The Green Kitchen

And how to make one yours

Learn how to turn your kitchen green.

While there's many ways to go about "greening" your kitchen, such as reducing electric appliance use, recycling cardboard, even reusing your unused food, a great basic start is with your kitchen's layout. Here's a few ways to make your kitchen eco-friendly.

COUNTERS

There are many different types of counter tops that are considered "green." For example, wood counter tops (such as Durapalm, which is stronger than oak), cement counter tops (Vetrazzo, a mixture of cement and glass), or even tops made from recycled glass, fly ash, stone, and seashells (Fuez) are more eco-friendly than your average marble counter top. These are far more sustainable.

Durapalm: $24 per square foot

Vetrazzo: (price not on website) SAMPLES are $10

Fuez: $80 per square foot

CABINETS

Wood cabinets are a pretty common household item in the modern day, but not all wood is the same. Bamboo cabinets are a very good choice when making your house green. It's a very renewable resource, and it's naturally stronger and harder than other woods. Veneer is also a great choice due to how it only uses a small amount of wood, saving the valuable hardwood while keeping the beautiful look and texture.

Veneer: ~$1000 for a complete cabinet remodel

FLOORING

Linoleum and cork is probably your best choice for green kitchen flooring. These both fight germs, are highly durable, and are notably more bang for your buck than a vinyl flooring would be. It's also easy to clean!

Linoleum and cork flooring: $2-$4 per square foot

Citations

Riha, John. "16 Eco-Friendly Kitchen Countertops - Sunset Magazine." Apartmenttherapy. National Association of Realtors, 6 Nov. 2010. Web.

Jeresek, Michelle. "Ecofriendly Kitchen: Healthier Kitchen Cabinets." Houzz. Houzz, Inc., 14 May 2012. Web.

Riha, John. "Green Kitchen Flooring: Linoleum and Cork." Houselogic. National Association of Realtors, 06 Nov. 2010. Web.