12 Ways to Be Sustainable in Kitchen Renovations

When you plan on a kitchen renovation, you may not be thinking along the lines of a sustainable lifestyle, but there are plenty of ways to be eco friendly and save the earth’s resources when renovating.  Even if you simply order carefully so you are not wasting any timber, that is going to save some of our precious resources from being wasted. However, with some small amount of thought, you can easily find many other ways.Bamboo Interior

  • Choose building materials such as bamboo that are easily renewable or are in plentiful supply. It can be used for cabinets and floors as well.
  • Use paints and other things such as glue and lacquer that does not contains harmful toxic gases that waft up into the air – and into your lungs.
  • Choose eco friendly fabrics – natural cotton or at least cotton blends, bamboo fabrics or even fabric made from wool, all of which is renewable in its raw state each year.

  • Find out what dyes are in the fabric and what they were made of. Some dyes are harmless while others have a lot of waste that goes into the waterways and poisons them.
  • Choose organic cotton that has not had pesticides sprayed over it during the growth and harvesting cycle.
  • Make the design of your renovation eco-friendly. This includes insulation for the walls and ceiling, making use of natural sunlight to warm the room and using large windows that let in a good breeze during hot summers.
  • You might also consider using solar power to save on the amount of electricity used in the new renovation – or the whole house.
  • You would be sure to seal up all the cracks, gaps and holes that are inherent in building anything and can let out quite a lot of your warm or cool air and thus using more power to keep the home at a comfortable temperature.
  • Using natural light is also better than using artificial light all the time, but some kitchens end up being so dark even in the daytime that you just have to switch on the light.
  • A lot of light inside the home comes from reflected light. While natural timber walls and ceilings may look beautiful, they do decrease the natural light compared with lighter coloured, painted surfaces, so think carefully about whether you really want that look.

  • Down-lights need to be avoided because they are not bright enough and you need many more to light up an area. The same goes for chandeliers. They may look elegant, but you are using 6 or more bulbs to get the same amount of light that one normal globe would supply.
  • Make sure the hot water supply is close to the outlets otherwise you are wasting a heap of cold water in the pipes before it runs hot.