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Recycled Sinks for a Green Kitchen

Posted by Woodrow Aames ~ December 13, 2010

Looking for a green sink for a kitchen improvement project? Not the color green, the relationship of the materials to environmental responsibility and reduced carbon footprints. Santa Monica, Calif.-based architects Minarc have created a kitchen sink made of recycled rubber. Personally, I don't find it exceptionally attractive, but I do think it would make for an excellent utility sink. It more resembles a dental dam that's put over your teeth during a filling.

At a time when people are looking for kitchen remodeling tricks we should all have a close look at making them green. According to Enviro Bath, each resident of the United States creates four pounds of waste products a day, adding up to over 200 million tons per year.

Now the Minarc sinks are made by taking recycled rubber from automobile and truck tires pounded into an 1/8 inch-thick molded slab that's stretched out over a frame to create a sink. For its design, Minarc received Architect Magazine's 2010 Research and Development Award.

Minarc plans to offer consumers two models: a single sink (36 inches wide) and a double basin (five feet wide). A framed option will come with twin sheets of aluminum around the edges. Recycled rubber has made for successful applications for gymnasium flooring, shoes, trash cans and door mats. The Minarc sinks offer an ideal way to personalize your kitchen.

Other Green Kitchen Remodeling Options

According to Keetsa, an eco-friendly blog, "The EPA calculates that recycling iron and steel saves enough energy to provide electricity to about 18 million U.S. homes for a year." Enviro Bath makes sinks in entertaining, amusing and elegant designs from completely recycled metals, glass and ceramics. Sanindusa makes bathroom sinks from 100-percent recycled materials.

Julien, a Canadian company, makes sinks out of hand-welded 16-gauge recycled stainless steel. Natural Built Home sells sinks crafted from recycled copper. Models include wide utility sinks and hand-hammered bowls. And Washington State's GleenGlass reclaims glass and creates functional art sinks - all one-of-a-kind.

Even major manufacturers are hitching a ride on the recycled materials trend. Kohler, Elkay and Belle Foret have released lines of recycled copper sinks, many for the bath. Manufacturers of stone countertops have been making recycled products for a while. If you're willing, you can create a nearly complete green kitchen.

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