||In recent years,
the green movement has grown like never before.
Though they were at one time very expensive and
difficult to find, as green practices become more
popular and more ubiquitous, it’s becoming
more and more possible to infuse the home with green
products that will lessen your impact on the environment.
Every room has its own host of possibilities when
it comes to green living. In this article, we’ll
focus on how you can go green in the kitchen as
well as the benefits of doing so in the areas of
appliances and materials used in the kitchen space.
Going green in the kitchen is largely about the
products you choose to use in your kitchen space.
With the kitchen perhaps more than any other room,
this means a heavy focus on the types of major appliances
you purchase. The Environmental Protection Agency
has defined standards for energy-efficient appliances.
If an appliance complies with the EPA’s standards
for energy efficiency, it is given an Energy Star
certification. Energy Star appliances use anywhere
from ten to fifty percent less energy and water
than non-Energy Star appliances. This means a huge
savings month to month in your energy and water
bills as well as a positive impact on the environment.
Another way to embrace green practices in your kitchen
is to use environmentally safe paints and wood preservatives.
Paints and wood preservatives that are not created
to be environmentally safe can, in addition to negatively
impacting the environment, actually have negative
effects on your health. Due to the presence of volatile
organic compounds (VOCs), such substances can irritate
the eyes, nose, and throat and in some cases might
even cause cancer. Since environmentally safe paints
are free of VOCs, they are without these risks.
If you are considering going green in the kitchen,
you may also want to embrace environmentally friendly
surface products such as flooring and countertops.
For example, bamboo is considered a very environmentally
friendly product to put to use in the kitchen. Bamboo
grows very quickly and is abundant. Therefore, the
impact of sourcing it for flooring and other uses
within the home is not considered to have a heavy
impact on the environment. For this reason, bamboo
has become a very popular material in the kitchen,
particularly in flooring. Embrace of other natural
materials such as stone or wood is considered green
as well. Synthetically manufactured products such
as vinyls and plastics are created using chemicals,
which can effect the environment negatively.
When considering how to integrate green practices
and appliances into your kitchen, take a look at
what you have now and formulate a plan for how you
can go green wisely. The next time that you need
to purchase a major appliance, for example, replace
your existing appliance with one that has an Energy
Star rating. You don’t need to go completely
green all at once to begin positively impacting
the environment by lessening your impact upon it.