We are becoming ever more conscious about looking after our planet. Single use plastic is a definite no-no, we recycle our carrier bags rather than paying 5p for them, and paper straws have no overtaken plastic in our drinks. This year, the biggest talking point in our Christmas television adverts has been Iceland’s banned ad that shows the issues with Palm Oil rather than the John Lewis ad. Now many of us are looking towards our homes to see how we can make sure our makeovers are environmentally friendly.
A kitchen makeover is a massive job that requires a lot of work, and can then leave lots of mess and an old kitchen to be disposed of. One way to avoid this is to purchase your kitchen through something like the Used Kitchen Exchange, who reycle and resell a range of second hand and preloved kitchens. They also recycle old kitchens that they can’t sell on in order to help the environment. The Used Kitchen Exchange also gives you the option to sell your old kitchen if it is still in usable condition, meaning it will not be going to landfill sites and tips, but will still be useful and viable options for someone in need of a newish kitchen.
Second hand options also work really well for these rooms. Many large charities with shops now have dedicated furniture stores that sell a large range of good quality, preloved items, including beds and sofas. The British Heart Foundation and St Giles Hospice are two charities with furniture stores.
The cost of these items are far cheaper than buying brand new, and yet the quality is often like new, so you can get a real bargain, and recycle as well. As with the kitchens, you could donate your old sofa or bed to the charity shop, which will take away the stress of having to dispose of such a large item.
Check Your Energy Rating on Electrical Items
When you are purchasing electrical goods like fridges, ovens, dishwashers and dryers, make sure you look out for the energy rating sticker. These labels show how energy efficient the item is. Look for new items that have an A rating, with G being the lowest rating, and certainly to be avoided,