If you are concerned about staying eco-friendly while remodeling your home, there are a variety of ways to do so. One of your options is to choose eco-friendly cabinets. Eco-friendly cabinets offer many benefits other than being good for the environment- they also can improve your home’s indoor air quality and reduce toxins you would be exposed to. From using renewable materials to choosing locally-made products, helping the environment is easier than you would think. Here are a few ways to do so:
–Use recycled materials. One of the most common recycled materials to use is reclaimed wood. So many people throw away perfectly good cabinets that can be reused. By simply refinishing or repurposing these used cabinets, you can get them to look the way you want and save a tree from being cut down. This is also an affordable option since you are only paying for the changes you are making- and not paying the price for the new wood cabinets entirely. Salvaged wood also offers a rich history and gives the wood personality, which is a look that many homeowners are looking for. Lastly, consider cabinets that state that they are made from reclaimed lumber or are certified as sustainable wood- some companies may offer these options.
–Use renewable resources such as bamboo. Bamboo is becoming a popular and affordable option for those who are remodeling their home. Bamboo is a rapidly renewable resource that takes a short time to grow (it regenerates in less than a decade), compared to popular cabinet wood types. It is also naturally stronger and harder than most other hardwoods, so your cabinets will stay in shape and continue to look great for a longer time. For those who worry about the aesthetic, bamboo has an interesting grain that makes it a popular decorating alternative. Other notable wood substitutes include boards made from fibers such as rice, wheat or even sunflowers.
–Buy cabinets that are locally made. By choosing cabinets that are locally made, you’ll avoid shipping the heavy items and therefore reduce the use of fossil fuels to transport them. You’ll also be helping to support local businesses instead of larger retail chains.
-Try not to replace the entire cabinet. Kitchen cabinets that are durably built and made of quality materials can last for 50 years or more. Instead of tearing down cabinets just because they are old or outdated, try adding new hardware or repainting/refinishing the doors to change their look. You could even try removing the cabinet doors and opt for shelves instead.