It's gotten really easy to be green while updating a kitchen or bath. Not only are newer fixtures and appliances more energy efficient, more companies are producing recycled building materials so you can stay green from the studs out. From flooring to fixtures, here's a little roundup of our favorite resources for green kitchen and bath rehabs.
• Elements by Durcon is a mix of post-consumer recycled glass (an average of three beer bottles per square foot), natural quartz minerals and resin. The high gloss finish would be a great fit with modern décor.
• There's nothing greener than giving new life to something that already exists. Habitat for Humanity has ReStore locations in most cities. This is a great place to snag reclaimed lumber and old fixtures, tubs and sinks.
• Eco Friendly Flooring, out of Madison, Wisconsin, is a one-stop shop for green flooring and backsplash needs. From bamboo and reclaimed hardwoods to recycled glass and cement, Eco Friendly Flooring offers up enough options to appeal to many styles. There are almost 20 choices in reclaimed wood alone.
• Here's one more reason to think that Austin is the coolest city around - they have TreeHouse. This alternative hardware store is 25,000 square feet of healthy, sustainable, affordable and long-lasting products for the home.
• In addition to their Manhattan flagship store, The Green Depot has more than a dozen other locations across the country. If there's still not a store near you, you can also purchase the their environmentally friendly building supplies and green lifestyle products online.
• Portland- based Eleek Inc. creates sustainable and handmade lighting, sinks and hardware, as well as lighting restoration and retrofitting.
MORE GREEN CONTENT ON APARTMENT THERAPY:
• The 10 Best Ways To Green Your Apartment Rental
• The Ultimate Guide to Green Cleaning Your Bedroom
• 5 Ways To Create a Sustainable Kitchen
• Top Ten: Ways to Recycle Your Old Towels and Sheets
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