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Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP)

ESP

​UltraCraft is proud to be part of the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturer Association’s (KCMA) ESP program. This certification is awarded to cabinet manufacturers that meet and maintain specific requirements that help promote a greener planet. In order to be awarded ESP certification, manufacturers must earn points, which are awarded based on compliance with these criteria:

AIR QUALITY

  • Mandatory Requirement: 100% of particleboard, medium density fiberboard, and plywood used in the cabinets must meet the formaldehyde emission level of the California Air Resources Compwood ATCM Phase II and must be third-party certified to meet low formaldehyde emission standards
  • 75% of cabinets must be finished in the United States or Canada. Finishes emit no greater hazardous air pollutants than allowed by local plant operating permits

PRODUCT RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

  • 80% of particleboard & medium density fiberboard used in cabinets must contain 100% recycled or recovered fiber content
  • Manufacturers earn points if they have kitchen cabinets that are also Chain of Custody (COC) certified through a recognized sustainable forestry program
  • Hardwoods, softwoods and plywood purchased are Chain-of-Custody certified through a recognized sustainable forestry program
  • Hardwood and softwood lumber are Certified Sourcing certified through a recognized sustainable forestry program
  • Manufacturers utilize an annual, written training plan to educate their hardwood suppliers of their preference for purchasing certified lumber

PROCESS RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

  • Manufacturer has a comprehensive recycling program for process wastes
  • Manufacturer has a documented energy conservation program
  • Manufacturer has a program for tracking and reducing process wastes with documented goals and reports
  • Manufacturer uses process by-products to generate alternative energy

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

  • Manufacturer is required to have a written policy stating a firm commitment to environmental quality
  • Manufacturer has an Environmental Management System
  • Manufacturer reviews environmental practices and policies of its key vendors and contractors
  • Manufacturer has a documented program that promotes the use of renewable/recycled materials
  • Manufacturer is enrolled in EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership as a registered partner

COMMUNITY RELATIONS

  • Manufacturer demonstrates community involvement and leadership through service or charitable organizations
  • Manufacturer observes all federal, state, and local environmental requirements
  • ESP participant agrees to report to KCMA with 60 days of any local, state or federal citation in excess of $50,000 per violation explaining the circumstances of the citation or violation. Such citation or violation could lead to termination from the program

California Air Resource Board (CARB)

In order to be as green as possible, UltraCraft Cabinetry produces cabinetry made from engineered furniture core (particleboard) and plywood materials which are made from 100% pre-consumer recycled materials. Additionally, UltraCraft makes their cabinets from panel materials that have an extremely low formaldehyde content. We are proud to announce that UltraCraft products meet or exceed all CARB formaldehyde emission standards.

To download a PDF containing this information, download our Environmental Positions Letter.

 
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