Environmental Considerations

This page introduces some of the "green" materials we used in our kitchen remodel. We have tried to provide some commentary and links to useful websites.

 

Wheatboard cabinet interiors:
http://www.neilkellycabinets.com/naturals02.htm 

Neil Kelly our of Portland Oregon made and installed our cabinets. The cabinets' standard interiors are made with double sided, melamine-laminated wheatboard, an industrial grade particleboard. Because it is made with wheat straw, wheatboard is an annually renewable product. It is also an important factor in promoting clean, indoor air quality since it does not contain urea formaldehyde resin.

Lyptus wood fronts for cabinets and wall trim:
http://www.weyerhaeuser.com/ourbusinesses/buildingproducts/buildingmaterials/ourproducts/lyptus/lyptushardwoodplywood.asp
http://www.weyerhaeuser.com/ourbusinesses/buildingproducts/buildingmaterials/ourproducts/lyptus/PDFs/Lyptus_Brochure_8-03.pdf

A hybrid of two Eucalyptus breeds, Lyptus is the brand name for this fast growing hard wood. It is as dense as Mahogany with similar grain and considered a good substitute. Grown on plantations to be 'sustainable'.

Rodda Horizon Paint for interior:
http://www.roddapaint.com/ps_horizon.asp

Low VOC and "Green Seal" Certified. It went onto our walls without leaving any "new paint" smell.

Cork floors:
http://www.expanko.com/CORK/products-CORK-Gen-Prod.html

We chose Expanko brand cork and preferred their solid cork tiles ($10/sqft installed). Note that Epanko and others also offer fancier-looking cork-laminate products that cannot be refinished due to the thinness of the fancy cork top-layer. We went with durability. If we could have afforded it, we would have gone with another company called Cork Concepts. They had a wider range of patterns available in solid cork (not laminate) in their Cortiša line. $15/sqft uninstalled though.

Cork: sustainable, hypo-allergenic, warm, quiet, soft. Drawbacks: soft.

Counter tops:
http://www.cambriausa.com/

Manufactured granite. That means a super-durable quartz and epoxy product. Not specifically 'sustainable' really. Chosen for it's hardness, heat resistance, solid/non-porous, and low maintenance. Looks great (like marble/granite), we are loving it. Brand: Cambria. Similar brands are Silestone and Caesarstone.