On January 22nd, 2020 the first annual Luxury Kitchen Recycling Awards (LKRA) commenced on the KBIS NeXT Stage in Las Vegas, Nevada. The awards competition was free to enter and open to all kitchen designers, architects, contractors, interior designers and other industry professionals making sustainable renovation practices a part of their toolkit. Industry professionals submitted projects where at least 50% of the existing materials were recycled or donated, and projects must have been completed between January 1, 2017, and October 31, 2019.
George Oliphant of NBC’s Emmy award-winning show, George to the Rescue, served as emcee and head judge, along with several other top industry professionals including kitchen designers Kimball Derrick and Nancy Young, CKBD; Nina Elliott Green, a member of NKBA’s inaugural Thirty Under 30 Class of 2013, and Michael Foti, Regional Sales Manager of Miele USA.
In partnership with the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), Renovation Angel CEO Steve Feldman and emcee George Oliphant presented the following awards:
Luxury Kitchen Recycling Awards (VIDEO LINK)
This NKBA partnership and awards program recognizes the astounding work done by design professionals nationwide who have made the commitment to be responsible renovators and choose to recycle kitchens (cabinets, appliances, decorative plumbing and surfaces) when possible, making the world more beautiful inside and out.
As a 501c(3) non-profit and the nation’s largest kitchen, bath and furniture recycler, Renovation Angel has been on a mission to save the planet by keeping kitchens out of landfills. Since inception, we’ve helped divert 39 million pounds from landfills through recycling over 6,500 kitchens. We’ve created over $23 million in recycling jobs and distributed over $2.3 million to charity.
“Recycling kitchens is a win, win, win – for the homeowner, the designer, and the planet,” said Steve Feldman, CEO/Founder of Renovation Angel. “Every year over 50,000 luxury kitchens end up in landfills. That’s 125,000 tons of waste. By donating your project to Renovation Angel, you’re not only helping to save the planet, but you’re also helping homeowners save tens of thousands of dollars in tax benefits and removal costs.”
Thankfully the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) agrees! “Last year at KBIS, we honored the ‘early adopters,’ those individuals who have made luxury kitchen recycling a best practice within their business,” said Suzie Williford, executive vice president of industry relations and chief strategy officer for NKBA. “We know there are many others — designers, remodelers and brands — who continue to elevate this sustainable culture within the kitchen and bath industry. This is our opportunity to recognize them.”
We couldn’t ask for a better awareness advocate than the NKBA, and are deeply grateful for the support of our guest judges who volunteered their expertise and time. Lastly, these awards would not exist had it not been for the professionals dedicated to making kitchen and bath recycling an industry standard. Thank you, thank you, thank you! With your help we will continue to create awareness of responsible renovation practices, and hopefully do our small part to change the world for the better. Let’s go GREEN in 2020!
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