ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT

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Aristocratic Cabinets places a high priority on protecting the environment. We are committed to minimizing our business impact to the air, water, land and the health of our customers and employees.

Waste Reduction and Pollution Prevention

A large part of protecting the environment comes from simply not wasting the material that we use. We employ state of the art panel and lumber optimizing software to assure that we get the most of every sheet of plywood and stick of lumber.

Our modern flat line finishing system assures that nearly all finishing materials end up on our product, not in the air or water. In addition, we recycle the majority of our chemical solvents for eventual re-use. Every year we recycle over 4,500 gallons of solvent that would otherwise have to be refined from natural gas products.

Every year, we recycle tons of waste cardboard and packaging materials that would otherwise end up in landfills. Waste hardwood is recycled for secondary heating.

Sustainable Materials

After reducing materials waste, the next line of defense is the use of sustainable materials. Wood, grown responsibly is the ultimate sustainable material. We at Aristocratic are proud to support the initiatives of the Forestry Stewardship Council. Products bearing the FSC label are your assurance that all materials going into that product come from sustainably managed forests. A large majority of our domestic hardwoods come from FSC certified sources. On request, we can provide cabinets that are certified that all materials come from FSC certified sources.

Bamboo is a hard, durable and fast growing wood. Because it rapidly re-grows after harvest, Bamboo is an ideal sustainable wood. Aristocratic Cabinets is happy to offer Bamboo in several doors styles and colors.

Lyptus is a plantation grown wood, grown specifically for its sustainability. Lyptus provides a more environmentally sensitive alternative to exotic imported hardwoods. It is available in all of our cabinet styles.

Indoor Environment

In 2007 we began reducing the amount of materials in our products that contain urea formaldehyde. In 2008 we made the commitment to our customers to eliminate all added formaldehyde. Our products now meet, or exceed the very stringent 2010 California Air Resources Board requirements for formaldehyde emissions. This benefit is standard for all of our customers, whether in California or not.

Our catalyzed conversion varnish top coat finish contains no formaldehyde or hazardous air pollutants and is low in volatile organic compounds. This finish is virtually chemically inert after curing, contributing to a clean indoor environment.

In the end, the best way to for us to help you reduce your impact on the environment is to allow you to replace your cabinets less often. Our high quality and limited lifetime warranty will allow you to enjoy your Aristocratic Cabinets kitchen for years to come. For more information about our environmental practices and materials, please contact us.

Glossary

Formaldehyde: Urea formaldehyde is an important chemical used widely by industry to manufacture building materials and numerous household products. It is also a by-product of combustion and certain other natural processes. Humans, plants and animals produce it as a normal part of living. It’s important to note that wood products touted as “formaldehyde-free” do, in fact, contain and emit trace amounts of formaldehyde. www.ecobind.com/scientificresearch.htm

FSC: The Forest Stewardship Council was created to develop principles, criteria and standards relating to forest management and sustainability. http://fscus.org

HAPs: Hazardous Air Pollutants are air-borne chemical compounds which in higher concentration levels could cause adverse effects to the environment and ultimately human health.

LEED: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design provides a rating system for measuring ‘green’ performance levels in commercial and residential building projects. www.usgbc.org/LEED Aristocratic Cabinets can assist you in planning for LEED certification.

VOCs: Volatile Organic Compounds are chemical compounds containing carbon that vaporize or ‘off-gas’ from a variety of natural and artificial products including various household items such as cleaning chemicals, carpets, and solvents.