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What does Green Cabinetry really mean?

The term Green can mean something different to every person, and ranges from small and simple to large and extensive.  Holiday Kitchens is the source we use for all our clients’ custom cabinetry needs. A few years ago they partnered with National eco-friendly and healthy home interior designer Robin Wilson, creating their Robin Wilson Home line of green offerings. These fine green cabinetry products:
  – Conserve natural resources
  – Avoid volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions
  – Contribute to a safe and healthy indoor environment
  – Are more durable, thus having a low environmental impact
  – Are produced with minimal waste stream and polution
  – Are created within a low-energy environment

This information I’m writing is borrowed from Holiday’s website for the RWH line. This will lay out the different levels of green cabinetry available in the market.

Live Green

  • select your level of green products, box, door styles, finish
  • select full access, frameless, construction for 10% more inside usable space, easier to clean, simple elegance
  • elegant, durable, safe, low in VOC emissions product line with no added urea formaldehyde (NAUF) options available

Standard Plywood Cabinet Box

  • meets the environmentally friendly KCMA HPVA.3 standards
  • CARB 1 compliant
  • natural maple veneer interior

Live Green Melamine Cabinet Box or Live Green Plywood Cabinet Box

  • non-added urea formaldehyde industrial board from recycled materials or plywood
  • CARB 2 compliant
  • true melamine interior, not paper or vinyl, or natural maple veneer interior on plywood

Cabinet glue

  • all adhesives are formaldehyde free

Moso Bamboo

  • renewable resource – a grass that is harvested and replenishes itself in three to five years
  • found in low mountain areas of eastern China, thus not depriving pandas of their food source
  • fine, even grain
  • less susceptible to mold and fungus
  • qualifies for green building points as a renewable resource

Coconut Palm

  • comes from plantation grown coconut palms, which are in abundance throughout much of the world. Heavy cracking is a natural characteristic.
  • coconut palms produce nuts for up to 80 years
  • non-producing palms are removed and replaced
  • coconut palm lumber can vary greatly in color and density. Holiday uses only the hard, dark palm for their look and durable surface.

Refacing

  • keep your cabinets and reface the fronts to contemporize your kitchen
  • reface in natural bamboo or reconstituted veneers for a greener option

Natural Finish

  • wood at its finest

Linseed Oil Finish – Green at Heart

  • hand-rubbed natural, chemical-free finish extracted from flax seed. It offers a quality finish that has been used for years for preservation of antiques and guns.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Lumber is available

It’s one thing to choose cabinetry that is manufactured with the above eco-friendly options, but is that cabinet company green themselves? Do they do all they can to leave as little an impact on our earth as possible? The following applies to Holiday Kitchens as a company, and is something to think about when going green:

  • Join the environmental effort as members of the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturer Association (KCMA) Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP)
  • Reduce, reuse and recycle office materials, working toward a paperless environment, and maintain energy efficient principles
  • Keep it clean by utilizing a distiller to reclaim cleaning solvents
  • Reduce material usage with Most Available Controlled Technology (MACT) finish and adhesive application technology
  • Increase our energy efficiency with a gas-fired oven curing system
  • Improve wood utilization with an automating optimizing cut line
  • Reduce our non-wood waste stream
  • Increase board yield with CNC nesting technology
  • Reduce finishing material usage
  • Implement lean manufacturing technology and processes
  • Utilize 100 percent of all raw wood – downfall wood is used for cutting boards, finger joints, animal bedding and landscaping materials
  • Ask the same of our suppliers, with reviews by our Green Council to ensure they are committed to sustainable forestry practices

” We are the sum of our choices. As are our homes. Our health. And our world.”
   ~ Holiday Kitchens

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