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Planning Your New Kitchen with Zero Waste

Planning Your New Kitchen with Zero Waste

Have you heard of a zero waste kitchen? We’ve been seeing a lot of pins and posts about zero waste kitchens, and we got to wondering.

Can zero waste be a goal when planning a new kitchen?

Below are some tips we found for creating a kitchen that minimizes waste when you’re planning a new kitchen or doing a kitchen renovation.

1) Put your semi-custom cabinets to use

Designing your new kitchen for ease of use tops our list of favorite tips for a zero waste kitchen, because food waste makes up the majority of the garbage we send to landfills. When you have well-designed cabinets and drawers plus an efficient refrigerator/freezer, you can see what foods you do and don’t have available at a glance. And when you know your kitchen “inventory,” you’re more likely to use what you have on hand before it goes to waste. You could accomplish this with cleverly designed semi-custom cabinets that give you a pantry pullout.

2) Use Cabinets Accessories

Here are some the most popular cabinet accessories from their lines that make a kitchen more efficient and functional.
  1. Roll-Out Pantries & Beyond
  2. Pullout Base Cabinet Storage
  3. Pull Out Cabinet Step Stool
  4. Spice Storage Drawer Cabinet
  5. Mixer Storage Cabinet
  6. Roll-Out Base Cabinet Tray
  7. Corner Carousel Shelf Cabinet
  8. Kitchen Corner Cabinets
  9. Pull Out Towel Storage Cabinets
  10. Waste Basket Pull Out Cabinet
  11. Drawer Storage
  12. Open Storage
  13. Kitchen Cabinet Tray Divider
  14. Drawer Peg System
  15. Cutlery and Knife Block Drawer
  16. Under Sink Cleaning Storage

3) Incorporate compost and recycling stations

If your goal is less waste, make room for compost and recycling—because the easier it is, the more likely you are to do it. With semi-custom cabinets, you can create these stations to be out of sight, so you’re going green without going messy.

4) Make room for reusable

Switching to reusable containers over throwaway plastic bags is a big part of a zero waste kitchen. But you have to have somewhere to store them. Allow for some extra cabinet space when designing your cabinets, and take into account you might need a drying station for items like beeswax wrap that can’t go in the dishwasher.

5) Design your kitchen for the long-term

Any kitchen remodel or new kitchen build will make waste because that’s part of the construction process. If you plan your kitchen with a transitional kitchen design and classic cabinets, and you use high-quality semi-custom cabinets that can endure the wear and tear o a busy kitchen, your kitchen will last for many years to come, reducing the waste of a redo somewhere down the road.

If we all had a zero waste kitchen, we could dramatically reduce the amount of waste we send to landfills each year, making for a brighter future for all. And the time to start planning that zero waste kitchen is now!

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