Sustainability is at the forefront of peoples minds when making choices about what they are going to buy. At Day True we are equally concious about the impact our decisions are having on the planet, which is why we choose our suppliers and products with this in mind. We support this because we believe in saving and supporting our planet and we have started our own initiative called ‘Our True Planet’ where we will be regularly sharing tips and products that will make a differrence to the way you live and the environment you live in.
For our first blog we wanted to share a few things to watch out for if you are thinking of investing in a new Kitchen or Bathroom.
If you’re buying a new kitchen then utilise companies that can resell your old one – we can put you in touch with a company that will do this and support you along the way. Always use kitchen brands that have ethically sourced wood. This means checking they use FSC/PEFC accredited wood or recycled/recyclable materials. Our German supplier have environmentally friendly kitchen cabinets to keep up with Germany’s strict laws. If you’re investing in a statement breakfast bar or table then consider a fast growing sustainable wood, like bamboo.
Invest in products that mean you can get rid of single use plastics – cold water and sparkling water taps. This will also save you lots of money in the long run as well as avoiding microplastics commonly found in bottled water. Shop at local farmers markets to avoid the plastic packaging you find in supermarkets as well as helping to support your local producers and shopping seasonally.
Look out for water saving tap and shower options. Quite often they don’t feel any different but will be aerated to save up to 50% less water. It is also advised to only spend between 5-10 minutes in the shower as long showers will strip your skin of the moisture it needs.
Try to invest in appliances that have a high energy rating, A and upwards where possible. This will also save on the running costs of your property. Buy a high-quality fridge that will keep your food fresher for longer.In addition to this, always ensure the kitchen furniture is of a high quality, something that will last forever. Bespoke Kitchens can be repainted in the future if you tire of the colour.
If you don’t have a local food recycling system, then Insinkerators are a great idea for your kitchen. They will turn all your food waste into energy once it travels down to the water treatment plant. If you put your food waste in the regular waste bin, then this will break down in landfill and add negatively to the CO2 emissions. You can even use food waste to make your own cleaning products with white wine vinegar and old orange peels.
Use a steam oven to refresh old food from the day before and avoid any food waste where possible. 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted every year. This amounts to US $1 trillion dollars of wasted or lost food. If wasted food was a country, it would be the third largest producer of carbon dioxide in the world.Similarly, you can vacuum pack food you have bulk bought to avoid missing the use by dates. By sealing your food in a vacuum bag, it keeps your food from contact with the air meaning your product is preserved for up to 3 to 5 times longer. HACK – Cut your vacuum bags to make them smaller and reuse them over and over again.
Minimise deliveries – work with us to plan as few deliveries as possible.
Our business cards are made from recycled t-shirts, so they are made from cotton and not card – no tree’s were hurt in the process.
Lastly and our favourite tip – grow your own herbs, fruit, vegetables and plant babies (they help to purify the air in your property!)