Safe and Sustainable Cabinetry Materials

Safe and Sustainable Cabinetry Materials

More and more consumers are looking for safer, greener products when they tackle home remodeling projects, and that includes choosing sustainable cabinet materials.

This push follows a move by California, which in 2007 passed some of the nation’s strictest rules mandating the use of green building materials. Many material manufacturers are following suit, complying with these rules by working with environmentally friendly materials.

Safe and Sustainable Cabinetry Materials

If you’re looking to install new cabinets in your home but want to work with green building materials, here are some of your options.

Go Formaldehyde-Free

Formaldehyde is an adhesive that for many years was used in making furniture, cabinets, bookcases, and wooden building materials such as plywood.

It’s also a carcinogen, which is why the EPA moved last year to reduce public exposure to formaldehyde in wood products.

If you’re concerned about your exposure to formaldehyde, opt for formaldehyde-free, green building materials such as FSC-certified plywood, agrifiber boards and bamboo plywood.

No-VOC/Low-VOC Finishes

VOC stands for “volatile organic compounds,” which are chemical fumes given off from some wood finishes. You can improve the quality of your indoor air by choosing finishes labeled “no-VOC” or “low-VOC.” A water-based product – which contains fewer VOCs – are safe for you but still durable.

And their quality has only increased over the years to meet a demand for safer, green building materials. Look for certifications from groups like GreenGuard and Green Seal, which give their approval to products with low chemical emissions.

Sustainable Woods

Another way to revamp your home using green building materials is by working with sustainable wood. You can start by seeking out wood that carries a certification from the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), an organization that works to make sure that wood products come from forests that have been harvested responsibly.

Salvaged wood is another option for people who want to work with sustainable building materials. It’s wood that comes with its own history and personality, conserving trees while still looking amazing in your remodeling project.

You could also choose to work with renewable woods such as bamboo, which is stronger and harder than many other hardwoods.

Wood Veneer

Working with wood veneer allows you to have the look and feel of wood in your cabinet without sacrificing a lot of trees.

If you’re ready to install new cabinets in your closet, pantry, laundry room or kitchen and want to work with a company committed to using green building materials, contact Closets & Cabinetry.

We offer materials that reduce the number of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in your home, as well as eco-friendly finishes with NAUF (no added urea formaldehyde). We are committed to helping you go green, while still installing an attractive, durable set of cabinets.


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