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Sustainability on a Shoestring

Renovating a kitchen can be an arduous enough task without considering the amount of waste that can be created without careful consideration and planning. It is possible to embrace sustainability without splashing out on the latest in buzzy gadgets. Read our tips for minimising waste and staying sustainable below. 

 

Do your research

When you sit down to make decisions on the materials and products you want to include in your new kitchen, take the time to find out which will have the lightest footprint. Considering the environmental impact at every point in an item’s life cycle, from production to installation to disposal will help make your decision easier, especially if you’re caught between two pieces you love. All Apollo Kitchens joinery is produced to order in our state-of-the-art Smart Factory, ensuring minimal waste. 

 

Scale down

When making the decision to completely remodel your kitchen, it can often be tempting to go all-in and embrace a more is more approach. Making smart kitchen design decisions and only including the things you actually need will not only save on waste, it’ll save your budget, too. Use your space efficiently and effectively, by choosing drawers over cupboards and optimising storage based on what you actually need to store. 

 

Reuse cabinet bodies

If your existing kitchen joinery is functional enough to suit your lifestyle, it may be worth keeping. Choosing only to replace cupboard and drawer fronts and installing new benchtops can save you on your total bill, whilst also saving the environment. 

 

Recycle

Incorporating an easy-to-use recycling system in your newly renovated kitchen is as easy as installing separate bins under your sink for compost, recycling and landfill. Whilst this is hardly a new concept, you’ll certainly feel the effects of minimised and well-sorted waste, especially when it comes time to empty the landfill. 

 

Upcycle

Save money on containers, and save from creating waste by upcycling. When designing your new kitchen, designate a drawer or shelf in your pantry to empty tubs and jars that you can reuse to store food in. Rubber bands from fresh produce and egg cartons will also come in handy when you least expect it, so hold on to these. 

Ready to have a go at transforming your kitchen into a waste-free haven? Contact the experienced team at Apollo Kitchens to get started on creating the kitchen you’ll love today. 

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