Choosing to renovate your home is a big decision and financial commitment. Homeowners are looking for renovations that will create a great living space for years to come or something that will help them with the resale purchase price. In both of these instances, choosing environmentally friendly renovation designs and decorations have become extremely desirable for cost efficiency and lowering individual ecological footprints. Now more than ever before, these environmentally friendly options are also killer designs that do not compromise the look and feel of a home in any way while considering environmental impacts.

Trending in the kitchen space right now are eco-friendly kitchen cabinet materials and finishes. These products offer health benefits for the residents of the dwelling, along with reducing the environmental impact from a global perspective. Here are some different cabinetry options to consider if you are thinking of making your kitchen more eco-friendly.

Formaldehyde-free alternatives 

such as bamboo plywood and agrifiber boards provide a stylish and durable construction material that avoids the use of a carcinogen (formaldehyde) that shows up in binders or glues of most standard particleboard or plywood material.

No-VOC finishes

are best for a safe cabinet finish that is still durable. Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are chemical fumes that emit from some materials for months or even years after installation. You can improve your air quality by using a water-based finish, particularly those that are labelled as Green Seal or GreenGuard.

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)- certified wood

ensures that wood products come from a responsibly harvested forest. Finding cabinetry or other kitchen products made of this material can help put your mind at peace about using wood materials in your home.

Renewable wood

is a newer concept and refers to bamboo. Bamboo is a rapidly renewable resource as it grows exponentially faster than most trees used for construction, and it is naturally harder and stronger than most hardwoods. Bamboo is now being used for cabinetry, flooring and furniture.

Durability

is an essential quality to an eco-friendly renovation. Choosing well-built cabinets with sturdy hardware that will hold up after years of operation will help postpone further renovations in the future. Kitchen cabinets must be especially strong as they are constantly exposed to heat, moisture and the inevitable wear and tear that comes with kitchen activity.

If you’re interested to hear more about eco-friendly homes, Contact Trends Wood Finishing to speak with our professional renovators¬†today.