Our kitchen is the hub of our home – – we gather there for meals, keep track of schedules on the family calendar and stay organized at the home office that is built into a pantry. Because we use our kitchen so much, we strive to make it as eco-friendly as possible with energy-saving appliances, water-saving faucets, energy efficient windows and eco-friendly lighting. Recently we decided to update our kitchen décor so we naturally began looking for eco-friendly updates and green remodeling ideas for our kitchen.
I wanted new kitchen flooring but my husband was against this update because he wanted wooden floors but said that would not be green. I explained that there are many eco-friendly choices for kitchen floors including bamboo, cork and eucalyptus, which all mature in about half the time as hardwoods, or we could use recycled and reclaimed wood for our kitchen floor. Bamboo grows very fast and makes a great kitchen flooring material because it is durable and easy to clean. Cork resists mold and mildew in addition to being comfortable – – a great advantage for kitchen flooring. Reclaimed wood is another eco-friendly option for kitchen flooring because it reduces the amount of wood in our landfills as well as it reduces the number of trees cut down to create hardwood floors.
The next item on my list was new countertops. Again, my husband balked at this because he did not believe green countertops existed (other than the color green) – – I proved him wrong again. Recycled glass kitchen countertops use recycled glass mixed with cement, concrete or resin to create beautiful one of a kind creations. Concrete countertops have become a popular option because they are so versatile – – they can be textured, smooth, have designs or colored. Concrete countertops are easy to care for and last a long time. Bamboo, recycled wood and reclaimed wood are also great choices for eco-friendly kitchen countertops.
My last eco-friendly kitchen update was to add a recycling center. This idea was, of course, the least expensive green kitchen update and therefore my husband’s favorite. Most of the garbage that my family creates comes from our kitchen. It made sense to put a recycling center in the room that has the most waste. Kitchen recycling centers are available in an array of styles, colors and price ranges to suit every homeowner. I preferred a kitchen recycling center that blended with my kitchen décor rather than standing out like a beacon. The Trio 60 Litre Brushed Stainless Steel Kitchen Recycling Bin was my choice to help my family recycle more and waste less.