As consumers become more aware of the effects of climate change, they will increasingly adopt a more sustainable approach to their home life. Here we look at five areas that consumers will start to rethink as they move towards a carbon-neutral kitchen.

1) #Energy

The escalating climate emergency will force people to rethink the way they use energy with appliances needing to be carefully selected and sparingly used – trend forecaster Cécile Poignant predicts that certain tasks, particularly those using small appliances, will be undertaken by hand even if that means they take longer.

But with fossil fuel being a finite resource, alternative sources of renewable energy will need to be found, with the ability to generate our own power the logical focus.

Wearable tech that will harvest the energy we create as we move around and convert it is currently being developed, with UK researchers having already created a knee brace that collects electrons as you walk.

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2) #Water

Trend-Monitor’s Kitchen Behaviours & Product Usage Report 2019 found that 20% of householders run their dishwashers on a weekly basis when they’re not completely full and nearly half always rinse items before they put them in the dishwasher, but in the future wasteful habits will have to be curbed and new behaviours learned.

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In the face of future water shortages, playing a more active role in harvesting, saving and recycling water will become the norm, and space will be allocated in the home for storing grey water recycling cisterns and filtration systems.

Personal treatment plants using microbial fuel cells to convert waste water into clean water are also currently being developed.

3) #Food Production

In the future the carbon-neutral kitchen won’t just mean shopping local – it will mean eliminating meat from our diets and managing our own food production. The Sainsbury’s Future of Food report predicts that in 2050 consumers will be able to grow their own ingredients for home-cultured meat, fish, eggs, milk or gelatine. It also states that in the next 25 years we will be able to produce our own snacks with a 3D printer.

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Growing our own salad and herbs – even if you don’t have a garden – is already achievable with the use of hydroponics and smart gardening products, and in the future these systems will be integrated into standard kitchen design.

4) #Food waste

Conscious and sustainable consumption will be hardwired into consumer behaviour. This will be aided and reinforced by our own personal food production facilities, as being able to print our own food to exact quantities will reduce waste.

But the way in which we dispose of food waste will change too. Last year technology graduate Elzelinde van Doleweerd teamed up with a China-based tech company to pursue her Upprinting Food project, and create 3D-printed crackers from left over food.

5) #Sharing

Sharing will become a key part of the carbon-neutral kitchen, as will recycling and repairing. We will share tools and utensils as the trend away from ownership and towards access continues its upwards trajectory.

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Similarly, we will have shared access to appliances rather than each household owning one. We will share food production and gardening facilities, and meals to reduce waste.

Finally, we will share space – the carbon-neutral kitchen of the future will be a communal one.

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