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Eco-Friendly Kitchen Fixtures

Recycled sinks

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.

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20 Tips for Being Green
Sustainable Homes: Top 10 Building Products

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11:58PM PST on Jan 8, 2012

Thanks.

10:57PM PDT on Mar 27, 2011

thank you

2:30AM PDT on Mar 27, 2011

Thanks for the article.

4:45AM PDT on Oct 26, 2010

thanks for sharing

3:38PM PDT on Oct 17, 2010

Great thanks for this info!

8:56PM PDT on Oct 13, 2010

Great! thanks!

11:09AM PDT on Oct 4, 2010

tHe best way to avoid waste and be ecofriendly is to keep what you have! do you really need a new sink, colour scheme etc

7:24PM PDT on Sep 25, 2010

Thanks.

2:08PM PDT on Sep 23, 2010

I will have one of those for Christmas please.
Thank you for sharing

7:26PM PDT on Sep 22, 2010

Merci.

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