Elmwood is proud to be part of the KCMA (Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturer’s Association’s) Environmental
Stewardship Program, (ESP).
This Environmental Stewardship Program is designed to recognize those cabinet manufacturers who not only
understand, but practice reducing pollution and waste while promoting resource sustainability. This designation
represents the Industry Standard for practicing environmental responsibility.
The Environmental Stewardship Program requires its licensees to maintain their status by completing annual
re-certification and provide proof of compliance.
There are 5 categories for annual compliance:
Resource Management Regarding Product offering
Resource Management Regarding Processes
Our Ontario & Niagara lines are constructed using low VOC (volatile organic compounds), CARB & EPP CPA 2-06
compliant melamine. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) requires that all products manufactured using
particle board have less than 0.18 ppm (parts per million) formaldehyde emissions. The Composite Panel
Association (CPA) requires that all products manufactured using Particle Board have less than 0.2 ppm (parts per
million) formaldehyde emissions.
Our Algonquin and all three Georgian Inset Lines are constructed using CARB compliant, no formaldehyde added
plywood such as PureBond from Columbia Forest Products or Fresh Ply from Norbord. The California Air Resources
Board (CARB) requires that all products manufactured using hardwood plywood have less than 0.08 ppm (parts
per million) formaldehyde emissions.
Our MDF doors and cabinet components are manufactured using CARB & EPP CPA 2-06 compliant MDF. The
California Air Resources Board (CARB) requires that all products manufactured using MDF have less than 0.21 ppm
(parts per million) formaldehyde emissions. The Composite Panel Association (CPA) requires that all products
manufactured using Particle Board have less than 0.2 ppm (parts per million) formaldehyde emissions.
More than 75% of our products are finished at our Facility, and the finishes used emit no greater HAPS (Hazardous
Air Pollutants) than allowed by our local ministry of the Environment.
We utilize an active recycling program that processes our following waste items:
Paper & Cardboard
We have a firm commitment to environmental quality as evidenced by a written policy, which includes a
documented program that promotes the use of renewable/recycled materials or products.
We demonstrate community involvement and leadership through charitable organizations such as Habitat for
We offer plyboo solid bamboo doors in a contemporary flat slab style called, “Newport” and in a transitional 5
piece recessed panel Shaker style called “Messina”. Our plyboo doors are available in 2 natural colours: Natural
Lite and Caramel. Our
supplier’s company’s sources use no irrigation, pesticides or fertilizers in growing their bamboo. “This is not only
a success for the forests and the farmers who grow our bamboo, it’s a victory for everyone who believes in an
environmentally responsible future.” Bamboo’s growth rate can be as much as 6 inches up to 1 foot per day or
1.5 - 2.0 inches per hour.
We offer most of our 5 piece solid wood doors in Lyptus®. Lyptus is a very hard, dense wood that looks much
like Mahogany. It is a hybrid tree derived from the eucalyptus species. These plantation grown trees grow quickly
and may be harvested within 14 –16 years of planting. Lyptus® forests are 11 times more productive on a per
hectare per year basis when compared to a temperate forest, which may take 80 to 100 years or more to
mature. Lyptus® forests also produce 30 times the volume of lumber per hectare per year when compared to
an unmanaged temperate forest. Virtually every portion of the log is utilized, converting it to lumber and other
usable by-products; residuals are used as bio-energy for the kiln drying operations.
engineered exotic veneers
We offer our Napa, New Haven and Chelsea contemporary slab door styles in 7 different environmentally
responsible engineered exotic veneers. These veneers preserve rare & exotic trees for future generations by being
plantation grown. Several species of wood can be used such as: Ayous (Triplochiton Scleroxylon) & Basswood
(Tilia). 10 Saplings are re-planted for every tree harvested. 100% of the wood fibre is used. All dyes used are
water-based and contain no harmful heavy metals. Defect free panels offer maximum yield and minimal waste.
We offer our Pacifica door which utilizes Kirei Board as the center panel in a Transitional 5 piece recessed panel
Shaker style door. Kirei Board is a strong, lightweight, durable, environmentally friendly substitute for wood –
usable in furniture, cabinetry, casework and interior design elements. It is manufactured from reclaimed sorghum
straw and no-added-formaldehyde adhesive. Kirei board brings a beautiful new element to modern interior