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If you follow us on social media you’d have noticed our showroom has gone through quite the dramatic transformation!

From an island worktop manufactured using recycled paper and natural resin to the lampshades handcrafted from orange peel, our showroom renovation has pioneered the future of sustainable living with innovation at the heart of its design.

introducing our new showroom

 

Cork Drawers

Cork is harvested from the bark of cork oak trees, which naturally regenerate after each harvest, making it a renewable resource. It’s a durable material that can withstand daily wear and tear in the kitchen, whilst also resistant to cracking, moisture, and rot, which makes it suitable for a humid environment like the kitchen. 

With a natural softness and elasticity that provides a cushioning effect, cork becomes especially beneficial in the kitchen as it helps to protect dishes, glassware, and other fragile items from damage caused by accidental bumps or drops. It also contains a natural substance called suberin, which acts as a protective barrier against mould, mildew, and bacteria. This property makes cork drawers resistant to microbial growth and helps maintain a hygienic kitchen environment.

Cleaning and maintaining cork drawers is relatively simple. Regular wiping with a damp cloth or mild cleaning solution is usually sufficient to keep them clean. Additionally, cork is less prone to showing fingerprints and smudges compared to other materials, making it easier to maintain a clean and neat appearance.

England Ash Fluted Island

Our fluted, newly installed island is a real showstopper. Handcrafted using English Ash grown and sourced in Longleat, we chose this timber due to its quality, locality and sustainability. The wood is FCS (Forest Stewardship Council) registered by the UK Forest Certification Group. This stunning place is a large, broadleaved woodland with a tall forest structure (including high, mature trees), which is unique to the South West of Britain.

lampshades

While orange peels don’t seem like they would add up to much, they’re actually a sizable source of waste. In 2014, orange production clocked in at 70 million tons, with much of that figure being used to produce jams, marmalades, and juices – all of which result in 4 million tons of orange peel waste per year.

Our lampshades from BIOHM are 100% biodegradable, vegan, sustainable and renewable. This is achieved by sourcing waste by-products from the food production or agricultural sectors. Each lampshade utilises approximately 1.8kg of waste orange peels and removes around 0.9kg of carbon!

worktops

Next up is our strikingly dark PaperStone worktop, primarily made using FSC certified recycled paper cardboard combined with a patented phenolic resin, petro pree.

Paper and old cardboard boxes are recycled to obtain stacked layers of paper. The paper is saturated with a pigmented, petroleum-free, natural resin and pressed under heat and pressure into a solid sheet. Not only is PaperStone made from a recycling process, it is also recyclable at the end of its life cycle, by re-polishing and re-purposing the material for future projects.

Electric Range Cooker

You might have noticed a spot of teal blue amongst the back run of shaker cabinets. We chose Everhot as our electric range cooker supplier because they strongly believe in local manufacturing and offsetting any damage manufacturing causes. As a result of this, all their cookers are assembled in Gloucestershire from parts that are almost exclusively supplied from the UK using energy that they generate themselves.

reclaimed flooring

Our flooring is made from repurposed scaffold plants from a reclamation yard, given some TLC and a new lease of life in our beautiful showroom. What we especially love about using reclaimed wood is that each piece has its own history and character, resulting in a one-of-a-kind flooring product. The natural weathering, nail holes, and other imperfections give it a rustic, aged appearance that adds charm and uniqueness to any space.

If you would like to book an appointment to visit our showroom and workshop to watch our cabinets as they are handcrafted, get in touch by emailing us at hello@sustainablekitchens.co.uk or fill in the form at the bottom of this page.

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