Environmentally Friendly Kitchens

A current positive trend in kitchen design is the desire to make them as green as possible (and by that I mean environmentally friendly). There are many options out there for those of you that want a kitchen that’s easy on the eyes and on the earth. Here are a few eco-friendly solutions for your household.

Recycled Glass Countertops

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Recycled glass countertops are a beautiful and sustainable way to re-use all types of coloured glass. You can source your glass from anything from stained glass windows to bottles. The glass is crushed and mixed with a binder to create a hard surface that needs no sealing. These countertops are available in a wide array of colours and patterns, and each one is both environmentally conscious and visually unique. They work well in kitchens, bathrooms, and commercial areas; if you want to make a statement in your home without making a large statement on the environment, then consider these countertops.

Repurposed Wood

IMG_2570[1]Glass isn’t the only material that can be re-used – wood is also a gorgeous alternative to the traditional stone countertop. Sourcing from previously used wood not only provides an environmentally-friendly alternative, but also creates a unique centerpiece for your kitchen. As long as wood countertops are sealed properly, they provide a surface that’s gentle on delicate dishes and provides warmth, both visually and physically.

Recycling Centers

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Let’s be honest – recycling and composting can be a pain. Simplify the process with a recycling center or a counter cut-out for your recycling and garbage bins. Keep them out of the way and in a convenient location. Recycling centers can vary widely in terms of components and location, but their goal is to make it easier for you to separate and store your various trash. They can replace a Lazy Susan, be placed on a pullout under your sink or in your lowers, or even be made accessible through chutes in the wall. People are finding new and innovative ways to recycle all the time, and the hardware is definitely starting to keep up with and accommodate these needs.

Environmentally Friendly Appliances

traditional-cropEco friendly appliances can range (haha) in terms of total percentage of energy use and heat waste, but the main idea is that they either conserve energy or are constructed from ecofriendly materials. Certified green appliances such as induction cooktops and eco-friendly fridges and dishwashers can conserve heat, limit power and water usage, and reduce energy waste. You’ll be able to decrease your energy costs while also reducing the amount of ecological impact your appliances have – you can save some green in more ways than one!

Good building materials

Overall, one of the best ways to be conscientious about your kitchen’s environmental impact is to use durable, long-lasting materials in its construction. While the price point might be higher, you’ll never have to worry about replacing it again and again and adding not only to your stress levels, but also to waste, pollution, and landfill volume. At South Shore Cabinetry we give clients the option of using L.E.E.D certified products that limit gassing elements; we also recycle packaging, extra materials, and off-cuts. If you’re looking to cut down on waste, your best bet is to go with a company that provides you with high quality materials.

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