I like this kitchen, not necessarily because of its design sense, but because its cheery and lived-in, with a can't-hurt-it appeal. This kitchen gets major green points for all the reclaimed details. To get this sink at home you've got to scour salvage yards like mad... but isn't the sink is fabulous! To me its worth the patience and time to find one like it. Its unexpected in a home, but it looks rustic and industrial, especially when paired with the faucet and other retro details, such as the scale, milk-shake blender and tins. Here are a few other ways to vamp up the eco-factor in a kitchen such as this:
You should choose paint wisely, especially in a kitchen, where food is stored and prepped. Safecoat* is known as the 'healthiest' paint, emitting zero VOC's or toxins, and available in a wide range of colours.
For a dramatic backsplash, try recycled glass tiles. Stardust tile from Portland, Ore. fit the bill, and they have a wide variety of sizes and colours.For a eco butcher block look-alike, try this bamboo product from Plyboo*. Made from sustainably harvested bamboo and containing no formaldehyde, this is a good choice for sustainably chic, healthy kitchens!
Get these farmhouse chic eco-friendly kitchen towels from Spring Home.
Don't forget the dishes. Widely available, Method Home cleaning products are a good bet - they make an effort across the board to be as low-impact as possible.
NOTE: All products marked with a * will be available soon at my eco store Sustain, in house and on-line soon! For info. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org