Environment

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our commitment


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: Air Quality Resource Management Regarding Product offering Resource Management Regarding Processes Environmental Stewardship Community Relations
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air quality


Our Ontario and Niagara lines are constructed using low VOC (volatile organic compounds), CARB and 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 and 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.
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resource management


We utilize an active recycling program that processes our following waste items: Solvents Paper and Cardboard Plastics Wood Environmental stewardship 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. Community relations We demonstrate community involvement and leadership through charitable organizations such as Habitat for Humanity.
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plyboo


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.
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lyptus


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.
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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 and exotic trees for future generations by being plantation grown. Several species of wood can be used such as: Ayous (Triplochiton Scleroxylon) and 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.
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kirei board


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 design.
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