Builders and homeowners alike want to increase the ways in which we can conserve, reuse, recycle, etc.


Pick one of the items below to get started on your way to a more efficient and consciencious lifestyle.


Jay DeChesere of Wilmington NC says these critical green features are available to homeowners now and that he has included them in his past kitchen projects.


1. Bamboo cabinets


2. Low VOC water-based wood finishes and low VOC paint Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) lumber for cabinet boxes


3. Concrete countertops


4. 100 percent post-consumer backsplashes and accents using salvaged materials like sea glass


5. Low-flow faucets


6. LED lighting rather than fluorescent or halogen


7. Compost bins