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The sustainable kitchen

Kitchens are of course the part of your home where most energy is consumed. As homes become better insulated and heating costs drop, then the relative signicance of electrical appliances increases. By law all electric refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers and cookers now have to an energy rating on the scale A-G (illustrated). From 2011 the A scale was further subdivided from A to A+++. You can make a difference by not only choosing the best A rated appliances, but also by letting the retailer know it is a key factor in your choice.

Water usage is also a factor -efficiency goes as far as the humble kettle -there are several eco kettles available that work on the principle of only boiling the quantity of water required -try Nigel's Eco Store to see examples.

There are a few manufacturers making kitchen units from recycled materials -Chamois and Milestone are pioneers here. Alternatively, if the base units are still good, then a more sustainable solution is to replace just the doors.

See our page on recycling for more information on dealing with domestic waste.

Featured Suppliers

Fitted Kitchens -Visit Betta Living to find a fantastic range of the latest fitted kitchens. Whether you're looking for a bespoke design, traditional style or something a little more contemporary, Betta Living has a team of skilled consultants who will be able to help you create your dream kitchen.  Betta Living kitchens are available throughout the UK so visit us online to request a FREE brochure.

Eurofit Direct
Eurofit Direct stock a range of kitchen components available to order online from their Yorkshire based UK warehouse ­ including kitchen items such as cupboard hinges, drawer slides, kitchen handles, and table legs.

Eco Kitchens:

  • Chamois Eco Kitchens -elegant kitchen units made using cabinet carcases from 18mm recycled melamine faced coreboard.
  • Milestone -kitchens made entirely from recycled products -including doors and units from recycled yoghourt pots and coffee cups!
  • Natural Collection -eco friendly kitchen accessories.
  • Nigel's Eco Store -environmentally friendly products for sustainable living, including recycled products, organic products, green products, and eco friendly products and gifts.
  • Solar Cooking -site dedicated to cooking using solar power.

Kitchens in general:

  • A good life -Guardian journalist Leo Hickman has an environmental audit done on his kitchen.
  • Anything Left Handed -really ought to be called everything left handed -they sell a variety of kitchen implements for left handed users.
  • BBC Online - Homes -Tips on how to revamp your kitchen, and the rest of your home, with the help of BBC stars like Laurence Llewellyn Bowen, Linda Barker, etc.
  • Books on kitchen design -booklist with kitchen design ideas.
  • Clever Kitchen -this innovative circular mini kitchen is designed to save space, with everything located in a single revolving circular pod.
  • Doors4kitchens -why buy a complete kitchen when you can change the doors!
  • Doors direct -online suppliers of kitchen doors, handles, knobs, hinges etc.
  • French House -brings the very best of France to your door -kitchens, dining and bathrooms.
  • Joe's Kitchen Design -useful page with frequently asked questions on kitchen design.
  • Kitchen Buyers Guide -tips, advice and help to plan, design and buy your dream kitchen.
  • -reference site for the kitchen buyer that includes articles on installing and choosing your kitchen, advice, surveys, new product information and a forum. Design, sourcing and planning services offered.
  • -the web division of KAD Limited, one of the UK's leading specialists in Kitchen and Bathroom Sinks, Taps and Accessories.

Kitchen design and installation:

  • Bulthaup -the ultimate in sleek designer kitchens from this innovative German company.
  • Holloways of Ludlow -family business providing bespoke fitted kitchens and fittings; they also do high quality sinks, taps, radiators, lighting and and ironmongery......and they have showrooms in Shepherds Bush and Richmond as well.
  • Kitchen Finesse -nationwide kitchen design studio and supplier of high quality rigid built British and German kitchens, they also offer bespoke worktops such as granite, quartz, stone and corian with a nationwide templating and installation service.
  • Martha Mockford -Based in Devon, they specialise in offering top quality kitchens at affordable prices.
  • A.D.Moore & Son Kitchen Installations -a small independent father and son family buisness based in Mid Wales and the Westmidlands, specialising in the design, supply and installation of high quality British and German fitted kitchens.
  • Pine or Painted -Kitchen planning and design ideas, from a new kitchen island to detailed kitchen plans helping you reach your ultimate stylish design.
  • Smallbone of Devizes -possibly the best known name in upmarket kitchens.


  • Brass and Traditional Sinks -traditional and modern sinks in stainless steel or fireclay with complementary taps and accessories.
  • Carron Phoenix -orignially established as a company making canons (carronades), the company has gone on since to become the UKs largest sink manufacturer, offering a complete range of sinks and taps.
  • Corian -Du Pont Ltd are manufacturers of the composite worktop material that can be moulded for one piece worktops and sinks.
  • Franke -Swiss specialist in kitchen sinks -download brochures online.
  • Strato Cucine -beautiful and minimal Italian design.


  • Barncrest -bespoke hardwood worktops in beech, oak, walnut, cherry and iroko from their workshops in Penryn, Cornwall.
  • Corian -moulded composite worktops and sinks by Du Pont .
  • Design Finger -make eco concrete surfaces for worktops, countertops, sinks and baths from up to 90% recycled materials including cement replacement waste from the power industry.
  • GlassECO -kitchen worktops made from 85% recycled glass bottles.
  • LBA Direct -Supplier of high quality timber worktops and sinks.
  • MAK Distributors -based in Doncaster, they hardwood worktops from sustainable sources. Useful guide to care and maintenance of timber worktops.
  • Orama -postformed worktops.
  • Polished Stone- supply granite and marble worktops for kitchens to clients in London, Eastern England and Birmingham to Sheffield.
  • Quince Stoneworks -marble and granite kitchen worktops in Bedfordshire. Available in full polished, honed or antico finishes with repair service offered for granite worktops.


Range Cookers
  • Aga Rayburn -the iconic kitchen range.
  • Everhot -traditional cast iron, electric heat-storage range cookers hand made to order at Coaley Mill, a 13th century water powered mill near Dursley in the Cotswolds.
  • La Cornue -the ultimate in French kitchen ranges.
  • Phil Green & Son -specialist suppliers of Rayburns and Agas
  • Rangecooker -Range cookers from Britannia.
  • Waterford Stanley -established in Waterford, Ireland in 1934, today they offer a selection of range cookers and stoves.

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The New Kitchen Planner
Mitchell Beazley
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The Kitchen Design Planner
Fay Sweet
Hardcover - 159 pages
Ryland Peters & Small
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