Whether you are creating a new custom kitchen from scratch or just going for a revamp, put environmental issues at the top of your shopping list, and buy appliances and products that have good eco-friendly credentials.
Four Essentials for the Eco Kitchen:
Choose eco-friendly materials. Wood is one of the best, but make sure it comes from a sustainable source, or buy reclaimed boards. Cork and ceramics also have good eco-credentials (as long as they haven't been treated with chemical lacquers and varnishes), and stone and steel rate fairly highly. Avoid plastics unless they are recycled, and use plywoods and particleboards sparingly, if at all.
Opt for eco-appliances. These days, most come with a rating to show you how efficient and energy-saving they are.
Avoid chemical-based kitchen cleaners. Basic pantry items can clean just as effectively and won't pollute.
Minimize packaging. Buy food with as little packaging as possible and recycle as much as you can.