Embracing sustainable living

October 3, 2022

In the wake of the Covid crisis, many elements of our lives changed forever. But one of the most positive outcomes was our shift in attitude towards caring for the environment. After a considerable opportunity to reflect, there’s a realisation that our previous way of life was not sustainable. And a greater willingness to go green and look after the future of our planet emerged.

Sustainable living is all about exploring how our lifestyle choices impact the environment and looking for eco-friendly alternatives. But, how can we adopt and expand these regimes? Within your kitchen alone, there are many steps you can take towards sustainable living. This could be anything from cutting back on plastics and keeping food fresh for longer to food waste disposal. Below, our product manager Luke explains how to make a difference in your everyday life:

Pulling back on plastic

Shifting away from buying plastic bottled water is one means of doing your bit. Buying single-use bottles in this material might seem an easy option when you’re out and about. But, an inexpensive buying decision for you can have far-reaching consequences in terms of plastic pollution. For a start, not all of these types of water bottles are recyclable and Beyond Plastics estimates only about 30% are recycled, at best. In fact, it’s not an issue going away any time soon. Unfortunately, it’s estimated that plastic takes about 450 years to biodegrade, piling up in landfills. Our oceans and ecosystems take the strain with approximately 8 million tons of this material filling the seas each year.

Filtered water taps

The good news is that moving to water from a filtered tap can help you go plastic-free. It can really boost your sustainable living credentials. Investing in a water filtration system has many advantages, from both an environmental and cost-effective perspective. Each Caple Puriti tap comes with its own dedicated filtered supply, which can treat 6,000 litres, for example. In contrast to purchased water, this converts into a reduction of 3,000 two-litre bottles per household. So, if you bought that amount in plastic bottles, this would add up to around £3,800.

Besides the advantages for sustainable living, there’s a spectrum of other benefits too. Using Caple filter taps, such as our Ardor Puriti, reduces the effect of water impurities during food preparation. It cleverly removes the majority of chlorine, plus nasties, including particles, rust, heavy metals and pesticides. As a consequence, I think you’ll find there is an immense improvement in taste and odour. In fact, I’m sure you’ll notice the difference in flavour when sipping your tea and coffee. It comes with a handy scale inhibitor too, which helps to reduce build-up in your kettle. So, that’s one less chore to put on the to-do list!

I think this great taste is also combined with good looks. If you want designer appeal, look no further. Our Ardor Puriti tap adds this to any kitchen or wet zone with a polished chrome finish. It’s just one of five taps to choose from in the collection.  Every model keeps your kitchen neat and tidy with a filtration system in the unit under your sink. Merely turn the filtration lever and your normal cold-water supply re-directs via the filter to the tap. This supply goes through processes, such as activated carbon, which removes most of the impurities.

Save your energy with sustainable living

Which equipment uses power 24/7 in your kitchen? No doubt, fridge-freezers are among those switched on day and night. So, making sure they are energy efficient can be a helpful move towards sustainable living. It’s also a great way to save money on bills. Let’s face it, with today’s soaring cost of living, everything helps.

I think there are lots of points to consider. First, look at the running costs. If you have a fridge or freezer which is more than ten-years-old, it could be better value for you and the planet to buy a new model, as energy levels have improved in leaps and bounds. Secondly, calculate how much it actually uses. You can do this by examining kWh statistics on the energy labels. I think this is even more essential than the A-G grading as it gauges how much you use annually. So, the smaller the model, generally the less it will consume. Third, check how your model rates on the energy labels system.

The CAFF42 is a model that’s got your energy-saving interests at heart. Do you need to switch off a complete section of the fridge that you’re not using? No problem. This model includes an innovative compartment mode to do exactly that. In fact, it also has an economy function to provide the cooler compartment with an optimum temperature while saving power.

Keeping your lettuce crisp and your carrots crunchy can be a doddle with our Caple Cool feature, too. It is designed to chill appliances evenly, so your food should last longer, wherever you put it.  And, if you’re escaping for a long weekend away, and the cooler compartment won’t be used for a while, you can use our CAFF42’s holiday function

This will, after all, cut back power usage while you’re on your trip. Don’t forget, you’ll need to clear that section of the fridge before you set off though. Meanwhile, your freezer will continue to operate as usual.

But this fridge-freezer’s talents don’t end there. A screensaver mode can save energy by turning off the smart LED touch-control display panel lights. Last, but not least, an intelligent night sensor can shut down lighting in the fridge if there’s enough illumination in the room.

You might have a food bin in your kitchen, where scraps are kept to be recycled. But what if space is at a premium and you don’t have room for one? Or you don’t want to see these leftovers heading to landfill and contributing to the release of harmful greenhouse gases? Then consider adding a waste disposal unit to your kitchen. I’ve got one and I can assure you, you’ll never look back. They fit neatly under your sink and grind food into small enough particles to be rinsed down the drain. We offer a range of waste disposal units to choose from with handy features, such as continuous feed and Bio shield odour protection. So, you’ll find there’s something for everyone!

Route to recycling

There’s nothing we can do to stop producing waste. But we can take action by recycling as much of it as possible, so materials can be transformed into something new. This saves natural resources while reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill. Methane and carbon dioxide are among the greenhouse gases that add to global warming. The breakdown of waste at landfills releases such gases, so it’s viewed as a large contributor. Recycling also requires less energy than when products are originally made, decreasing carbon emissions related to manufacturing.

I think having a dedicated area for recycling can encourage your household to embrace the concept. That’s where our waste bin range comes in. Opting for a two-compartment capacity will mean recycling is always at the front of your mind when you’re disposing of rubbish. Why not use one section to recycle and the other for general waste? Our slide-out design on many of our units also means they offer a clutter-free solution.

Want to make your Kitchen more sustainable?

Simply get in touch, and our resident design team will be happy to advise.