INSIDE AN ECO-FRIENDLY KITCHEN

15 April 2014
Want to know a secret to living more sustainably? Take some new technology and add in an old school approach to food. That’s it. Running an eco-friendly kitchen has never been easier.
Fitted IKEA kitchen with cabinets in wood effect black and high-gloss yellow. Fitted IKEA kitchen with cabinets in wood effect black and high-gloss yellow. Fitted IKEA kitchen with cabinets in wood effect black and high-gloss yellow. Fitted IKEA kitchen with cabinets in wood effect black and high-gloss yellow. Fitted IKEA kitchen with cabinets in wood effect black and high-gloss yellow. Fitted IKEA kitchen with cabinets in wood effect black and high-gloss yellow. Fitted IKEA kitchen with cabinets in wood effect black and high-gloss yellow. Fitted IKEA kitchen with cabinets in wood effect black and high-gloss yellow. Fitted IKEA kitchen with cabinets in wood effect black and high-gloss yellow. Fitted IKEA kitchen with cabinets in wood effect black and high-gloss yellow. Fitted IKEA kitchen with cabinets in wood effect black and high-gloss yellow. Fitted IKEA kitchen with cabinets in wood effect black and high-gloss yellow.
Close-up of IKEA kitchen sink in black with matching mixer tap. Close-up of IKEA kitchen sink in black with matching mixer tap. Close-up of IKEA kitchen sink in black with matching mixer tap. Close-up of IKEA kitchen sink in black with matching mixer tap. Close-up of IKEA kitchen sink in black with matching mixer tap. Close-up of IKEA kitchen sink in black with matching mixer tap. Close-up of IKEA kitchen sink in black with matching mixer tap. Close-up of IKEA kitchen sink in black with matching mixer tap. Close-up of IKEA kitchen sink in black with matching mixer tap. Close-up of IKEA kitchen sink in black with matching mixer tap. Close-up of IKEA kitchen sink in black with matching mixer tap. Close-up of IKEA kitchen sink in black with matching mixer tap.

LESS WATER DOWN THE PLUGHOLE

Water is a limited resource so it makes sense to cut down on waste. Look for taps with a built-in water-saving function – all kitchen taps from IKEA reduce water consumption by up to 40%. It’s a smart way to reduce water consumption without noticing.

You can save even more by changing the way you wash your veg. Instead of leaving the tap running, put a few centimetres of water into the bowl and swoosh the veg around in a colander until clean.
Close-up of downlighters underneath an IKEA kitchen cabinet. Close-up of downlighters underneath an IKEA kitchen cabinet. Close-up of downlighters underneath an IKEA kitchen cabinet. Close-up of downlighters underneath an IKEA kitchen cabinet. Close-up of downlighters underneath an IKEA kitchen cabinet. Close-up of downlighters underneath an IKEA kitchen cabinet. Close-up of downlighters underneath an IKEA kitchen cabinet. Close-up of downlighters underneath an IKEA kitchen cabinet. Close-up of downlighters underneath an IKEA kitchen cabinet. Close-up of downlighters underneath an IKEA kitchen cabinet. Close-up of downlighters underneath an IKEA kitchen cabinet. Close-up of downlighters underneath an IKEA kitchen cabinet.

ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHTING

We’re a little bit in love with LED at IKEA. LED bulbs use up to 85% less energy than incandescent ones and they last for as long as 20 years. Need we say more?
Large cooking pot on top of an IKEA induction hob. Large cooking pot on top of an IKEA induction hob. Large cooking pot on top of an IKEA induction hob. Large cooking pot on top of an IKEA induction hob. Large cooking pot on top of an IKEA induction hob. Large cooking pot on top of an IKEA induction hob. Large cooking pot on top of an IKEA induction hob. Large cooking pot on top of an IKEA induction hob. Large cooking pot on top of an IKEA induction hob. Large cooking pot on top of an IKEA induction hob. Large cooking pot on top of an IKEA induction hob. Large cooking pot on top of an IKEA induction hob.

SMARTER COOKING

Induction hobs cook faster and are so efficient they stop using energy as soon as a pan is lifted. In fact, at up to 40% lower energy consumption, we think you’ll see the difference in your annual bill. Choosing an oven with a steam function also saves energy. Steam enhances flavour so the bonus is your food will taste even better.

And it’s not just how you cook, it’s what you cook that counts. Using recipes is a good way to avoid wasted food, as you only prepare the recommended amount per person. Don’t worry too much if there’s still some left over - we’ve got tips on food storage coming up!
Stack of IKEA food containers in different sizes on the worktop. Stack of IKEA food containers in different sizes on the worktop. Stack of IKEA food containers in different sizes on the worktop. Stack of IKEA food containers in different sizes on the worktop. Stack of IKEA food containers in different sizes on the worktop. Stack of IKEA food containers in different sizes on the worktop. Stack of IKEA food containers in different sizes on the worktop. Stack of IKEA food containers in different sizes on the worktop. Stack of IKEA food containers in different sizes on the worktop. Stack of IKEA food containers in different sizes on the worktop. Stack of IKEA food containers in different sizes on the worktop. Stack of IKEA food containers in different sizes on the worktop.

LESS WASTED FOOD

Take a lesson from your grandma and use up leftovers. With a freezer and some food storage containers you’ll soon be cutting down on waste.

It’s not just leftover meals either - cook up any fruit or veg that needs using and freeze it ready for another time. Write the date on containers so you know when to use it up.

Sustainability is not a style, it’s a lifestyle and these days it’s a lot easier than you might think.

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MAKING YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT NOT WASHING UP

It’s a fact that running a full load in a modern dishwasher is more efficient than washing the same amount by hand. Simply scrape and stack dirty dishes in a dishwasher until it’s full. Add detergent. Switch on. Feel good.
Close-up of open IKEA deep kitchen drawer with recycling bins inside. Close-up of open IKEA deep kitchen drawer with recycling bins inside. Close-up of open IKEA deep kitchen drawer with recycling bins inside. Close-up of open IKEA deep kitchen drawer with recycling bins inside. Close-up of open IKEA deep kitchen drawer with recycling bins inside. Close-up of open IKEA deep kitchen drawer with recycling bins inside. Close-up of open IKEA deep kitchen drawer with recycling bins inside. Close-up of open IKEA deep kitchen drawer with recycling bins inside. Close-up of open IKEA deep kitchen drawer with recycling bins inside. Close-up of open IKEA deep kitchen drawer with recycling bins inside. Close-up of open IKEA deep kitchen drawer with recycling bins inside. Close-up of open IKEA deep kitchen drawer with recycling bins inside.

SORTING MADE SIMPLE

Under or close to the sink is the best place to install a waste sorting station so you can easily separate food rubbish from other waste and recyclables.

Anything to be recycled can be dropped into open containers. But keep a lid on food waste to cut out odours. If you’ve got a garden, a small bucket will do for anything that can go on your compost heap.