Ways to Make Your Kitchen Greener

According to the Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, 49% of homeowners say that using eco-friendly appliances and materials in their kitchen is important. If you want to make your kitchen renovation project more eco-friendly, follow these tips:

For greener cabinets:

  • Choose adhesives or glues that have no- or low-Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and formaldehyde-free.
  • Refinish cabinets with no- or low-VOC, water-based paints and stains.
  • If you use reclaimed wood, find out where the wood came from. Old wood may contain toxic chemicals.

For greener countertops:

  • Look for countertops that are made from recycled or sustainable materials.
  • Avoid using formaldehyde-based glues and adhesives during installation.
  • Seal stone with water-based, low-odor sealant.

For greener flooring:

  • Traditional linoleum is durable and easy to maintain.
  • Cork is another green option, but make sure that you use cork that was manufactured in Spain and Portugal, where environmental and health regulations are stricter than in other foreign countries.
  • Bamboo is a great choice. Just make sure it wasn’t made with formaldehyde-based binders.

Look for the Energy Star® certification on the appliances you buy. These appliances are energy efficient, which may mean more money in your pocket!

 

What’s trending in kitchen renovations? 

  • 77% of kitchen renovations involve opening the space to other rooms
  • 65% of people plan to incorprate stainless steel appliances into their kitchen
  • 50% choose granite countertops and 36% choose quartz
  • 35% choose hardwood floors, followed closely by 32% who choose tile
  • 75% choose a decor that is soft and neutral

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