Eco-Friendly CabinetryBy Dee Funk / October 2, 2015
Kountry Kraft: Committed to Eco-Friendly Cabinetry
When you think of custom cabinetry you may not necessarily think green. After all – custom cabinetry is made of wood – and to get wood, you have to cut down trees, right? But there are many ways cabinet manufacturers can step up their commitment to the environment, and at Kountry Kraft we take that responsibility very seriously.
Since 2007, Kountry Kraft has been certified by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association through their prestigious Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP). To achieve this status, we must follow manufacturing practices that safeguard the environment. This certification is renewed annually, and to maintain it, we must track our achievements and continually seek innovative environmentally friendly methods and practices.
Kountry Kraft makes green choices in many areas of our manufacturing. We choose to use conversion varnishes and stains that contain the lowest VOCs- volatile organic compounds – and HOPs – hazardous air pollutants – in the industry today. We offer a waterborne finish that contains no added formaldehyde but does not sacrifice the quality of our traditional cabinet finishes. Our distilling program recycles our finishing by-products by removing the lacquer thinner (liquid) which is then used to clean spray guns, hoses, and other finishing devices. The remaining by product (solid) is sent to a facility that uses it for production.
The plywood and other materials used in our products are Carb II compliant. All of our scrap wood is burned and used to heat our manufacturing facility and the drying ovens we use in our finishing division. We recycle wood,cardboard, metal and finishing product waste to keep it out of landfills.
When customers choose high quality wood cabinetry for their home, they are making a lifetime choice. High quality wooden cabinetry is built to last, and needs less frequent replacement than lower quality cabinetry that can easily warp or degrade. At Kountry Kraft we provide a lifetime guarantee for our products, and we stand by that guarantee.
We are also proud to say that our products are Made In The U.S.A. We use local resources and consume fewer fossil fuels to transport our finished products to their final destination. Cardboard is used for packaging product to be shipped via UPS and Fed EX, thus reducing the the environmental impact of our packaging materials. To further reduce our burden on the landfills, cardboard which is not used for packaging, along with scrap metal are taken to a local recycling facility.
At Kountry Kraft we take environmental stewardship seriously. We build products that last a lifetime and choose environmentally safe manufacturing processes wherever possible to help make the world a better place.
For more information please visit: Kountry Kraft Green