3 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Greener

Posted on: November 9th, 2014 by michelle No Comments

Kitchen renovations are one of the most popular renovation projects that homeowners tackle, second only to bathroom renovations. It’s easy to see why: a renovated kitchen not only improves the flow and function of your living space, it also boasts a high investment return of between 80-85%, on average.*

*Source: Remodeling Online/Hanley-Wood

According to the Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, 49% of homeowners say that using eco-friendly appliances and materials in their kitchen is important. If you want to make your kitchen renovation project more eco-friendly, follow these tips:

For greener cabinets:

  • Choose adhesives or glues that have no – or low-Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and formaldehyde-free.
  • Refinish cabinets with no- or low-VOC, water based paints and stains.
  • If you use reclaimed wood, find out where the wood came from. Old wood may contain toxic chemicals.

For greener countertops:

  • Look for countertops that are made from recycled or sustainable materials.
  • Avoid using formaldehyde-based glues and adhesives during installation.
  • Seal stone with water-based, low odor sealant.

For greener flooring:

  • Traditional linoleum is durable and easy to maintain.
  • Cork is another green option, but make sure that you use cork that was manufactured in Spain and Portugal, where environmental and health regulations are stricter than in other foreign countries.
  • Bamboo is a great choice. Just make sure it wasn’t made with formaldehyde-based binders.

Also look for the Energy Star certification on the appliances you buy. These appliances are energy efficient, which means more money in your pocket.

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