In our blog post â€śKitchen trends 2014â€ť we have already taken a first look at the trends in 2014. Now we would like to have a closer look at one of these trends. As our title already suggests, we will talk about sustainability.
Energy efficiency, freshness and the gentle preparation of food â€“ these are the key words when it comes to sustainability in the kitchen. The industry has already recognized this and offers a variety of solutions. Modern kitchen appliances require steadily less electricity, keep food fresh longer and enable a quick and gentle preparation when cooking.
Todayâ€™s refrigerators have had different climate zones for long in which food is stored at optimal temperatures. Thus they do not only stay fresh longer, but their nutrients are being better preserved by this way. “This is less about the storage period but more about preserving the quality and healthy ingredients in the foods,” says Kirk Mangels, Managing Director of â€śArbeitsgemeinschaft Die Moderne KĂĽcheÂ (AMK)â€ť. In combination with a good energy efficiency class costs not only for electricity, but also for food can be saved in a noticeable frame per year. By now both for refrigerators and freezers as well as for washing machines and dishwashers the energy efficiency class A+++ has been available. These devices consume around 60 percent less energy than class A. Also, the increasingly integrated features in kitchen appliances ensure a greater sustainability. For example, you can find refrigerators with so-called “vitamin-safes”. Here, a green and blue LED light in the vegetable cooler ensures that Vitamin C is being preserved.
However, not only for the storage, but also for the preparation there are energy-friendly alternatives. Induction cookers are a good example: they react much faster than conventional hobs and heat the entire cooking pot instead of just the floor. By this way, time and especially energy can be saved. Also in the case of kitchen faucets sustainability is not being neglected: Many companies have offered kitchen faucets for some time that allow filtered or even boiling water, which makes water boilers â€“ one of the most energy-consuming domestic appliances â€“ superfluous.
These examples, however, are just a small selection of what the industry offers for sustainability in our kitchens today. The choice is far more comprehensive what shows that the topic is an important trend and will stay one.
Example of multifunctional kitchen faucets (c) AMK
Example of full surface induction fields (c) AMK