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Going Eco-Chic in Your Fitted Kitchen
Eco-friendly materials and processes are not just a trend but a necessity. Consumers are rejecting one-use plastics and excessive packaging an attempt to slow climate change not just here in Scotland but across the country and the globe. The problem is, however, that we have become so accustomed to certain things in our lives that looking for and choosing alternatives is difficult. How can you make your fitted kitchen eco-chic?
#1 Look at product materials
Plastic seems to be in virtually everything. From plastic utensils plastic components on pots and pans, making the right choice when it comes to eco-friendly materials can feel like a minefield.
When it comes to materials, it is natural materials that are more eco-friendly. However, they can be more expensive so be discerning in your choice. And don’t expect to pay more because it something has an environmentally-friendly sticker on it too!
For example, as well as wood chopping boards, you might want to consider bamboo. Bamboo is a sustainable material that grows quickly in tropical climes. When dried and processed, it can form a strong material including for chopping boards.
#2 Think long term
Making small changes and sticking to them makes the most impact when it comes to the environment. And it's true in the kitchen.
And so it is definitely a case of spending well on accessories for your kitchen and not opting for cheap things that don’t last very long. So instead of plastic sieves, choose metal ones. Although more expensive, they will last for many years to come.
#3 It goes for kitchen accessories too
It isn’t just about pots and pans but the accessories in the kitchen/diner too. For example, recycled glass lamps for the dining room are very eco-chic especially when you team table and pendant lamps with bamboo shades or similar.
#4 Fairtrade items
Another issue mixed in with sustainability is fair trade. We have relied on things assuming that the people producing them are being paid a fair wage and working in safe conditions. The sad truth is that this is not always the case.
When buying items imported into the country look for information on who they produced it and whether it is part of a fair trade type scheme.
#5 Recycle as much as possible
Eco-chic is not just about the items you have in your kitchen but how you use things and what you do with them when they are no longer of use.
Upcycling means taking an item and adding to it to make it into something else and recycling is when another purpose is found for an item. And so a chipped ceramic pot may no longer be useful for its intended use but great as a salt pig, for example.
Most councils in Scotland offer weekly food waste collection or you may prefer to compost waste from your kitchen, although you need to be taking steps to minimise food waste overall.
With a few small and careful changes here and there, and followed on a consistent basis, it is possible to have an eco-chic kitchen.