Kitchen Cabinets: Green Options for Improved Environmental and Personal Health

SEATTLE -- When people consider replacing their kitchen cabinets, many are choosing eco-friendly products and contractors. Some do so because of their concern for the environment and others for their overall health. Regardless of the reason, there are a few considerations consumers should be aware of before making a purchase. gives recommendations on what to look for when choosing eco-friendly kitchen cabinets.

Kitchen cabinets that are not environmentally friendly can place a strain on the environment and can cause adverse health effects by affecting the indoor air quality. Toxins are found in particle board, which is a common substrate used in various parts of cupboards, especially the inexpensive ones. Wood veneer, which is often placed on top of particle board, contains formaldehyde resin that is a carcinogen. These items continuously emit gasses, with the emissions becoming stronger when concentrated by contact with heat from steaming water, oven and stove cooking, etc.
Modern kitchen cabinets are cupboards made of formaldehyde-free materials that do not release toxins into the air. These include metal or stainless steel and glass cabinets of nearly any type. Consumers can also choose wood cabinets from a manufacturer who is committed to minimizing the environment impact of their products or choose to reface kitchen cabinets at a lower cost. They should be able to produce certification stating that their products are made with no VOCs or low VOC content.

Consumers can also choose to have the pantry and hardwood boxes of their kitchen cabinets made with straw or wheat board. Cardboard is not as environmentally friendly as some may believe. Wheat board is made from the leftover straw waste produced when a wheat crop is harvested.

Eco-friendly kitchen cabinets can promote sustainability and minimize the effects on the environment. By using these products, homeowners can improve the air quality in their home and promote the utilization of renewable resources. 


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