It’s a ‘win-win’ for homeowners that make the effort to seek out non-toxic cabinetry. Look for these important, environmentally-friendly elements in your custom cabinetry:
VOC-free, water-based finishes. VOC stands for volatile organic compounds. Refer to these chemicals by their full name instead of an innocent-sounding acronym, and it’s easy to lose interest in using these toxic substances. Finishes containing VOCs can emit fumes for a long period. Those with chemical sensitivities will especially appreciate cabinets finished without VOCs.
Formaldehyde is another substance that can be avoided in custom cabinetry. NAUF-type sheet goods expressly eliminate formaldehyde from the manufacturing process. NAUF stands for ‘no added urea formaldehyde.
B&R is proud to offer only FSC certified cabinetry. The Forest Stewardship Council is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that promotes the proper use of our world’s forests.
For too long, various hardwoods have been promoted without regard to the impact that their harvesting is having on the environment. For example, old growth tropical forests is SE Asia are decimated in pursuit of certain hardwoods used in cabinetry. Hardwoods harvested from sustainable, managed areas are the Eco-friendly way to go.
Custom cabinetry can be fabricated in ways that minimize energy use and maximize the use of generated waste. B&R, for example, recycles all sawdust generated at its manufacturing facility. It is donated to the city where it is mixed with compost and used in city parks. Its custom cabinetry is fabricated close by, thereby reducing B&R’s carbon footprint even further. This offers an Eco-friendly alternative to cabinet manufacturers that may ship their product from thousands of miles away.
Non-Toxic Cabinetry Grows In Importance
Concern for toxic fumes expands in an era of more airtight home construction. The intent of such building techniques is admirable. Air-tight construction techniques keep the heated or air conditioned air in. The downside is that it also can keep toxic fumes around as well. Especially in newer construction, custom cabinetry that is both VOC and formaldehyde-free is important.
There is no need to compromise quality. Finishes that are non-toxic are both durable and beautiful.
We take pride in our craftsmanship, sure. But, at the same time, we take our role in the stewardship of the environment seriously as well. We’d welcome the opportunity to learn about your needs and your project ideas. Please contact us today!