Changing the world from the kitchen: 10 simple steps to cut down on harmful substances in your kitchen
This article is the last in the series we started a few days ago with Ruth Uve and María Blanco, founders of ‘Lo Mínimo’, a consultancy specialising in sustainable consumption, with the aim of helping you to change the world from your kitchen. With them, we have learned about saving water, using energy more efficiently and debunking some of the myths about recycling. Today we will discuss 10 small changes that we can make in our daily routine to reduce the harmful substances we emit into the atmosphere.
Go for sustainable materials, go for quality
In our desire to do things right, we often complicate things too much and end up making decisions that increase our negative impact on the planet. “Keeping it simple is a must for any sustainable environment.
The term sustainability is everywhere these days. So much so a failing market need is being fought with a new market need. This is something to pay close attention to. Imagine you want a plastic-free life so you throw away all the plastic you have in your kitchen and get reusable stainless steel bottles, glass straws, bamboo cutlery…”, says the consultancy. Using what we have until it is no longer useful is one of the best decisions we can make. Opting for quality and long-lasting decorative or functional items will help us in many ways.
1. Believe in change
A fundamental step that will make you aware of the power we consumers have over brands. They need you to exist.
2. Production systems are important
Not only because of the social inequality they can generate, but also because of the impact that certain production and distribution practices can have on our environment. Always inform yourself before buying any product.
3. Not everything is what it seems
While using cotton bags for shopping is a commendable gesture, you should know that it is much more sustainable to reuse the plastic bag you already have a million and one times. Cotton is much less durable and its production is environmentally damaging.
4. Go for use and use instead of use and throw away
Paper napkins, even if they are recycled? Cleansing wipes? You probably have enough fabrics at home to begin the change. Think of fabric as fabric. If something is worn out, give it a twist, get creative and find a new use for it.
5. Glass, ceramic, bamboo, rice tableware?
What is the most sustainable option for my kitchen? Don’t hesitate, the best option is the one you already have.
6. Choose local or at least national production
Supermarkets and department stores offer an endless range of ready-made products. The number of products in sustainable packaging is increasing. Choose local or at least national production. This will revitalise your area’s economy while significantly reducing your pollution footprint.
7. What about compostable plastics? Are they really compostable?
Some of the latest generation are. Some are not. Check the product information to see if they can be recycled in the brown bin. Unless it says so, don’t take it for granted.
8. Use only what you need
Paper straws, glass straws, metal straws…Since when are straws necessary for drinking?
9. Watch out for microfibre cloths
The amount of microplastics they release is mind-boggling. If you pride yourself on having a sustainable kitchen, switch to traditional cotton cloths as soon as possible.
10. Use reusable containers
Cling film? Plastic film! Foil? Beeswax paper? You really don’t have any tupperware to store leftovers? Another good option is to use one of those glass jars that everyone has in their kitchen.
And at Cosentino?
We also join the challenge. Thanks to the exclusive HybriQ+ technology, we have launched a new Silestone, a more sustainable and beautiful surface. Its manufacturing process is powered entirely by renewable energy and 99% recycled water, in a circular system that avoids discharges into the environment.
This new generation of Silestone surfaces maintains the brand’s 25-year guaranteed quality with a hybrid formulation of premium minerals and a minimum of 20% recycled materials, such as glass, which results in a reduction of the amount of crystalline silica to levels equivalent to those of natural stone.
All this makes the new Silestone the standard of beauty, cutting-edge innovation and unparalleled sustainability. More sustainable. More Silestone.