TorZo Surface, a division of Oregon-based company Specialty Polymers, manufactures sustainable durable surface products. TorZo's six product lines—Indure, Orient, Seeta, Durum, Tiikeri, and Norfolk Pine— are all made with some combination of recycled, formaldahyde-free material and non-hazardous acrylic polymers.
Plyboo is the first formaldehyde-free bamboo flooring to carry Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. All of their flooring, plywood and veneers are derived from Moso bamboo harvested from a forest that requires no irrigation, fertilizers or pesticides. Each year, only 20 percent of the plantation's bamboo (or only the five-year growth) is cut, ensuring the forest canopy remains intact and the ecosystem is not disturbed.
The kitchen is one of those rooms in the home that can easily lose its personality in favor of "cleaner" selections with slick surfaces. But it turns out that finishes with some age and character to them tend to make a space feel more personal.
These cabinets belong to a Barcelona couple who dubbed their new apartment the "R3 Project"—reduce, reuse, recycle, plus some extras, respect and restore. They wanted their home to be "sustainable, fun, and practical." Their intense eco renovation is profiled in the new April/May issue of ReadyMade, which includes a short tutorial on how to build their awesome recycled wine crate kitchen cabinets. See more below:
AlterECO, based in San Francisco, creates custom modern bamboo cabinets for the kitchen and bamboo vanities for the bathrooms. Custom cabinetry often comes at a price; however, AlterECO claims that they are priced significantly lower than many other high quality custom cabinets and are perfectly priced for the "middle class family."
Soupcan, the sister company of EcoUrban cabinets, offers an amazing collection of quality alternative countertop surfaces: concrete, stainless steel, copper and zinc. From no added urea formaldehyde, to VOC compliant finishes, Soupcan strives to produce the most eco-friendly products possible.
Crystal's GreenQuest kitchen cabinets are constructed with 100% recycled, low-emitting and rapidly-renewable cabinet components with no added formaldehyde and low-VOC, water-based finishes. In addition, Crystal has an aggressive commitment to sustainable manufacturing practices, and all their cabinets come with a lifetime warranty.