Create Your Dream Green Kitchen
Family 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
“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
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