Everyone knows that for many, environmental considerations are of the utmost importance.
Governments, businesses and individuals are running their lives on the basis of having the least impact on the earth and its resources. Even those places where we feel most at home have met with a “greener” approach. Take the cosy kitchen, for example.
Consider what we’re using as our base materials and equipment. As Treehugger advises: “Look for kitchen fittings, floors, paneling, and cabinets that have had a previous life, are unique and have already stood the test of time.”
Firstly, if this equipment has stood the test of time, then that is already an indication it is of good quality. Secondly, by using it again, you probably won’t be paying full price since second-hand items tend to be cheaper. Finally, you’ll be helping the environment since you won’t be acquiring completely new material but material that already exists.
Hardwood items, well-designed marble, specific hardboard and many other items tend to already be good for reuse and might require a mere quick polish or clean. This is so much better than using barnd-new materials or equipment.
Even the way we cook food can impact green aspects. Progress Energy, an energy company in the US, concludes that microwave ovens use 50% less energy than other, conventional ovens. Using a microwave in summer results in less heat in the kitchen – and since combatting heat itself uses energy, this means less energy spent on air conditioners, ice and other coolers.
Furthermore, decisions about gas or electric stoves can matter: obviously gas uses less electricity, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better for the environment. Gas still needs to be transported, can make the food and house filled with more gases than is necessary, etc. Yes, you might use more electricity, but there are increasingly better conductors and materials that can trap and distribute heat faster.
Do you use paper towels? Maybe it’s time to reconsider that. You could for example use wash cloths to achieve the same result and not have to keep purchasing the products every few weeks or days. What kind of glasses are you using: are they recycled or brand new? Large or small? Do you use a dish-washer or hand-wash? Again, like gas or electric, one is not necessarily better than the other. For example, if you’re a poor manager of water, you might use more water and electricity hand-washing than a dishwasher.
All of these are questions to ask and can make for a greener kitchen – and life.