Surely if we think of the term "sustainable kitchen" the first thing we think of is a renewable and sustainable energy source or efficient appliances. How we wrote a few days ago, the consumption It is the future of home energy, but today we will go a little further.
A "sustainable kitchen" is not only the one that uses the energy we produce, but also encompasses many more aspects, from energy to the materials of cookware. Let's see how to get a totally sustainable kitchen.
The biggest enemy for a sustainable home is plastic. This material, from oil, invades the seas, destroys ecosystems and species and is a real threat For life in the oceans. Images such as the famous island of spills in the Pacific or dead animals due to plastic intake are aware of the need to end the consumption of this harmful material.
The truth is that the "use and throw away" something or "for a plastic nothing happens" is disappearing from our consciousness and we begin to replace this harmful material.
Another important aspect is bottled products. It's been a long time since you fight against the small plastic water bottle. It is one of the most consumed and most polluting containers, more and more people stop using the plastic bottle and start using more sustainable substitutes, such as glass or bamboo. If you like mineral water, buy a large carafe and refill your bottle. As for the products that come bottled, such as milk, many manufacturers already bottle in sustainable and biodegradable materials.
To store food in the refrigerator, use glass containers or biodegradable materials such as beeswax. It is important to stop using plastics daily in our kitchens and, despite the fact that tappers are becoming more common in our day-to-day lives, there are different materials that replace the plastic ones of a lifetime.
It is true that, at present, many supermarkets and stores have moved to paper bagsl, Even so, it is much more sustainable for the environment to use cloth bags to go shopping.
In some supermarket chains you can take your own containers or bags to take the products to the weight. If this is not possible, do not use plastic bags but paper bags.
And most importantly, buy bio food. Not only because they are more beneficial for the environment, but also for our health.
In your kitchen you don't need to have twenty appliances. It is good to have only those that we really use and that these are of the Maximum efficiency possible. Although "eco" appliances are more expensive than normal ones, their cost is much lower, so they are profitable in a short time.
The arrangement of furniture and appliances in the kitchen is important to get the look you want, but also to save energy. If the refrigerator is located next to the oven or microwave, it will need to work harder because you will receive more heat. On the contrary, if it is remote it will be easier to maintain the ideal temperature
Water and lighting
Water is one of the great problems of our generation. More and more scarce and is a necessary asset for our survival, therefore, we must make an intelligent and cautious use of drinking water.
The most popular faucet aerators They allow to save a lot of water because they serve to reduce the flow of water. Sometimes we spend time with the tap open and without realizing it we have wasted liters of water. In this way, it will be the aerator that controls you and you will consume less water, you will save more and you will favor the environment.
The lighting sources Efficient as LED bulbs allow you to greatly reduce the energy consumed. The difference is very noticeable, specifically, 85%. So start forgetting incandescent bulbs.
If, in addition to all this, you plan to change the electricity consumption or install solar panels and start using renewable energy for your home, you can experience substantial savings in the medium term and, above all, you will have the security that your household's carbon footprint it will be reduced to almost 0. Not only will you have a sustainable home but you will help make the world a better place for everyone.