For many people the kitchen is the heart of the home, where days are started and very often ended. It is the room in your home that provides you with nourishment for life, so it only seems fitting that it should be one of the most eco-friendly rooms in your house. Fortunately, with the ever-growing trend of sustainability, turning your kitchen remodel into an eco-friendly haven has never been easier. Use the following tips to make your kitchen more environmentally friendly.
Choose VOC Free Paint
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are potentially harmful solvents that get released into the air as paint dries. These solvents can cause an array of acute symptoms such as dizziness and headaches. Low or no VOC paint is available at big box hardware stores.
Install Sustainable Kitchen Cabinets
Before investing in new cabinetry, take the time to learn what the wood it is made of. Ask if the manufacturer uses formaldehyde-free glue, and low to no VOC finishes. Your kitchen cabinet supplier should be able to get these answers for you.
Choose Energy Star Appliances
Energy Star appliances use less energy than ones without this energy label. This way you can be certain you are getting your bang for your buck when the electric bill comes.
Use Recycled or All-Natural Flooring
Material such as hardwood and cork don't contain the same toxins that many synthetic and manufactured materials do.
By installing a water-saving faucet in your kitchen sink, you can control the output and minimize water waste.
Install Green Countertops
With countless options available from a multitude of manufacturers, it is easy to find stylish and durable countertops made from all natural and reclaimed materials such as concrete or bamboo.
One of the simplest ways to be eco-friendly in the kitchen is to replace your old, outdated fixtures with new ones that support fluorescent or LED lights. Additionally, whenever possible, try to incorporate natural light with the addition of windows.
Include a Recycling Station in Your Plans
This can be as simple as having a dedicated drawer or cupboard to help with the sorting of plastics, metals, paper and organic waste products before they head to the recycling plant.
With the green and sustainable trend here to stay, it has forced many companies to reevaluate their product offerings to better meet the needs and wants of the consumer, which provides you with no shortage of options for making your kitchen remodel an eco-friendly one. For more tips, contact a remodeling contractor, like those at J & N Lifestyle-Kitchens.