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Shopping Minnesota Made Cabinetry and 4 Other Ways to Make Your Kitchen Remodel More Eco Friendly

When you remodel your home, there are many factors you need to consider and prioritize. These include the materials, colors, design, and contractor. More and more, homeowners are also choosing to make their homes more environmentally friendly. Here are some ways that you can incorporate green design into your next kitchen remodeling project.

Shop Local

As the saying goes “Think globally, act locally.” Shopping local for your kitchen cabinetry means that there is less impact on the environment. Often times box cabinetry, countertops and tile travel a very long way via truck or even boat from over seas. This has a huge impact including emissions and fuel. When acting locally and seeking out quality, locally made goods like Crystal Cabinetry, Cambria countertops, Mercury Mosaics tile and Hennepin Made lighting, you are not only buying beautiful products for your kitchen they are all made by our friends right her in Minnesota. These materials do not have to travel far, and there is less packaging. Not only that, but you can support a local business and receive top-notch customer service from someone in your community.

Get the Right Contractor

Some contractors are more knowledgeable and willing to make a kitchen or home more eco friendly. By talking with your contractor about your interest in earth friendly remodeling and your priorities about recycling, energy efficiency, and proper waste management, you will find a partner that has both and the environment and your preferences in mind.

Design for Sustainability

The very first step of any remodel is the design. Your commitment to the environment needs to start at the design stage. Work with your contractor and designer to plan how every component, from lighting to water, will work in a more sustainable way. That way the concept of eco-friendliness will run through everything that is done.

Use the Right Materials

Eco-friendly materials are a huge part of an environmentally friendly space. Use local or recycled materials, or materials that are both. No matter what you need, from paint to building materials, there are options that come with a smaller carbon footprint than the alternatives, and also contain fewer dangerous chemicals.

Demolish With Care

As opposed to simply demolishing everything to get it out of the way quickly, take time to carefully construct the existing structure. That way you can properly sort and recycle appropriate materials. There may also be things that you can reuse to keep a bit of the feel of the original structure.

There are many reasons to want to be more green in everything we do. Follow these tips to make your next kitchen remodel safer for the environment. If you are interested in more details or to start your eco friendly remodeling project, get in touch with one of our designers here. 

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