SEATTLE -- When homeowners are looking into replacing their kitchen cabinets, they should research eco-friendly options and manufacturers. This is important for the environment but also for the health of occupants of the home.

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. There are toxins in the particle board, which is a common item found in many cupboard parts, especially in inexpensive ones. The wood veneer that is often attached to the top of particle board contains formaldehyde resin, which is a carcinogen. These items continuously emit gasses, which only become more potent when in contact with heat from steaming water, baking and stovetop cooking.

Eco-friendly kitchen cabinets are cupboards that do not release toxins into the air because they are made of formaldehyde-free materials. Though not made specifically for this purpose, these include stainless steel, metal and glass cabinets. Wood cabinets from manufacturers that are committed to minimizing their impact on the environment with the use of certain products and methods should also be researched. Manufacturers of green kitchen cabinets should produce certification showing that their products are made with no VOCs or low VOC content.

Homeowners can choose kitchen cabinets and hardwood boxes made of straw or wheat board. These are made from the leftover wheat waste produced after a crop is harvested. Contrary to what many believe, cardboard is not as eco-friendly as some may think.

Kitchen cabinets that are environmentally friendly minimize the negative effects on the environment and promote sustainability. Homeowners who use these products can promote use of renewable resources and improve the air quality in their home for better health.

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