Green Kitchens Are Trending! 5 Tips for an Environmentally Friendly Kitchen Remodel
If your kitchen is looking shabbier than chic, you may be considering a remodel. One of the smartest trends in modern kitchen redesign is using eco-friendly updates to freshen up this most important room. Going green can create a healthier home environment and save you money in the long run. Try these five tips for a greener, more environmentally friendly kitchen.
There are many options for kitchen floors that are beautiful, functional and kind to the environment, but you’ll need to do your research to find sustainably sourced materials.
Some great green options include bamboo flooring, which makes for a beautiful, rustic-feeling home. Be sure to look for bamboo floors without added formaldehyde.
Cork is another wonderful material to give your kitchen an update. Harvested from the bark of a tree from the oak family, cork is a renewable resource with antimicrobial properties. It’s ideal for kitchens because of the springy texture that’s kind to bare feet.
2. Cabinets & Countertops
While you may be tempted to purchase a stunning new set of eco-friendly cabinets, one of the kindest things you can do for the earth is to simply give your existing ones a face lift. Refinish the doors with a fresh stain or coat of paint and add new hardware to give your cabinets a second life.
There are also a variety of options for green countertops, including reclaimed wood treated with natural oils to environmentally friendly compounds made from recycled paper, bamboo and other sustainable resources.
See what you can do to reuse what you already have instead of buying all new counters or cabinets.
3. Energy-Efficient Appliances
For energy efficient appliances, people can find Energy Star ratings on most products, including refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens and light fixtures.
Backed by Natural Resources Canada, Energy Star ratings are awarded to appliances that conserve electricity and gas without sacrificing performance. Look for these appliances when you’re shopping for any new appliance.
4. A Kitchen Garden
A fun way to bring a little greenery into your kitchen is to add an indoor kitchen garden.
Growing your own herbs can help purify your kitchen’s air naturally and help save energy and money.
Because most produce items begin to lose nutrients soon after they’re picked, you can also ensure that your homegrown herbs are consumed at the peak of freshness.
5. Compost Bins
Another way to green up your kitchen and your lifestyle is to set up a recycling and compost area next to your trash can.
Consider adding labeled bins for recyclables such as glass, plastic and paper products. A small, sealed container for kitchen scraps such as vegetable peels, eggshells and coffee grounds can also reduce the volume of your weekly garbage load.
At the end of each day, dump your scraps in an outdoor compost bin and use the resulting nutrient rich compost to nourish your kitchen garden.
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