Environmental Stewardship Program: “In 2006, the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA) created the Environmental Stewardship Program to help cabinet manufacturers demonstrate their commitment to environmental sustainability and help consumers easily identify environmentally-friendly products. After meeting certification requirements in areas of air quality, product and process resource management, environmental stewardship, and community relations, cabinet manufacturers can display the ESP seal on their products.”
ESP-certified cabinets meet California’s formaldehyde emission standards. These standards will be required for all cabinets in the U.S. in 2013.
Hardwood plywood: 0.05 ppm (parts per million)
Particleboard: 0.09 ppm
Medium-density fiberboard (MDF): 0.11 ppm
Thin MDF: 0.13 ppm
For products labeled “No-added formaldehyde” emissions must not be higher than 0.04 – 0.06 ppm depending on the type of wood.
More information: www.greencabinetsource.org/