How To Create The Perfect Eco-Friendly Kitchen For Your Home

While aesthetics and functionality might be high on the priority list when it comes to designing a new kitchen, there’s also an increasing desire among customers to make sure their new culinary hub is as environmentally-friendly as possible.  

Whether that’s using natural raw materials for cabinets and worktops, opting for green appliances and lighting methods—or being mindful of the carbon output used in the delivery and manufacturing process. Indeed, there’s a seemingly endless number of things to consider when trying to limit the ecological impact of building a new kitchen.

Here at Hugo & Blake, we understand that we have our part to play in the long-term safeguarding of the planet, and we take every practical step to ensure that our carbon footprint is kept minimal: from the sustainable raw materials we use, our careful delivery methods, and the blanket wrap packaging we choose for our products.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at some measures you can take to create the perfect eco-friendly kitchen.

Choose sustainable material!

One of the many benefits of building solid timber cabinets is that they derive from a completely natural source. Materials don’t come much greener or more renewable than timber—which is more than can be said for plastics and decorative laminates that rely on the addition of toxic chemicals in the production process. 

Hugo & Blake firmly believe that nature produces the most wonderful, durable raw materials for creating freestanding kitchen units, and our expert cabinet makers use only mature timber derived from managed forests. What’s more, every single scrap of residual wood and machine waste is recycled to further limit our carbon footprint.

The same can also be said of our range of countertops, where we again use only naturally-sourced raw materials. From Forest Stewardship Control (FSC) timber—harvested and processed with as little environmental impact as possible—or our highly-durable, natural stone worktops. Quartz, granite, and the sintered stone alternative, Dekton, are all hard-wearing, organic options that will not only look great in your kitchen, but keep your green quota the green.  

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Green appliances

The primary function of the modern kitchen appliance is to simplify and expedite everyday tasks. From smart toasters to multipurpose food processors—and every ingenious culinary gadget in between. They can also help to make your kitchen more environmentally-friendly. 

An instant boiling water tap, for instance, will not only save time in vital cooking and tea-making duties, but also serve to put a huge dent in the energy costs of boiling a standard electric kettle.

To help you choose the most efficient appliances for your kitchen, each product will come with an energy rating label to help you calculate its running cost.

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Save water

A kitchen without water is much like a car without wheels—you’re not going to get very far without it. Whether you’re washing clothes, boiling vegetables, or making ice in your freezer—you’ll find it hard to avoid the use of nature’s most elemental liquid. Thankfully there are a host of simple methods available to make your kitchen more water-efficient and, in turn, reduce those spiralling monthly utility bills.

One surefire way of reducing your water usage is to invest in an energy-efficient dishwasher. These time-saving, super-convenient contraptions will typically use much less water than the traditional sink and suds approach—and it’ll free-up time to engage in more enjoyable activities than washing up.

rustic blue freestanding kitchen island

We are forever looking for ways to reduce our emissions, and we’ll continue to do our bit to ensure our practices and production techniques are carried out with the environment in mind. If you’re looking to create an eco-friendly kitchen, you’ll not go too far wrong choosing Hugo & Blake.

Posted on August 20th 2021

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