There’s more to planning a great kitchen than selecting appliances and designing cabinets. You strive to create healthy meals in your kitchen…and there are ways to make healthy choices in the design of your new kitchen as well.
Here are a few factors to consider for environmental health – both in your home and beyond – when it comes to your kitchen:
Wood type and origin: In a global economy, you may not know where the wood for your new kitchen cabinets originated. Check with your kitchen cabinet designer to find out. Many local cabinetry companies use hardwoods from the northeastern United States and Canada. And they should be able to tell you whether your cabinets are constructed from FSC-certified wood, too.
FSC is the Forest Stewardship Council, an independent international organization committed to fostering responsible forest management. FSC-certified wood products are harvested from sustainably managed forests with an eye to protecting water quality and old growth forests and preventing the use of hazardous chemicals. Find out more about the benefits of FSC-certified products at us.fsc.org.
Formaldehyde, which is routinely used as an additive in plywood adhesives, can pose health threats. There are alternative products available, including the use of soy-based glue in place of formaldehyde. Your cabinet maker should be able to tell you whether their products contain formaldehyde and other potential pollutants.
Certain wood finishes off gas more than others, releasing harmful vapors. Look for Low-VOC finishes to reduce the level of harmful gasses into your home. Low-VOC finishes are available in both water-based and solvent-based options, so you can select a finish that suits your taste, will look great, last well, and keep your home the safe environment you want it to be.
The staff at NorthWoods is well-versed in all things kitchen. We’re happy to discuss the options with you, and we take great pride in both our craftsmanship and our part in being good stewards of the environment – both in your home and in our local and regional forests.