KBTribeChat | Design and the Environmental Impact
This week on #Kbtribechat, we were talking green. This week’s discussion challenged us to think about how we can reduce our environmental impact – starting in the kitchen, the heart and soul of the home. From clever food storage to tips on how to reduce electricity and save water, this week’s chat had us thinking about new ways to create a more eco-friendly home.
What appliances and storage solutions can we utilize today to reduce food waste?
Finding yourself throwing away leftovers? Is produce going bad too fast? It could be due to the way in which you’re storing food. To better preserve your food, we recommend using proper containers (preferably glass Tupperware), placing produce in the refrigerator crisper and making thoughtful food decisions when purchasing produce.
What “old school” practices can we re-learn today?
Go old-school with mason jars! The quaint addition isn’t just charming, it’s also a great way to conserve space and reuse and reduce plastic intake. Not only does it look great, but it also takes up less space on countertops and allows room for other essential kitchen appliances. Who says beautiful design can’t have form AND function?
Design: Kitchen Aid Design
How can we reduce electricity usage in the kitchen? Lighting, appliances, processes?
An open kitchen with plenty of natural lighting provides a well-lit room during the day, so you don’t need to turn the lights on. You’ll be saving tons on your energy bill. Once the sun sets, we recommend using LED lights to reduce electric energy costs.
Design: Homestead Kitchens | Haze 2030
How can we reduce water usage in the kitchen?
Upgrade to a dishwasher! We’ve all been guilty of letting the water run a little too long while washing and rinsing. Instead, increase water efficiency by loading up your dishwasher. Fun fact: hand-washing dishes uses (on average) about 20 gallons of water, while water-efficient dishwashers use around 4.5 gallons or less.
Design: Kitchen Aid Design
What “smart” features can help us in these efforts?
We love lighting systems that integrate with smartphones. It provides full access and control of a home’s lighting directly to your phone, so there’s no excuse to leave a light on. And this technology doesn’t just integrate with your lighting, it can also control thermostat and home appliances.
What other ways can we reduce our impact in our homes and our client’s homes?
We do our most to reduce our environmental impact. Our filtering system recycles 97% of water used in our production processes. We recycle excess industrial materials to reduce landfill burial and soil pollution. And we use environmentally friendly packaging.
Our recycled quartz stone surfaces contain up to 42% reclaimed quartz –making a real impact on preserving the world’s precious resources. Caesarstone quartz can also contribute points to LEED projects.
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