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An eco-friendly kitchen starts with eating green. However, energy-efficient cleaning habits and food preparation, dodging toxic chemicals and making use of equipment manufactured from sustainable materials are equally important if you want your space to have an eco-friendly vibe. By making smarter choices, you can save money and you help protect the planet.

Here are a few eco-friendly kitchen design ideas for your cooking space:

Long-Lasting Eco-Friendly Utensils and Cookware

Purchase utensils and cookware that are designed to last f or more than a few weeks.

Teflon-based products for example, must go. Although there’s still a lot of buzz on the health hazards of non-sticky surfaces, Teflon has limited uses and a short life span. Instead, opt for cast iron, ceramic, or stainless steel cookwares. Even though these items may seem a bit expensive, a top-quality skillet made of cast iron will last for years.

As for utensils, it’s always a better idea to opt for quality; cheap items eventually rot or melt and they tend to gather lots of chemicals. Look for high-quality wood (like bamboo) or metal products.

Energy-Efficient Appliances

Today’s modern eco-friendly kitchen shouldn’t just look nice; it should also be comfortable and fresh.

Many of today’s newest appliances are energy-efficient, including dishwashers that use less water as well as refrigerators and freezers with ENERGY STAR ratings. As for stoves, many homeowners don’t know whether to opt for an electric or gas stove. A lot of homeowners consider that gas stoves are a much better alternative because the temperature is easier to control. The greenest electric stoves are the ones with induction elements, because they transfer electro-magnetic energy straight into the pan.

Eco-Friendly Remodeling 

Recycling and reclaiming is an affordable, eco-friendly way of revamping your kitchen.

Look for antique or salvaged items, kitchen paneling, fittings, flooring material, and cabinets from a previous home. If you’re tired of your old things, consider trading them in or reusing the materials instead of just throwing them away. Reclaimed materials have multiple purposes; you can use the wood from an old cabinet to make kitchen shelves, or even better, a brand new kitchen island. It’s all about putting your imagination to good use.

If you don’t want to use reclaimed materials, you can always turn to other green options. For example, green countertops manufactured from recycled paper, cork or bamboo flooring, and eco-friendly paint for cabinets are excellent ideas. Painted kitchens have the greatest impact, and even though you’re just changing colors, the end result will totally add a new vibe into your cooking space.

Smart Eco-Friendly Decorating

Sometimes the simplest décor ideas can have the greatest impact.

Eco-friendly kitchens should scream liveliness and comfort. Have you ever thought of adding flower pots into your cooking space? Purchase seeds and plant them in cute DIY pots (use former jars and other ingenious ideas to keep things green) and plant herbs that you can always use when cooking. Rosemary, thyme, basil, and cilantro are amazing ideas. These plants won’t just greenefy your kitchen, they’ll also give you a more relaxing atmosphere while adding to the décor.

Go for an Eco-Friendly Backsplash

Not many people pay attention to their kitchen’s backsplash. This limited wall space above your countertop should look just as good as the rest of your kitchen, so why leave it empty when you can use eco-friendly design to bring it to life?

Paint is the most affordable and simplest option for revamping a backsplash. Recycled colored glass doesn’t cost that much and you can use it to add a bit of flair to your walls or use it for the entire backsplash in place of tile. Of course, if you have a bigger budget available, use stainless steel. The final result will definitely turn some heads around.

There are endless eco-friendly ideas homeowners can use to revamp their kitchens. Some don’t cost a thing, while for others you may have to invest a few hundred dollars. The simplest way of redesigning a space/room is with paint. Changing the color of your cabinets and walls creates impact; and if you include new decorations you have the highest chances of converting an old-fashioned kitchen into the most beautiful room of the house. All you need is a bit of imagination to get started!

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Brown Advisory’s Karina Funk on water risk implications for businesses

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John Davies, Senior Vice President & Analyst at GreenBiz, interviewed Karina Funk, Portfolio Manager & Chair of Sustainable Investing at Brown Advisory, during GreenFin 21 (April 13-14, 2021). View archived videos from the conference here: https://www.greenbiz.com/topics/greenfin-21-archive

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Adidas Releases Recyclable Sneaker For The Circular Economy

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The fashion industry has been coming under fire in recent years for its environmental impact. Not only does the industry have a large carbon footprint, but many of the materials it uses are damaging for ocean environments. Sustainability has become a key concern for conscious consumers, and this has been having a knock-on effect on brands. Adidas has already made efforts to address its environmental impact by using recycled PET plastic in its products, and now it has made another step forward by releasing its first totally recyclable shoe.

The shoe was launched as part of Adidas’ recent Ultraboost release that was timed to coincide with Earth Week and is called Made to be Remade. The idea behind the sneaker is that it forms part of a circular economy. It’s made with materials and technology that enable the shoes to be returned to Adidas at the end of their life, after which they will be remade into a new pair of shoes or product, hence the Made to be Remade moniker.

The way in which the shoes are returned to Adidas is actually pretty nifty — on the tongue of each pair there is a QR code. When scanned with a smartphone, it launches a digital experience where the return process can be accessed and managed.

Adidas is touting these shoes as part of its continued efforts to bring an end to plastic waste and reduce the plastic pollution of the oceans. It also has an ongoing collaboration with Parley where it uses reclaimed ocean plastic in the shoe design.

While Adidas should be given a level of respect for making efforts to bring a level of responsibility to the manufacture of its shoes, we would like to see this same approach applied to all of its products. Rather than just enabling one type of shoes to be remade as part of a circular economy, it would be revolutionary if all of its shoes offered the same experience. Let’s hope this is the way of the future, and that Adidas is leading the charge.

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Small Cargo EVs For Cities Could Be A Game Changer

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I recently ordered some groceries online from a local supermarket in Harare and when the delivery arrived I was surprised to see a very big lorry outside the gate to drop off the groceries. When the delivery guy opened the back of the lorry, I was even more surprised to see that only my groceries were in the back of that huge lorry. I then wondered, had they consolidated a lot of orders that day and I happened to be at the end of the line? Or was the lorry ever full that day? That delivery service needed a more right-sized solution, I thought. It’s really such a waste to burn all that diesel when a right-sized EV could do the job if they were available in the local market.

I have also noticed that a lot of young people doing deliveries for fast food, chocolate, flowers, and other things are using their personal cars which in most cases are in the range of a Honda Fit, Toyota Corolla, or a VW Polo. In most cases in this part of the world, this is the only job they have, and maximizing profit for the day’s shift is the main goal and therefore reducing the main driver of their operational costs (the high cost of petrol) would go a long way in improving their income.

We have seen Renault introduce a van version of its popular Zoe. The Zoe van has a 245-mile range and is available in two well-equipped specifications — Business and Business+. It has a 52 kWh battery, an 80 kW R110 electric motor, and has 50kW DC charging. But it starts from about £25,000. Another French automaker has just announced the cargo version of the Citroen Ami. It has a 5.5 kWh battery, a 6 kW motor, a top speed of 45 km/h, and can carry goods of about 140 kilograms, but most importantly, you can get one for about €6,000. Another good thing is the Ami is produced here in Africa, in Morocco, helping create employment on the continent.

Could we start seeing more firms introduce these types of small city cargo vans in this price range? Immediately one starts to think about the Wuling MINI EV. The Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV has been breaking records in China, selling over 30,000 vehicles per month in recent times.

The $4,200 MINI EV has two battery options and some decent specs for that price:

  • 120 km of range using 9.2 kWh battery (NEDC I suppose) for just $4,112
  • 170 km of range using 13.8 kWh battery (NEDC I suppose) for $5,540
  • A top speed of 100 km/h
  • A 13 kW and 85 Nm electric motor
  • Can seat up to 4 people
  • Very decent boot space of 741 liters of space when the rear seats are folded down
  • 2,917 millimeters long, 1,493 millimeters wide, and 1,621 millimeters high, with a 1,940-millimeter wheelbase

The General Motors, SAIC, and Wuling alliance have shown that they really want to sell this little car by adding the trendy Macaron Edition as well as the convertible version known as the Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV Cabrio in a major marketing drive. A cargo version of the Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV would be very welcome. The Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV is helping create a new market for city EVs, and several other firms such as Levdeo and Changan are adding these small city EVs to their portfolio. Adding cargo options of these would be awesome at those prices and could be a game changer in the delivery and logistics industry. These EVs, if they were available in this part of the world, would be in the same price range as a used Honda Fit but much cheaper to run on locally generated electricity, making them affordable for young people doing deliveries or building their own fleet for their small business.

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