Nature-Inspired: How To Embrace Eco-Friendly Kitchen Design
When you’re cooking, it really does help to be attuned with nature, as you’re creating a delicious meal filled with natural ingredients. While energy-saving tips and plastic-reducing measures are a welcome addition to your kitchen, digging down into the design side can really pay dividends in terms of environmental consciousness as well as creating a jaw-dropping aesthetic.
In this post, we’d like to run through some of the best ways you can do exactly this, providing enough eco kitchen inspo for any type of culinary space.
Opting for the most natural and tough materials on offer can be a strain on your wallet, but will prove to be a savvy long-term investment. Natural stone worktops will last a lifetime if properly cared for, while a solid oak kitchen table will serve as the setting of family meals for generations.
If you’re constantly replacing poor quality kitchen furniture that breaks or stains easily, you’ll end up spending more on replacements than you would on an initial quality purchase made of natural materials.
This simple choice will lower strain on the environment in terms of reducing the need for delivery and manufacture and, in turn, decrease demand for low-quality furniture that may have a detrimental impact on the planet.
Cultivate a green aesthetic
Stone worktops and solid oak tables look their best alongside house plants and other forms of indoor foliage. Often situated near a back door, the kitchen in a traditional terraced house is a prime place to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor. This can be done very simply by introducing a small herb garden on your windowsill and investing in air-cleaning foliage such as spider plants.
Matching your furniture to this aesthetic is easy enough – just opt for natural shades and rustic, responsibly sourced materials such as wood and you’ll have a kitchen that’ll be green in more ways than one.
Make it count with tech
An aesthetic has to be backed up with some energy-saving substance in order for your kitchen to be truly eco-friendly. Having an efficiency audit of the white goods that you rely on for day-to-day tasks is important, especially if they haven’t been replaced in a few years. Low-water washing machines and dishwashers could slash your utility bills, while a more efficient fridge-freezer will mean less time wasted defrosting the thing, and less energy used every day.
Of course, you can replace more than just the appliances in your kitchen. Swapping your lighting for LED bulbs, installing a smart meter to track how much energy you’re using and integrating it all into a home energy control system (such as Hive) will help you reduce bills, all while adding a bit of techy panache to your everyday life.
Eco-friendly raw materials
If you’re looking at doing a more extensive kitchen overhaul, make sure the raw materials you use are eco-friendly. Easily grown and readily renewable, bamboo is an emerging kitchen flooring option, while cork’s unique sustainable properties (as a type of bark, it can be harvested from the same tree multiple times) make it an eco-friendly choice for those who want a kitchen floor with a little spring in its step.
Bamboo can also be used in crockery and chopping board manufacture, as a low-cost, high-strength building material and in the manufacture of gorgeous, eastern-style sliding doors that can create a stylish dividing line between your kitchen and the rest of the home.
So, what are you waiting for? Embark on your eco-friendly kitchen voyage today and you’ll soon reap the rewards, both aesthetically and in your energy bills.
Alex Jones is a feature writer for OWO Living, specialists in stylish home furniture and beds.