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Say 'Yes' to eco-friendly wood cabinetry

According to Rain Forest Relief, the U.S. imports the greatest volume of endangered, tropical hardwoods. Yet, attractive and affordable alternatives exist. Buy eco-friendly, wood cabinetry and you tell large, lumber importers to put people and the planet before profits.

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"Alternative" hardwoods for wood cabinetry

Speak with your dollars, and choose one of the following from a second-growth forest:

  • Aspen
  • Ash
  • Beech
  • Bay
  • Douglas fir
  • Elm
  • Hickory
  • Magnolia
  • Maple
  • Pecan
  • Ponderosa, Northern White, or Western White Pine

Although technically a grass, bamboo also offers an excellent, green choice for cabinetry. Bamboo is renewable and can be grown without fertilizers or pesticides. Just double-check to ensure that you're using certified bamboo supported by sustainable farming practices.

Wood cabinetry sustainability certifications

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) provide sustainability certifications to manufacturers of wood cabinetry and other home design products that let you know you have located an earthy-friendly product.

Both of these certifications require ethical sourcing of wood. The second-largest manufacturer of cabintery, MasterBrands has FSC certification. You can also purchase from the following brands and rest assured knowing you have made both an investment in your house, and in your shared home, the planet:

  • Aristokraft
  • Diamond
  • Diamond Reflections
  • Decorá
  • Schrock
  • Kemper
  • Thomasville
  • Kitchen Classics
  • Somersby
  • Omega
  • HomeCrest

Sometimes it may cost more, or require extra research. But in the long-run, searching for sustainable wood products is worth the effort for more than just your home--it helps the whole human family.

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