Green & Design - May/June 2009 - (Page 20)

focus on kitchens and baths Environmental Trends In KITCHEN DESIGN By Patricia Gaylor I returned from KBIS, the annual kitchen and bath show, with my head brimming with great new designs and products. It never ceases to amaze me that even though I think there is nothing new under the sun, a great new idea, product, or design emerges. I was, of course, on the prowl for exciting introductions in the sustainable category. There was not a huge amount of new “green” products, but there certainly were many companies touting a sustainable message, either in their product or their manufacturing process. More than that, existing green manufacturers are refining their original materials and making improved introductions. For example, Cosentino, the company that makes Silestone, introduced a new line of engineered stone countertops appropriately called “ECO.” ECO contains 75 percent post-consumer and postindustrial recycled raw materials, as well as 25 percent natural elements. These countertops are Whirlpool, Resource Saver Electrolux, Induction Cooktop 20 | May/June 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Green & Design - May/June 2009

Green & Design - May/June 2009
LEED v3: A Highly Evolved Solution
Book Review
Learning Curve
Environmental Trends in Kitchen Design
The Butterfly Effect
Eastern Promise
Social Science
Retail Remedy
They Speak for the Trees
Up to the Challenge
Here Come the Lawyers
Green Gets Political
The Hardest Part of Being Green
Products: Designer’s Picks
Sources and Ad Index

Green & Design - May/June 2009