With an increasing emphasis on sustainability, both people and businesses are thinking of things they can do to be kinder to the environment. When it comes to the dining experience, there are several ways to make your dining experience more eco-friendly. Read on to find out about energy saving steps and materials that will make for Mother Earth approved dining.
It All Starts with the Furnishings
When it comes to the materials used to make furniture, reclaimed wood is becoming an interior design favorite. Not only does it cut down on the need for newly harvested wood and reduce waste in landfills, it’s a durable option with a great customized appearance.
When thinking of the ways we can incorporate reclaimed wood into the dining experience, the possibilities are endless. A dining room table and chairs may be the first items that come to mind, but kitchen islands can also be made of wood and shiplap can be used to decorate both dining room and kitchen areas.
Use Energy Saving Appliances
Appliances are a huge source of energy use. Fortunately, you can cut down on the amount of energy you’re using with Energy Star appliances. These appliances use less energy so they don’t waste natural resources. They will also help you save money on your utility bill.
Installing a low flow kitchen sink faucet can also help to conserve water, another precious natural resource.
Many of us have recycling bins inside or outside of our homes making it easy to recycle bottles and other recyclable items. However, this is only the start when it comes to the things you can do in the kitchen to save the environment. Here are some other ideas:
- Recycle Your Cooking Oil: If disposed of in a drain or trash bin, cooking oil can block drains and sewers and even harm wildlife. To keep this from happening, you can store your remnants and hand it over to a recycling plant so they can turn it into biodiesel.
- Give Away What You Don’t Need: Many of us buy foods we don’t end up eating. Instead of letting this food sit in your cabinets to rot, go through it every so often to determine what you don’t want. If it is still good, you can donate it to the hungry.
- Reuse Your Containers: Instead of throwing out old containers, think of how you can use them around your house. Many of these will make great homes for potted plants or you can also use them to store other food items, knick-knacks and more.
When it comes to saving the environment, the kitchen and dining room are great places to start. When you consider how many natural resources we use in these spaces, little changes can really add up when it comes to saving you money and being kind to Mother Earth. What will you be doing to boost your energy saving efforts? Interested in adding a custom wood piece to your home - we can help!