Sustainable Cabinets in Your Kitchen Design

Sustainable Cabinets in Your Kitchen Design

As we continue to learn and understand our impact on the Earth, the need for eco-friendly products in home renovation continues to rise. Not only do sustainable elements use less resources, they are also more cost-efficient long-term. They help protect our planet by lowering pollution levels and ensure a healthier environment for ourselves and future generations. Sustainable cabinets in your kitchen design is a smart way to make a positive impact.

Since cabinetry is arguably the largest footprint in any kitchen design, it’s important to look for cabinet materials that are carefully sourced and crafted. This includes products manufactured with low emissions, sustainable forestry, and recycled materials.

Green Practices

At BKC Kitchen and Bath, our cabinet manufacturers follow the strict guidelines of the Forest Stewardship Council.  The purpose of this council is to ensure that wood-sourcing is conducted in a way which avoids further depletion of the environment.  In addition to having FSC certification, each of our cabinet companies is a member of the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA) Environmental Stewardship Program.  This program monitors the following aspects of sustainability in the construction and manufacturing fields:Green leafy branch

  • Air Quality – low emissions
  • Product Resource Management – recycled materials and sustainable forestry
  • Process Resource Management – energy conservation and waste management processes
  • Environmental Stewardship – firm commitment to environmental protection
  • Community Relations – community involvement

Green Cabinetry

Crystal Cabinet Works, Inc. was initially involved with the development of the Environmental Stewardship Program. As a result, they follow strict manufacturing guidelines and sustainability practices that include: no added formaldehyde (NAF) cabinet construction, low-emitting and rapidly-renewable cabinet components, and an ultra-low emitting topcoat. Crystal also builds their premium custom maple and cherry cabinets using only FSC-certified wood.

David Bradley Cabinetry sustainability practices include: recycling of all wood waste material by producing wood pellets; ensuring cabinet components are Carb Phase II compliant; using energy-efficient lighting throughout their facilities.

Shiloh Cabinetry actively participates in reducing their impact on the environment when crafting their products. As an active member of KCMA, they stay in tune with industry best practices of environmental responsibility and manufacturing methods. Shiloh Cabinetry’s dedication to the environment is further advanced by their ESP certification from KCMA.

Green Countertops

Solid surfaces developed from sustainable materials are a great complement to eco-friendly cabinetry.  Engineered products such as Silestone and Caesarstone quartz countertops are durable and elegant.  Additionally, they emit low VOCs, need no sealing, and often include recycled components.  Barn-wood butcher blocks and recycled glass countertops, such as Vetrazzo, are also beautiful options for unique, environmentally-friendly surfaces.

If you would like to discuss options for your kitchen or bath with a design that utilizes sustainable products, contact us today.