In times past, many consumers were only interested in four things when making a purchase; cost, style, reliability and maintenance of the desired product. Now however, due to our increasing awareness of environmental issues and rapidly depleting resources, a fifth consideration has emerged; we want to know whether the goods that we seek are constructed from environmentally friendly materials.
Our collective eco-conscience has seeped into every area of our lives, we have positively changed many of our habits, and, whereever we can, look towards using sustainable and recycled materials in an attempt to negate the effects of our previously laissez-faire and throwaway lifestyles.
And this is certainly the case when we consider our kitchens and the utensils which we have bought and then discarded. In fact, we only have to take a look around the kitchens of yesteryear to find an abundance of plastic and stainless steel. These products were functional, hard wearing and, of course, quite cheap.