How to achieve a greener kitchen in 2021
Interior design experts have had an edge in defining what a sustainable kitchen should look like thanks to an understanding of building and décor materials, what they contain, and how these compositions can affect the immediate environment.
In our previous article about sustainable bathrooms, we discussed the various ways in which a bathroom can be modernised to have as little a carbon footprint as possible.
We highlighted how these same principles can be applied to your kitchen construction, decor, and finishing to achieve not only a modern look and feel, but also reveal what appliances and accessories complement a greener outlook for the modern kitchen.
Greener Kitchen Materials
Building a greener kitchen boils down to knowing where your materials come from, what they are made from, how long they will last, and where they end up when they’ve reached the end of their product lifecycle.
Posing these questions creates the blueprint for an informed consumer. At Sonae Arauco, we know that after framing, joining, and finishing, kitchens end up using more wood than any other room in your home. That’s why our medium-density fibreboard(MDF) and particleboard(PB) are designed to retain carbon and formaldehyde emissions in the production processes.
MDF and PB are wood-based substrates that consist of wood that is chipped and then flaked, then processed into boards by adding resin and other materials. It is hardened, low on emissions, and is perfectly suited to forming the base of your kitchen interior. From forming the interior of your kitchen cabinets (also known as carcasses) to the base of decorative boards, MDF and PB haves a variety of applications.
MFC is an acronym for melamine-faced chipboard and forms part of Sonae Arauco’s decorative range under the Innovus brand and are available in an assortment of thicknesses and in either MDF/ PB substrate depending on the interior design requirements.
Green Kitchen Accessories and Practices
Building your kitchen using sustainable materials and appliances is only the first stage. Practising energy-efficient cooking methods and utilising green appliances is the next step to finalising an eco-friendly kitchen.
- Kitchen Cutlery: Reduce! Avoid buying products that create too much of a requirement for constant waste disposal. Although non-stick surfaces can be useful, the usage life of Teflon is far more limited than its worth.
- Efficient stove: Although generally dependent on your lifestyle, a long-lasting and energy-efficient stove is essential to a sustainable kitchen. Gas, induction top, and ceramic glass cook-tops save you money, energy, and are just as effective as regular electric coil stoves.
- Appliances: Modern appliances are being upgraded to meet the demand of current global ecological trends. However, be sure to repair older appliances before tossing them out. Reuse anything that is still in working order. Not all consumables need to be frozen, and some fruits can even go rotten faster due to ethylene gasses being trapped in the cool air.
- Decent cooking practices: It is surprising how many cooking methods can waste energy. Take preheating for example. This tired old habit is almost obsolete when considering how modern ovens are designed to heat up almost instantly. Consider limiting your oven use by utilising a pressure cooker or an air-fryer instead. These amazing appliances can save you up to 70% of the energy you would have used in an oven and can cook practically anything.
- Use eco-friendly detergents: Consumers have become more aware of what their cleaning products contain. That said, the use of natural plant based and probiotic cleaning agents are far less damaging to your immediate environment as well as being less of a health risk.
Understanding different materials, how to use them, and when to dispose of waste is vital as stated in the last article, the three Rs of sustainability, which are Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Following these simple steps will ensure a sustainable, viable, and eco-friendly future for your kitchen.
For more information on our wood-based decorative panels and services, visit us at https://sonaearauco.co.za/