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June 22, 2022

Sustainable Kitchen: How to Create Your Own

A clean, stylish, and organised home is usually the top priority for most people. But with increasing concerns for our environment, sustainability has found its way onto the list. Namely– a sustainable kitchen!

The kitchen is one of the most important spaces in any home for increased sustainability. With an increase in single-use electric appliances, a lot of electricity is used.

And then there is the sheer volume of soft plastics that are used in consumer goods! Perishable goods, individually wrapped, then you are asked at the checkout if you would like a bag with that. So what better place than in the kitchen to start caring for our planet.

One of our goals, when we started Hobart Kitchen Transformations, was to make it easy for people to have sustainable kitchens. From using eco-friendly materials to creating smart rubbish disposal systems, it’s been our mission to keep our carbon footprint as low as possible.

If you’ve got the same values, that’s amazing! To help you in your mission, we have compiled some top tips on how you can make your kitchen more sustainable:

Sustainable kitchens can look beautiful

Make Disposing Rubbish Eco-friendly!

An often overlooked habit towards creating a sustainable kitchen is investing in an eco-friendly rubbish disposal system. That makes it as easy as possible to sort your trash and recycle where possible.

Here’s a little cheat sheet:

  • Make sure that all your recyclables have been washed out.
  • Do not put your recyclable tins, bottles and plastics in a plastic bag before they go in the recycling bin.
  • Food scraps including vegetable peelings, fruit, cooked food, left-overs, meat and bones, dairy and citrus, can be put out with your garden waste collection.

You can also take your recycling game up a notch by carefully sorting your rubbish! There are the mainstream recycling options like curbside recycling that most councils organise. But in many states, there are other organisations that you are able to take specific recycling to such as cardboard & paper, soft plastics and bottles.

These organisations are often run by charities which create are focused on making a difference to people’s lives and the environment.

Simple practices can make a big difference. Here are some good practices:

  • Saying no to additional plastic bags, and carrying reusable bags instead.
  • Choosing foods without excessive packaging
  • Folding newspapers to the line bin
  • Composting food scraps
  • Using compostable storage materials

If you’re feeling especially “green”, consider starting a worm farm to help with composting! 

You can also compost biodegradable waste such as fruit and vegetable peels, tea bags, and eggshells. 

Worried about your kitchen smelling bad? New compost bins on the market come with airtight seals that prevent any bad smells from escaping. There are also ones that make ‘compost juice’ to water your plants with!

Truly, your imagination is the limit when it comes to sustainable rubbish disposal practices!

Beautiful eco friendly kitchen

Invest in Eco-Friendly Appliances and Sustainable Kitchen Equipment

Appliances account for a large percentage of energy consumption in the home, so it is important to make wise choices when purchasing them. A kitchen remodel is the perfect time to invest in Energy Star-certified appliances, that use less energy than standard models!

Here are some more ideas:

  • Using eco-friendly cleaning chemicals such as baking soda, lemon juice, plant-based soap, etc.
  • Using fibre cloths, sponges or reusable rolls of cleaning cloths instead of paper towels.
  • Limit the amount of single-use plastic in the house For example: instead of cling wraps, using beeswax wraps.
  • Prepare to make eco-friendly choices when you leave the house. For example, you can carry a water bottle or straw everywhere to avoid bringing more plastic into the home
  • Buy glassware or kitchen equipment made of steel/bamboo instead of plastic

Practice Eco-friendly Cooking in Your Sustainable Kitchen

Sustainable cooking covers everything from your shopping practices, what you cook, how you cook, the amount of food made, the way you store your food, to how you dispose of the waste. 

When shopping for groceries, purchase items that come in recyclable packaging or that can be reused, such as glass jars. Moreover, eating seasonally, helps you enjoy the freshest ingredients and reduce the energy used to store and transport food. 

If you want to go a step further, consider reducing your meat intake or transitioning to a vegetarian or vegan diet. Meat and poultry production contributes significantly to greenhouse gas emissions. Beef production is also a major contributor to greenhouse gasses and pollution. 

Some more easy eco-friendly practices are:

  • Boiling, steaming, or poaching instead of frying.
  • Making bulk meals.
  • Find creative uses for leftovers.
  • Eat more fresh food
  • Buy more organic products
Clean and green sustainable kitchen

Recycle During the Remodel and Create a New, More Sustainable Kitchen!

A kitchen remodel is the perfect time to put all these tips into practice!

You can switch over to eco-friendly materials and appliances during the revamp and maybe even reuse existing equipment/materials. On the other hand, if you want a totally new kitchen, just give your appliances away (or sell them on GumTree!) instead of throwing them away.

Hobart Kitchen Transformations can help you create your dream kitchen while reducing your carbon footprint! Our team recycles construction leftovers and actively chooses sustainable materials to work with.

We can also advise you on how to recycle or reuse things at the end of your kitchen renovation (talk about being budget-friendly!). 

For example: in Tasmania, we can direct you to the closest place to recycle your electric appliances! Our design experts can also advise you about using old kitchen equipment in other places in your house:

  • You can use doors from your kitchen to make shelving or planter boxes. 
  • You can use parts of the kitchen sink for an outdoor gardening set-up (gardening benches or a mud kitchen for your kids). 
  • Most old jars and containers can also be used as pots for plants

At HKT, we believe that being environmentally conscious doesn’t have to cost the earth.

Talk to one of our experts today to find the best way to create your dream kitchen– sustainably!

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