6 Eco-friendly Kitchen and Bathroom Ideas
- 6 minute read
- Jun 5th, 2022
With global warming, it’s more important than ever these days to limit our environmental impact by trying to use planet-friendly materials and cut back on our energy consumption in general.
Having a new eco kitchen or eco-friendly bathroom renovation is the ideal opportunity to see what can be done at as little a cost as possible to our environment.
In this post, we’ll look at some of the eco-friendlier worktops, cabinets, and other materials around these days, as well as ways we can improve our living spaces by reusing, recycling and reclaiming. Here at Granite and TREND Transformations, we believe that is a far better way to build. Who wants the guilt of using up even more of the earth’s natural resources or releasing more C02 gas into the atmosphere?
Clever appliances and technology
These days all white goods and appliances are energy rated, with the more efficient coming in at A+++. Analysts agree that going for an A+++ fridge freezer instead of A+, for instance, will save you up to £200 in energy costs over the lifetime of that appliance. For sustainable kitchens, the higher the energy efficient rating, the better.
Boiling water taps in kitchens are becoming increasingly popular these days. Not only do they save you from boiling the kettle (since they provide hot water on demand), but they also prevent you from wasting hot water and, as a result, energy. In fact, according to the Energy Saving Trust, homes in the UK waste around £68 million every year just by boiling kettles.
Dual flush toilets are a must if you want to save money on water in your new eco-friendly bathroom renovation. Some studies point out that toilet flushing accounts for around one-third of the amount of water in our homes. A dual flush toilet uses as little as 2.6 and four litres of water when flushed – compared to 14 litres in an old-fashioned style. You don’t even have to buy a whole new toilet to switch – just get a plumber to switch to the dual mechanism for you.
Remaining on the subject of water, we know baths use more water than showers, so why not install both so that you can use the shower daily and have a relaxing soak in the bath just once or twice a week?
Smart technology in the bathroom, meanwhile, allows us to control and monitor our baths, from how hot we want the water to how much steam there is and what the lighting should be like. That means being able to control the amount of water and, therefore, the energy that we use.
Smart technology isn’t just limited to the bathroom, of course. These days, smart fridges will let you know when you’re running out of a particular foodstuff and even order it for you! Such a fridge can also come up with recipe ideas for the remaining food inside, helping to reduce food waste and saving you from buying more food at the same time.
Natural and efficient lighting
It’s a good idea to use as much natural lighting in your kitchen as possible. That means fitting a roof light, glass doors or a window in key places, such as the prepping, dining and cooking areas. If you do need to use artificial lighting, then make sure it’s LEDs. They have been tested to last as long as 100,000 hours compared to just 1,000 hours of incandescent bulbs – ., and you won’t pay as much in utility costs.
Our very own engineered, eco-friendly etherium® By E-Stone worktops, bathroom tiles and floors contain recycled wine, beer and mineral water bottles using the latest developments in polymer technology. Not only do they use recycled materials (all of our worktops use up to 72 percent post-consumer recycled glass) which would otherwise have gone to landfill, but they also use up to 70 percent less energy at source.
Other impressively sustainable statistics include using 7.5 million tons of recycled glass annually (which, in turn, cuts our carbon emissions by 2.5 million pounds). We also produce 22 per cent fewer waste materials and 20 per cent fewer emissions than the typical worktop manufacturing processes. It also means using up to five times less water, raw materials and energy than those using alternative worktop manufacturing processes. Additionally, our eco-friendly worktops can be recycled again once you fancy a change.
But tiles and worktops are only one way you can incorporate the concept of recycling into your kitchen and bathroom. Choose a stainless-steel kitchen sink, and it’s likely to be from recycled materials. Bronze and copper pendant lighting or taps for your eco-friendly bathroom renovation will also often be 100 percent recycled.
Reclaim and reuse
Use lovely old vintage reclaimed wood for your kitchen or bathroom flooring rather than laminate or vinyl tiles. Fast-growing bamboo and cork flooring are also good alternatives, and remember, our eco-friendly etherium® By E-Stone can also be used for flooring.
Instead of ripping out your existing kitchen cabinets when you fancy a change, leave the actual cabinets and just replace the doors. That way, you will save on the cost of replacement wood (new timber being pretty expensive these days) and also prevent the used wooden cabinet shells from being thrown away. Using old materials also saves energy on making new ones. Here at Granite and TREND Transformations, we have a huge range of new eco kitchen doors to give your room an instant and very contemporary look.
If you do go ahead and rip out your old cabinets because you want to alter your kitchen’s layout, then make sure you recycle them. There are plenty of ‘giveaway’ sites these days, or you could even sell them on various platforms available online.
Other eco-friendly kitchen products to look out for include recycled Melamine Faced Chipboard (MFC), Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) and Birch-ply. Eco board, meanwhile, is produced using compressed agricultural by-products.
It’s not only about using up energy – there’s also your carbon footprint to think about. And one way to reduce that is to find a kitchen or eco-friendly bathroom renovation designer and supplier who is local to where you live. And if that’s not possible, at least make sure they are UK-based and not shipping your new kitchen from halfway across the world.
We love to see all our customers go down the eco-friendly kitchen and bathroom route by making sustainable choices for their new rooms. And in fact, our core mission here at Granite and TREND Transformations is to gradually change the world’s surfaces with our green products.
Get in touch with the team.
If you’d like to find out more about how you can upgrade your kitchen or bathroom to a more sustainable version, then do get in touch for advice. We have lots of products you can choose from, covering worktops, flooring, splashbacks and tiles – all that will tick the green eco box for your home.
You can call the team on 0808 271 6574 and set up an appointment time for us to come out and chat with you in the comfort of your own home. There, we can talk about your design and, at the same time, take measurements. Remember, we’re all about a make-over rather than a start-over, meaning you can look forward to a stress-free and mess-free transformation.
In the meantime, why not download our brochures or take a look through our website to find out a little more about us and just how fantastic your new kitchen or eco-friendly bathroom renovation could look. Feel free as well, to experiment with our handy and fun 3D tool. It allows you to see what your new eco-friendly kitchen or bathroom can look like by swapping around different products, colours and textures.