Considerations in Making your Kitchen Eco-Friendly

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Although transforming your kitchen into a “green kitchen” will save you money on energy,  green products can be pretty expensive and difficult to find.
There is some good news, though: Green kitchen products are, more now than ever, made available in a variety of costs, colors, and styles, so you can fit them right into your kitchen, irregardless of your style, shape or size.

True, transforming your kitchen into a green and eco-friendly room can cost up to 20-30% more, you can still save in the long run, up to 2-4% every year. So, in a few years, you will have repaid your debt and then in the years to come, would have kept saving money! Sounds awesome, right?

Kitchen appliances that are inspected, accepted, and approved by the EPA Energy Conservation Program uses 10%-50% less energy/water/gas than the usual non-EPA model. Energy-efficient kitchen items, better in-wall insulation and anti-thermal doors and windows are usually included in the complete rip-to-stud and remodeling of a kitchen to a green kitchen.

Not only do green appliances save energy and lower the fuel and heat impact upon the environment, there are even health benefits! The EPA thinks that most Americans use up an average of 90% of their time indoors, and the use of these pollutants is up to 100 times more than use outdoors, not to mention to gases and fumes used in the kitchen.

Green products reduce exposure to air pollutants. For example, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) typically are emitted by paints, wood preservatives and other sources. These gases have short- and long-term health effects, including symptoms that range from eye, nose and throat irritation to cancer. Eco-safe paints are VOC-free, as are cabinets, countertops and flooring.

Green products reduce exposure to air pollutants. For example, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) typically are emitted by paints, wood preservatives and other sources. These gases have short and long-term health effects, including symptoms that range from eye, nose and throat irritation to cancer. Eco-safe paints are VOC-free, as are cabinets, countertops and flooring. Old homes are notorious for having chemical and compounds that can seriously affect house. Out of an up-to-date list of waterfront homes for sale in RI, for instance, since many are 50-100 years old, the chances of getting yourself into a house that needs remedial lead paint work, or even asbestos removal, is very high.

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Green products reduce the amount of air pollution.  VOCs are emitted by wood keepers, paint, and other sources. These VOCs have bad health benefits, such as, in extreme cases, cancer. Green paints are free of VOCs, so we recommend using those.

There are many factors to consider concerning eco-friendly kitchens when remodeling or building a new home. Obviously you want to consider your budget. But, always consider your long-term living goals, and most of all the outcome on your health and the environment. Sometimes when you weigh out the pros and cons of transforming your living environment in a health conscious way, money becomes much less of a factor, while well-being and quality of life takes the place of precedence. Read our post on the benefits of building green homes!

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Benefits of building Green Homes

 

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There are numerous benefits that you get from an echo friendly house. Many of the expensive bills are removed entirely, along with the stress that comes with them. Instead of paying expensive monthly bills every month, you can save the money for trips, special occasions, and outings. Regardless, the money you save each month can be put to something much better and fruitful.

You even reduce something called a carbon footprint. This is the amount of greenhouse gas let out from your housing system. Green homes are very durable, and last a lot longer than regular houses. Not only are they less expensive to maintain, but all of the materials are very durable. The roofing is durable. Some of them even have forty to fifty year warranties. Most of the content inside the house is recycled. The decking, especially, is recycled. Plastic mixed with wood, makes a type of deck that can last up to five times longer than a traditional wood deck. If the house is built correctly, then you should have a tight thermal envelope. This reduces the amount of wanted hot or cold air inside the house that escapes. Sealing to reduce air leakage, and creating duct work to minimize energy loss and choosing good windows all play a valuable and important part in creating a tight thermal envelope.

Not only do you save a lot of energy, but you also save a large amount of fresh water. Echo friendly homes would come with high-efficiency appliances. These water-use appliances such as dishwashers, or perhaps wash machines use a significantly lower amount of water to operate. The plumbing systems are much better. Hot water runs are significantly reduced. Insulated hot water pipes are used. There are high-efficiency toilets used which only use up to 1.3 gallons or less per flush. The air indoors is much healthier; as full circulation is available. This eliminates the potential of mold. All in all, the benefits of an echo friendly house are infinite.

 

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Reasons to build Eco-friendly wellness facilities

There are many environmental benefits to green building.

It’s not just a simple development plan or trend, it’s a completely different approach to building, suited to the current demands of society and agriculture. Green building greatly reduces toxic remissions, which can result in things like global climate changing, changes in the air quality, and even acid rain. All of these pose threats to human health. Green building conserves water. Recycling greywater and rainwater can yield a relatively significant amount of fresh and drinkable water. If storm water (or rain water) was to be managed properly, waterway erosion would not occur as much. Flooding wouldn’t ruin as many crops, and pollutants wouldn’t be carried into water sources. Green building even effects temperature in cities. The urban heat island effect is caused by large amounts of asphalt and tall brick buildings. This effect can be avoided if green building techniques are used. Even when building walls or countertops, consider ALL your materials.

There are also many economic effects.

Besides energy and water savings, the amount of money used to provide fresh water and energy would be greatly reduced. Money that was always being directed to these utility costs would be pointed towards something else more useful. Property values would go up as well. More efficiently designed buildings would conserve a lot more energy, and would last longer. Believe it or not, but better indoor conditions can even increase employee performance. Sales improve as well.

 

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There are social benefits.

Green building can improve overall health. Poor indoor circulation can greatly reduce health overall. Poor lighting, mold, and even poor temperatures can all contribute to respiratory problems. Schools can be greatly improved, resulting in better performance. A healthier environment in schools can lead to improvements in the students’ academic abilities. Sadly, a common impression about green building is that it’s simply too expensive to be ‘economically possible’. This is not true. Plenty of studies have shown that green buildings are barely more expensive than regular construction, plus, in the end, the savings and other energy investments make green building and eco-friendly facilities a far better choice. It’s highly beneficial to support the important trend by investing in “Green” properties, supporting industries who design and produce “green” building supplies, as well as supporting industries that generally spread the word in regards to all things eco-friendly–through their campaigning and advertising efforts, via print or web marketing. Companies with the tools to support and advocate such endeavors are accessible in all high-tech cities from Portland OR Design agencies to Rhode Island SEO companies. There’s no shortage of help in the current age of information and technology .

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If you already run your own studio, exactly how “green” is it? There are many things you can do to make the necessary updates, and well worth it to do so since to not be green would be sort of an irony with all current understanding of health and wellness.

 

 

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What is Eco-Jewelry?

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What is Eco-Jewelry

When you purchase eco-jewelry, you are purchasing amazing, beautiful art. It doesn’t just look beautiful. It also serves a purpose. Eco-jewelry can be an expression of your own eco-consciousness… it can be the desire to conserve. Maybe you feel connected to the earth. Maybe you feel the desire to make a difference. Eco-jewelry that is made from things that have already been made. It is the ultimate game-changer. So, when you buy a piece of non eco-jewelry, think about where it came from, and how it was made! It is important to remember that the energy that was originally put into the piece is now on your skin!

From thousands of years ago, archeologists have been finding jewelry. It has always been a trademark of human society. It can show respect, beauty, and power. Many pieces of parts of jewelry begin with rare and precious metals that may just be a part of bloodshed, or perhaps even warfare. For many people, eco-jewelry is simply perfect – you can live environmentally. Guilt free.

Eco-jewelry pieces can come from just about anything. Trash, pieces of coconut, or other worthless material. You can recycle just about anything and turn into eco-jewelry. That is the beauty of it. For instance, when you sell recycled gold, you are doing the environment a huge favor! Not only are you being environmentally responsible, but you are also lowering the already extremely high and ever-changing price of newly mined gold! There are few eco-friendly sites like Brilliant Earth and Green Oro, or even http://rijewelrystores.com. Some of these sites, like the ones listed above track the jewelry and recycled pieces, from market to market. Another very responsible environmental decision to make is the purchasing of vintage jewelry. Vintage jewelry is not only very fashionable, but it is also just a fun type of material to have on your necklace, instead of something like a plastic or a fake piece metal or chunks of expensive gold.

Find some cool and spiffy eco-friendly jewelry at Tree Hugger

 

“Costume jewelry contains toxic chemicals harmful to the environment and possible your health. Go with eco friendly natural and recycled glass jewelry…”

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What’s so Great About Eco-Friendly Countertops?

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The green-ness of most granite countertops is a hot topic of debate that people have been wrestling with for a long time. Generally speaking, stone countertops aren’t green, and here’s why: Stone takes a lot of energy and water products to produce. Manufacturers say that it has “natural qualities.” Yes, it may be natural, but that doesn’t mean it’s green.

Let’s be real here; a lot of people, including me, love granite countertops RI providers can supply. They’re easy to clean, nice to look at, last a while, and are sleek and smooth. Whether you want it or not, granite countertops are going to last for a long time.

Check out this video for more information!

With that having been said, if you could you buy a more green and eco friendly countertop, assuming that those even exist, you would look for a distributor that is conscious of how they produce their stone tops, and you would look for one that will last a very long time. Some stones, obviously the more expensive ones, will last longer and are more durable and, if maintained correctly, will last even hundreds of years. Some cheaper marble/granite countertops will probably be worn out in a few years time, unless you really take time to care for them.

If I were to go, right now, and buy a stone countertop at some warehouse, it would most likely be a quartz-based, or solid quartz, product. See, quartz is the fourth hardest substance (that’s natural) and is one of the most common stones on earth. Quartz has many advantages over limestone, marble, soapstone, and granite. They are:

  • They don’t require very much cleaning, or sealing
  • Won’t absorb stains and bacteria like granite or limestone
  • You can buy them in a lot of styles and colors
  • They generally come with a 5-10 year warranty, and if they are broken, will be replaced
  • Approved by Greenguard, meaning that they are approved and certified for great indoor use

So there you have it; my list of reasons why, If I were to go buy a “green” countertop, it would be quartz. And, as you can see, Quartz has a lot of advantages over other stones, especially the fact that it’s nonporous, so it won’t absorb harmful bacteria.

It’s definitely worth your while to check out this very useful  buying guide when determining a good fit for your home!

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