You can really get stuck into eco-friendliness, and any top kitchen designer worth their salt will go to whatever level of sustainability you are looking for. If you are thinking of updating and remodelling your kitchen, you may want to consider these 6 simple areas where your choices make a huge difference in terms of long-term sustainability.
Try to reface cabinetry if possible
Any cases refacing cabinets will create the same look as customer cabinetry, but will only use less than a single tree's worth of wood. Refacing will also make your cabinets more durable and last longer and also will save you money as they cost less than half that of a new custom design.
If your Kitchen layout is more or less the same, refacing cabinets is an eco-conscious choice. But, it's not for everyone. Determine if refacing is the viable choice for you. If you have reservations then consult your kitchen designer to ensure you make the right decision.
Go for quartz countertops
Both products are considered more sustainable than granite. The production of quartz does dramatically have less impact than the mining needed for granite (as it is not a renewable source). When you add their maintenance-free qualities, along with the fact that they don't require sealants (which can be toxic) and will last a lifetime without chipping or cracking—quartz is a great long lasting choice for the countertops in your kitchen.
Why not consider recycled materials
From the products that are recycled into quartz slabs, to recycled glass that comprises glass tiles, there are loads of great opportunities to style up your kitchen incorporating materials made with recycled "components." Always keep recycled products in mind for your decor choices. Refurbish and re-use items wherever you can and you'll create a great looking design piece while being eco-conscious where possible.
Make a contemporary kitchen for your home
Part of sustainability is longevity. The more you have to replace, the less sustainable it is because it requires much more resources to manufacture replacements. Products could require more toxins to be made in order to paint, finish or seal it. You also have to think about the fact that you could be using more fuel for shipping/transporting these items to and from suppliers.
Designing a sustainable kitchen requires lots of key planning. You want to design a kitchen that will be timeless for five, ten and even twenty years from now. Create a kitchen design that shouldn't need any big work or replacements and will be accessible for all your family and friends.