If green products are priorities in updating your kitchen, you’ll find an array of offerings. Countertops and backsplashes of recycled glass, aluminum or paper are just a start. Bamboo is being used in new ways. There’s even an under-the-counter composter to turn food scraps into rich soil. Here’s a look at gadgets and finishes for a greener space.
Bamboo is moving from floors to case work. The hardy renewable grass is being used more often in cabinetry, such as this wine unit, right, made of Teragren panels. The company will introduce a custom line of doors next spring that can be used on existing kitchen cabinets. Prices for raw materials vary from $2 a square foot for veneers to $8 a square foot for panels. www.teragren.com.
Vetrazzos recycled glass countertops, above, come in 16 colors. Prices start at $110 to $150 per square foot installed; www.vetrazzo.com. IceStone also offers recycled glass counters; www.icestone.biz/new.
Spare a landfill, feed a garden. With the look and shape of a PC tower, this composter need not hide. NatureMill automatically mixes food scraps and paper, regulates the temperature and drops the compost into a bottom drawer. The company says the unit uses less energy than a night light. Prices start at $299; www.naturemill.com. Separate cabinet mounting kit, $99.95, exclusively at Williams-Sonoma.
These aluminum tiles, made of recycled industrial metal, can add sparkle to a custom look. They are available as squares and subway tiles, starting at $35 per square foot. Eco-Friendly Flooring, (866) 250-3273, www.ecofriendlyflooring.com.
PaperStones countertop is recycled consumer cardboard; office paper and natural fiber versions are also available. Like granite slabs, the paper panels must be cut to fit. Prices start at $40 a square foot; www.paperstone.com.
Two small ovens in the space of one could reduce the energy devoted to preheating. The GE Profile 30-inch Single Doubles upper oven takes just six minutes to warm to 350 degrees. Available in October; $2,799 in stainless steel. (800) 626-2000.