How to Find Eco-Friendly Cabinets

Environmentally conscious cabinets and other kitchen materials are a trend for 2015, and during your next redesign you may want to add cabinets that are produced from greener materials or recycled materials as a way to lower your environmental impact (and often your costs). Eco-friendly cabinets aren’t just for people who are trying to save the environment; they are also usually less toxic and safer for you and your family. If you want to ensure that all of your Gilbert, AZ home’s materials are safe for you, look for cabinets that have been produced from natural materials and with sustainable certifications.

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Formaldehyde free cabinets are an eco-friendly option

Cabinets should be produced without harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, without volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and other chemicals that are potentially harmful. Recent regulation was passed to ensure that cabinet makers produce all of their cabinets with safe levels of formaldehyde, but there are several different types that do not use this chemical at all. The types that usually use formaldehyde including cabinets made from plywood or particle board. If you aren’t sure, you should contact the company to ensure that formaldehyde wasn’t used in their construction.


Look for low VOC finishes

There are many options available for cabinets that have low VOC finishes or no VOC. Water based finishes are some of the options available and offer an eco-friendly and safer alternative to high VOC finishes. Volatile organic compounds are thought to be linked to health problems with long term exposure, and although most types do not have extremely large amounts of VOCs, it is better to be on the safer side and avoid them when possible. The quality of the no-VOC finishes are also comparable to those that use VOCs.


Look for sustainable wood

You should also try to find cabinets produced with sustainable wood if you are trying to lower your environmental impact. Cabinets that are certified by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) are guaranteed to be sustainable, so look for this designation when you are shopping in Gilbert, AZ. An FSC certification ensures that the wood you use for your kitchen is sustainable and harvested with environmentally friendly methods. However, keep in mind that it can sometimes be difficult to find this certification, so you may want to contact a cabinet maker to look for alternatives. The FSC is not the only organization that verifies sustainable wood, but this designation can help you narrow down the available choices.

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