Making eco-friendly changes isn’t about following a fad or a trend. It’s a lifestyle change. It’s about making better use of what you have, saving energy, and using natural, renewable, or recycled materials.
Did you know you can actually get countertops that are made from recycled glass, paper, or hemp? This is an easy way to make a real difference, and it’s a great first step toward an eco-friendly kitchen. And no one would know by looking at it that it’s recycled material. It still looks beautiful, and you’re doing something to help out and give back a little.
Bamboo window coverings are considered environmentally friendly because bamboo grows so quickly and renews itself. When the blinds eventually do wear out and you’re ready for new ones, they’ll also break down easier in the landfill, instead of sitting around for decades like some other window coverings.
Just like bamboo, cork trees regenerate very quickly, especially compared to oak trees. You can use cork all over your kitchen, like on your floors. And the great thing about cork is that it costs about the same as wood, so you won’t have to pay any more and it’s a sustainable material.
Upgrading to energy-efficient appliances means you’ll use less and save energy. Take your dishwasher as an example. With an energy-efficient dishwasher, it won’t need as much water to run, saving you money on energy costs. The same idea applies to the washing machine, refrigerator, and even your air conditioner.
Breathe some fresh air into your kitchen with potted plants. Not only will they look great, but you’ll have cleaner air. What could be better than that?
An eco-friendly kitchen is possible. It only takes a few changes and you’ll notice a major difference. You don’t have to make all these changes at once, but keep them in mind for later down the road.
How have you created an eco-friendly kitchen? Share it with us in the comments below!