You need a sink to capture all your filtered, low-flowing water, and there are a variety of eco-friendly sink materials. A typical stainless steel sink is at least 60 percent recycled and nearly 100 percent recyclable. For true eco-cred, 100-percent recycled steel sinks are available. Manufacturing recycled steel requires a fraction of the energy and other environmental impacts involved in making virgin steel.
For a more unique look, other recycled materials are available. Cobre sells 100-percent recycled copper sinks, and EnviroSLAB offers countertops with inline sinks made from 100-percent recycled glass and porcelain.
LED light fixtures
Lighting fixtures in the kitchen also offer opportunities for major energy savings. The kitchen is the ideal place to start moving into light-emitting diodes, a versatile type of lighting that uses less energy than compact fluorescent bulbs. LEDs come in a rainbow of colors and can be very small, which makes them a good option for under-counter task lighting or other small, focused lighting needs in the kitchen. LED fixtures remain more expensive, but prices are dropping.
Consider energy, water and materials in choosing kitchen fixtures. Far from being a green sacrifice, the most attractive and luxurious kitchen options are also the most eco-friendly.