Question

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

Asked by Cindi Capek
Lizton, IN

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!

Answer

Molly McCabe, AKBD, CGP, CAPS

Answered by Molly McCabe, AKBD, CGP, CAPS

Bainbridge Island, WA

A Kitchen That Works LLC

September 22, 2011

I conducted a quick review of 16 different cabinet showroom and fabricator websites in and around Lizton, Indiana.  I discovered that only one company, Myers Cabinets, Inc. in Whitestown, IN, carries an “environmentally friendly” cabinet line or possesses an “environmental statement” on their website. 

Custom cabinetry workshops

Note that many smaller custom 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 a sleuthing such as contacting local chapters of the NAHB or NARI and finding their members that belong to the “Built-Green” program.

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

Consider reuse

Alternatively, you can consider buying used furniture pieces at garage sales, Craig’s list, 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 and material composition, these pieces will likely have off-gassed their VOCs by the time you bring them home.

Related advice on GreenHomeGuide

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

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