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How to be more sustainable in the kitchen

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Awareness for sustainability of the planet has led a large part of the population to be much more aware and active in preserving the environment, even with small daily actions. The kitchen is one of the home spaces where we can put effort into helping the environment on a day to day basis and embrace a more sustainable lifestyle.

9 tips to becoming more sustainable in the kitchen

  1. Buy only the food you need for the coming week and do not accumulate in excess. This reduces exploitation of resources and food waste.
  2. Avoid, as far as possible, the use of plastic materials and containers – both in the purchase and in the handling and cooking of food, as well as in other products. Or, try to buy products with a more sustainable packaging.
  3. Cook the amount of food you are going to consume and try to save leftovers for another meal.
  4. Try to use the necessary water for washing and cooking without leaving the tap on for longer than necessary, helping to save water.
  5. Make the most of the natural light in your kitchen.
  6. Keep in mind that the fridge and freezer are the most electricity consuming appliances. Try to buy efficient appliances with an energy label A +++ or A ++.
  7. Try to fill the dishwasher, washer, and dryer with a full load before turning on, helping to save electricity consumption.
  8. Proper space design contributes effectively to saving water and energy, and facilitates food storage and preservation, recycling or cleaning.
  9. Remember to recycle packaging and food in accordance with waste classification rules and systems.

Environmental awareness conditions the use of the kitchen at all levels

According to the Global Kitchen study “The kitchen, the heart of the home”, awareness of the impact of human consumption on the natural environment is increasing. This is generating a change in household habits, where more people are trying to reduce their environmental footprint.

How the impact of consumption in the kitchen is reduced

  • 35% of people correctly separate recycling and waste
  • 27% of people have reduced their water and energy consumption
  • 22% of people use less plastic than before
  • 16% of people reuse more than they did a few years ago

At the time of making the purchase, greater awareness of the environment has led to good habits, such as taking reusable bags to the shop and purchasing products with more sustainable packaging.

Incorporation of environmental criteria in the purchase of food

  • 52% of people carry their own bags and try to buy foods without packaging where possible
  • 20% of people diversify the place of purchase to ensure the origin and quality of the food is at its best
  • 15% of people try to buy in bulk where possible
  • 13% of people predominately buy foods online

The Global Kitchen study, presented in 2019, is based on a consumer survey in 9 countries (Spain, Italy, the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, the United States, Canada, Australia, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates) and on the expert vision of 23 professionals from different specialties.

Silestone Institute is an international platform dedicated to researching and disseminating knowledge about the kitchen space, both domestically and professionally. The Institute is an initiative promoted by the Cosentino Group, a world leader in the production and distribution of cutting-edge innovative surfaces for architecture and design.

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