Five Ways to Create an Environmentally Friendly Kitchen

If your kitchen is looking a little run-down and in desperate need of a transformation, it is likely you are considering doing a remodel. Like with many remodels, you may be thinking of getting all new items for the room. However, one of the smartest trends in a modern kitchen remodel is using eco-friendly updates. If you’re looking to create a healthier home and save money in the long run, consider going green. For a greener, more environmentally friendly kitchen, consider trying out these five tips.

Flooring

Research will be needed to find materials for your floor that are sustainably sourced. There are many flooring options that are beautiful, functional, and kind to the environment.

Several unique eco-friendly options include bamboo that gives your home a rustic and beautiful feel. Be sure to look for bamboo flooring without any added formaldehyde.

Cork is another great material as an update to your kitchen. Cork is harvested from the bark of a type of oak tree and is a renewable resource. It is also an ideal flooring for kitchens because of the springy texture.  Because of its antimicrobial properties, the texture is kind to bare feet.

Countertops and Cabinets

Instead of gutting all of your current cabinets so you can purchase a beautiful new set of eco-friendly ones, remember that one of the kindest things you can do to go green and help the earth is simply replace the doors. You can refinish or select new hardware to give a second life to your outdated cabinetry.

Many options exist for green countertops as well. They can range from recycled paper, which uses environmentally friendly compounds, to reclaimed wood treated with natural oils. Bamboo and other sustainable resources also make for great options.

Look at your current kitchen and see what you can reuse before rushing to buy all new cabinets or counters.

A Kitchen Garden

An exciting and fun way to bring a small amount of greenery into your eco-friendly kitchen is to add an indoor kitchen garden. Growing your own herbs can assist in purifying your kitchen’s air while also saving energy and money.

Most produce loses thirty percent of its nutrients by the third day of them being harvested. By having a kitchen garden you can be sure to have homegrown herbs ready to be consumed when they are fresh.

Energy-Efficient Appliances

Energy Star ratings can be found on most energy efficient products such as dishwashers, refrigerators, light fixtures and ovens.

Energy Star ratings are awarded to appliances that conserve gas and electricity without sacrificing their performance. Keep an eye out for Energy Star when you are shopping for any appliance.

Compost Bins

Yet another way to make your kitchen eco-friendly, as well as your lifestyle, is to set up compost and recycling area next to your trash can.

Consider adding labels to bins for recyclable items like glass, plastic, and paper products. For kitchen scraps such as eggshells, coffee grounds, and vegetable peels keep a small, sealed container that will also reduce the amount of your weekly garbage load.

After cooking for the day, dump your food scraps in an outdoor compost bin and nourish your kitchen garden using your own nutrient rich compost.