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Originally published Monday, June 11, 2012 at 1:00 PM

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Styles, colors for a green kitchen

Ed the Plumber: Kitchens are going natural and using more recycled materials.

Scripps Howard News Service

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Q: I plan on remodeling soon, and I want a natural-looking kitchen that will include a lot of "green" features. As far as the kitchen sink, what ideas can you suggest for materials, colors and style? Thanks in advance for some suggestions!

— Fredd, Florida

A: I'm glad you are just looking for suggestions. There are so many green choices out there, as well as different opinions, and it all gets down to personal taste. The latest trend I have seen over the past few years is that kitchens are going natural and using more recycled materials. With that in mind, cast-iron kitchen sinks can be a nice choice since most cast-iron plumbing fixtures contain recycled materials.

To go along with the green aspect with cast-iron sinks, some manufacturers have expanded color choices to include more natural colors. Today, colors like sea salt, frost and caviar seem to be popular. As far as style, "apron front" or "farmhouse"-type kitchen sinks seem to be making a big splash in the building and remodeling industry.

So, there are a few good natural kitchen-sink choices and colors that could grow into some nice ideas for your kitchen.

Master plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of "Ed Del Grande's House Call," the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.comor write eadelg@cs.com. Always consult local contractors and codes.

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