Green Cabinets – Environmentally Friendly Furniture
You may have heard of a recent phenomenon called ‘green cabinets’, or even ‘green kitchens’. Much like an actor’s green room, this has nothing to do with colour – green simply refers to the fact that these cabinets are good for the environment.
So what makes a green cabinet, and why are more people using them in their homes? For starters, green cabinets are fashioned from renewable materials, which can be easily replenished once they are used.
Bamboo, for example, is an increasingly popular base material for kitchen furnishings, and cabinets in particular. Bamboo is actually a grass, not a tree, which means that it can easily be regrown in a relatively short space of time.
Rather than cutting down the entire plant, harvesters use only the bamboo stalks, leaving the bulb in the earth to regrow over a period of three years or so. This means that bamboo supplies are not as easily exhausted as trees, which can take decades to reach maturity and only minutes to cut down.
It also means that bamboo is less expensive than many other types of wood. But don’t be fooled into thinking that bamboo is a weak material simply because it isn’t traditional hard wood. This pliant grass is actually stronger than oak and just as durable.
Besides the materials they are made from, ‘green’ cabinets are also treated with finishing processes (such as veneers and top coats) that are not harmful to the environment. Many cabinets require an adhesive to fit them together and are also treated with a veneer finish to help them last as long as possible.
Kitchen cabinet makers and suppliers are starting to conform to certain standards regarding the materials they use to treat the raw wood. CARB compliant plywoods, for example, cut down harmful VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) such as the formaldehyde used in hard wood plywood adhesives.
Water based glues and top coats can also help, as harmful air pollutants are found in paint and stain as well as adhesives. The quality is just as high as traditional top coats, in fact, water based coats generally retain paint better and offer a harder finish than finishers containing VOCs.
So where can you find ‘green’ cabinets? While certain suppliers specialise in green cabinets and offer a wide range of styles and sizes, their increasing popularity means they can easily be found in many online stores. Some suppliers offer green solutions for entire rooms as well as single items of furniture, so you can have a kitchen that looks great and is environmentally friendly too!
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Domain cabinets Direct Inc. is a US-based company that makes premium RTA (Ready-To-Assemble) green cabinets kitchen and bathroom cabinets made from solid wood. We work with over 20 kinds of wood including bamboo, maple and mahogany, and all our manufacturing is subject to a uniform quality control process to make sure you get a high quality product. Find out more at http://www.domaincabinetsdirect.com/
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