Green Cabinet Options, Part 1: Bamboo

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Renovating that old kitchen and looking for some sleek, sustainable options?  In this series of posts, I will shed some light on various eco-friendly cabinetry options for the kitchen, bathroom, office, or media room.  One great green choice is bamboo, a member of the grass family and a rapidly renewable resource.  It grows very quickly, enabling it to be harvested in only about 5 years, without causing damage to the plant system and surrounding environment.  Hardwoods need to grow for 40-120 years before being ready for harvest.  Plus, bamboo is much harder and more stable than many hardwoods. 

When purchasing any cabinetry, ask what kind of finish is used to seal the cabinet.  Look for those with natural or water-based stains and finishes, so as to not impede good indoor air quality in your home.  Also, be sure to inquire about whether or not urea formaldehyde was added during the construction of the cabinets since it will also have an adverse effect on the air you breathe.

Various textures, grains and hues are available with bamboo cabinets made for both residential and commercial applications. So, where does one purchase these beautiful and durable cabinets?

Tag(s): Green Furnishings, Kitchens And Baths


2 Responses to “Green Cabinet Options, Part 1: Bamboo”

  1. Jackie on August 5th, 2009 3:59 pm

    Does anyone know where I could see Bamboo Cabinets between metro Washington DC and Philadelphia PA? Thanks, Jackie

  2. Joyce Benson on August 6th, 2009 10:32 am

    You could try the distribution center of The Green Depot in Waldorf, MD. Here’s the company’s customer service #: 1-800-238-5008.
    The Amicus Green Building Center might have them too: 866-587-9140.
    AlterEgo in Baltimore sells Breathe Easy Cabinetry-made w/Bamboo: 800-339-1179.

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