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Learn More about Arclinea’s Environmental Commitment
"Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Eco-friendly kitchens combine modern design and sophistication with recycled and recyclable materials for a timeless space.”
Photo credit: Brent Haywood Photography
Sustainable living is one of the hottest trends right now and it’s no surprise that it has found its way into the kitchen. But just because you choose to go the eco-friendly route doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on style.
“Recycled and recyclable materials like stainless steel, aluminum and glass are great for kitchens, whether used as countertops, cabinets or for the entire kitchen because they give a modern, clean look with a sophisticated, cosmopolitan edge,” says Lisa Wilson-Wirth, president and owner of Arclinea San Diego.
In addition to lending a fresh, uniform style, green design materials are also a plus because they’re durable, hygienic and easy to clean. “We use non-toxic and water-based paints and lacquers, which makes for a cleaner manufacturing process—available in hundreds of colors—for our 100% recycled wood cabinets. They are healthier for you, the environment and your kitchen,” says Wilson-Wirth.
Eco-friendly appliances, like energy-efficient lighting and refrigerators, are also a plus in the sustainable kitchen. “One of the next big things in green design is the induction cooktop. These user-friendly cooktops are high-powered, more energy-efficient than electric stoves and they offer the controllability found in gas cooktops,” explains Wilson-Wirth.
Green Scene: This environmentally conscious yet elegant kitchen merges white wood with steel for a streamlines, contemporary feel. The stainless steel island sits beside a wall of wood cabinets, finished in Arclinea’s Pearl Oak, which acts as a modern-day pantry. The island’s multi-functional stainless-steel compact hood, fabricated from partially recycled steel material, features energy-efficient lighting.