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If you’re conscious about your health or the environment, there’s a good chance you’re already a little bit green. Perhaps you make a daily green smoothie, have a veggie patch or make your own chemical-free cleaning products.
Why not take it one step further with an eco friendly green kitchen? A green kitchen is better for the planet, can lower your energy costs and can easily suit your lifestyle and budget.
Here are some great ideas for products and design you can use in a green kitchen overhaul.
Many manufacturers now supply kitchen cabinets made out of products sourced from sustainably managed forests. They are made with formaldehyde-free glues and finishes, and their compounds give off little or no toxic fumes. Just like non-green cabinet components, they are available in a variety of colours and styles.
Modern bench tops are now available in recycled or sustainably grown material that has low levels of toxic binders and has been through an eco-friendly manufacturing process. These bench tops are just as durable as traditional bench tops and are available in a wide selection of colours and finishes.
When you’re choosing appliances, look for products that have a high energy star rating. These products use less energy and will therefore save you money on utility costs. Many dishwashers have an energy saving and water saving cycle, or a quick wash cycle that uses less energy. Any new fridge will have new, more efficient technology and insulating qualities. Opt for a model with a freezer on top if you can. These consume less energy than the same sized model with a side-by-side configuration.
Choosing energy efficient fluorescent light bulbs can use up to a whopping 90% less energy than an incandescent bulb. They also have a longer life span, so will save you money on electricity as well as replacement costs.
Going green in your kitchen is a win-win for you, your family and the environment. By reducing your carbon footprint, you’ll consume less energy, help to sustain the planet, save money and create a healthier living environment for your family.