Green Tips When Upgrading Your Kitchen
Did you know it’s illegal to dispose of paint in the trash or dumping it down the drain? If you’re no longer going to need that excess paint, there are several solutions out in the market that will appropriately get rid of unwanted paint. It is a specific type of material that absorbs the paint, making sure that it won’t be a hazard to the environment. It’s pretty inexpensive as the prices start at five dollars!
Speaking of paint, opt for low or no VOC paint. VOC stands for volatile organic compounds and it’s basically what makes paint smell the way it is. It has its pros, but the cons undoubtedly outweigh the benefits. It can lead to nausea, headaches, and even severe respiratory and liver problems.
And you know that strong smell of chemicals usually associated with cleaning products? You can effectively clean your kitchen without all those toxins polluting the air! We understand it can be pricey to buy solely organic and all-natural products, but it is definitely worth it. We are constantly surrounded by chemicals, from food to hygienic things, and it is about time we reduce them. They have been proven to irritate our bodies and over time, it can be detrimental to our health as well as the environment. So toss out that cleaning spray you love using on your granite countertop and try some good old water and soap. You’ll be amazed how effectively it can clean your countertop with little to no cost.
Now let’s move on to lights. We firmly advocate integrating natural light as much as possible. If that can’t be done, consider LED lights, motion sensors, and dimmer switches. They help cut down on energy consumption and therefore, smaller electric bills for you. LEDs may be a bit more expensive than fluorescents, but think of them as an investment. They also last for a long time, so you don’t have to worry about flickering and changing bulbs monthly.
If you really want to step it up a notch, consider installing eco-friendly countertops such as solid wood, hemp, and recycled material. They are just as beautiful as granite and marble. Make your decision easier by checking out our website for the color palette specifically for sustainable countertops.