How to design an Eco-friendly Modular kitchen?
Everybody wants to go green to create bigger changes in the environment. A better place to go green in your kitchen. Did you know your kitchen can provide a healthy, well-functioning and pleasant environment by turning it green? Yes, Kitchen is the most integral part of a house or it is often referred to as the heart of a home. An eco-friendly kitchen doesn’t mean just eating green here eco-friendly kitchen refers to using equipment made from sustainable materials. Using sustainable materials truly delivers a healthy, well-functioning, and pleasant environment.
Do you want to create a sustainable modular kitchen with impeccable design? Here LeFreddo- Modular kitchen in Salem has pulled few ideas to create an eco-friendly modular kitchen design.
What are eco-friendly kitchen materials?
Eco-friendly materials are otherwise called sustainable materials. These materials provide environmental, social, and economic benefits. Sustainable materials do not cause any environmental hazard for their whole lifespan and after disposal. When the whole world is going eco-friendly, why not our kitchens.
Eco-friendly Kitchen Cabinets
Kitchen cabinets are an integral part of a Modular kitchen moreover it is a huge part of a kitchen. It holds all the essential elements, equipment, cookware, and other stuff that are used in a kitchen. For people who are looking for cabinets that are easy on the planet, there are so many options available in the market. Using eco-friendly kitchen cabinets improves the overall aesthetics of your kitchen, improves the quality of the air you breathe, and reduce the number of toxins you are exposed to. An eco-friendly kitchen cabinet should be free from formaldehyde and with low or no VOC paints.
Here we have listed out some of the eco-friendly cabinets.
Bamboo: Bamboo makes a beautiful and sustainable option for cabinets. It is stronger compared to hardwood options and is a rapidly renewable resource. Cabinets made of bamboo are usually free from formaldehyde and also improves the quality of air in your home.
Lyptus: This wood is similar to redwood and mahogany. It is another renewable resource that takes only 15 years to reach maturity, and can also, regenerate from the remains of the harvested tree.
Salvaged or reclaimed wooden cabinets: Salvaged wood means wood in its natural state whereas reclaimed wood means wood used previously in the construction of buildings. Both these woods are eco-friendly and free from all toxins.
FSC & ESP certified cabinets: FSC stands for Forest stewardship council and ESP stands for Environment stewardship council. If you don’t like using the above-mentioned wooden cabinets then look for cabinets that have either an FSC seal or ESP seal. These seals help designers, builders, and customers identify eco-friendly kitchen cabinets. The products with this seal are environment friendly, improves air quality and other environmental standards.
Eco-friendly Kitchen counter tops
Counter tops create a huge impact on the overall aesthetics of your kitchen and also help add a lot of value. If you want to go environment friendly it is a good way to start by installing a sustainable kitchen counter top. There are so many options available for environment-friendly counter tops these days but some materials are too costly. Here are few materials that are best for a sustainable kitchen counter top and do not compromise on performance and style.
Composite and recycled material countertop: If you like quartz countertop then, composite quartz look and feel like. These countertops are made up of glass or glass mixed with resin to form a hard surface. They are scratch-resistant and come in many color variations with a long life span.
This countertop is made of any kind of glass that is recycled. This gives the look and finish of a countertop that is made of natural stone such as granite or marble.
Recycled stainless steel and aluminum: Stainless steel and aluminum are the two materials that can be recycled again and again. These products avoid going to the landfill hence a great substitute for materials that are hazardous to our environment.
Butcher block and wood: Wooden countertops that come with FSC or ESP certification with low VOC and formaldehyde are a great choice for eco-friendly countertops. It gives a beautiful warm look to your modular kitchen.
Sustainable kitchen flooring options
When kitchen cabinets and countertops are eco-friendly why not your modular kitchen flooring? Here are a few flooring options that are eco-friendly and do not compromise on the looks of your kitchen.
Cork: The cork oak tree is cultivated in the Mediterranean. They make a great option for sustainable flooring. It grows back every three years and hence is a great renewable resource. Floors made of cork wood have a lifespan of 10-30 years.
Bamboo: Bamboo is another great option for sustainable flooring as they are renewable resources that grow back in 7 years. They are light, durable, easy to install and maintain.
Linoleum: Linoleum is made up of natural products such as linseed oil, cork dust, tree resins, wood flour, and pigment, and ground limestone. It can withstand a lot of wear and tear and has a long shelf life. They come in an array of vibrant colors moreover it is fire retardant and water-resistant.
Glass tile: Glass tiles are made of recycled glass hence it has the same benefits as other eco-friendly materials. It does not stain and is easy to maintain and clean. They also come in many colors and patterns that blend well with your overall design scheme.
Concrete: Concrete is one of the commonly used eco-friendly flooring options that is gaining popularity nowadays. Usually, it is polished and tinted to suit the overall design scheme.
More tips for an eco-friendly kitchen:
Use eco-friendly paints: Eco-friendly paints are generally made of bio-based content and are free of toxic substances.
Use eco-friendly lighting options: There are so many energy-efficient lighting alternatives in the market. Look for lights that save energy and do not emit more heat.
Use energy-efficient kitchen appliances: Every kitchen appliance such as refrigerator, dishwasher, electric chimney, and other kitchen appliances come in energy-efficient variant. Energy-efficient buying appliances can be costlier but you don’t have to replace them often or pay more bills on water and electricity.
Be more responsible when choosing materials for your modular kitchen especially if you want to build an Eco-friendly kitchen. If you want more advice on making your kitchen more environment- friendly contact our modular kitchen experts today.