||As many people
know, in recent years, the green movement -- a motion
to embody practices that help, not hinder, the environment
-- has gained a great deal of steam in the United
States and worldwide. As we continue to see the
effects of our behaviors on the environment unfold
in new and terrifying ways, be it weather or deteriorating
crops, it’s a good time to be taking a step
back and to evaluate our actions. If we can’t
reverse what we have done to the environment, we
can at least lessen our impact moving forward with
responsible purchases and practices.
Of course, we also live in a world where we have
become accustomed to certain luxuries, and where
design is as cutting edge as ever due to the prevalence
of technologies that allow us to embrace intricate
styles. The connectivity that the internet has bred
in all of us has lead to a lifestyle that is full
of a desire to be as unique, beautiful, and well-styled
as possible. So, while we want to act responsibly
and be part of the green movement, we aren’t
exactly ready to abandon our lifestyles and go to
live in tiny huts made of clay.
For this reason, many kitchen
designers and kitchen material developers are
embracing the green movement in their work, producing
beautiful results while also embodying a green spirit.
Below, you may find information about some of the
materials and products that are being incorporated
kitchen design that are both responsible and
Natural cotton is a much more economically friendly
choice than synthetic fabrics. Synthetics are manufactured
using a great deal of harmful chemicals, which undoubtedly
have a negative impact on our environment. Natural
cottons can be used in towels, curtains, and even
Cork, which is derived from the bark of a tree,
is a quickly emerging material in kitchen design.
Cork is easy to replace and is therefore ideal for
kitchens. It is used on several surfaces, including
the kitchen floor, where it provides the buoyancy
that has long been desired by chefs.
Bamboo is often incorporated in Asian-inspired designs,
and is also gaining steam in western designs as
well. Bamboo, which is a stem-like tree, is a beautiful
addition to the kitchen and can be used in cabinets,
flooring, and instruments like cutting boards and
Fluorescent lights use clean energy and provide
the bright lighting that many desire in the kitchen
space. The good news for responsible consumption
is that fluorescent lights also use up to 50% less
energy than other lighting options.
Granite has long been a favorite for countertops.
However, granite is not a renewable source, and
many who go green feel that using granite is creating
a problem by using a source that will eventually
run out. Recycled stone-chipped countertops are
an excellent alternative to granite, and they have
a similar appearance to it, too!