When our third electric kettle in as many years stopped working, I not only felt annoyed, but I felt guilty. What was I to do with this now redundant chunk of plastic? The only place for it was the bin.
Then I got to thinking about the broken kettle and how much it cost, the energy that was used to make it, the energy that was required to make it work and how much space it was about to take up in landfill. And then I realised we would go through all of this again in a couple of years when the next kettle broke. We needed something a little more sustainable, our next kettle needed to be one that would last for 10 years. Or more.
We set about looking for a stove kettle, just like Grandma had – complete with an old school whistle. It didn’t take long until we found this lovely shiny red Essteele kettle. We loved it immediately. It ticked all the boxes and even had a lifetime warranty.
So for some details; our perfect kettle has a nice thick base, along with a lovely thick glossy coat of paint and a rubber thingys on the handle so you don’t burn your hands when you pick it up. There were a few kettles we found that were much cheaper but a bit tinny and certainly not coming with a lifetime warranty. We paid $80 for our kettle, which didn’t seem much given an electric one cost about $60 and this $80 kettle was intended to be a one off purchase.