Conscious Living: How to create a more conscious kitchen in 2020
Published 28 Feb 2020
It seems that everybody is thinking about sustainability right now, and with very good reason. It might seem strange for an interior designer to think about these things (isn't it my job to help people to update their homes?), but anyone who knows me will know that it's something I feel strongly about. I encourage my clients to reuse and repurpose items in their home, and if we do replace things, I try to choose pieces that will last, have been made with sustainable resources, and haven't travelled halfway around the world to get to us. So I was delighted when I was asked by British stoneware brand Denby if they could share their vision for ways to design our kitchens more sustainably. All their pieces are made by hand in Derbyshire using locally sourced clay, have a 10 year guarantee and they send zero process waste to landfill. Here's what Hayley Baddiley from Denby has to say on creating a more conscious kitchen in 2020. I'd love to know what you think - is this something you could consider when updating your kitchen? Over to Hayley...
We're all trying to do our bit to save the planet, whether that means making some more sustainable food choices, or shopping for pre-loved pieces rather than buying brand new. While mindful living was a big focus in 2019, according to Pinterest's 2020 trend report, conscious consumption is only set to continue.
Consider a design that'll last
Central to conscious living is the idea of preserving and using things for as long as possible, and your kitchen design should be no different. While jumping on trends and trying something new is always fun, considering a more timeless design that will last is a more sustainable option.
A good way to do this is to think about choosing quality pieces that re timeless, so that you won't have to keep changing these like you would with trend-led spaces. This could mean choosing kitchen decor that is handcrafted, rather than mass-produced as these have excellent attention to detail, as well as looking for companies that offer product guarantees.
Shop local and British Brands
Choosing elements for your kitchen can be extremely exciting, but why not take this as an opportunity to purchase made in England products and help to strengthen and support the UK economy? Instead of being tempted to buy from overseas and have your goods delivered all that way, consider buying your appliances, glassware, tableware and other essential kitchen items from local sources.
Avoid plastic purchases
Plastic can be a cheap material to invest in, but as we are currently tackling a plastic crisis, you'll want to avoid using it in your home wherever you can. Luckily, there are plenty of great alternatives.
Choosing pieces for the kitchen that are made from more sustainable materials like ceramic is a good way around this, while cooking preparation accessories like chopping boards could be made from wood rather than thick plastic. If you find yourself going through reams of cling film, opting for beeswax wraps can keep your food fresh and covered, while reducing both plastic and food waste.
Invest in timeless, quality tableware
Your tableware will be among some of the most used things in your kitchen, which means they're vulnerable to wear, tear and breakages. As well as costing you money, choosing cheap pieces will mean you need to replace your plates and bowls more regularly.
Instead, invest in quality homewares. Although these usually come with a slightly higher price mark, they will have been made with excellent attention to detail and stronger materials which mean you will get brilliant value for money. This could involve looking for pieces that can be used in a number of ways, such as those which can be used in the oven, microwave, dishwasher and freezer.
To ensure your tableware matches your long-lasting kitchen design, choosing timeless pieces is advised. This doesn't mean you have to stick to completely plain items but selecting versatile and neutral tones will ensure they fit in with your kitchen for years. Plus, you'll have the advantage of being able to mix and match as your tastes and style evolves over time.
A stylish and functional kitchen can still be conscious, so making small sustainable changes can help you to create a more mindful cooking and entertaining space in 2020.
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