Here are a handful of trusted nationwide vendors that specialize in green cabinetry. Prices given are just an idea, as costs vary widely depending on materials and layout.
An early adopter of ecofriendly building products and practices, Oregon-based Neil Kelly has been making environmentally responsible cabinets since the 1990s. It uses formaldehyde-free wheatboard to construct all of its cases, and wood from FSC-certified forests for many of its door styles, which are available in a wide range of designs, from Asian minimalist to American traditional. Prices start at $8,000.
Richmond, California–based SilverWalker offers four distinct lines: Studio, Craftsman, Heritage, and Fusion. All of the cabinets are custom-made with nontoxic materials and either FSC-certified wood or renewable bamboo. The designers create a 3-D mock-up of your kitchen where you can play around with how the different cabinet lines, door styles, finishes, and hardware will look in your space. Prices start at $12,000.
The Riciclantica line from ultramodernist Italian design firm Valcucine features doors that are completely seamless, with no handles or hardware—the cabinets have a self-closing mechanism. Made from ecoconscious materials like recycled aluminum, with nontoxic finishes, the entire system can be recycled after use. The company supports and helps fund BioForest Technologies, a research firm that specializes in forest surveys and protection. Prices start at $15,000.
This New Jersey company reclaims wood in urban areas from uprooted trees and old buildings. The results are cabinets made from dense, old-growth wood that have a beautiful patina and are free of nontoxic materials. All cabinets are designed to the customer’s specifications, and the company can even work off of a photograph. Prices start at $10,000.
AlterEco uses rapidly renewable moso bamboo to build its custom-designed cabinetry. And its other materials and methods exceed the already strict European Union standards for indoor air quality. Prices start at $10,000.
The Ontario-based Neff uses marine-grade plywood, a waterproof product that isn’t treated with chemicals, rather than formaldehyde-laden particle board. The cabinets have very low to zero VOC emissions and run the design gamut from traditional to modern. Prices start at $27,000.
With offices in Seattle and New York, Henrybuilt offers clients the option of choosing a cabinet system from the company’s modular lines (one of the few green cabinetry companies to have these). Its products are crafted from rapidly renewable bamboo or FSC-certified woods, and are formaldehyde free. Prices start at $20,000.