Green Cabinets

Dear Expert: What things should I look for if I want a “green” cabinet?

A: No product is considered green, but products do have green attributes. So find out how many green attributes the cabinet possesses. For example, look for some of these:

  • Uses a low VOC, and no formaldehyde top coat finish.
  • Uses a no added urea formaldehyde product for the cabinet box.
  • A local supplier. Local supplier means less fuel used for transportation.
  • Uses wood products from sustainable forests, or re-engineered wood veneers, or some woods have been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
  • The cabinet supplier is certified by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturer’s new Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP).

— Tim Aden
Sawhill Custom Kitchen & Design