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Did you know that you could save up to 30% of the water you use by installing water-efficient fixtures? Creating a more environmentally friendly home has to start somewhere, and a creating your own sustainable kitchen isn’t a bad place to start.

We’ve got 7 ways you can start making the move to a sustainable kitchen so you can cut down on your environmental impact. Whether you’re building a kitchen from scratch or simply want to upgrade your existing one to be more sustainable with eco-friendly kitchen products, we’ve got a tip for you.

  1. Install water-saving faucets

You can save a considerable amount of water in your sustainable kitchen by installing water-saving faucets, in some cases up to 60%! Also known as a low flow faucet, these are designed to use less water than a regular faucet but still maintain the high pressure that we love.

These faucets come in two types – aerators and non-aerators. No matter which type you’re after, or whether you want a water-saving faucet attachment or have it built into the faucet, there’s a faucet out there for your kitchen.

  1. Upgrade to environmentally-friendly appliances

Our plumbers over at metropolitanplumbing.com.au have found that one of the best ways to create eco-friendly kitchens is to upgrade to environmentally-friendly appliances. These use less water and less energy to do the same job older appliances do.

Not only are these appliances another step towards an environmentally-friendly kitchen, but they will also save you money in the long term!

  1. Use appliance timers

Do you know that little clock face on your microwave is using a small amount of electricity to power it? You can make your kitchen more sustainable by using appliance timers where power is not always necessary.

These interrupt power to appliances so you’re not wasting it when it’s not needed. While you wouldn’t use appliance timers on your fridge or freezer, you could certainly use them for your microwave, dishwasher and other similar appliances.

Some newer appliances even have smart capabilities so you can turn them off from your smartphone!

  1. Install a sustainable benchtop

Ever given much thought to what your benchtops are made from? While keeping in mind your aesthetic and preferences, it’s important you select a benchtop that is also sustainably made.

Laminate tops inevitably end up in landfill and cannot be recycled. While you could use stainless steel, these tops require a lot of energy to produce compared to other materials.

The best option for a sustainable benchtop is recycled timber with natural oil finishes or stone that has been sustainably sourced.

  1. Make the move to glass containers

Reduce your use of plastic wrap and containers by making the move to glass containers. Whether you’re reusing old pasta jars or have a set of glass food storage containers, these are great sustainable kitchen products.

Bonus points if you’re using reusable food bags as opposed to the single-use plastic bags!

  1. Properly dispose of food waste

Did you know that 30-40% of the food supply in the United States ends up as waste? According to the EPA, only 5% of food is composted and uneaten food is the single largest component of our landfills!

While the goal should be to only buy the food that you need, a sustainable kitchen will also include a way to properly dispose of food waste. That means working towards a low to zero waste kitchen and being sure to compost the food scraps you inevitably get.

  1. Use LEDs instead of halogen or incandescent

Do you still have old halogen or incandescent lights in your kitchen? It’s time you upgrade them to light-emitting diodes, also known as LEDs.

Unlike incandescent and halogen bulbs, LEDs convert almost all of their energy into light so it’s not being wasted as heat. A sustainable kitchen needs environmentally-friendly lights. And LEDs are it.

LEDs also have a longer lifespan and so you won’t be needing to replace them as often, in effect reducing your home’s waste.