What local companies can I check into for eco-friendly cabinets?

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What local companies can I check into for eco-friendly cabinets?

Asked by Cindi Capek

We are located in Indianapolis Indiana, on the west side. We want low or no VOC/no formaldehyde. We are purchasing an older home that need additional cabinetry installed. Thanks!

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Molly McCabe, AKBD, CGP, CAPS's picture

I conducted a quick review of 16 different cabinet showroom and fabricatorwebsites in and around Lizton, Indiana. I discovered that only one company, MyersCabinets, Inc. in Whitestown, IN, carries an "environmentally friendly" cabinet line orpossesses an "environmental statement" on their website.

Custom cabinetry workshops

Note that many smallercustom cabinet shops, which are only too happy to meet your specific material criteria,have little or no presence on the internet and can only be tracked down by a bit asleuthing such as contacting local chapters of the NAHB or NARI and finding theirmembers that belong to the "Built-Green" program.

These members may be able tosteer you towards custom cabinet makers in your area.

Consider reuse

Alternatively, you can consider buying used furniture pieces at garage sales, Craig'slist, etc. and adapting them to your kitchen needs which will render an "unfitted" look,very common to farm house kitchens of the early 20th century.

Depending on age andmaterial composition, these pieces will likely have off-gassed their VOCs by the timeyou bring them home.

Related advice on GreenHomeGuide

Before you start sleuthing you may want to read up on some of the archived GreenHome Guide posts on cabinetry.