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   Healthy Cabinets

Healthy Cabinets

Our cabinet manufacturers make healthy cabinets. They use responsibly sourced materials that are non-toxic when installed in homes. So not only are they beautiful, but they are also healthy for you and healthy for the environment at no additional cost. In addition, we can design your kitchen to be accessible for the disabled and suitable for aging in place.

Cabinets are commonly built from materials that are made with added urea formaldehyde binders or glues, which release fumes. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen. Technically the fumes released are classified as Volatile Organic Compounds – VOCs.  VOC is the name given to a substance that contains carbon and that evaporates (becomes a vapor) or “off-gases” at room temperature. Examples of VOCs are benzene, methylene chloride, hexane, toluene, trichloroethane, styrene, heptane, and perchloroethylene. There are no VOCs in our cabinets, which contain no added formaldehyde. 

Cabinets are also typically coated with solvent-based paints or stains that also release VOCs into the air. Our manufacturers use water-based solvents and paints with little to no chemical release after drying. These finishes make our cabinets better for indoor air quality and safer for your family.  

Choosing a manufacturer that uses products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) means it meets the “gold standard” for ethical production. The wood is harvested from responsibly managed forests that are socially beneficial, environmentally conscious, and economically viable.

For a straightforward way to identify eco-friendly, healthy cabinetry, look for the KCMA Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association(KCMA) Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP)  Seal. These days, you will find a range of safe, natural cabinet materials that improve your kitchen’s and home’s indoor air quality. We can help you choose kitchen cabinets that are both safe and budget friendly.