Eco-friendly materials are now mainstream and an expected option for home renovations. From energy-efficient, smart appliances to sustainable cabinets, eco-friendly home design is at the forefront of manufacturer, designer and home supply store product offerings. In fact, First Coast Supply offers products from a variety of suppliers, including some that focus on environmental responsibility. We’re your one-stop-shop for cabinets, countertops and appliance delivery in Jacksonville, Florida.
Why Eco-Friendly Products Matter
Eco-friendly can include many different categories, including energy efficiency, low toxicity, sustainability and more. Specifically, eco-friendly cabinets focus on low toxicity and sustainability. With people spending around 90% of their time indoors and indoor air pollution ranking higher than outdoor air pollution, it’s important to understand what contributes to poor indoor air quality.
Items like cabinets made from engineered wood that contain formaldehyde can “off-gas” harmful particles into the air that lead to poor air quality. Poor air quality has been linked to health issues like asthma, headaches and even cardiovascular disease. Eco-friendly products are good for the environment and your family’s health.
What is KCMA and ESP?
The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturer’s Association, or KCMA, has a certification program called the Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP). For a cabinet manufacturer to be ESP certified they must meet specific standards in five areas, including air quality, product resource management, process resource management, environmental stewardship and community relations.
To ensure your cabinets are eco-friendly and responsibly produced, look for the KCMA ESP certification. First Coast Supply offers cabinets from many manufacturers. Schrock is one of our cabinet suppliers with KCMA ESP certification due to their focus on sustainability.
Types of Eco-Friendly Cabinets
While a majority of cabinets are not ESP certified, you can find various types of cabinets that are eco-friendly.
- Solid Wood – Solid wood cabinets that are not produced using engineered wood products like plywood, particleboard or MDF, usually are eco-friendlier. Look for solid wood cabinets sealed in natural oil for even lower toxicity.
- Bamboo Cabinets – Bamboo grows rapidly and without the need for pesticides and fertilizers, making it a highly sustainable materials. Bamboo is also durable and beautiful. Bamboo cabinets make an excellent option for an eco-friendly home.
- No or Low VOC Finishes – Manufacturers are now offering cabinets with no or low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). VOCs are chemical fumes from products like cabinets that release into the air reducing air quality. Products with low or no VOCs help improve indoor air quality.
- Lyptus Cabinets – New to the cabinet world is lyptus, which is an engineered wood product produced from a hybrid eucalyptus species. The material is durable, sustainable and growing in popularity as an eco-friendly option.
We believe our clients should have the best products for your home. This includes cabinets that appeal to your design goals and your eco-friendly desires. Thankfully, we offer sustainable, durable and beautiful cabinets for your home from our select suppliers.
Visit the First Coast Supply Showroom to see our selection of cabinets. We offer everything you need for your kitchen or bathroom remodel, including countertops, cabinets and appliance delivery in Jacksonville, Florida. Make your home eco-friendly today!