cannot handle everything or you have no experience in renovation projects, it is best to hire professionals.