Eco Friendly Cabinets

Eco Friendly Cabinets - learn how to select green cabinets.

Eco Friendly Cabinets

Information About Eco-Friendly Options Available When Replacing Your Cabinets 

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If you are remodeling your kitchen, new eco friendly cabinets are a great way to give new life to an old kitchen. We'll tell you what makes cabinets green and give you some other options to think about. If you need assistance with purchasing green cabinets, scroll to the bottom of the page and download our free "green cabinet buyers guide."

What Makes a Cabinet Green

If you are looking for new cabinets, you might be wondering what exactly makes a cabinet "green" or eco friendly. There are lots of things that make cabinets green, and the more features that they have, the more eco friendly they probably are. Here are a few examples:

FSC Certified Forest

FSC Certified Forest

Cabinets that are made with wood from FSC certified forests & Formaldehyde Free.

Eco Friendly Cabinets Made From FSC Certified Wood. FSC stands for Forest Stewardship Council. This wood is certified to be formaldehyde free. More often than not, it is the cabinet boxes that are most concerning with respect to sustainability.

Most plywood's and particle board are full of formaldehyde. Therefore, look for the FSC certification on your wood cabinets to ensure you that they are formaldehyde free.

Cabinets Made From Recycled Wood

Eco Friendly Cabinets Made From Recycled Wood

Cabinets that are made from reclaimed or recycled wood.

Recycled Wood for Cabinets is one of the best options for you to "go green". Many manufacturers are now using recycled wood, and the finished products are readily available in numerous product lines.

There are now quite a few choices available with recycled wood such as maple, cherry and pine. They come in an assortment of finishes - be sure you check the VOC levels for the finishes that are used on the cabinets too.

Recycled Metal Cabinets

Recycled Metal Cabinets

Cabinets that are made from metal, as metal is easily recycled and does not emit toxic gases.

Recycled Metal Cabinets are constructed of metal with a very high recycle content or from metals that are reclaimed.

Some of the manufacturers of these cabinets are on the cutting edge of recycle technology and many of their designs are superb!

You do have to been in the contemporary mind set with these types of cabinets as many of them have very sleek,slick looking lines.

Bamboo Cabinetry

Bamboo Cabinetry

Bamboo  - The Ultimate In Eco Friendly Cabinets

Bamboo Cabinets: You are likely to find a few variations in bamboo cabinets. Some of the best varieties will include solid bamboo doors and drawer fronts attached to another eco-friendly plywood or wheatboard, making the entire assembly very green.

In other variations, you may find the bamboo plywood or wheatboard used throughout the construction process. While these are still greener than many other options, they can't easily be repaired.

Remember, eco friendly cabinets that are durable and will last a long time are greener than poorly built cabinets.

Visit our section on bamboo cabinets to get all the information.

Contempory Recycled Product Cabinets

Contemporary Recycled Product Cabinets

Other Eco Friendly Cabinet Options

Buying new cabinets can put a strain on and budget. Many times, eco friendly options can cost even more than traditional cabinets.

Here are some additional eco friendly options for cabinets that may help if you are on a tight budget.

Consider refinishing your existing cabinets if they are still in good shape. Reusing is extremely green - just remember to refinish with low or no VOC paints and stains.

Adding new hardware to old cabinets can go a long way in sprucing up your kitchen.

Consider replacing only door and drawer faces and leaving the rest of your cabinets alone if they are in good shape.

Other Green Options to Think About

As you change your cabinets, don't forget to think about the other green opportunities that are available to you.

Reuse your old cabinets. Is there another area in your home where you could use the cabinets? Consider hanging them in the laundry room or the garage.

If you are replacing your cabinets, can you reduce the amount of total cabinets that you need? What about making some of your cabinet space into open shelf space? This is a popular option now and requires less wood than cabinets with doors.

Recycle your old cabinets. If you can't use them yourself, consider recycling your old cabinets instead of throwing them away.

Habitat for Humanity ReStores accept building materials. They sell what they receive to contractors and homeowners and use the money received to further their cause.

During a remodel, consider donating anything that is still in good shape. While you are there, you might even find some recycled treasures to use in your own home. Plus, you'll be hal ping a great cause!

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