Eco-friendly furniture for your kitchen
What to look for when choosing sustainable cabinets and surfaces
Choosing eco-friendly furniture is a sustainable approach to interior design with a positive impact on the environment that helps limit a self-built or renovation project’s carbon footprint.
For ideas, take a look at this round-up of kitchen cabinets made with sustainably sourced, recycled or reclaimed materials.
Plywood is an engineered timber where multiple thin layers of wood are bonded together for strength, stability and durability. Choose products made with timber certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and formaldehyde-free adhesive.
Good value all round
These fronts are made from recycled wood and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. By recycling the bottles in this way, the plastic has a useful lifespan of at least 25 years.
It’s in the detail
When commissioning a custom-made kitchen, request that plastic parts are kept to a minimum or avoided altogether.
Second time lucky
Investing in a quality used kitchen from specialist companies such as Rehome prevents perfectly sound furniture going to unnecessary waste.
Search reclamation yards for reclaimed timber boards and ask a joiner to create made-to-measure units. Find one via the British Woodworking Federation Group (BWF).
Richlite is made from many layers of paper saturated with resin pressed under heat, which bonds the layers and cures the resin. The paper is recycled post-consumer waste or FSC certified.
On the bright side
Valchromat is a recyclable FSC-certified fibreboard made using organically dyed recycled pine and softwood forest waste. It ’s 30 per cent stronger than medium density fibreboard (MDF).
Is it certified?
If you want wood cabinets, opt for those made with British or European-grown timber that’s been certified by the FSC or PEFC to ensure the wood is sustainably sourced and to limit the emissions associated with transportation.