Please list best green kitchen cabinet makers in the Phila. area.


Please list best green kitchen cabinet makers in the Phila. area.

Asked by julie williams

starting to plan a kitchen redo and would specifically like to use bamboo cabinets, recycled paper countertops, no VOC finishes....thanks

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Harold Remlinger, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB's picture


Be diligent in your research pertaining to the products and the supplier of the bamboo being incorporated in the construction of your cabinets. Many engineered wood products contain added formaldehyde in the gluing process.

  • Request that the cabinet manufacturer supply you with the MSDS sheet (Manufacturers Safety Data Sheet) on the material and finishes.
  • Also if these are pre-manufactured boxes, verify that they meet both HUD and CARB (California Air Resources Board) standards.

As for locating a kitchen cabinet manufacturer in the Philadelphia area, work closely with your contractor and visit the cabinet manufacturers which he recommends.Visit each of these manufacturers and discuss their process and materials.A good indicator of the quality of work being is produced is the cleanliness of their fabrication facility.

As for material, I would recommend that you request the use of "PureBond" plywood by Columbia Forest Products in the fabrication of your cabinets.

  • Columbia Forest Products replaces traditional urea formaldehyde (UF) hardwood plywood construction with non-toxic, soy-based PureBond.
  • This enables Columbia to eliminate any added formaldehyde from standard veneer-core and non-UF composite hardwood plywood core panels.

You can read more on their products and view samples of the finishes at

Best of luck on your endeavors,

Harold J Remlinger, AIA Principal Architect DesignTeam Plus, LLC

For more information:

Check George Mandala's cabinetry tips article "Getting Great Green Results from a Cabinet Shop."