Guide To: FSC-certified, non-toxic, and salvaged kitchen cabinetry
Marketplace Link: Green materials
If you're undertaking a green kitchen renovation, there are a few things to keep an eye out for as you shop for cabinets. If air quality is important to you, look for formaldehyde-free glues and non-toxic finishes. If you're interested in reducing waste, try salvage shops. Here are a few of our go-to sources.
- EcoUrban (Chicago/Online): EcoUrban is a Chicago-based line of environmentally friendly, Eurostyle cabinets available in both an affordable wood veneer line as well as a pure stainless steel collection. All of their cabinets are domestically sourced, with formaldehyde-free substrate and glues.
- Green Home Design Center (Chicago/Online): In addition to serving as a resource for sustainable products, this store can also help you plan your project. With LEED Accredited designers on staff, they can help you with a range of services from cabinet selections to full interior design.
- C & M Wilkins and Fieldstone Cabinetry (Chicago/Online): Fieldstone is an approved participant in the KCMA Environmental Stewardship Program, having met the requirements of ESP (air quality, resource management of product and process).
- el: Environmental Language (Chicago/Online): Designer Jill Salisbury creates kitchen cabinets from FSC-certified woods and veneers, renewable bamboo with non-toxic finishes, and even recycled leather.
- Reclaim (Los Angeles/Online): They carry a line of locally made, custom cabinets in FSC-certified hardwood, bamboo, or "no formaldehyde added" plywood that are finished with low-VOC paints and sealers.
- Green Home Center (San Francisco/Online): Owner Dietmar Brand specializes in kitchen design. Brand Kitchen & Design's contemporary kitchens (think Shaker doors, bamboo, and earthy tones) are the most popular, but they also do a lot of complicated paint styles (read: mega contemporary) as well as traditional kitchen designs.
- EcoHome Improvement (Berkeley/Online): Owners Taja DiLeonardi and Nina Boeddeker believe that green can be stylish and offer up a unique mix of products in a stress-free environment. They sell a broad range of traditional and contemporary cabinetry, divided into "Studio," "Craftsman," "Heritage," and "Fusion" lines.
- Second Use (Seattle/Online): Buying second-hand is a great way to cut down on waste and keep old kitchen cabinets from littering the landfill. Seattle's Second Use salvage shop has a really extensive collection of used hutches, cabinets, and buffets.
- Modern 50 and Factory 20 (Virginia/Online): If you like the idea of buying second-hand, but you're looking for something less conventional, try browsing the selection of industrial vintage storage pieces at Modern 50 or Factory 20. Even if you don't find exactly what you need, the high-quality catalog photos offer loads of inspiration.
- Green Depot (Multiple Locations/Online): This one-stop green store has locations across the Northeast and in the Midwest. They sell Breathe Easy formaldehyde-free and low-VOC lacquered cabinetry that's sustainably made.
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