Dayle Laing

The ‘coolest shade of green’ is the sustainable choice. Dayle Laing is a Professional Speaker and Author who uses her experience and training as an educator, a designer and a LEED Accredited Professional to empower Conscious Consumers to make practical yet beautiful choices for sustainable living, reducing their carbon footprint while enhancing their body, mind & spirit.

dayle_laing_kitchen_350Handling kitchen waste is easy when it is set up right to achieve sustainable interior design.

Making it work and making it into a habit is all about having a convenient efficient system.

pottery_compost_jar_150For many years, I deposited vegetable peelings into a hand-thrown pottery jar obtained on a trip to Crathes Castle in Scotland.  That worked until one winter day when I slipped on ice on the way to the backyard composter, and down crashed the jar. The glue gun repaired it somewhat.

plastic_compost_bin_150Shortly after, the city created a municipal composting program and supplied a plastic lidded pail for use on the counter or stowed under the sink.  Under the sink was inconveniently low and on the counter was not particularly elegant. One of my clients keeps their plastic pail in a drawer beside the sink.

The renovation of my kitchen last year was the chance to make a truly wonderful waste system that is one of my favourite features in the kitchen!

blanco_solon_undermount_150The Blanco undermount Solon stainless steel unit was installed beside the small sink that I use for preparing vegetables. It is easily washed and holds 7 litres. For plastic laminate countertops, the topmounted unit could be used.

ikea_rationelle_db_sm_150For recycleable food packaging and the small amount of actual garbage that cannot be composted or recycled, I selected the Ikea system of pull out bins. There are many variations on these at the local hardware store, and choosing the right one depends on the number of bins you need for your municipality, the size of your family, and how much waste is generated.

ikea_rationelle_lg_150Whatever system is selected, thought should be given to how easily accessible the bins are with wet hands. Even the most environmentally friendly cabinet material will prematurely age if the finish is constantly exposed to water because the door knobs or blanco_solon_150handles are hard to hold, force you to touch the wood cabinet, or are mounted too low for convenient reach. It is also important that the system can be easily cleaned with detergent and hot water to maintain sanitation.

These are the considerations that make recycling in a well-designed kitchen easy and practical. For more information or to book a seminar on environmental considerations for interior design, contact the office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Dayle,<br /><br />Great shots of such a CLEAN kitchen!! I have used a large plastic ice cream pail for 24 years, under the sink here in Winnipeg. I pull it up and it sits at waist height in the sink while I prepare my foods. My daughter and...

Dayle,<br /><br />Great shots of such a CLEAN kitchen!! I have used a large plastic ice cream pail for 24 years, under the sink here in Winnipeg. I pull it up and it sits at waist height in the sink while I prepare my foods. My daughter and son-in-law have a tall green plastic composter, with a filter on the top and a great carrying handle that can be purchased only at Home Hardware, and I have only seen them in Ontario, not in Manitoba. So on our last driving trip to Ontario in October, we stopped in many Home Hardware stores, but they were all out. Finally, in a small town north of Pickering we found the last one in the store, and also purchased extra filters for the top. It also sits in the sink while I prepare my mainly vegetarian meals. I love it as it holds more than the ice cream pail, looks a whole lot nicer and is easier to carry out through the snow to the back of the yard into the composter!<br /><br />Sue<br /><br /><br />Sue,<br /><br />Thanks for sharing your tip on a composter unit that works for you. It sounds like it may be a popular item if so many stores are out of stock.<br /><br />Regards,<br />Dayle

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