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Kitchen Design - Go Green - Bamboo

Updated on July 26, 2019
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I spent 22 years in the nursing profession. I enjoy writing, reading historical novels, gardening, and helping people live a healthier life.

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, which 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.

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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.

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.

Zero Waste Kitchen Tips

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.

Kitchen Cleaning

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 green 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.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


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  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    9 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Acetana, I'm glad this hub was helpful and I appreciate your comments.

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    9 years ago

    Hey Hi Pamale I m also interested to know about such eco-friendly innovative things.

    Thank you. This will help in my management project.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    10 years ago from Sunny Florida

    stephhicks, I am glad to hear that. Thanks you so much for your comments.

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    Stephanie Marshall 

    10 years ago from Bend, Oregon

    Hi Pamela - I was doing some research for eco-friendly kitchen gadgets for a post I am writing on one of my blogs. Your hub showed up on the first page of Amazon search results. Congratulations - great hub, too! :)

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Support Med, Thanks for your comments.

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    Support Med. 

    11 years ago from Michigan

    Cold water laundry works for me. Thanks for the info, not all green on cleaning products yet. Voted-up/rated

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Nancy, Thanks for your comment.

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    11 years ago from Georgia

    Thanks for the great information.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Akirchner, Thanks for the compliment and the comments.

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    Audrey Kirchner 

    11 years ago from Washington

    What a great idea for a hub! We need more of this in our lives - environmentally friendly before we kill where we live. Super idea and voted it up!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Sandy, Thank your so much for your comments.

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    Sandy Mertens 

    11 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

    Great way to cook and think about the environment at the same time.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Hanna, I agree with your sentiments. Thank you for your comments.

    K9keystrokes, I believe in recycling but it is a chose where we live. Thank you for your comment.

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    India Arnold 

    11 years ago from Northern, California

    We have to recycle in my town. It is actually mandated. Which I am all for. The area is clean and bright and wonderful to reside within. The equipment you show within your hub is great stuff! I appreciate your hub and am voting it up!

  • HealthyHanna profile image


    11 years ago from Utah

    I say we all need to do what we can to help the environment and not depend on someone else to pass a law making it manditory.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Patriot, I hear what you are saying as the country is in such trouble. Thank you for your comments.

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    partisan patriot 

    11 years ago


    First, I apologize for my lack of comments lately; I’m vacationing on the east coast. There’s a part of me that is an advocate of recycling and a part of me that resist it because of that Boob of all Boobs Al Gore. In a way we recycled vice presidents. Clinton had Goofy Gore as his VP and Obama has Babbles Biden as his. So if you look at it that way they are doing their part to protect the environment; they’re destroying the country but three cheers for the environment!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Habee, Thanks for your comments.

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    Holle Abee 

    11 years ago from Georgia

    Cool products! Excellent hub, Pam.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Miata, It seems bamboo is really popular. Thanks for your comments.

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    11 years ago from US

    excellent advices, I love bamboo Mam, Maita

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Belinda, I agree as I don't like plastic plates very much. Thank you for your input.

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    Belinda Hodge 

    11 years ago from Brisbane Australia

    Hi Pam, I went to a seafood festival a few years ago and all of the food providers were using those bamboo plates. It's a great alternative to plastic, for sure.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Carolina, I think bamboo is really nice also. Thanks for your comment.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Darlene, Your are so sweet. I'm glad you liked the hub. I appreciate your comments girl friend.

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    carolina muscle 

    11 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    I like bamboo.. it makes wonderful and unique kitchenware!

  • Darlene Sabella profile image

    Darlene Sabella 

    11 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

    Oh, yes Pamela this is what I want to do, I would love a bamboo floor, I love bamboo, and walked through a bamboo forest for miles to find the waterfall. This is a truly great hub, I am so impressed an honored to be your fan, thumbs up and all the above.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Coolmon, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Thank you for your comment.

    oceansnsunsets, Thanks so much for your comment.

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    11 years ago from The Midwest, USA

    Pamela, I have a few pieces of bamboo that are kitchen utensils. It makes perfect sense. Great hub!

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    11 years ago from Texas, USA

    This is a good one; I really enjoyed reading this eco-friendly article.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Tom, I wash with cold water also. Thanks for your comments.

    Anginwu, I am so glad you enjoyed the hub. If I had put all the bamboo items I found this hub would have been huge. Thanks for your comments.

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    11 years ago

    Thumbs up for this eco-friendly hub. Thanks for introducing us to an array of earth-friendly kitchen utensils. I love anything made of bamboo.

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    Tom Whitworth 

    11 years ago from Moundsville, WV


    Thank you for another informative hub. Washing clothes in cold water is also eco-friendly. I love cleaning with vinegar and baking soda.

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Drpastorcarlotta, Thank you so much for your comment. Love you too.

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    Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles 

    11 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

    WOW!! You always have GREAT info!!! I appreciate your Hubs!!! Love you!

  • Pamela99 profile imageAUTHOR

    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Hello, Thank you for your comment.

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    Hello, hello, 

    11 years ago from London, UK

    Great information about all these products which I am sure not many people about it. Thank you for a super selection.

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    Pamela Oglesby 

    11 years ago from Sunny Florida

    BPOP, That is what we are doing and I love the new front loading washer and dryer. Thanks for your comments.

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    11 years ago

    Thanks for the info. I am determined to replace my "stuff" with environmentally friendly "stuff".


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