Good Green Kitchens

"The Ultimate Resource for Creating a Beautiful, Healthy, Eco-friendly Kitchen"

By Jennifer Roberts

Once associated with industrial design, metal surfaces now appear in even the most traditional kitchens. The vogue for metal took off in the 1990s with stainless-steel appliances that paid homage to restaurant kitchens. It wasn’t long before stainless-steel worktables, counters, and shelving units came into favor for residential kitchens, and with good reason…

An alternative to sheet metal is metal tile. Eleek makes pricey but gorgeous cast-metal tiles from 100 percent recycled aluminum or bronze. The tiles, which can be used for counters and backsplashes, have a nonreactive clear powder-coat finish. The 5/16-inch-thick tiles come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are adhered to a substrate with tile adhesive or mastic, as with ceramic tiles.

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