Green Kitchens, a great place to start

Innovative green kitchen by Ekokook

In our house, everyone is  always congregated in and around the kitchen.  I can’t tell you how many parties we’ve had where the beautifully decorated, comfy living room with the pretty views, will be empty, while everyone is standing around noshing in the kitchen. The wonderfully organized desk we built into the kid’s room,  eschewed, in favor of doing  homework at the kItchen table.   I guess it is because the kitchen is quite literally the room that provides us nourishment.  It is a place where we connect with each other, where we can be creative and where we foster  our own good health, and potentially, that of the planet.  We are facing huge problems surrounding our current production and consumption of food, with negative ramifications being experienced in our economics, politics,  the environment,  and our health.  We have an incredible opportunity to reexamine our modern relationship to food and redesign our kitchens to nurture more sustainable practices.  So, if you are going green, the kitchen is a very good place to start.   A green kitchen should be  designed  to maximize energy efficiency,   incorporate smart water use,  utilize the most eco-friendly and sustainable materials and support good health.  Whether you retrofit an existing kitchen or start from scratch,  there are lots of decisions to be made. Here are a few of the things you need to think about.

  1. Choosing the most energy-efficient appliances to meet your needs
  2. Lighting. Making the best use of  natural light and supplementing with energy-efficient lighting
  3. Water use strategies.  Low water use fixtures. Greywater systems
  4. Choosing materials that are durable, non toxic and environmentally responsible for cabinetry, countertops and floors
  5. Choosing non-toxic paints and finishes
  6. Incorporating strategies to encourage recycling and composting
  7. Incorporating food production
  8. Choosing non-toxic cleansers and food storage systems