They say that a kitchen is the heart of our homes. And we know how important it is to keep our hearts healthy. But how can we create a kitchen that is healthy – for us and for our surroundings?

A healthy or an eco-friendly kitchen starts with eating green. This means buying locally available food items that are in season, going organic and cutting down our food wastage. But this is just the first step. We need to introduce energy-efficient methods, sustainable materials and non-toxic substances into our kitchen for it to become healthy.

 

(L) Home of Sneha Pawar (R) Design by Biome Environmental Solutions

 

The Kitchen Design

If you are designing or remodeling your kitchen, use recycled steel and glass for sinks and worktops and sustainable timber for cabinets and cupboards. You can also reuse antiques for cabinet doors and look for eco-friendly materials for countertops.

You can take it up a notch higher by using eco-friendly paints that are the safer options – both for your health and the environment.

 

Utensils and Cookware

Use cooking utensils that can last long – like those made of stainless steel or cast iron. They will last you for generations, and don’t have any health hazard debates around them, unlike the ones with the non-stick surfaces. And if you’re worried about the look, these days there are a lot of options in the market with beautifully designed products.

 

(L) Design by Aegam (R) Home of Kamna Kaul

 

Appliances

Go for energy-saving appliances that are easily available today. They’ll use fewer resources, will last longer with proper care, and save energy costs for you as well. And remember the most important rule of kitchen appliances – turn them off after use. This way, you’ll keep your bills smaller and avoid potential hazards!

 

Cooking Methods

Utensils of correct size with proper lids help cook the food faster, thereby reducing the amount of fuel being used. Pressure cookers, abundantly found in Indian kitchens are known to be great energy savers, reducing cooking time by up to 70 percent. Also try using the microwave instead of the oven to save energy.

 

(L) Home of Manjul Manjeshwar (R) Design by Solana Kitchens

 

Cleaning Methods

Replace the regular dishwashing liquids and detergents with non-toxic, biodegradable variants that are made with natural substances. You can even create your own with ingredients such as baking soda and vinegar!

 

Less Waste More Composting

Waste management is a growing concern in our country. Reduce the waste your produce by buying in bulk, refusing plastic wraps, and cooking just enough food. You can also segregate the waste into biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste and turn your kitchen waste into compost.

 

Designs by Welfurn

 

Grow Your Own

Use any open space you have – balconies, terrace or maybe a small plot of land – to grow your own food! You can easily find people who can help you set up your own little kitchen gardens.

 


 

So, there you have it. A guide to creating a kitchen that keeps not only you, but the planet healthy as well.