One way to significantly raise the eco friendliness of your kitchen is to install eco friendly kitchen cabinets. It is common knowledge that you can never have too much kitchen storage. Since a great portion of your kitchen consists of kitchen cabinets, you must ensure that these, like your kitchen flooring and appliances, are also eco-friendly.
In the US, there is the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers’ Association (KCMA) Environmental Stewardship Program which ensures that the kitchen cabinets being manufactured are from sustainably farmed and harvested lumber and/or recycled materials. Look for the seal of approval from this program.
For your kitchen cabinets to be eco-friendly, they must be made from wood that is sustainably farmed and harvested. Look for kitchen cabinets with certification from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The FSC is an independent body which certifies wood that comes from sustainably harvested forests.
Bamboo is a rapidly-renewable resource that is strong and beautiful. Bamboo grows in such profusion in parts of Asia as to be considered a sustainable wood material. Bamboo kitchen cabinets lend a warm, tropical feel to your kitchen and last a long time as well.
Using kitchen cabinets made from salvaged wood instead of fresh lumber means no new trees are felled in the process. Besides scoring a point in eco-friendliness, repurposed wood also comes with an interesting history that you just might enjoy sharing with your friends, family and guests.
Lyptus is a Brazilian hybrid eucalyptus species which is endowed with the beautiful traits of hardwood and gives the added advantage of reaching maturity far earlier than hardwoods. While it is best if hardwoods weren’t harvested for at least 50+ years, Lyptus matures in only 15 years, making it a more eco-friendly, sustainable source for wood.
You can significantly reduce the use of valuable hard wood if you opt to use wood veneer, a thin layer or slice of wood which, when applied to a substrate, looks and feels just like wood.
Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen which is often used in the form of urea formaldehyde binder to manufacture particleboard or plywood used for interior of kitchen cabinets. These kitchen cabinets eventually release formaldehyde fumes which can cause problems from respiratory illnesses to cancer. So make sure your kitchen cabinets are formaldehyde free.
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are toxic gases that are emitted by many construction finishes. To avoid having this chemical circulating in your home, look for water-based, no- or low-VOC finishes. Look for the seal of approval by either Green Seal or Green Guard which are independent organizations which inspect and approve materials with low chemical emissions.
If you have any further questions or would like to delve deeper into green building or an eco friendly renovation of your kitchen or other parts of your home, Innovation Construction Co will be glad to answer any questions you have.