On this Earth Day, which aims to raise global awareness of environmental protection, we share tips on how to reduce your environmental impact in the kitchen.
For us, it is important to strive for an environmentally friendly lifestyle with concrete daily actions.
1- Residual materials management
Paying attention to your waste management at home can reduce your environmental impact and make you aware of the amount of waste you produce. Indeed, a large proportion of food waste can be composted, recycled or reused. The final quantity of waste is much less important once it is sorted.
To achieve effective sorting, it’s ideal to have different compartments to separate recyclables, organics, final waste and returnable items.
The Sidemount Wastebins sorting system from our Beyond collection, allows for a much more efficient waste sorting. The compartments are built right into the cabinet and several configurations are available to suit your needs. Choose the four compartment model to easily separate your disposable, returnable, recyclable and compostable items.
Be sure to dispose of your materials according to the rules of your region by referring to the resources available.
2- Use of cleaning products
Conventional cleaning products often contain harmful chemicals that can harm the environment and your health. That’s why it’s important to use gentle cleaners. Fortunately, all Ideal Kitchen products are easily cleaned with a simple, non-toxic solution.
We recommend simply combining water with a little dish soap to gently clean the furniture with a damp cloth. This solution is equally effective for wood, lacquer or melamine finishes. The furniture of the house is therefore cleaned without chemical substances harmful to your health or to the environment.
3- Reduction of food waste
Waste is a major source of food waste production. Uneaten and discarded food has a huge environmental impact. Think of all the resources needed to produce this consumer good that are then wasted.
Several simple methods can be implemented to reduce the amount of food thrown away and save on your next grocery bill. First and foremost, cleaning out your refrigerator and freezer will give you an idea of what is left to eat and what is close to its expiration date. This way, you use the products you already have and avoid buying new ones. For example, end-of-life fruits and vegetables make a delicious soup!
Making a list of what you need at the store helps avoid unnecessary purchases and ensures that you buy what you actually use. It also helps to reduce the cost of your grocery cart. You can also shop at bulk stores and bring your own reusable containers to reduce the use of single-use packaging. Once at home, you can use reusable containers to store your fresh produce and increase its shelf life.
4- Use of reusable containers
Using reusable containers is also a good way to reduce your ecological footprint.
The use of disposable containers is a common habit in our society. Plastic water bottles, paper cups, plastic bags and Styrofoam containers are all examples of disposable products that are often used once and then thrown away.
Using reusable containers can help reduce the amount of waste we produce. In the kitchen, you can use reusable containers to store your various foods. These containers can then be hidden in your Ideal Kitchen cabinets out of sight.
5- Choice of materials
The choice of materials is an essential element that has a direct impact on outdoor and indoor air quality. Some materials emit substances that have a direct impact on air quality.
All Cuisine Idéale products are made with materials that meet environmental standards. Our products are TSCA Title VI and CARB 2 Compliant. These two certifications guarantee a low formaldehyde emission rate.
Our products are therefore an ideal choice for all the furniture in your home.