Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Wood Kitchen Cabinets - wood is a great eco friendly cabinet option.

Wood Kitchen Cabinets

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For many homeowners, wood kitchen cabinets are not just a choice, they're the only choice! With concerns about the environment on the rise, you'll want to look at how you can green your cabinets, even if you're only considering wood.

While wood can be a very eco friendly choice, it can also be harmful for both the environment and for the occupants of your home. Choosing carefully will ensure that you enjoy high quality wood while also knowing that you're protecting the environment and yourself.

What's the Problem With Traditional Wood Kitchen Cabinets?

There's nothing wrong with wood itself, as it can be an extremely eco friendly material. However, in the cabinet industry there are some serious problems with how cabinets are put together.

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Most concerning is the finishes that are used on many traditional cabinets and the adhesives that are often used to hold them together. Many of these products contain extremely high levels of VOC's, which continue to off-gas harmful materials into your home for many years.

VOC's, or volatile organic compounds, are found in many glues, paints, and stains and are known to contain known human carcinogens. While some people may not seem to have any reaction to these chemicals at all, the presence of them can cause liver and kidney damage that you may not be aware of for many years.

Eco-Freindly Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Eco-friendly Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Another problem with traditional wood kitchen cabinets is that some of them are made with wood that isn't grown responsibly. It has become popular for many homeowners to use tropical and rare woods in their homes in recent years, and the cutting of those trees is not often done responsibly.

How to Choose Eco Friendly Wood Cabinets

Thankfully, it's possible to have your cake and to eat it to when it comes to cabinetry. You've just got to look carefully at what each cabinet is made of and how it's made. Follow these tips to help you choose the best eco friendly cabinets for you.

Recycled Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Recycled Wood Kitchen Cabinets

RECLAIMED WOOD: We love reclaimed wood at Green Living Made Easy. It's being used more frequently now for things like flooring, countertops, and cabinets.

Just like the name implies, the wood is actually reclaimed. It comes from old buildings, bridges, and homes. When the wood isn't reclaimed, it often ends up in landfills, never to be used again.

RECYCLED WOOD: Recycled is always better than using virgin products. Beyond the obvious benefit of recycled wood being eco friendly, it's also often stronger than what is on the market today.

Older wood that's often used for recycling often came from old-growth trees. That wood is far stronger than wood from trees that were grown just to be cut down. Recycled wood cabinets have less impact on the environment and will likely last longer and be stronger.

Environmental Cabinetry is a company that's doing great things with recycled wood.

FSC Certified Wood Kitchen Cabinets

FSC Certified Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Cabinets Made With FSC Certified Wood.

FSC CERTIFIED WOOD: If you'd like to have wood kitchen cabinets made with new wood, or tropical woods, make sure that you look for cabinets that have been made from FSC certified wood that's been grown in managed forests.

FSC stands for the Forest Stewardship Council. They're a non-profit agency that certifies forests that practice under specific practices. These forests have shown that the practice sustainability by limiting the impact on the environment, using renewable forestry methods, and much more.

These woods are considered to be far more eco friendly than non-certified wood.

Pay Attention To Finishes

One of the most important things you can do when looking for eco friendly wood kitchen cabinets is to pay close attention to the finishes that are used on the cabinetry that you are considering.

Not only can these finishes be extremely harmful the the environment, they can also be harmful to the occupants of your home and contribute to poor indoor air quality.

Look for non-toxic finishes that have low or no VOC's. Also look for cabinets that are free of any formaldehyde. If the cabinets that you buy contain finishes with VOC's, make sure that you air them out in your garage or on a porch before hanging them in the kitchen. The worst of the off-gassing will occur in the first week or so

Try To Buy Locally Made Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Try To Buy Locally Made Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Buy Local If Possible

As you shop for new cabinets, consider looking for handmade cabinets that have been made in your local community. Not only will you be supporting your local community; you'll also be doing something good for the environment - remember, the farther something has to travel to get to your home, the worse it is for the environment.

Because of the finishes used on many cabinets, they can contribute to poor indoor air quality more than nearly anything other than the paint that you put on your walls. If you don't do anything else, make sure you look for cabinets with non-toxic finishes.

There are plenty of manufacturers now that are working to do the right thing when it comes to wood kitchen cabinets. These eco friendly options are available in a variety of price ranges and there are options to fit every budget. A little research and you'll find the perfect eco friendly cabinets for you!

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