5 Ways To Create a Sustainable Kitchen

The other day I saw a picture of a kitchen with bamboo cabinetry. It reminded me that creating a "green" home applies to the kitchen as well. The majority of design budgets are spent in kitchens and bathrooms. I would much rather invest the money in sustainable products that are energy efficient and don't deplete the environment of natural resources.

Creating a sustainable kitchen includes...

  • Bamboo or Reclaimed Wood Cabinetry: The kitchen cabinetry makes up a good portion of the kitchen design. It is hard to think about how many trees were sacrificed to manufacture the cabinets.
  • Low VOC Paint: When selecting a paint for the kitchen walls, make sure to look for Low or Zero VOC paints. A great source for eco-friendly paint is Portola Paints.
  • Energy Efficient Light Bulbs: Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.
  • Energy Efficient Appliances: Things to look for when shopping for appliances are the energy star rating (refrigerator), energy factor rating (dishwasher), and an energy-efficient range hood. Check out the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) website for information on energy efficient appliances and appropriate ratings.
  • Recycled Countertops: Recycled countertops could be either recycled glass or sustainable wood. I have seen both reclaimed wood planks or butcher block countertops made from sustainable wood.

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Marcia is an interior, portrait, and travel photographer and has photographed over 50 homes of creatives. Her photographic style is capturing her subject in the most natural state and creating an emotional response.