Our homes deliver endless possibilities for aesthetically pleasing and sustainable design. We’re constantly reminded to be fully present and conscious about what we bring into our surroundings. With this increased awareness for the world around us, finding a balance by reducing our own personal resources can restore and rebuild Earth's natural resources. So we encourage you to make yourself a cup of tea, sit back and stay awhile as we delve into the sustainable practices that you can incorporate into the very core of your home - the kitchen.
The kitchen provides us sustenance through food, but it's also where emotional connections are made. | photo credit: @fabhub_design | captured by: @analuiphotography
𝒞𝑜𝑜𝓀 𝓂𝑜𝓇𝑒 𝓃𝓊𝓉𝓇𝒾𝓉𝒾𝑜𝓊𝓈𝓁𝓎
There’s no greater feeling than strolling through your local farmer’s market, getting acquainted with your favorite local farm vendor and bringing home fresh produce that nourishes your heart and soul. As you prepare for your week, get in the habit of meal prepping and consciously making a list of produce to cut down on your food waste. Meal planning is your friend for many reasons: keeping costs down and waste down while helping you to create an eco-friendlier kitchen.
The methods we choose to cook impacts our individual health and that of our planet. | photo credit: @fabhub_design | left photo: Antique Wood Cutting Board ; captured by: @analuiphotography | right photo: Wood Rural Tray Sulu; captured by: @justravelynn
In the process of cooking, the hygiene of your kitchen should be top of mind. Boost the healthiness and cleanliness of your kitchen by introducing wooden cooking utensils and dishes made from teak wood. This naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial material provides benefits in part to its durability, that will last season after season. Gentle is in its nature, teak wood is delicate on cooking surfaces leaving no scratches on dishes or cooking pans.
𝐿𝒾𝓋𝑒 𝓂𝑜𝓇𝑒 𝓂𝒾𝓃𝒹𝒻𝓊𝓁𝓁𝓎
Zero-waste living can seem complicated, time-consuming, and even costly. It can be a slow process but starting small to minimize the impact on the environment can have a lasting impact on your health, finances, and most importantly the future of your family and the planet.
Here are some quick and simple ways that even the busiest of people can integrate (and possibly you’ve already unconsciously made the switch) - go from plastic to glass, paper to cotton, silicone to wood, aluminum to beeswax paper, teflon to cast iron, store-bought to home-made cleaning supplies. It’s the little things in life that make a big difference.
Teak provides a sense of comfort as you grow closer with nature. Make more with less. | Teak Wood Spoon | photo credit: @fabhub_design | photo captured by: @justravelynn
𝒟𝑒𝓈𝒾𝑔𝓃 𝓂𝑜𝓇𝑒 𝒸𝑜𝓃𝓈𝒸𝒾𝑜𝓊𝓈𝓁𝓎
While introducing more sustainable products is critical for the overall health of our home, it’s equally as important to consider the actual foundations of the kitchen. A greener kitchen starts with looking at the materials we use to build it and the overall kitchen’s energy consumption. It’s a given, switch to energy efficient appliances, such as induction cooktops or smart fridges and dishwashers to ensure fewer resources and less energy are being used. Compromising on quality can result in a shorter shelf life and a cycle of constant remodeling. As you reconsider your next kitchen transformation, try sourcing sustainable materials from local companies that will not only lower your carbon footprint but give you peace of mind in the journey of your sourced material.
Always handmade and providing your home with a sense of character that is unique to just you. | photo credit: @fabhub_design | left photo: Antique Wood Cutting Board ; captured by: @analuiphotography | right photo: Wood Rural Tray Sulu; captured by: @justravelynn
Our kitchen is a safe space for family and loved ones to gather while cooking or entertaining. We swap stories from past gatherings, catch up on important moments and simply are present in the beautiful act of collectively comforting our souls. It all begins with change and change for good opens us up to something new.