In The Kitchen: 20 Easy Eco-Friendly Kitchen Ideas

Below you will see 20 new and easy Eco-Friendly Kitchen ideas for your home.

Clear the Air

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Use paint that is low in — or free of — volatile organic compounds. VOCs are gases, some of which can be toxic, that are emitted from products such as wall paint, paint stripper, cleaning supplies, and some building materials.

Pop the Cork

vinyl flooring

Natural flooring, such as wood, cork, or linoleum, doesn’t contain the toxins found in many manufactured materials. Cork is roughly the same price as wood, but it’s a sustainable material. Cork trees regenerate every nine years, while trees such as oak or maple can take 30 years or more.

Gold Star

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Use energy-efficient appliances throughout the kitchen. Appliances with an Energy Star label have met strict energy-efficiency guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency.

Water Saver

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To conserve water, use a water-saving faucet with a flow rate around 2.2 gallons per minute.

New Hardware

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Swapping out old hardware for new gives a kitchen a fresh, new look. Instead of junking the old hardware, save it for future use elsewhere.

Breathe Easy

budget cabinet makeovers

Potted plants act as natural air filters by absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen into the kitchen.

Put on a New Face

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When remodeling a kitchen, rearrange and refinish or paint cabinets rather than purchasing new ones. This will prevent old cabinets from piling up in the landfill.

Room for All

red sink

The size and shape of this old restaurant sink make it ideal for a home kitchen activity center. It provides enough work space for multiple members of the family to prep and clean up simultaneously.

Clear View

glass panels

Salvaged glass forms the center panels in these cabinet doors. This action saves old glass from the trash. It can also add style to new projects because wavy antique glass adds an heirloom quality to just-made cabinets.

High in the Sky

wine glass chandelier

When mounted to a pendant and filled with wineglasses, a recycled factory bottle holder becomes a gallery-worthy chandelier.

Solid Work

refinished dinning table

No one would ever guess that this elegant dining room table was once junkyard-bound. It was saved by a creative homeowner who stripped it of multiple layers of paint and replaced its broken tabletop with one made from old wood.

Block Formation

wooden spoon holder

A one-of-a kind utensil holder made from four vintage corner blocks stores everyday wooden spoons.

Support Systems

brackets

Oversized Victorian brackets add decorative detailing to this boxy island and visually anchor the extended countertop.

New Life

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Sized for a small kitchen, a half-round accent table with cutwork trim finds new life as a minibar.

Clean Start

doll cabinet-spice rack

An antique doll cabinet now serves as a spice rack. To retain both charm and value, don’t strip the piece of its original finish; instead, apply a nontoxic wood cleaner, then air dry. Round up a variety of shapely jars to store herbs and spices.

Waste Not

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For just $200, an alter from a Scottish Rite temple is transformed into a luxe kitchen island. It is topped with a concrete counter that the homeowner and his father poured after reading a DIY book. Add wood appliquès and trim pieces easily with a glue gun, hammer, and nails.

New View

stain glass

Discarded stained-glass panels sparkle again when installed as window valances.

On Display

wall-mount bookcase

A plain bookcase is transformed into a wall-mount china cabinet when an antique artwork frame is attached as a fanciful pediment.

Stone-Faced

refinished cabinets

Instead of replacing all your countertops, opt for natural soapstone on the island only, so a smaller amount of surfacing goes into a landfill. Better yet, repurpose the removed counter as a worktable in the basement or garage.

Double Vision

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Create a storage center by pushing together two bookcases and painting them the same color to create a one-of-a-kind hutch.

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I think these 20 kitchen ideas are awesome, it’s time for an extreme kitchen makeover for me. If you do any of these ideas, please feel free to share your photos. I would love to see the before and after. It might win you a feature on my blog.

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Fabulous Friday: Dresses

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The dress shown above is my favorite of them all. This is something I would wear even if I wasn’t a bridesmaid. I would wear it to a wedding or a random party, maybe even dinner with my husband. This dress is super fabulous!

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Fashion: Quiksilver Women’s Eco Collection

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Chic: Tee shirts with a great California cool aesthetic.

Green: All items are made with organic cotton.

Cost: $38-$68

Buy: Quiksilver Women’s Eco Collection

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Eco-Friendly Home Ideas

Whitman shows Alba vintage crystal chandeliers.

Whitman shows Alba vintage crystal chandeliers.

Reuse and Recycle
Interior decorator Kari Whitman scours antiques store, flea markets and a client’s existing inventory before even thinking about new furniture. “The craftsmanship is often better in older pieces,” says Whitman. “For Jessica Alba’s house we bought almost every piece used.”

Green Home Accessories

You don’t have to renovate your whole house to go green. Whitman surfs the Web for stylish and affordable home accessories, like these colorful waste baskets made out of recycled potato chip wrappers ($36; btcelements.com). She also suggests checking out eco-furniture.com and uncommongoods.com, where they sell organic linens and wine glasses made from recycled windshields.

Forget About Carpeting

Alba's bedroom, with hardwood floors and area rugs, illustrates this tip perfectly.

Alba bedroom, with hardwood floors and area rugs, illustrates this tip perfectly.

“Go for wood floors and rugs instead of carpeting,” says Whitman, who credits Bamboo Flooring Hawaii as a great resource for sustainable wood. “Most carpeting is made from non-organic fibers and it can get so dirty and hold in dust and various toxins.” The types of rugs Whitman suggests using are sisal, jute or even cork. “You can also get outdoor rugs of recycled plastic or old tennis balls that are great,” she says.

Protect Your Pets

Don’t forget your furry friends when making eco-friendly choices. One way to protect them from environmental toxins is by giving them a safe place to rest. Greener Pup dog beds ($36-$50; greenerpup.com), designed by Whitman, are made with 100 percent organic and non-toxic materials that are both soft and durable.

Choose a Saltwater Pool

“Salt water has fewer toxins, it’s softer on skin and it won’t cause red eyes, itchiness or green hair!” says Whitman, who used True Blue Pools for Alba’s pool, at left. Another reason the designer is a big fan: “The salt keeps pools clean and algae-free without chemicals, as these systems clean and monitor themselves.” While they may cost more upfront, Whitman says they require much less maintenance and you’re not paying for chemicals.

Eliminate Toxins

“I am obsessed with Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning products,” says Whitman. The all-natural and biodegradable line of products includes fragrant household cleaning supplies as well as environmentally-friendly cleaners for babies and pets. “My favorite scent is lavender, but I also like lemon and gardenia,” says the designer.

Save Water, Go Faux

For Whitman (above), synthetic turf is a long term commitment to saving water and “an amazing way to be green.” She likes Forever Lawn, which is made from recycled plastic and tires. “It looks so real, and eliminates pesticides,” she says. Plus, it just needs an occasional rinse.

Protect Baby

For Jessica Alba’s daughter’s nursery, Whitman and Alba chose a crib and changing table made with sustainable wood and nontoxic paint. They also bought linens from Sage Creek Organics.

Above: Lawson-Fenning’s Aerial crib ($1,240; nurseryworks.net for stores) is an example of eco- and design-friendly baby furniture.

Be Paint Smart

To avoid buying (and wasting) several cans of paint before finding the right shade, Whitman invented Wall Makeup ($39; wallmakeup.com. The do-it-yourself kit lets you create and test small batches of custom colors before a dealer matches them.

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Inside Jessica Alba and Warren Cash’s New Eco-Friendly Home

Sure, babies change your life. That’s why Jessica Alba and her husband, Cash Warren, have moved to a larger LA home and gone green. The “Fantasic Four” gave In Style a tour of her house and revealed how she went about decorating the eco-friendly space.

[ Check out Photos of Jessica Alba’s Home Below ]

As she leads a tour of her new two-story LA canyon home, Jessica Alba pauses before a foyer wall lined with framed photographs and singles out a black-and-white portrait of a stunning Mexican-American woman. “That’s my grandma,” she says of the eye-catching matriarch. “She had five kids, and her sister had 10. Crazy, right?” As Alba points to other ancestral photos, she radiates pride in her family. “I never, ever doubted their unconditional love for me,” says the 27-year-old actress, who’s taking her turn to lavish that love on her own family: her 5-month-old daughter, Honor Marie, and her husband, Cash Warren. A big part of that is creating a home that she hopes her child “will remember forever.”

With the help of Alba’s father, a realtor, Alba and Warren looked at over 30 homes before finding this villa-style house. Though it was an aesthetic mishmash, “it had good bones, and the rooms just made sense,” Warren says. Alba agrees. “I loved the indoor-outdoor flow,” she says of the way most rooms open to the outside. “The vibe was really family.”

Still, the house needed a makeover. “I had a really good idea of what I wanted,” says Alba, who chose to work with interior decorator and eco-design enthusiast Kari Whitman on the project. The two women met in 2006, when Alba surprised her parents with the chance to have their kitchen renovated on the WE network television show, “Designer to the Stars Kari Whitman.” (Emilio Estevez and Virginia Madsen are among her other celebrity subjects.) They discovered a common passion for eco-friendly living. “We clicked immediately,” says Whitman. “I incorporate the green aesthetic into my home designs as much as I can.” And she found a kindred spirit in Alba, who drove a Prius before switching to a larger Yukon hybrid better-suited to her growing family.

Alba and Whitman agreed that the house’s look needed to be simplified. “It was Italian with Mexican and Spanish touches,” the actress recalls. “I didn’t want to feel like I was living in a theme restaurant.” Respecting the environment and protecting the family’s welfare were the guiding criteria for all decisions, from the chlorine-free saltwater pool out back to the used furniture inside. “It’s all about working with existing things,” says Whitman. Together they hit antiques shops and hotel-liquidation warehouses looking for pieces that suggested Old Hollywood “ut could be reinvented with a modern spin (like a desk chair that once belonged to film director Cecil B. DeMille!). “I hand picked every piece of furniture,” says the ever resourceful Alba, who mixed old finds with new accessories and rugs from Calvin Klein Home. “I found that at an antiques store in East LA,” she says of a glam chandelier twinkling in her stairwell, “and we had it dipped in silver.”

The actress claims she is not in a rush to go back to work. Instead, her mind turns to the upcoming holidays, and she rattles off a list of relatives she’s inviting for Christmas dinner. “We do a potluck and sing carols while my grandfather plays the guitar,” she says. And although she doesn’t say where the tree will go, rest assured, Jessica Alba knows exactly.






Other Green Couples Like Jessica and Cash are as follows:
– Milo Ventimiglia and Hayden Panettiere
– Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton
– Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry
– Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen
– Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connell
– Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
– Bono and Ali Hewson
– Tobey Maguire and Jennifer Meyer
– Keira Knightley and Rupert Friend
– Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey

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