Crystal is committed to being a leader in green—in both our products and our manufacturing processes. Sound environmental practices add inherent value to our products and promote healthy lifestyles.

Green Manufacturing:

Over the years, Crystal has improved the environmental footprint of our operations by retrofitting facility lighting, installing motion detectors for lighting, improving air compressor efficiency, recovering waste air compressor heat, and using energy saving motor controls. Crystal employs material optimization technology and scrap recovery and reuse to ensure efficient use of wood materials. Our award-winning dust collection saves more than 1 million kWh of energy per year, which is equal to the power usage of 94 average homes. This system not only saves energy, it reduces dust emissions in the factory improving the quality of the indoor air.


ESP Certified

Crystal Cabinet Works, Inc.’s cabinet manufacturing facilities have achieved certification under the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association’s Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP). Crystal is proud to have been directly involved with the development of the program, which is designed as a framework for manufacturers to highlight sound environmental business practices concerning: product and process resource management, air quality, environmental management policies and systems, and community relations.

For additional information, please contact Angela Bouma, Compliance and Risk Manager Environmental at 800-347-5045 or

FSC® Chain of Custody Certification

Crystal Cabinet Works, Inc. has held FSC® chain of custody certification since 2009 as part of its commitment to environmental stewardship and to enhance the environmental attributes of its cabinetry. Chain of custody certification tracks FSC®-certified material from the forest to the consumer, allowing consumers to have confidence the wood in their cabinets comes from well-managed forests. In 2017, Crystal began selling only FSC-certified products in our most popular wood species, maple and cherry, in our premium custom series. 

Learn why you should choose FSC® cabinets for your home.

Green Products:

Support your healthy and sustainable lifestyles with green cabinetry options from Crystal. All of Crystals products are manufactured using sustainable practices and process. Below are a few green options available in our products.

    Premium Custom – Keyline and Encore product series

  • Domestically sourced and CARB Phase 2 compliant box work materials.
  • NAF Plywood made with a patented soy-based resin.
  • Maple and Cherry cabinetry are FSC® chain of custody certified (Certificate RA-COC-006651).
  • Water-based stains: Fawn, Prairie, Praline, Toffee and Cape Cod.
  • Low-emitting topcoat and other water based finishes by request.
  • NAF option on Manhattan, Redondo and Springfield door styles in Encore.
    Affordable Custom – Current and Frameless Current product series.

  • Domestically sourced and CARB Phase 2 compliant box work materials.
  • NAF Plywood made with a patented soy-based resin.


If specified, certain products offered by Crystal can contribute toward earning points in some LEED credit areas.

Materials and Resources MR Credit: Environmentally Preferable Products.
  • Option 2. 90% by weight or volume must meet one of the following criteria:
    1. At least 25% postconsumer of 50% pre-consumer recycled content.
    2. FSC® certified. (Mix Credit certified cabinetry available in maple and cherry at 100% by volume).
  • NOTE: Cabinetry combined with two other components can contribute to 1 point. (Equivalent to cabinetry contributing 1/3 of 1 point.)
Environmental Quality EQ Credit: Low-Emitting Products
  • At least 90% of each component must meet CARB.


Green FAQ's

Q: What makes Crystal’s custom cabinets “green”?


  • no-added formaldehyde (NAF) boxwork
  • recycled materials
  • rapidly-renewable materials

Crystal’s custom cabinets can earn available points for many green building ratings systems, including LEED and the National Green Building Standard as well as local programs.

Q: Why would a customer want to buy “green”?

A: We recognize that different customers have different green priorities. There are a multitude of reasons that a consumer may wish to choose green products. Some are interested in healthier indoor air (low-emitting materials), while others are concerned with reduced environmental impact. Green building also can save money due to the efficient use of energy, water, and materials. It can be a lifestyle choice for others.

Q: Is there a difference between “green” and “healthy”?

A: Most of the time, these terms are used interchangeably but some people see slight differences. “Green” may refer to environmental sustainability like recycled content and resource conservation. “Healthy” can mean improving indoor air quality by selecting materials that eliminate or reduce contaminant sources and ensuring proper ventilation. By design, Crystal’s Green-Core plywood addresses both environmental and health issues.

Q: What is formaldehyde?

A: Although a very common chemical, formaldehyde is a suspect human carcinogen at high levels of exposure and can irritate eyes, nose, and throat or aggravate asthma at low levels. Keyline and Encore plywood cabinetry includes NAF Green-Core boxwork materials, adhesives, and low-emitting available finishes that help reduce formaldehyde emissions and prevent indoor air contamination.

Q: What are “VOCs”?

A: VOCs are volatile organic compounds. In the outdoor environment, these chemicals can react with sunlight to form smog. They can also be emitted from some consumer products and building materials and contribute to indoor air pollution. Crystal’s NAF Green-Core plywood materials has zero or negligible amounts of VOCs , are low-emitting, and therefore do not contribute to indoor air contamination.

Q: What does the term “rapidly-renewable” mean?

A: All plant and wood-based products are renewable resources. Typically, plant-based materials are considered rapidly-renewable if they are harvested on a ten-year cycle or less. Bamboo is a woody grass specie that meets this definition.

Q: What does LEED mean?

A: The acronym LEED refers to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a set of green building criteria established by the US Green Building Council for various types of construction projects. Under the LEED system, entire structures or projects become third-party certified, not single products. The available points for cabinetry are a small part of the overall points needed to certify the project. The point structure varies by LEED system and type of project.

  • Under LEED-2009, Crystal’s Keyline or Encore cabinetry can earn points for recycled content (particleboard and MDF), regional materials (if within 500 mile radius), rapid-renewability (bamboo), and low-emitting composite wood products (Green-Core).
  • Under LEED for Homes, Crystal’s Keyline or Encore cabinetry can earn points for recycled content (particleboard and MDF), and NAF (Green-Core). (Note: LEED-H does not allow points to be earned for cabinet finishes.)
Q: What about the packaging Crystal uses to protect its cabinets during shipping?

A: The corrugated cardboard used in our custom boxing machine is made with post-consumer recycled content. The corrugated media is 100% post-consumer recycled fiber and the liner board ranges from 13 – 30% post-consumer recycled fiber content. Crystal’s facilities recycle more than 100 tons per year of paper and cardboard so we are doing our part to close the recycling loop.