Many people have an interest in the environment, and this really comes into focus when you are working on a remodel for your home. When taking on a kitchen remodeling project, it is an excellent time to put environmentally friendly features into the home. From cabinets and countertops to floors, you have green options available:
Sustainable Cabinet Options
One green option that you can consider during a kitchen remodel is a sustainable kitchen cabinet. These are made of wood that has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. They have formaldehyde-free glue that and a finish that contains little to no toxins, as they are made with low volatile organic compounds. Some of this material is also recycled.
Green Countertop Options
There are also green countertop options that are made of sustainable or recycled materials and made with manufacturing processes that are eco-friendly. These green countertops are made of materials such as recycled paper and glass, cement and reclaimed materials such as fly ash. There are also countertops made of bamboo fibers and those made of reclaimed wood. In some cases, this wood comes from wood from warehouses, commercial buildings and even barns.
Eco-Friendly Flooring Options
Homeowners also have access to eco-friendly flooring options such as cork and linoleum. Both of these materials are made of renewable resources, they are durable and look great.
Linoleum in a popular flooring option, and it is made of biodegradable and renewable materials including linseed oil. There are no vapors or toxins that come with linoleum, and it is available in many colors and patterns. It can also handle a lot of traffic, and it offers cushioning under your feet. This material is resistant to water, but it can stain, so it may be a good idea to coat it before installation.
Cork is another option for those looking for sustainable flooring, and it is made from the bark of a tree that grows back again and again. The harvesting of cork is highly regulated and it is done in a way that reduces the impact on the environment. This is a waterproof material and is springy underfoot. It is made into tiles or planks and has a slight texture.
As you can see, there are several ways that you can incorporate environmentally friendly materials into your upcoming kitchen remodel. For more information on green remodeling, contact us today.