Eco-friendly Kitchen Upgrades
Tuesday Aug 15th, 2023
Whether you’re doing a full scale kitchen renovation or just trying to live a more sustainable life there are lots of things you do in your kitchen to lower your carbon footprint to live a more sustainable life.
If you just want to update your kitchen, think about refacing your cabinets. It’s an inexpensive way to not only update the look of the kitchen but if done properly your cabinets will be more durable, and it keeps your cabinets out of the landfill & prevents further trees from being cut down.
In a nutshell, Quartz, Corian & Caesar stone are considered more sustainable than Granite. Granite is a nonrenewable resource and there are implications because it is mined. The fact that Corian, Ceasar stone & Quartz are all virtually maintenance free options that don’t require toxic sealants is another great reason to choose them.
Think about whether or not recycled materials have been used in your countertops, wall tiles, flooring options and decor choices.
When purchasing new lighting, appliances and fixtures make sure you choose energy efficient options. Don’t forget to use energy efficient light bulbs too.
Water efficient plumbing fixtures can dramatically reduce your water use in your home, not only in your kitchen but in your bathrooms and laundry rooms.
If you are doing a big reno updating your windows so that they are more energy efficient can make a big difference too.
VOC free finishes
Choosing products that are VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) free is a great option too. There are lots of VOC free options for paints, coatings and sealants currently on the market.
Recent research from Stanford University found that gas stoves leak methane, a super-potent greenhouse gas, and other pollutants, even when the stoves are off. If you’re updating your kitchen and currently have a gas stove, it’s certainly something to think about.
Visit our blog Living More Green for some great tips to start living a more sustainable life right now!