As tempting as it is to pour all of your focus into the aesthetics of farmhouse sinks and marble countertops, designing your dream kitchen is also a chance to choose pieces that help make your life healthier and more efficient.
Making sustainable decisions, like installing appliances that are Energy Star certified, can help you rest easy. Beko’s range of energy-efficient dishwashers, for example, are handling the literal dirty work (exceeding the EPA’s cleanability standards) while conserving water and energy.
These six items can help you turn your dream kitchen into a clean—and green—one.
1. Clean up with an energy efficient dishwasher
The home appliance manufacturer Beko, known for its sleek and effective designs, has eight energy-efficient styles. The newest dishwasher models feature their CornerIntense sprayer—a three-arm design that releases water in a rectangular motion, the same shape as the washer itself. Doing away with the traditional circular spray means the machine is able to hit every nook and grease-filled cranny while using half the water and a third of the energy permitted by the U.S. Department of Energy conservation standards for residential dishwashers.
Plus it looks good—with your choice of custom-panel-ready options crafted to blend into your cabinetry—and offers other helpful features like a sprinkler system that automatically rinses the Beko EverClean Filter with pressured water, keeping the filter clean up to four times longer and reducing the need for manual cleaning, and a whisper-soft operating sound.
2. Grow your garden…
…and shrink your carbon footprint. Adding a countertop composter to your kitchen
can help pare down your food waste by up to 80 percent, eliminating garbage that would otherwise end up in a landfill, releasing harmful gasses into the environment. Meanwhile, you’re dealing with less trash, eliminating garbage that would otherwise end up in a landfill, releasing harmful gasses into the environment. And you can do it without committing to the whole cumbersome compost-pile-in-the-backyard situation.
Meanwhile, you’re dealing with less trash and have a constant supply of nutrient-rich soil for any plants or gardens your green thumb tends.
3. Find a fresher fridge
We’ve all been there—having to toss berries that seemed to grow mold instantaneously or leafy greens that wilted while you waited. Beko’s French Three-Door Stainless Steel Refrigerator can help you actually eat your vegetables. It comes with
EverFresh+ technology, which is said to mimic natural lighting conditions, helping extend the photosynthesis process inside of your fridge. The result: Fruits and vegetables stay ready to eat for up to 30 days while retaining their vital nutrients.
That’s not the only fresh feature. A dual-cooling system maintains proper humidity levels in the fridge while keeping the freezer frost-free. Plus, LED lights allow you to easily view all your eats, and the sleek design blends seamlessly with the rest of your kitchen decor.
4. Stop with the single-use soda bottles
You’ve already got your trusty water bottle, but sometimes H2O isn’t enough to quench your thirst. Instead of constantly buying another seltzer, you can create your own bubbles at home with a SodaStream PET carbonating bottle. Reusable for three years, it takes the place of up to a thousand single-use plastic bottles that end up polluting landfills or, worse, natural environments like oceans.
5. Reclaim the recycling process
As good as you may feel about separating out your paper and plastic products, the truth is that not all home recyclables actually end up being recycled. (Some estimates suggest that up to one-third of what’s put in recycling bins ends up in a landfill.) But the Lasso at-home recycler finds a way to repurpose every last scrap.
The best part: None of the guesswork is on you. After you toss a bottle, can, or other item into the machine, sensors determine if it’s able to be recycled, then wash it, grind it down, and store the remaining materials until it’s time for your monthly pickup. While the Lasso at-home recycler will officially be on sale until in 2024, it’s available to reserve as part of the pre-sale phase—which grants access to discounts and an anticipated beta test phase in 2023.
6. Flex your green thumb
Even those without a square foot of outdoor space can get down and dirty with an indoor hydroponic herb garden. A pick like the sleek AeroGarden requires very little knowledge of your local flora. You simply drop in seed pods, add plant food and water and watch as your basil, oregano, romaine lettuce and other greens begin to bloom with the help of a powerful LED light and a quiet water pump.