Going green has essentially gone viral in the past few years as more and more efforts are made on a global level to be more energy efficient, but even companies are using environmentally friendly production methods as a marketing tactic.
But the ability to be green has extended well into the household, and with the kitchen being the one room in the house that produces the most waste, it’s important to consider how you can alter your disposal methods to reduce environmental impact. With a remodel, you are essentially starting fresh, so can really use this opportunity to make your kitchen as green as possible.
Recycle Waste from Old Kitchen
Why not start with the waste you produce during the remodel itself? Depending on how extensive the remodel is, you are bound to produce quite a bit of waste during the process, and if you do a little planning prior to the tear out, you can make sure that every piece of the old kitchen is disposed of in a responsible way.
Additionally, don’t rule out the possibility of being able to reuse material from the old kitchen for the remodel. While there are plenty of environmentally-friendly materials you can use for your kitchen, reusing material is definitely the green way to go. For example, rather than dismantle the drywall, maybe carefully remove it and use it for the remodel later. You can even use the wood from old cabinets for other DIY projects around the home.
Hidden Recycling and Disposal Bins
Everybody has a designated area for their kitchen trash, but as you are designing the new layout, you can make room for more effective disposal methods.
Making space for a hidden trash can and recycling bins will not only keep your trash out of view and allow for more floor space, but it will also allow you to dispose of things quickly and properly. If you can arrange a simple pull-out cabinet that contains your trash cans and your recycling bins, you can separate your waste more effectively.
Keeping your trash cans and your recycling bins in the same location will also encourage others in the house to put recyclable material in the appropriate bin.
Trash compactors are available in compact versions themselves, allowing you to easily stick them in your kitchen next to your recycling bins.
There are a handful of benefits in purchasing a kitchen compactor, but as far as “green” goes, a trash compactor will dramatically lengthen the time in between taking out the trash. This also means that you are using far fewer trash bags than usual and, therefore, you are reducing the amount of plastic you dispose of.
Trash compactors are essentially the trash can size, so you can easily place them alongside your recycle bins and still keep everything in one place.
Set Yourself Up for Green Eating
This one may require a little more planning and a little more discipline on your part, but it can be one of the most effective ways to go green in more ways than one.
Eating “green” can be more challenging than most people consider, but if you give yourself all of the proper tools during your remodel, you can better foster an environment for green eating. This might include a spacious fridge to accommodate and organize plenty of produce, and you may also create a dark, low-moisture area to store potatoes and onions, as well as a spacious sink and the appropriate tools for washing veggies.
Ideally, creating an environment for green eating and then actually eating green will mean producing less waste that isn’t biodegradable.
Ditch the Paper Towels
Rather than consistently load your trash with paper towels, you can use this valuable space for the more unavoidable pieces of waste.
Ditching paper towels in favor of cloth towels can be an effective way to save space in the trash and produce less waste in general. During the remodel, you can designate a space for cloth towels and even create an easy way to toss them in a bin so that you can wash them later. Additionally, if you are really interested in going green, consider every aspect of the remodel, including the materials you use and what you do with the old material.