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


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




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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