As an ESP certified company, Metropolitan supports living in an ecologically-friendly home and offers several options of green cabinets for environmentally sustainable lifestyles.
We are a firm believer in producer responsibility, and have actively designed our manufacturing processes and company policies and procedures to reduce the impact on the environment.
Metropolitan Cabinet Box Construction
CARB PHASE II COMPLIANT
In April of 2007, The California Air Resource Board (CARB) passed the Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM) designed to reduce formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products. All of the composite board used in the construction of our cabinet box is CARB Phase II compliant.
NAF or ULEF
NAF (No Added Formaldehyde) and (ULEF ultra-low emission formaldehyde) are terms used in the construction industry which refers specifically to the binders used in composite panel production. It describes materials that have had no added urea formaldehyde in the manufacturing process.
As a standard, the plywood used by Metropolitan in the construction of our cabinet box is a NAF product that uses a soy-based resin. NAF furniture board is also available by request.
Bamboo is a rapidly renewable resource, making it a great choice for sustainable cabinets. As one of the fastest growing plants in the world, it reaches maturity in just a few short years. Bamboo has a very distinctive, identifiable grain, which offers an aesthetically-pleasing look. We offer both solid cored and veneered bamboo doors in a variety of styles and finishes.
Wenge Wood & Zebrawood Cabinets
Since these species are currently under environmental pressure, they are offered only in the form of reconstituted veneer slab doors.
Reconstituted veneer is a man-made product manufactured by using natural timber veneer. These timbers are dyed all the way through before being laminated together and re-sliced to simulate the natural characteristics of wood.
Low-Emission Composite Cores
Our thermofoil, acrylic and veneer slab doors are ordered with composite cores. These cores are made from recycled and recovered wood waste and contain low formaldehyde emissions levels in compliance with the CARB Phase II initiative. We also offer the option of an NAF or ULEF composite core.