Sustainability has been a growing trend across all industries over the past few decades, and for good reason. The consumption of natural resources and global warming have made good environmental practices the status quo among all the other anxiety-inducing current events. When designing your home or workspace and choosing your cabinets, consider sustainable materials and eco-friendly manufacturing. Despite the fact that cabinets aren’t the first thing that come to mind when thinking about the environment, here are 3 sustainable cabinet solutions:
Eco-Friendly (& Healthy) Cabinet Solutions
Sustainability means that cabinet solutions that are healthy (or healthier) for the environment are also healthy for you, your family, and friends. Lyptus, bamboo, and reclaimed wood are among the most popular eco-friendly materials. Unlike traditional cabinets, sustainable cabinet materials are made from renewable resources, whereas non-renewable resources are often used in traditional cabinets.
Despite their slightly higher sustainability prices, these materials are beautiful and durable. Besides peace of mind for you and the environment, you’ll also benefit from cleaner air and fewer exposures to harmful toxins and finishes in traditional cabinets.
Third-Party Verification of Eco-Friendly Cabinet Solutions
Sustainable cabinet solutions are overseen by several institutions and organizations, some of which are specific to the cabinet industry, and some of which apply their supervision broadly. Cabinet manufacturers are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council and the Environmental Stewardship Program. Cabinets should be purchased from companies that have at least one of these certificates.
In a broader sense, search for cabinet manufacturers and companies that follow the Federal Toxic Substance Control Act Title VI of the Environmental Protection Agency. In the manufacture of certain sustainably sourced cabinet materials, formaldehyde emissions (believe it or not) can be prevalent. Be sure to choose a company that follows strict ventilation and filtration practices. As a result, the quality of the air in the environment improves.
Cabinet solutions are pretty comprehensive when it comes to sustainability. Even cabinet hardware is important. Many of the aforementioned third-party certifications and verifications, as discussed, require in their eco-friendly checklists much more than just sustainably sourced materials, standard manufacturing processes, and strict environmental practices. Sustainability must be incorporated into every detail.
Hardware for cabinets. The handles on cabinet doors and knobs and pulls should be made of materials that are not on the list of not-eco-friendly materials. Make sure you don’t neglect sustainable cabinet hardware!
We should all aim for sustainability when it comes to cabinet solutions. We hope the three sustainable cabinet solutions above will make your job easier. If you have any questions, or simply want to get a better understanding of how to remodel your home in a sustainable way, come in to our Orlando kitchen cabinet outlet today!