Launch Slideshow

Timberlake. This ESP-certified firm sources 100% of its wood domestically and has a manufacturing platform that allows for the majority of deliveries to be within 500 miles. Recent introductions include deep dovetail sliding shelves and a Cushion Close option for doors. 800.967.9674. www.timberlake.com.

Sustainable Cabinetry

A selection of 16 kitchen and bath cabinets.

Sustainable Cabinetry

A selection of 16 kitchen and bath cabinets.

  • Holiday Kitchens. ESP-certified, the firm offers CARB 2-compliant no-added-urea-formaldehyde woods, wood with recycled content, and FSC-certified wood; glues and contact adhesives also are formaldehyde free. Alternatives to traditional wood include coconut palm and moso bamboo. A raw linseed oil finish is now available; the hand-rubbed, chemical-free option extracted from flax seed provides a smooth, shiny finish. 715.234.8111. www.holidaykitchens.com.

    http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/Images/tmp1376%2Etmp_tcm131-406422.jpg

    true

    Holiday Kitchens. ESP-certified, the firm offers CARB 2-compliant no-added-urea-formaldehyde woods, wood with recycled content, and FSC-certified wood; glues and contact adhesives also are formaldehyde free. Alternatives to traditional wood include coconut palm and moso bamboo. A raw linseed oil finish is now available; the hand-rubbed, chemical-free option extracted from flax seed provides a smooth, shiny finish. 715.234.8111. www.holidaykitchens.com.

    600

    Holiday Kitchens. ESP-certified, the firm offers CARB 2-compliant no-added-urea-formaldehyde woods, wood with recycled content, and FSC-certified wood; glues and contact adhesives also are formaldehyde free. Alternatives to traditional wood include coconut palm and moso bamboo. A raw linseed oil finish is now available; the hand-rubbed, chemical-free option extracted from flax seed provides a smooth, shiny finish. 715.234.8111. www.holidaykitchens.com.

  • Kraftmaid. Products from this ISO 14001, ESP-certified company use at least 95% recycled-content, EPP-certified particleboard and MDF with 100% recovered or recycled wood fibers. The kitchen shown here features the Putnam door style in willow with cinnamon trim. 888.562.7744. www.kraftmaid.com.

    http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/Images/tmp1377%2Etmp_tcm131-406431.jpg

    true

    Kraftmaid. Products from this ISO 14001, ESP-certified company use at least 95% recycled-content, EPP-certified particleboard and MDF with 100% recovered or recycled wood fibers. The kitchen shown here features the Putnam door style in willow with cinnamon trim. 888.562.7744. www.kraftmaid.com.

    600

    Kraftmaid. Products from this ISO 14001, ESP-certified company use at least 95% recycled-content, EPP-certified particleboard and MDF with 100% recovered or recycled wood fibers. The kitchen shown here features the Putnam door style in willow with cinnamon trim. 888.562.7744. www.kraftmaid.com.

  • Merillat. The company is ESP and ISO 14001 certified, and its cabinets are EPP certified. Classic series cabinets come in cherry, hickory, maple, oak, and laminate; it is shown here in the Avenue door style in maple in the new chiffon finish. 517.263.0771. www.merillat.com.

    http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/Images/tmp1378%2Etmp_tcm131-406440.jpg

    true

    Merillat. The company is ESP and ISO 14001 certified, and its cabinets are EPP certified. Classic series cabinets come in cherry, hickory, maple, oak, and laminate; it is shown here in the Avenue door style in maple in the new chiffon finish. 517.263.0771. www.merillat.com.

    600

    Merillat. The company is ESP and ISO 14001 certified, and its cabinets are EPP certified. Classic series cabinets come in cherry, hickory, maple, oak, and laminate; it is shown here in the Avenue door style in maple in the new chiffon finish. 517.263.0771. www.merillat.com.

  • Neil Kelly. All of the manufacturers cabinets are available with no-added-urea-formaldehyde agriboard case and drawer materials; FSC-certified wood and veneers; and low-VOC glues, adhesives, and finishes. The 3/4-inch base, frameless Signature collection, shown here, comes in a range of classic styles. Species include ash, knotty pine, Lyptus, and FSC-certified cherry. 866.691.2717. www.neilkellycabinets.com.

    http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/Images/tmp1379%2Etmp_tcm131-406449.jpg

    true

    Neil Kelly. All of the manufacturers cabinets are available with no-added-urea-formaldehyde agriboard case and drawer materials; FSC-certified wood and veneers; and low-VOC glues, adhesives, and finishes. The 3/4-inch base, frameless Signature collection, shown here, comes in a range of classic styles. Species include ash, knotty pine, Lyptus, and FSC-certified cherry. 866.691.2717. www.neilkellycabinets.com.

    600

    unknown

    Neil Kelly. All of the manufacturers cabinets are available with no-added-urea-formaldehyde agriboard case and drawer materials; FSC-certified wood and veneers; and low-VOC glues, adhesives, and finishes. The 3/4-inch base, frameless Signature collection, shown here, comes in a range of classic styles. Species include ash, knotty pine, Lyptus, and FSC-certified cherry. 866.691.2717. www.neilkellycabinets.com.

  • Showplace Wood Products. The Renew system gives the kitchen a new look without replacing the original cabinet boxes. The cabinets get new doors and drawer headers, and a self-adhesive veneer covers existing face frames. Shown here are raised-panel maple doors in a Vintage finish. Among the lines other selections is Weyerhaeusers Lyptus, a rapidly renewable Brazilian hardwood. The manufacturer is ESP certified. 877.607.2200. www.showplacewood.com.

    http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/Images/tmp137A%2Etmp_tcm131-406458.jpg

    true

    Showplace Wood Products. The Renew system gives the kitchen a new look without replacing the original cabinet boxes. The cabinets get new doors and drawer headers, and a self-adhesive veneer covers existing face frames. Shown here are raised-panel maple doors in a Vintage finish. Among the lines other selections is Weyerhaeusers Lyptus, a rapidly renewable Brazilian hardwood. The manufacturer is ESP certified. 877.607.2200. www.showplacewood.com.

    600

    Showplace Wood Products. The Renew system gives the kitchen a new look without replacing the original cabinet boxes. The cabinets get new doors and drawer headers, and a self-adhesive veneer covers existing face frames. Shown here are raised-panel maple doors in a Vintage finish. Among the lines other selections is Weyerhaeusers Lyptus, a rapidly renewable Brazilian hardwood. The manufacturer is ESP certified. 877.607.2200. www.showplacewood.com.

  • St. Charles Cabinetry. The companys frameless steel cabinetry is available in 23 powder-coated color finishes as well as brushed stainless steel. The cabinets are made with about 70% recycled content, says the firm, and are 98% recyclable; the powder coating prevents VOC off-gassing and does not emit VOCs during manufacturing. Available colors include black, white, biscuit, sea glass, pumpkin, plum, and chocolate. 662.451.1000. www.stcharlescabinets.com.

    http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/Images/tmp137B%2Etmp_tcm131-406467.jpg

    true

    St. Charles Cabinetry. The companys frameless steel cabinetry is available in 23 powder-coated color finishes as well as brushed stainless steel. The cabinets are made with about 70% recycled content, says the firm, and are 98% recyclable; the powder coating prevents VOC off-gassing and does not emit VOCs during manufacturing. Available colors include black, white, biscuit, sea glass, pumpkin, plum, and chocolate. 662.451.1000. www.stcharlescabinets.com.

    600

    St. Charles Cabinetry. The companys frameless steel cabinetry is available in 23 powder-coated color finishes as well as brushed stainless steel. The cabinets are made with about 70% recycled content, says the firm, and are 98% recyclable; the powder coating prevents VOC off-gassing and does not emit VOCs during manufacturing. Available colors include black, white, biscuit, sea glass, pumpkin, plum, and chocolate. 662.451.1000. www.stcharlescabinets.com.

  • Studio Marler. ESP-certified Studio Marler cabinets are manufactured with Arreis panels, a NAUF MDF made with 100% recycled wood residuals, along with reconstituted, water-based veneers and a low-VOC ultraviolet finish. Options include FSC-certified solid wood doors, solid bamboo, or PureBond plywood. The frameless cabinets come in transitional, traditional, and modern styles. 510.318.1379. www.studiomarler.com.

    http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/Images/tmp137C%2Etmp_tcm131-406476.jpg

    true

    Studio Marler. ESP-certified Studio Marler cabinets are manufactured with Arreis panels, a NAUF MDF made with 100% recycled wood residuals, along with reconstituted, water-based veneers and a low-VOC ultraviolet finish. Options include FSC-certified solid wood doors, solid bamboo, or PureBond plywood. The frameless cabinets come in transitional, traditional, and modern styles. 510.318.1379. www.studiomarler.com.

    600

    Studio Marler. ESP-certified Studio Marler cabinets are manufactured with Arreis panels, a NAUF MDF made with 100% recycled wood residuals, along with reconstituted, water-based veneers and a low-VOC ultraviolet finish. Options include FSC-certified solid wood doors, solid bamboo, or PureBond plywood. The frameless cabinets come in transitional, traditional, and modern styles. 510.318.1379. www.studiomarler.com.

  • Woodharbor. The ESP-certified companys CastPointe frameless cabinets are made with EPP-certified low-formaldehyde wood made from SCS-certified 100% recycled material. The cabinetry is available with a low-VOC, formaldehyde-free topcoat available in a range of spray stain and stain/glaze color combinations. 641.423.0444. www.woodharbor.com.

    http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/Images/tmp137E%2Etmp_tcm131-406494.jpg

    true

    Woodharbor. The ESP-certified companys CastPointe frameless cabinets are made with EPP-certified low-formaldehyde wood made from SCS-certified 100% recycled material. The cabinetry is available with a low-VOC, formaldehyde-free topcoat available in a range of spray stain and stain/glaze color combinations. 641.423.0444. www.woodharbor.com.

    600

    Woodharbor. The ESP-certified companys CastPointe frameless cabinets are made with EPP-certified low-formaldehyde wood made from SCS-certified 100% recycled material. The cabinetry is available with a low-VOC, formaldehyde-free topcoat available in a range of spray stain and stain/glaze color combinations. 641.423.0444. www.woodharbor.com.

  • Timberlake. This ESP-certified firm sources 100% of its wood domestically and has a manufacturing platform that allows for the majority of deliveries to be within 500 miles. Recent introductions include deep dovetail sliding shelves and a Cushion Close option for doors. 800.967.9674. www.timberlake.com.

    http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/Images/tmp137D%2Etmp_tcm131-406485.jpg

    true

    Timberlake. This ESP-certified firm sources 100% of its wood domestically and has a manufacturing platform that allows for the majority of deliveries to be within 500 miles. Recent introductions include deep dovetail sliding shelves and a Cushion Close option for doors. 800.967.9674. www.timberlake.com.

    600

    Timberlake. This ESP-certified firm sources 100% of its wood domestically and has a manufacturing platform that allows for the majority of deliveries to be within 500 miles. Recent introductions include deep dovetail sliding shelves and a Cushion Close option for doors. 800.967.9674. www.timberlake.com.

  • http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/Images/Cabs%20WebExtraCliff-Spencer-web_tcm131-454055.jpg

    true

    600

    Cliff Spencer. This company uses mostly FSC-certified plywood to manufacture its custom cabinetry, and finishes it with low-VOC and water-based finishes. The kitchen shown here features a tung oil/beeswax finish on walnut and a water-based lacquer on white. 310.823.0112. www.cliffspencer.net.

  • http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/Images/Cabs%20WebExtraExecutiveCab7_tcm131-454056.jpg

    true

    600

    Executive Cabinetry. The manufacturer offers the industry’s first Greenguard-certified wood cabinets. Meeting the standards are the company’s wood stains, all paints except the Sagamore Collection, all glazes, the Eco-Friendly cabinet line except for bamboo, Bellini Thermofoil, Bellini Voque Veneers, and the Impact Wood line. Eco-Friendly cabinets are made with 3/4-inch PureBond formaldehyde-free plywood. The company is ESP-certified. 800.654.6120. www.executivekitchens.com.

  • http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/Images/Cabs%20WebExtraKireiWeb_tcm131-454057.jpg

    true

    600

    Kirei. These doors feature Kirei Board (center) and Kirei bamboo. Kirei Board is made with reclaimed sorghum straw—stalks that would have been discarded or burned—using no-added formaldehyde adhesives. Kirei bamboo, which also contains low- or no-added urea formaldehyde, is available with horizontal, vertical, or zebra grain styles in natural, carbonized (shown), or chocolate (shown in background) colors. In addition to cabinetry, both products can be crafted into millwork, furniture, and flooring. 619.236.9924. www.kireiusa.com.

  • http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/Images/Cabs%20WebExtraRich-Maid-Kabinetry-Kitchenweb_tcm131-454058.jpg

    true

    600

    Rich Maid Kabinetry. The company’s ESP-certified cabinets are made with no-added-formaldehyde plywood. The frameless cherry cabinets shown here are finished with a natural stain. A range of other woods, including Lyptus, is available. 800.295.2912. www.richmaidkabinetry.com.

  • http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/Images/Cabs%20WebExtraSONIA-PLAY-Web_tcm131-454059.jpg

    true

    600

    Sonia. The ISO 14001-compliant company’s bath vanities are made with sustainable, marine-grade wood and finished with recycled metal hardware. Shown here is Play, a fun twist on the traditional boxy wall-mount vanity. It features an all-in-one top and comes in a range of colors. www.sonia-sa.com.

  • http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/Images/Cabs%20WebExtraWellborn-MediaLifeCabWeb_tcm131-454053.jpg?width=360

    true

    360

    Wellborn. The company’s latest cabinet option is Media Life, an organizational system to integrate TV, photos, music, and DVDs; the package includes the cabinetry, an Apple computer, docking stations, cables, remotes, keyboard, speakers, and software. The cabinetry is available in all of the manufacturer’s door styles and finishes for seamless integration with the rest of the room. The company is ESP certified. www.wellborn.com.

  • http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/Images/cipolla_kitchen_2_tcm131-497635.jpg

    true

    600

    Smith & Fong. These cabinets were crafted from Plyboo amber edge-grain bamboo plywood; a natural tone also is available. The rapidly renewable material can be cut and sanded with traditional tools, and it accepts stains and finishes. Any standard Plyboo plywood can be specified FSC certified, and the vast majority of the company’s plywood is formaldehyde-free. 866.835.9859. www.plyboo.net.

Finally, you’ll also need to examine the woods that make up the veneers and solid wood trim, doors, and drawer fronts. Austin Energy Green Building’s Sustainable Building Sourcebook recommends domestic hardwoods or certified, sustainably harvested tropical hardwoods as the most environmentally sound choices. “Veneer-grade domestic softwoods are often harvested from old growth timber, and non-certified tropical hardwoods are too often harvested in a manner that is devastating to the forest,” the group advises.

And, be sure to enquire about the chemical content of the glues used to adhere the veneers to the cabinet box; non-solvent-based adhesives can be comparable in performance and cost, Austin Energy says.

ALTERNATIVE MATERIALS

Though traditional composite wood panels dominate, alternatives exist that offer their own environmental benefits or trade-offs.

Solid wood is one option that will eliminate formaldehyde concerns, but it lacks the materials efficiency of an engineered product, is fairly rare, and is more expensive.

Weyerhaeuser makes composite panels using Lyptus, a Brazilian-grown wood that can be harvested for lumber in 14 to 16 years. Like bamboo, another cabinetry alternative, Lyptus offers the benefits of rapid renewability but does have to be shipped a longer distance. Wheatboard, made from waste stalks, is another option gaining attention.

As with traditional composite panels, ensure alternative engineered materials you select utilize formaldehyde-free resins.

Though more rare here, some metal cabinets can be a green selection from both a resources and health standpoint. For example, St. Charles Cabinetry says its metal options contain more than 70% recycled material and are 98% recyclable; the products’ baked-on powdercoat finish is considered hypoallergenic.

FINISHES

Though low-VOC finishes are becoming more readily available, they’re not yet widespread due to concerns that are similar to those made during the transition to healthier paints: The quality and richness aren’t always equivalent and the application may be unfamiliar.