Congratulations on making the choice to design a green kitchen! So you are one of the people who realize that the kitchen, apart from being used to cook in, also generates about 15% of the worlds greenhouse gases. There are many things to do for your green kitchen. Firstly, you need to reconsider all of the chemical-based dishwasher liquids, floor and surface cleaners, detergents and other cleaning products that you maybe currently using.
Not only can they possibly make you sick, they are also really harmful for the environment! Go for a natural cleaner, with is biodegradable, try some of the plant-based detergents, and of course, if you have the time, you can make your own cleaner with vinegar and baking soda. The two make a fabulous combination and give you a high-quality all-purpose household cleaner!
Another idea for your green kitchen design is to try and find kitchen fittings, paneling, floors and cabinets that have been used before. Even though you will be purchasing some new products for the kitchen, it’s OK to mix in some of your old cabinets and drawers to save money and recycle. You could opt for green counter tops which are made of things like recycled paper, yogurt pots, bamboo, cork flooring, etc. – but be sure to do your research on the materials first!
Do remember to buy durables that will last in the long term. Many stores let you sample the stuff before the purchase, so take that opportunity. Use sharp and heavy objects on these samples (with the exception of food, of course!) – that way, you will get a good idea of the hardness, scratch resistance, and other features of the material.