Eco-Friendly Kitchen Cabinets

Get tips on choosing cabinetry that's easy on the planet


Environmentally conscious consumers have more options than ever to limit their negative impact on the planet, at least when it comes to their kitchen cabinets.

The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA) created the Environment Stewardship Program (ESP) to help manufacturers, consumers, designers, architects and builders identify environmentally friendly products. More than 150 cabinet manufacturers carry an ESP seal, which recognizes companies meeting requirements of air quality, product resource management, process resource management, environmental stewardship and community relations. Stock, semi-custom and custom cabinetry are all available with ESP certification.

Whether purchasing through local dealers, designers or home improvement centers, such as Lowe's or Home Depot, look for and inquire about products with an ESP seal.

More Eco-Friendly Tips

  • If you're repainting, opt for paints with low or no volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

  • When designing custom cabinetry comprised of solid wood, always ensure that wood is derived from a certified managed forest and carries the Forest Stewardship Council logo.

  • Be sure to complement cabinetry with other sustainable or eco-friendly materials on nearby countertops, floors and backsplashes.

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