Kitchen Design - Go Green in the Kitchen
Bamboo in the Kitchen
Green kitchen design plans are using more bamboo called End-grain Bamboo for kitchen counters, the flooring may be cork or Marmoleum, which is linoleum that is made out of earth friendly materials. Quarried stone slabs are made of fly ash, post industrial crushed glass and low-carbon cement are used for counters. Appliances are energy efficient and will keep your electricity bill lower.
Recyle Your Trash
Beyond all the major items in the kitchen it is also possible to have Eco-friendly efficient utensils. First, I think most of us know the importance of recycling. There are approximately 8,550 curbside recycling programs in the United States according to the United States Recycling Statistics. Recycling is not just news papers and aluminum cans.
If you don’t have curb side recycling, you can get rid of food, leaves from your yard and have a great start on a compost pile. Use your own cloth shopping bags. If a bin is not furnished to you Rubbermaid makes them in several sizes. You can also purchase a can crusher to fit into your bin.
Best Bamboo Choices
Stainless utensils and utensils made out of bamboo seem to dominate the environmentally friendly cooking supplies. There is a huge selection on the internet at various sites that will probably meet any of your needs for gadgets utensils.
Stainless Steel Utensils
Stainless steel utensils are very popular with good reason. They last a long time which makes them a good investment. Pictured below are just a couple of items, but you can purchase silverware, a garlic press, tongs, hand cheese grater and the list goes on to fulfill all your needs.
Recycled Paper Towels
Recycled Paper Products for Kitchen
Recycled paper products can supply your napkins and other paper products, such as napkins and paper towels. If you read the labels when shopping you will find that many items are now made from re-cycled materials. This is very good for the environment, as the dumps across the country are filling up unnecessarily.
Veneerware Products - Party Time
Having a party or a big crowd at your house? Veneerware is the perfect solution. It is sturdy and has a natural appearance. It will look nice at your event, and they have a minimal impact on our planet. When your party is over you just toss the Veneerware into your compost pile. No fuss, no mess.
Another thing to consider is Eco-friendly homemade cleaning products as so many products off the store shelves have some ingredients that are toxic. The main cleaning products to use are; vinegar, soap, baking soda lemon juice and water. Of course, you will need elbow grease!
Here are a few ideas: use ¾ cup of distilled white vinegar, 1 cup of water, 1 tbsp. lemon juice and ½ tsp. baking soda. Put the mixture in a spray bottle and it is great for cleaning off counters and sinks. Using plain water with a black and white printed newspaper will clean those kitchen windows beautifully. There are special green cleaning products you can purchase also. Be sure to look for the green label.
Sum it All Up
When you purchase environmentally friendly utensils they are sometimes more expensive, but you are doing something important to save the environment. There are dozens of other utensils that could have been discussed, but the hub would have been too long.
Veneerware is particularly unique for a family get together or party as you can compost the dirty plates and glasses, which means no cleanup. To me that is a great perk! Stainless steel utensils (many now have bamboo handles) are very good for many reasons as they last a long time, look attractive and are easy to clean. It will take a little effort to change your kitchen into a more planet friendly place, but the effort is worthwhile. Plus if each of us does just some of these things we can make a huge impact on cleaning up our environment.
© 2010 Pamela Oglesby
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