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Cabinets/Countertops

Twenty years ago it was next to impossible to find pre-manufactured cabinetry that did not contain particleboard saturated with formaldehyde. Most of these cabinets were made from particle board, hardwood plywood paneling, or medium density fiberboard glued together using a formaldehyde-based adhesive. Formaldehyde is a common type of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC), a harmful chemical that can contribute to outdoor smog, as well as indoor air pollution. Finishes commonly used on cabinets also contain VOCs. To avoid exposure to harmful chemicals, purchase cabinetry made with formaldehyde-free adhesives and finishes.

Wood products are an environmentally friendly choice for a number of reasons. They are recyclable, biodegradable and use less energy to process than metals and plastic. Wood is also a naturally renewable resource, meaning new trees will grow in place of those that have already been harvested. In addition to renewing themselves, new trees are often planted to help the forest thrive. By purchasing wood and wood products supplied by a recognized sustainable forestry program you will be ensuring the health of the environment and your family. Look for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) or other creditable labels on your wood products.

Another option is to use cabinetry made from natural and sustainably harvested, or locally grown materials such as certified woods (rather than tropical hardwoods). Cabinets may also be available through local building material reuse stores (Habitat for Humanity), where salvaged cabinets are routinely purchased and successfully reused.

*Both Kitchen and Bath vanity cabinets should be registered brands or produced in registered plants certified under KCMA's Certification Program (ESP 01-06) or CARB Composite Wood Air Toxic Contaminate Measure Standard.

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