Nontoxic Kitchen Cabinets
These days you can get cabinets with solid earth-friendly cred in a variety of styles and prices
Green kitchen cabinetry used to be limited to modern-looking bamboo boxes. But these days you can get cabinets with solid eco cred in a variety of styles and prices, says Paul Novack of the Green Depot in Newark, New Jersey. "Most people have health concerns," Novack adds. "But they also want cabinets that look good and are built with sustainable materials." These five samples achieve both.
The formaldehyde binders in most MDF cabinets can trigger asthma attacks. This Breathe Easy door clad in stained oak veneer is made from MDF with no added formaldehyde. About $650; Green Courage LLC
Bamboo grows faster than wood—about 100 feet in 60 days, making it more easily renewed. The natural color of this solid bamboo door from Neil Kelly Cabinets is set off with a clear, low-VOC finish. About $430; Architectural Elements of Michigan
This solid maple Arts and Crafts–style door with divided lights by Neil Kelly gets the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) stamp for sustainability. About $510; Architectural Elements of Michigan