Single-Use Plastic: How To Reduce Your Usage In The Kitchen.

Single-use plastic usage is at an all time high. In the UK it is estimated that five million tonnes of plastic is used every year, nearly half of which is packaging.

Whilst some brands and organizations have fought to introduce eco-friendly packaging for produce, most items you’ll find in the supermarkets are still suffocated in single-use plastic wrap.

Some organisations have shifted the pressure off of the individual, and created ways to reduce the consequences that plastic causes such as seabins.

But why should we, as a society, continue to contribute to the problem just because there is a solution, when we could so easily eliminate the problem as a whole

There are some great ways to reduce your use of single-use plastics in the Kitchen without breaking the bank.

Reduce your need to use excess plastic packaging

Refuse excessive packaging by taking your own bags to the supermarket.

Many zero-waste shops and pop-ups allow you to buy fresh, unwrapped produce that you can carry in your own containers, so you can shop without adding to the single-use plastic crisis!

Can’t find the products you love with less packaging? Buy in bulk! This is particularly useful if you’re used to buying individually wrapped goods. Try to buy items with the highest volume of actual product, with the least amount of plastic packaging.

Don’t add to the crisis at home!

So, you’ve reduced the amount of plastic in the products that you buy.

More than 1.2 billion metres of single-use cling film is used and disposed of by households across Britain every year, and like plastic bags, cling film which ends up in the sea is easily confused for jellyfish by marine animals and chokes turtles and other creatures that feed on them.

Beeswax wraps are a brilliant alternative to cling film, allowing you to wrap up your food and keep it fresh for longer, without the environmental detriments.

Or, invest in some Tupperware, or reuse old food containers and jars to store your leftovers. This way you can reduce your personal contribution to the use of single-use plastic, whilst also reducing the amount of food you waste!

How to be more Eco-Friendly this January

It’s the beginning of a new Year, and what better time to shift your old lifestyle into something better for both you and the environment. With your new bout of motivation, why not put it to use and make this easy switches this January towards a more eco-friendly way of living.


Let’s start off with what seems like the most drastic change to make. Following a Vegan diet has been described as the single biggest way to reduced your environmental impact on Earth. Cutting meat and dairy products from your diet could reduce an individual’s carbon footprint from food by up to 73 percent, as well as it having so many ethical benefits.

A Vegan diet consists of one free from animal produce or meat, relying solely on natural, plant-based ingredients.

If you’re worried about making the change, January is the best time to go Vegan, as many supermarkets often bring out brilliant plant-based alternatives at this time to celebrate and encourage consumers to make the change!

Try a “No-buy” January – Borrow instead.

This is also a great way to ease off the January pinch we often feel after our Christmas shopping binge!

Challenge yourself this January to lay off the unnecessary spending, reducing your spendings to only consumerables. How often do we buy something, use it once, then put it away for it never to see the light of day again? The global fashion industry is generating a lot of greenhouse gases due to the energy used during its production, manufacturing, and transportation of the millions garments purchased each year, with the cheap synthetic fibers found in fast-fashion purchases emitting gases like N2O, which are 300 times more damaging than CO2.

Why not give your wallet and the planet a break by halting all your materialistic purchases this month? If you find yourself wanting to buy something, check out a local charity shop, or borrow from a friend instead. The use of second-hand products are extremely forgiving on the environment, saving said product from landfill!

Reduce your energy consumption

In the cold, dark, winter months, this can be quite a challenge. But it only takes 21 days to form a habit, so why not use January as the month to turn over a new leaf.

Did you know that 20% of global electricity consumption comes from lighting? This can easily be reduced by switching off lights when you’re not in the room, reducing both your energy bills and this statistic staggeringly. In the long term, or if money isn’t so tight, LED lights are a great switch to make. LED’s can be up to 90% more energy efficient when compared to conventional lighting!

Another quick and easy switch to make, is making sure your electrical products are turned off and unplugged when not in use. Never leave something in standby mode!

DIY Cleaning Products

Did you know how easy it is to make your own cleaning products?

Many of the chemicals found in domestic cleaning products are toxic to our environment and its wildlife. Homemade alternatives made from ingredients such as white vinegar, baking soda and lemon juice can be just as effective as commercial products and a lot more eco-friendly!

This January, be kinder to the environment and give this a go. It’ll not only save the environment, but can also be made with ingredients you probably already own!

Feeding your family the Eco-Friendly way

When feeding your family, keeping them full and healthy isn’t the only thing that should be sustained.

Saving the planet and our environment are also important factors to consider when cooking for you and your family. Here are some easy switches that you can make to benefit both you, your family and the environment.

1. Buy Local Produce

Food miles are one of the main things to consider when trying to maintain an Eco-Friendly diet. Reducing food miles helps to alleviate our reliance on fossil fuels.  The fewer miles from farm to table, the better. Organic food from across the globe may taste better in the middle of winter, but consider the pollution caused by flying them to wherever you are. 

Instead, shop local!

Supporting local businesses has many benefits; shopping from small, local stores helps to keep them in business and buying from local farms preserves the farmland. Without small scale farms, the land might otherwise be developed for industrial or commercial use. Additionally, farmland attracts other types of biodiversity and gives animals, insects, and birds a place to live and thrive.

To keep food even more local, how about growing some yourself?

Growing your own food is an eco-friendly way of introducing new herbs and foods into your diet and the its even better since you grow it yourself. It’s easy to plant herbs and vegetables in your garden, or if you don’t have one, how about this brilliant indoor kitchen herb garden?

2. Increase your home cooked meals

When you prepare your own meals, you have more control over the ingredients. By cooking for yourself, you can ensure that you and your family eat fresh, wholesome meals. This can help you to look and feel healthier, boost your energy, stabilize your weight and mood, and improve your sleep and resilience to stress.

Also, Making food at home not only allows you to source sustainable ingredients, waste less food, and use less energy, but home cooking, especially a diet rich in plants, means less impact on the environment.

3. Energy Efficient Cooking

Cooking in batches is an extremely efficient use of both appliance energy and your time, so cook up a big batch of lasagne and anticipate saving (and eating) lots of leftovers. You can save these leftovers for later by freezing them or storing them in the fridge. Check out our blog on ways to reduce food waste for some great recommendations for eco-friendly food storage ideas!

Planning ahead is also a great way to be energy efficient when cooking; by meal planning, you prevent yourself from overspending in the shops, whilst also reducing the potential for excess food waste.

When cooking, make sure that you are using the right sized pots and pans for your stove, as well as utilising their lids in order to preserve more energy and reduce the amount needed to cook your food. If you’re using an oven, why not turn it off 10 minutes early to let the residual heat continue to cook your food?

10 Ways To Renovate Your Kitchen Sustainably

If completed correctly, renovating your kitchen sustainably improves the value of your home and also leaves you feeling guilt-free. Its a win-win.

However, the process can seem overwhelming. There’s a lot to consider when choosing your products, design, and companies, including the quality, longevity, and environmental impact of every step of your renovation, which is also affected by the materials and mode of transport used to end up in your kitchen.

To make this process a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 most important things to consider when starting your eco-friendly renovation.

1. Recycle Your Old Kitchen

When beginning your renovation, it is important to remember that a kitchen you have grown tired of is not always one that has no value.

Thousands of kitchens every year are sent to landfill during home renovations. It’s worth looking into ways to sell or recycle your old kitchen, rather than sending it to landfill. The Used Kitchen Company sell second-hand and ex-showroom kitchens and are happy to help with the process of rehoming your kitchen.

And make use of your Kitchen Passport to make the process of rehoming your kitchen easier, storing all of your details in one, easily transferable place.

2. Work With What You’ve Got

Using your space effectively is the easiest way to reduce waste.

Make sure that you are designing a kitchen tailored perfectly to you; If you don’t cook a lot, why waste so much space and materials on a huge kitchen? Remember, smaller is better. The smaller the kitchen, the fewer materials are needed, the less waste produced, and the less money you will need to spend.

Make sure to make use of what you already have – are there any elements of your current kitchen you want to maintain, reuse or refurbish? Work with designers and consultants that will help you incorporate and utilize your space effectively. Maximize your space through the utility of corner units, drawers, and other nooks and crannies.

3. Use Sustainable Materials For your Kitchen Units

Make sure to consider the economic, environmental, and social implications of the materials used for your worktops and units. Working with designers and companies that are conscious of their carbon footprint and sustainability will help you find the best materials for your kitchen. Many environmentally-conscious kitchen companies will only use locally sourced materials that are sustainable and FSC trusted. These are companies are good to work with and can assure you that the Kitchen you end up with will be sustainable.

Choose doors and work-tops that are free from harsh-chemicals and can be maintained in the long run through re-painting and re-modelling. Longevity is very important when renovating your kitchen, and helps keep overall costs to a minimum.

4. Choose Appliances Wisely

Longevity is the most important thing to consider when choosing appliances for your kitchen. Whilst the cheapest options may be tempting, these are often most prone to excessive energy use and frequent replacements.

Definitely look out for the life span, energy and water performance ratings of your appliances before buying, and make sure that their brand has sustainability policies in place.

5. Water Efficiency

The water efficiency of your kitchen is something you should definitely consider when renovating sustainably. Choose more eco-friendly products and companies when choosing your water fitting features and taps. Low-flow faucets conserve water without sacrificing the luxurious feel of high water pressure. High quality dish-washers, whilst more expensive, are a lot more water efficient than more lower-end brands.

Another addition to your kitchen which improves both your water efficiency and energy usage is investing in a boiling water tap. This saves energy from boiling a kettle and provides you with hot water on demand.

6. Air Quality

Make sure your kitchen is well-ventilated, with windows and a fan as this can make the air in your home much healthier. Indoor air may be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air.

Pay attention to the board and wood products used in the construction of your cabinets, as some can be treated with harsh chemicals such as formaldehyde. Try to find safer options, or make sure that your kitchen is ventilated enough to improve the air quality hindered by these chemicals.

7. Decor and Painting

When decorating your kitchen, there are many sustainable options you should explore. Make sure to use low or no VOC paints (paints without chemical ingredients that evaporate into the atmosphere when the paint is drying), which you can buy from companies such as Little Green & Co, which also have a brilliant line of sustainable wallpapers from sustainable sources and recycled paper.

There are also many other companies which sell reclaimed decor, such as Eco Friendly Tiles, who sell recycled tiles, that provide eco-friendly alternatives when decorating your kitchen.

8. Flooring

Using reclaimed flooring for your kitchen is a great way to stay eco-friendly. Reclaimed wood flooring is often pre-seasoned, which means it will not warp and will last for years.

If you are not interested in reclaimed wood, make sure to look for companies using natural materials from sustainable sources instead. Linoleum and Cork are both great flooring materials made from renewable resources that make them sustainable choices for your new kitchen.

9. Reclaimed Furniture

Taking second-hand furniture and materials and repurposing them to suit your kitchen is a brilliant way to save money and the planet at the same time. This not only saves items from land-fill but can also bring more character to your kitchen.

Finding old items around your house or on second-hand websites, and repurposing them for your kitchen with a lick of paint or a little D.I.Y action will give your kitchen a unique edge.

10. LED Lighting

In recent years, LED bulbs have become a lot cheaper than they once were. Although still not the cheapest on the market, LED lighting is the most energy-efficient and eco-friendly way to brighten up your kitchen. With a life-span of up to 10,000 hours, and coming in many different colours, LED lights are a perfect way to keep your kitchen brighter for longer, without the guilt of wasting energy.

Ways to Reduce Food Waste in Your Kitchen

The ethical, economic and environmental issue of food waste is often overlooked.

Did you know that around of food consumed around the world is wasted, contributing to 10% of total man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions? To put it simply, if food waste was a country, it would be ranked THIRD after the USA and China in terms of greenhouse gas production. As food rots and degrades, it begins to emit harmful gasses that trap heat in the atmosphere. In the UK alone, it is estimated that 10 million tonnes of food waste is produced every year, 70% of which was intended to be consumed. This has a value of over £20 billion and is associated with more than 25 million tonnes of GHG emissions. 

Food waste also has ethical implications. 1 in 9 people in this world are malnourished, which is the product of excessive food production demands, and something we should really consider when buying and wasting excessive food. 

It is undeniably urgent and important that we reduce our food waste. By reducing our waste, it has the equivalent positive effect on our environment as removing 1 in 4 cars off the road. 

So, how can we reduce our food waste? 

The solution is easy.. 

  1. Meal Planning

The two rules to a cost-effective, waste-efficient food shop are:

  • Never shop hungry. 
  • Plan your meals for the week ahead of your shop. 

You’d be surprised at how these simple changes can reduce your food waste. By shopping on a full stomach, you are less likely to be tempted by things you don’t need, and are less likely to be convinced by supermarket offers incentivising you to shop excessively. 

By planning meals ahead of your trip to the shops, you are effectively streamlining your shop to only include the ingredients necessary for the meals you intend to cook before your next shop. This not only makes your trip cheaper, but also reduces the chance of food waste.

2. Save Your Left-Overs

Instead of throwing out leftovers from your meals, or wasting a half-used fresh ingredient, invest in containers or food storage tools that preserve your food, so that you can enjoy your left-over meals and ingredients another day without waste. 

Whilst cling-film and zip-lock bags are the most common method of food preservation, we recommend investing in some tupperware, old jars or beeswax wraps as sustainable and cost-effective ways to preserve your food without contributing to the use of single-use plastics. 

  1. Know your ‘best-before’ from your ‘use-by’ dates

Food products often have both ‘best-before’ and ‘use-by’ dates. Make sure you know the difference. 

The ‘best-before’ date symbolises that the food is safe to eat after the date stated, whereas the ‘use-by’ date is stricter and only used on products that could cause sickness if eaten after the date recommended. Make sure you pay attention to this before throwing away perfectly edible food. 

Also, look out for the freezer sign on food packaging; you can safely freeze these items after the ‘best -before’ date, and up to the ‘use-by’ date. This means you can preserve food that may be on its turn for a better day. 

The Kitchen Passport Launch

KBB Birmingham 2020 saw the trade launch of The Used Kitchen Company’s Kitchen Passport to thousands of industry experts, manufacturers and buyers. The response was astoundingly positive, everyone welcomed the new initiative which will extend the cradle to grave life of a kitchen. We are proud to be able to offer this ethical and sustainable business which not only extends your kitchen’s lifespan but maximises the resources that went into its creation. Check out our supporters below who have already given Kitchen Passport their stamp of approval!

Today we are hugely excited to be launching our official website and are now live and ready to store all of your kitchen info under one roof. Check out who has already given it their seal of approval


Letter on Kitchen Sustainability

Whilst the idea of re-usability has infiltrated all parts of our lives, from to our phones to our homes, we rarely view our kitchen as something that can be reused by someone else. As a result, kitchens seldom survive renovation projects, with perfectly reusable kitchens ending up in landfill.

With thousands of homeowners embarking on renovations each year, the cost of the kitchen industry on the environment has grown considerably in recent years.

The Kitchen Passport is an effort to reverse these practices, and foster a more circular kitchen economy. By providing a safe and secure location for your kitchen’s details, the Passport is designed to facilitate the resale process and reduce the waste produced by the kitchen industry.

We hope that the Kitchen Passport will encourage homeowners to view their kitchens as recyclable items, which can have multiple owners and multiple homes.

Together, we can work towards a sustainable future in the kitchen industry.

Looeeze Grossman
Founder and CEO Kitchen Passport

Dismantling Your Kitchen

Dismantling a used kitchen can be a very tricky procedure. Whilst kitchens are made to last, worktops can be extremely heavy and delicate, and prone to cracks if not handled properly. Kitchen dismantling is best done by a team of profession fitters, as there is a real art to their removal. However, if you do decide to go ahead yourself, bear in mind the following:

Preparing for dismantle

  • Remember to take out insurance to cover the seller’s property in case of accidental damage.
  • You need someone qualified to disconnect electric and gas.
  • Remember to isolate water and heating system if radiators or under-plinth heaters are involved
  • Make sure floors are covered before beginning dismantle. One scratch can be very expensive

Dismantling the kitchen units.

Dismantling is reverse engineering:

  • Appliances come out first
  • Then plinths and trims
  • Take island out (if there is one) to make space to work
  • Remove top cupboards
  • You might need to remove tiles to get base units out
  • worktops
  • Some kitchens have screws filled over and painted. Use a magnet to locate screw head.

Transporting the kitchen.

  • Hire a van for the transportation of your kitchen. Most hire vans carry 1.2 tons max. An average island worktop weighs 250kg.
  • Check that your kitchen fits the dimensions of the lorry.
  • You will need to take out a separate insurance. Van hire insurance does not cover the goods you are carrying.
  • You will need straps. Packaging and a way of handling worktops if you don’t have specialist equipment

If you have any questions about the dismantling process, get in contact with our kitchen experts:

Phone: 020 8349 1943

Helpful tips on how to look after your kitchen

Taking care of your kitchen will keep it in good condition for years to come and expand its lifetime. Whilst you may think giving the worktops or cupboards a wipe down may do the trick, the internal cupboards collect dust and scuff marks which also need attention. There is so much that can be done to prevent any damages to the surfaces and units and regular maintenance is vital, so we are here to help you make the most out of your kitchen.

Check out our tips on how to maintain the quality of your kitchen units, worktops and appliances.

Kitchen units

An effective, inexpensive and natural way to clean your doors and cabinets is to make a solution of warm water and vinegar (2 parts water, 1 part vinegar). Use a cloth dampened in the solution to give the units a good wipe down. This will get rid of any dirt and grease stains. Do this bi-monthly for a deep and thorough clean.

If you do not have vinegar then liquid soap is a suitable alternative as it works as a degreaser.

Antibacterial cleaning wipes are a quick and easy way to clean dirt marks off your cabinets. Scented ones are an added bonus as they leave your kitchen smelling fresh too. Do this once a week to avoid a build up of dust and food splatters.

Use an old toothbrush to get around the small areas like door knobs and handles.


The method of cleaning worktops depends on the material you have…

Laminate worktops can easily be cleaned with an antibacterial kitchen spray, hot water and liquid soap or antibacterial wipes.

Granite or Marble worktops can be cleaned with a mixture of non-abrasive dish soap and warm water and wiped dry with a clean microfibre cloth. Steer clear of bleach or ammonia-based cleaners as this can be damaging to the surface.

Wooden worktops can be cleaned with homemade solution of 2 cups of water, 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1tbs of liquid soap. Add the mixture to a spray bottle, spray your worktops and wipe with a clean damp cloth.


For stainless steel appliances combine equal vinegar and water in a spray bottle. This will naturally disinfect, deodorise and clean your appliances. For extra cleaning power on tough stains add bicarbonate of soda, which is really effective in removing dirt.

Always use microfibre cloths or cotton cloths to clean your appliances and not paper towels as this will leave streak marks.

Oven grills are a nightmare to clean, but we’ve found a brilliant tried and tested hack to get them sparkling like new. Fill your sink with hot water and add 3 lids of fabric conditioner, soak the grills for an hour and see how the dirt falls off.

Not sure what to do with your old kitchen?

Are you purchasing a new kitchen and not sure what to do with your old one? I bet you didn’t know there is a huge online marketplace for used kitchens. The Used Kitchen Company buy and sell used and ex-display kitchens nationwide and yours could be one of them. The process is simple and there is always someone there to assist you every step of the way.  The Used Kitchen Company was set up over 12 years ago as the brainchild of Looeeze Grossman who realised there was an important gap in the market for recycling perfectly good used kitchens.  They have now listed over 5000 used and ex-display kitchens which are happily re-installed up and down the country and further afield.

If you want to sell your old kitchen with The Used Kitchen Company, just take a few clear photos of your kitchen and upload them to get valued. For more information, visit their Sell My Kitchen page or give them a call on 020 8349 1943.


1.  How can we dismantle our kitchen without damaging it?

There is certainly an art that our team of professional fitters have.  The main issue when dismantling a kitchen is to remove the worktops undamaged.  This is best done by starting off with a lot of manpower – a large piece of granite can need 4 or 5 people to lift.  The next step is to work on the joins and silicone as this is the key before trying to gently remove the tops. For more dismantling tips and tricks, check out our blog post on kitchen removal.

2.  Is it OK for me to keep some of the appliances ?

Yes, it is absolutely fine to keep appliances, but we do suggest that if hobs/sinks are cut into the worktops, it is a good idea to include them when possible.

3.  How will it fit in someone else’s home ?

Once you lift the worktops off a kitchen, each unit is an individual carcass, so it is a bit like a jigsaw puzzle where you can easily reconfigure the units to accommodate your space.  We always say buy a little larger than you need, and that way you have a few extra units to play with.

4.  Why would anyone want to buy my used kitchen?

You’ll be surprised by how many used kitchens we sell. Lot’s of people love to recycle and up-cycle old kitchens by repainting it, adding new worktops or changing the handles – making it look brand new again. Sometimes you won’t even be able to recognise it’s the same kitchen. Not only is it good for our planet, but it saves you money too making it a good option for those on a budget.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our kitchen specialists at 020 8349 1943