9 Eco-Friendly Kitchen Ideas

9 Eco-Friendly Kitchen Ideas

Give your kitchen a green makeover with these eco-friendly tips.

Designers and experts share insight on materials, products and designs that are perfect for outfitting an eco-friendly kitchen.

  • Bamboo According to housewares expert Gus Dallas, the latest in environmentally friendly kitchens includes fast-growing bamboo. The material makes great cutting boards and it can also be used for backsplashes and flooring.
  • Scrap wood IKEA kitchen designer Martha Saldumbide says, "Where we can spare the environment, we do. We use a lot of scrap wood. It's the wood that nobody else wants but it's still really good hard wood."
  • Lighting To cut down on lighting costs, try using fluorescents. They cut energy use by 50 percent. Whenever possible, use natural light to brighten up your kitchen and bring down your electrical bill.  
  • Cork This renewable resource is made from the bark off a tree. It's also sound-absorbing, hypoallergenic and resistant to mold and mildew, making it an excellent choice for kitchens.
  • Recycled stone-chipped composite countertops These countertops resemble granite and are just as durable.
  • Top and bottom freezer/refrigerator units These are more energy-efficient than side-by-side models because not as much cold air escapes. Not sure if your fridge can pass the eco-friendly test? Shut the door on a dollar bill - if it slides out easily then it's a sign the seal needs to be replaced.
  • Recyling stations This handy recycling stations pulls out for easy access. Other recyling cabinets are set on wheels so they can be moved wherever needed.
  • Convection ovens This type of oven uses a fan to drive heat rapidly from source to food so it cooks it 25 percent faster than a conventional oven.
  • Natural fabrics Choose cotton or wool for your dining chairs and window dressings since man-made fabrics are made with chemicals that harm the environment.

SOURCE http://www.hgtv.com/decorating/9-eco-friendly-kitchen-ideas/index.html 3/8/11

Blog article provided by Christina Cavins, a Nationally recognized Realtor with Irongate Inc. Realtors. Christina can be reached via email at ChristinaCavins@aol.com or by cell phone or text message at 1-937-205-4741. For Ohio real estate and homes see Ohio Real Estate.


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Comment balloon 10 commentsChristina Cavins • March 08 2011 04:20AM


Good Morning Christina, great ideas to provide the home owner thinking of making changes in the kitchen.

Posted by Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA (Dan Edward Phillips, Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, CA) almost 10 years ago

Thank you for sharing these great tips. Have a good day.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) almost 10 years ago

Good tips shared here Christina and for selling homes eco friendly upgrades are great selling features too!

Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes (Home Star Staging) almost 10 years ago

Thank-you for reading and commenting ladies and Dan!

Posted by Christina Cavins, www.BuySellOH.com Search Ohio Homes For Sale (Irongate Inc. REALTORS) almost 10 years ago

Enjoyed reading these tips! Thanks Christina

Posted by Kelli Wall, Realtor - Idabel,Oklahoma 74745 (Coldwell Banker Taylor Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Wow, cork is more useful than it seems! There is remodeling trend this year towards including bamboo in both kitchen and bathroom designs because of its eco-friendliness and natural aesthetic. 

Posted by Ilyce Glink, Best-selling author, award-winning TV/radio host. (Think Glink Media) almost 10 years ago

Very informative, I see more and more of our clients opting for  bamboo floors, concrete countertops, and butcher block countertops, Thank you for the information,

Posted by Mike Young, FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1809 (203kOnLine.com, covering the USA) almost 10 years ago

You're welcome! Thanks for checking out the blog article and commenting!

Posted by Christina Cavins, www.BuySellOH.com Search Ohio Homes For Sale (Irongate Inc. REALTORS) almost 10 years ago

I have incorporated many of these suggestions. I like the move to cupboards designed to be recycling centres. They have room for multiple bins. This is great, it helps simplify where to put what. It is also convenient, which means people will use it. 

Posted by Donna Malone, Homes and Property for Sale Nova Scotia (Waterfront, Luxury, Family, Affordable, Cottage, Deals) almost 10 years ago

The less we use now, the more we'll have to use later - or our children will have to use later.

Posted by Allen 2222 over 9 years ago