Sustainable kitchens: 18 ideas for an eco-friendly design

kitchen with green island unit, cabinets, white worktop and wooden stools
Creating a sustainable kitchen doesn't mean sacrificing style (Image credit: Re-home)

From choosing sustainable timber for your cabinets through to considering tiles and flooring made from recycled materials, there are plenty of changes you can make when it comes to creating an eco-friendly kitchen design.

The good news is, even if you're renovating your current culinary spot, there are still plenty of tricks for boosting your eco-credentials. We've cooked up 18 ideas to help you create a sustainable kitchen.

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Helen Parker

Helen Parker is deVOL's Creative Director. Joining in 2004 as a kitchen designer, by 2011 she had become responsible for deVOL's style, creating one-of-a-kind showrooms, sourcing antiques and gifts and designing new pieces of furniture and accessories. Over the years, she has developed deVOL's look and voice. Recently, Helen has been busy helping to produce and starring in deVOL's Emmy nominated TV series. Helen's passion and desire to create a special look for deVOL has proved to be the making of this company.

Helen Lord founder of Re-home
Helen Lord

Helen is the founder of UKE Home Solutions Ltd (formerly Used Kitchen Exchange) and; Supporting the KBB industry, Developers, Interior Designers and homeowners with closed-loop thinking and sustainable solutions for pre-owned interiors, excess and discontinued stock as well as ethical dismantle and removal.

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is editor of sister title and former digital editor of He has worked on a range of home, design and property magazines, including Grand Designs, Essential Kitchens, Bathrooms, Bedrooms and Good Homes. Hugh has developed a passion for modern architecture and green homes, and moonlights as an interior designer, having designed and managed projects ranging from single rooms to whole house renovations and large extensions. He's currently renovating his own Victorian terrace in Essex, DIYing as much of the work as possible. He's recently finished his kitchen renovation, which involved knocking through walls, and landscaping a courtyard garden, and is currently working on a bathroom renovation.

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