An environmentally friendly kitchen certainly doesn't mean second best. What are some easy ways to ensure that your kitchen renovations will result in a room that Mother Nature herself would be proud of?
Ways with Waste
Kitchen cabinet makers can easily construct storage units with enough room to dispose of your rubbish in an efficient, environmentally friendly way. Fortunately, all you need to do is drop your recyclables into those yellow topped wheelie bins - you don't even need to sort anything. An ideal green waste management system would be comprised of three different sections. One for recyclables, one for non-recyclable waste, and one for food scraps that can be composted. If you don't live in a house with a backyard, you can obviously do without a bin for food scraps, since it's not as though you'll have a compost pile for your window box! Having an organised system makes you more likely to do the right thing when it comes to recycling.
The Importance of Low-VOC Paint
Speaking of kitchen cabinets, remember that most of these items are manufactured from particle board. There's a logic to this, since the particleboard can be finished in a seemingly endless variety of looks, as well as being highly durable and inexpensive. Unfortunately, particleboard is constructed using formaldehyde glue, which is of course, toxic. It's not as though you will be exposed to high amounts of this glue, but residual amounts can be detected in new cabinets, often leaking into the air. It's easy enough to overcome this by simply opting for unpainted cabinets. All you need to do is then paint the cabinets in a low-VOC (volatile organic compound) paint. You can find these types of environmentally friendly paint in any colour, and they seal any potentially dangerous compounds inside the particle board.
Splash It on, Wipe It Clean
Companies that specialise in kitchen renovations will be able to offer you a wide range of materials for the job. You might want to choose primarily recycled materials for worktops and storage units, and you really should consider splashbacks made of stainless steel or brushed aluminium (recycled, of course). Metal splashbacks aren't the cheapest option, but since they wipe clean with a damp sponge, you'll end up using far less harsh chemicals when you clean. It really doesn't take much effort to have a green kitchen.
By starting with the basics, you'll ensure that your kitchen will not only be good for the environment, but also good for you and your family. For more information, contact a business such as Pinoy Cabinets.