We’re all guilty aren’t we? We see something we like the look of, we buy it and pay little attention to the environmental credentials of the product. We heat a house when only a room might suffice. Leave lights on in a room no-one’s using, run endless amounts of water down the plughole. Yep, I could go on with lots more examples in our history of wastefulness.
What’s becoming quite clear though, is that if we don’t change our bad habits we’re exposing our planet to a fate that none of us want for ourselves or for our children.
I’m as guilty as others in having a past that somewhat failed in my responsibility to the future health of the planet but when all the facts and statistics point to a doomed future for our children and descendants, then it’s time for us to step up to the plate and act.
So, when it comes to kitchens, what are manufacturers doing to assist us make that change?
Jumping on the green bandwagon seems to be more a trend for many rather than the firm commitment it now has to become.
There’s no doubt that today’s energy efficient lighting and water saving taps are just as good, if not better, than wasteful counterparts yet in the kitchen sector I’m most familiar with, cabinetry, doors and worktops, there’s been an epic lack of green choices.
In the hope it will appeal to the new group of ethical consumers, some stick an eco label on a range, perhaps reasoning that if it meets only a small part of the criteria to qualify as an eco product, it’s fair game to stick a green label on and call it the future kitchen
Invariably “eco friendly” labelled kitchen furniture components have rarely been as good as existing conventional counterparts and what’s the economic sense in going green if you have to replace a product more frequently? I’ve seen them all, from recycled yoghurt pots to papier mache, there have been some adventurous attempts to appeal to the growing demand among ethical buyers but not many of these forays into Greenland cut the mustard.
There are however, some manufacturers who are leading the way. It’s already happening with a number of lighting, bathroom and appliance manufacturers and the latest to join the road to green is IKEA but there’s been precious little press about a product that will, I believe, become the kitchen game-changer and it originates from the Scandinavian principle of design that’s proved an ever popular choice among furniture buyers the world over.
Let me introduce you to the Miinus kitchen range.
Drilling down deeper in my research into what’s out there led me to discover the Miinus Eco kitchen range from Puustelli and it not only ticks all the Eco boxes, it boxes conventional kitchens right out of the ring in every specification of it’s make up. Three years in development, the brief was to develop a range that rid us of the chipboard/MDF diet we’d been fed on for so long. To move kitchens into an evolutionary stage. Puustelli invested €1.5 million euros into its development.
The result? A future kitchen range that’s radically different from the rest.
Check out these credentials:
1. No MDF no Chipboard, no vinyls and no laminates.
2. It’s Recyclable
3. It employs a revolutionary, earth friendly, bio-composite waterproof carcass frame for all cabinets in the range.
4 It has almost half the carbon footprint of conventional kitchens – a mere tiptoe if you like!!
5. All wooden components are sourced from highly sustainable forestry
6. It’s more durable, more resilient, it’s lighter and stronger
7. It’s-modifiable (Put simply, it can be taken apart and put together again without loss of strength)
8. It has substantially reduced emissions that sit in the strictest criteria possible for furniture. (Wood furniture off-gasses VOC’s, (Volatile Organic Compounds), and some much more than others dependent on the compounds/adhesives used in their manufacture)
9. Miinus arrives with lengthy warranties – 30 years on the Biocomposite frame, 10 years on all wood components, 25 years on accessories and on Ceramic surfaces.
10. It’s a design led future kitchen with a wide array of real wood veneer door finishes that incorporate a lighter, honeycombed substrate that prevents doors bowing and strain on hinges.
And that isn’t the end of it, you see, a Miinus Kitchen, once designed to your visions, will arrive complete, including worktops, appliances, sinks etc. So, if you were to choose Ceramic worktops, there are no delays waiting for templates to be made before the surfaces are fabricated and then installed – all fitting in with the eco imperative that the range is all about.
Miinus – The True Eco kitchen
Ok, so my introductory paragraph here, morphed into a blatant promotion of the kitchen range I’m marketing and although it’s impact on benefitting the environment as a whole is minimal, it’s impact on the evolutionary path for kitchen manufacture will be huge. Future development of the range is of great importance to Puustelli and Miinus will, no doubt, further evolve but as things currently stand it’s already setting a high benchmark for others.
I’ve worked in at the deep end of the kitchen industry for over 30 years and I’ve installed hundreds of kitchens so I do know a thing or two about the room for improvement and the Miinus Eco Kitchen range, the only kitchen range I’ve ever felt comfortable to recommend, takes the future of kitchens to another level.
Earlier this month Miinus made it’s UK exhibition debut at Ecobuild.There was another show, KBB Exhibition, going on simultaneously at Birmingham that perhaps some may think wold have been more appropriate for a kitchen range to make its first appearance but Miinus is an Eco Kitchen range that most comfortably sits in the sustainable, recyclable category like no other range that I’m aware of and it was important for us to gauge the thoughts of professionals who predominantly work in this sector.
Among the related industry sectors visiting were architects, specifiers, designers and yes, a number of kitchen retailers too. The stand was a busy stand and Miinus, as you can see from the images, was displayed with and without it’s clothes on. There were many hovering outside of our stand looking a little bemused at what was there before them but to a person, after a tour of the stand and a deeper insight into the improvements, not just eco, that this range brings to the table, even the most hardy of sceptics were converted to fans of this groundbreaking range.
I know, I was among those who saw the transformations take place.
That’s now being reflected in the number of follow ups we are receiving and although we weren’t present at KBB, I’d urge any retailers looking with an eye to the future, to witness the range for yourself. It will open your eyes to something completely different that, I believe, will satisfy the requirements of a growing number of customers and specifiers who have been fed the same old kitchen recipe for far too long and who are intent on changing old, wasteful habits.