Environmental Stewardship

Green Cabinetry FAQs

Q: What is "Green"?

There are many factors that play into what "Green" is, but it means, in generic terms, sustainability, energy efficiency and durability. The end result and ultimate definition is that green products and processes aid in maintaining and protecting the current and future generations' quality of life in both indoor and outdoor environments.

Q: Are Merillat cabinets considered "Green"?

Yes. Merillat products:

  • Are KCMA ESP Certified
  • Are manufactured in ISO 14001 certified plants
  • Are made from resources that encourage sound forestry practices
  • Are EPP Downstream certified
  • All purchased raw materials meet CARB regulations
  • Are manufactured in facilities that meet or exceed federal and state regulations for air quality
  • Use green operational processes including reducing emissions, energy use and energy costs, recycling, maximizing yields or raw materials, etc.

Q: When will Merillat have a completely green product offering?

Merillat is exploring ways to further enhance our products with additional green attributes and features.

Q: Would Merillat's completely green product offering be more or less expensive than traditional cabinets?

Price has not been determined at this time. Costs would depend on what types of lines are introduced and what materials, features or certifications are included.

Q: What are the governing bodies of green as it pertains to cabinetry?

KCMA ESP – Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association Environmental Stewardship Program is currently the only cabinetry specific certification

Other governing bodies that recognize the benefits of green cabinetry include:

  • The U.S. Lacey Act - Government regulation prohibiting illegal logging
  • CARB - California Air Resources Board (composite panel regulation)
  • USGBC - US Green Build Council
  • NAHB - National Association of Home Builders (NAHB Green Building Standard)

Q: What environmental certifications does Merillat currently have?

Q: What is formaldehyde off-gassing and why should I be concerned about this?

  • Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring substance in the environment made of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, up to 90 percent of the total formaldehyde in the environment occurs naturally (source: American Chemistry Council: formaldehydefacts.org)
  • Off-gassing refers to gases that organic products, like wood, and non-organic products, like paints and glues, emit. In the case of cabinets, formaldehyde naturally off-gases from the wood.