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Here are green kitchen remodel ideas and green kitchen remodelling tips for your home.

Green kitchen remodel or eco-friendly kitchen designs are becoming more popular as we become more aware of the environmental issues facing us. It is about time that we use and build every room in the house by using materials that are less of a threat to the environment and that are renewable.

Green kitchen remodeling and green kitchen designs require you to reuse materials, to buy antique furniture, buy cabinets from companies that use woods that are approved and certified by responsible environmental organizations and use materials that are not toxic.

If you are remodeling your kitchen with engineered lumber cabinets, most of these cabinets contain the chemical formaldehyde which will continue to be released into your indoor home air for many years.

Remember that if you use toxic chemicals and products when you remodeling, they will ultimately reside in your home, maybe even in your water and your home indoor air quality will be poor and not healthy.

Indoor air pollution is one of the leading problems for homeowners who can experience multiple chemical allergies, headaches, nausea, asthma, chronic fatigue, bronchitis, memory loss and other health symptoms and problems.

These issues could be related to petrochemicals and toxic chemicals used in building materials, carpet, furniture, sofas, paints, stains, glues, solvents, finishes, cleaning products used in the home like bleaches, synthetic fragrances, de-greasers, toilet bowl and oven cleaners and many other materials.

Personal items that are used almost daily such as hair sprays, polish removers as well as nail polish have toxic chemicals that can affect your health and your home environment.

We should use ecologically-friendly products that are biodegradable and non-toxic to protect ourselves, our families, wildlife and the environment.

Applying green kitchen remodeling tips and green kitchen remodel ideas means that you should:

• 1- Select materials that will last for a very long time, can be repaired and don't need to be replaced every 3 to 6 years.

• 2- Buy items in your local flea market, antique freestanding furniture, kitchen cabinets that are antique, use reclaimed or antique wood and European/American hardwoods that are approved by environmental groups for green kitchen remodel ideas.

• 3- Do not use hardwoods harvested from the rain forests because doing so promotes deforestation, erosion and more environmental problems.

Most tropical woods are endangered species and literally require hundreds of years to grow to maturity.

• 4- Recycle your old appliances as it makes no sense to throw away old appliances into the landfills.

• 5- Use renewable materials like bamboo, eucalyptus and cork for green kitchen remodeling and green kitchen designs. Some American and European woods like maple, oak and beech can be used if certified by environmental groups.

• 6- Recycle...recycle...wood should be reused or recycled, not sent to the landfills. If you have furniture that you don't want anymore, give it to Goodwill, Salvation Army, any Thrift store or even to an antique store. Perhaps you could sell it or give it to a friend or someone who needs it.

• 7- Use construction materials containing no formaldehyde for your kitchen and for the fiberglass insulation.

Insulation materials that contain formaldehyde can give you and your family respiratory problems, allergies, nausea and many other related health issues.

• 8- Use construction materials from as nearby your project as much as possible...the further the products must be transported, the more pollution is created and the more energy is consumed.

• 9- If your kitchen cabinet boxes are still in usable condition, consider only replacing the doors with solid renewable materials like bamboo, for example, and refinish your cabinet doors with eco-friendly finishes and water-based sealers or perhaps purchase old cabinet doors or use metal doors.

When painting your kitchen walls or your entire house and refinishing your floors or cabinets, make sure you buy low or no-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints and wood finishes.

Paints, sealants and finishes contain toxins that may give you and your family health consequences and contribute to air pollution, smog and environmental problems.

Green kitchen designs and green kitchen lighting are still at very early stages. Today, you can buy chandeliers and other light fixtures that are made of recycled glass.

Make sure you add plenty of natural light to your kitchen. Good quality windows, skylights and glass doors that are double or triple pane are an excellent idea for the room.

Energy efficient lighting and green kitchen lighting will give you considerable energy savings.

Using CFLs, also called compact fluorescents, for example, will be energy efficient and in spite of the initial cost, these bulbs will last a long time, use less electricity and they will provide a high-quality light.

CFL bulbs are not perfect...they contain mercury which can go into the water, atmosphere and soil if sent to the landfills. Do not throw these bulbs into the trash! It is recommended that you recycle your CFL bulbs - most IKEA stores have recycle centers for these types of bulbs.



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