Eco-friendly kitchens – 10 ways to be green

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When renovating a home, the responsible approach is to include as many green choices as possible. From the materials you choose to appliances designed to save power, water and money, there are many ways in which kitchen and appliance manufacturers make their products more eco-friendly. For some, it’s in the production methods – for example, powering their manufacturing plants on timber offcuts, or boosting the efficiency of machines to reduce the carbon footprint. Then there’s the trend towards vintage or antique finds. With so many ways to go green, you’ll be surprised at just how easy creating an eco kitchen is. Here are a few top tips:

Look out for FSC-certified timber. The council’s label helps buyers distinguish wood products, including flooring and furniture, that comes from well-managed forests – the PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) has broadly similar promises of sustainability.

There’s no better way to be green than to repurpose something that has already had a good life.There are good reclamation yards and salvage companies across the nation – find one near you at salvo.co.uk, or visit lassco.co.uk.

The eco angle frequently involves using recycled glass. About 400 wine bottles and other glass waste might be involved in the manufacture of worktops or splashbacks for an average-sized kitchen. They are crushed and bound with solvent-free resin before being cast into solid panels and polished. Quartz is another option because it’s plentiful, meaning it has a lower environment impact than buying granite or marble. You might also consider using recycled tiles. Try The Reclaimed Tile Company Reclaimed or recycled wood is another option for worktops. Buy it from a community recycling project and ask a carpenter to turn it into a worktop, unit carcass or doors.

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