No matter what your decorating style, there’s one kind of kitchen renovation we can all get behind: eco-friendly remodeling does more than make a kitchen look cool—it uses up otherwise wasted materials and may even save costs over the long haul.
Here are our five top eco-friendly kitchen renovations to get started!
1. Green Countertops
When we say green countertops, we don’t mean the color. We’re talking sustainability. Eco-friendly countertops from Durcon (TM) are made from a proprietary blend of post-consumer recycled glass and other materials. Plus, they’ve been voted a top product by HGTV, the Great Big Texas Home Show and other DIY networks.
2. Cork Kitchen Floor
Made from bark that’s peeled off of a tree and allowed to grow back, cork floors are a sustainable option that come in various styles and colors. Other eco-friendly kitchen floors include Marmoleum or bamboo.
3. Energy Star Appliances
When it comes to eco-friendly appliances, the decision’s a no-brainer: Energy Star ratings reveal whether or not an appliance has passed an energy-efficiency test, so opting for those means taking a step in a green direction.
4. Solar Lighting
Swap out your lightbulbs with LED replacements and you automatically make your kitchen more eco-friendly.
5. Recycle the Old
Just as important as what you add when renovating your kitchen is what you take away. Don’t just trash your old floors or countertops, but instead find a way to recycle them. Advertise materials that can be reused and placed in a new home, or find recycling centers that will repurpose your materials into other uses.
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