Sustainability is an increasingly important element of home design. Luckily, it has never been easier to swap out products for more eco-friendly options, particularly in the kitchen, where many appliances use water or energy. Whether you’re looking to do a complete renovation or just update appliances or surfaces, there are plenty of affordable fixtures and alternative materials available for simple swaps. Kitchen experts offer five eco-friendly kitchen updates that don’t sacrifice style for sustainability.
𝟏. 𝐑𝐞𝐜𝐲𝐜𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐂𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐨𝐩 𝐌𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐬
Recycled countertop materials are a great eco-friendly option for homeowners looking to update a kitchen. There are many options to choose from, including concrete, cork, and even recycled glass. David Tully, a realtor in Nevada, says recycled glass is a long-lasting, environmentally friendly countertop material manufactured from crushed glass and binders. Available in several colors to suit any kitchen design, these countertops are easily customizable, making them a good choice for any aesthetic.
Repurposed tile and other upcycled materials are also durable and as easy to clean as laminates. In a kitchen renovation, consider recycled countertop materials a versatile and unique option to minimize environmental impact and showcase individual style.
𝟐. 𝐑𝐞𝐮𝐬𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐊𝐢𝐭𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐈𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐬
If you’re looking for small, simple ways to incorporate sustainability into your cooking space, switch to reusable items rather than single-use plastic and paper products. Cloth napkins, dish towels, and glass containers reduce reliance on single-use items. Reusable storage bags, glass mason jars, and multi-use produce bags make any kitchen more sustainable. Using these items instead of disposable alternatives can save you money on restocking in the long run, too.
Many reusable kitchen items are also often made from eco-friendly materials like organic cotton, bamboo, or compostable vegetable sources. There are now eco-friendly sponges made of loofah rather than plastic, and even dish soaps can be found in non-plastic containers. If you’re looking for simple ways to start incorporating sustainability, try zero-waste options that can be used over and over again.
𝟑. 𝐈𝐧𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐒𝐭𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐬
Induction stoves are another eco-friendly kitchen upgrade. Nicola Bertazzoni, COO of kitchen appliance brand Bertazzoni, says there is “an increasingly accelerating switch from gas to electricity, which today stands for induction.” Induction stoves use electromagnetic energy to heat cookware directly rather than heating up the air around the cookware (as a gas stove would).
Bertazzoni says induction offers homeowners a sustainable option with several benefits. Induction stoves have a modern, seamless design and offer precision temperature control. Because induction stoves have a smooth surface, they are easy to clean and maintain. They can also spell cost and energy savings, with lower costs for gas and better safety protections—no fear of gas leaks or leaving it on and causing a fire.
As technology develops, induction appliances are also quickly becoming more affordable and comparable to gas stove models.
𝟒. 𝐓𝐨𝐮𝐜𝐡𝐥𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐅𝐚𝐮𝐜𝐞𝐭𝐬
The kitchen sink can be a notable source of water waste, whether from leaving the water running when doing the daily dishes or not spotting a leak until it’s too late. Luckily, there are several ways to upgrade a kitchen faucet to reduce water usage. Motion-sensor technology is a great starting point. Hands-free and motion-sensor faucets have automatic shut-off features to prevent water from accidentally being left running. This technology is becoming more affordable to help homeowners conserve water while washing dishes or preparing meals.
There are also small upgrades that can make your kitchen sink more sustainable, including nozzles that incorporate water filtration systems to reduce the need for single-use plastic water bottles.
𝟓. 𝐒𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐅𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐌𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐥𝐬
Your choice in flooring material can also reduce your kitchen’s carbon footprint. Tully says that cork, a material harvested from the bark of cork oak trees, is a renewable material you can use for either countertops or flooring. “Cork is resilient and hypoallergenic, and you can install it in a variety of patterns,” he says.
This eco-friendly option for kitchen flooring is durable and easy to clean, and usually available in several colors to suit any kitchen design. In addition, eco-friendly flooring materials are often made with sustainable manufacturing processes that use fewer chemicals to produce. And if your family outgrows the style, the materials can be recycled or repurposed at the end of their lifespan. For your next full-scale kitchen renovation, consider installing flooring made with sustainable materials.
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