Tips for creating a kitchen that is healthier for the planet and your family!
Whether you are building a new Mandala home or wanting to improve the home you are currently living in, there are a few simple actions you can take to make your kitchen more green, naturally.
WHEN YOU ARE BUILDING YOUR NEW MANDALA HOME: Your designer will work with you to decide on the best orientation for your climate for the different rooms of your new home. The Magnolia 2300 (pictured above), features a due East orientation for maximum natural sunlight in the kitchen.
BUILD IN NATURAL VENTILATION: Include an opening window next to the stove in your home design and your have a natural method for ridding the kitchen of cooking fumes. A nearby outdoor room offers low energy consuming comfortable eating space and natural cross ventilation can keep your smelling fresh and clean.
CHOOSE NON-TOXIC FLOOR, COUNTER, CUPBOARD FACE FINISHES: The food you eat comes in contact with the kitchen counter tops and the air in the entire house is affected by off-gassing from the VOC’s found in the standard finishes used in construction. It’s extremely important to choose non-toxic and non-VOC finishes like beeswax, Land Ark and Vermont Natural Coatings. An added bonus is that these finishes smell like honey and citrus. Wonderful!
CONSERVE PRECIOUS WATER: When you are rinsing dishes or changing water temperature, rather then running potable water down the drain, catch the water in a stainless steel bowl or dish tub and reuse it to water plants, soak dirty pots, wipe counters, etc. Reuse water that you cooked vegetable in in soups and stews.
CHANGE YOUR OLD LIGHT BULBS: Good lighting is crucial for kitchen safety, energy savings and the comfort of your eyes. Kitchens are also a high-use room in the home. So, the best place to begin replacing your old incandescent light bulbs with new energy saving LED and CFL bulbs
LEAVE YOUR OVEN DOOR OPEN: In cool months, after baking, be sure to prop your oven door open when you are finished baking. This simple act ensures that you can use the residual warmth from the oven to heat your home.
GROW LOVELY HERBS ON YOUR WINDOWSILL: Plants grown indoors contribute to cleaner air, less toxins in the home environment and a happier, more beautiful home. When these indoor plants are edible , it gets even better! Choose a sunny sill and start with easy herbs like; thyme, basil, mint, bay leaf, and rosemary. Be sure to rinse your herbs before eating.