Create Your Dream Green Kitchen
Features--Today’s newly remodeled kitchens boast more than just rich
hues and shiny appliances – they have an eco-conscious ambiance that
marries great style with respect for the environment.
Dreaming of a fresh, modern kitchen that is also eco-friendly and
strikingly beautiful? Achieving this transformation is more attainable
than you may think. Environmental lifestyle expert, Danny Seo, provides
these helpful tips on how to add earth-friendly updates to your kitchen:
When searching for a new refrigerator, be sure to look for more than
just the Energy Star label to ensure maximum energy efficiency. It is
also important the new appliance fits your needs and the size of your
kitchen. A larger refrigerator uses more energy. If the one you select
is too big for your needs, you will be wasting energy and money.
Blocked wood countertops
With their rugged durability and timeless style, butcher block
countertops are making a huge comeback. Though typically made from
cherry, walnut and oak, greener options, such as high pressure laminate
designs made by Wilsonart, can contribute to US Green Building Council
LEED accreditation as an eco-friendly material to use in your home. For
more information on their new Blocked Wood designs – Old Mill Oak and
Truss Maple –visit www.wilsonart.com.
For a more sustainable approach to kitchen flooring, there are
several options available. If you love the hard, classic appeal of wood,
look for reclaimed, recycled or sustainably sourced materials. Bamboo
is also a beloved choice among eco-conscious remodelers for its
biodegradable nature and high renewability.
“Going green at home can be overwhelming, so I always advise people
to not sweat the small stuff and focus on the one room of the house
where it matters the most: the kitchen,” says Seo. “Being kind to the
planet in the kitchen can also be kind on your wallet over time, so it's
worth it to invest in sustainable upgrades.”
Recycled materials are the star of the show when looking to add green
touches to your backsplash. There are three main types of recycled
materials: ceramic, metal and glass. Old bottles and windows make up the
materials in glass tile; old plates and clay vases are recycled to
become ceramic tile; and those old soda cans become aluminum metal tile.
All of these materials come in a variety of shades and styles to fit
the look of your dream kitchen.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, using an Energy
Star labeled dishwasher is the most efficient use of energy and water,
even more so than hand washing. When looking to update your dishwasher,
pay close attention to the EnergyGuide labels, which include the annual
estimated costs to run them. This valuable information can help you
compare models to find the best fit for your family’s needs.
A dream kitchen that is both eco-friendly and chic is easier to
attain than you think. With a few changes not only will you be smiling,
but so too will Mother Earth.
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