What Are FSC Certified Cabinets?

BRADCO Kitchens and Baths in Los Angeles is a family-run business that carries name brand cabinetry and also offers custom cabinetry at affordable prices. There are many reasons to choose BRADCO, and if you care about the environment one of the best reasons is that the company designs and builds FSC certified cabinets.

The FSC–Forest Stewardship Council– is an international and independent (non-governmental) nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically prosperous management of the world’s forests.

The main FSC tools for achieving this are standard-setting and independent certification and labeling of forest products. FSC certification provides assurance that the earth’s forests are being managed to the highest environmental and social standards.

There are two types of FSC certification:Forestmanagement certification is the basic building block of the FSC system. It is a voluntary process for verifying responsible forest practices in all types of forests and plantations across the world.

FSC Chain-of-Custody (CoC) certification traces the path of products from forests through the supply chain. FSC chain of custody is a tracking system that allows manufacturers and traders to demonstrate that timber comes from a forest that is responsibly managed in accordance with the FSC Principles and Criteria. BRADCO Kitchens and Baths has held a CoC certification since 2008.

FSC Controlled Wood helps ensure that manufacturers and traders avoid material that comes from:

1. Illegally harvested forests;

2. Forests in which violation of traditional and civil rights occur;

3. Forests in which High Conservation Values are threatened by management activities;

4. Natural and semi natural forests where conversion occurs; and

5. Forests in which genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are used.

BRADCO Kitchens and Baths cares about the environment, and about YOU. They manufacture your custom cabinets at their own facility, and offer a wide variety of stylistic choices and price options. In addition, BRADCO provides individualized and attentive customer service (unlike the big box stores). But BRADCO does much more than cabinets. They offer complete design services and a variety of products including tile, countertops, bathroom vanities and even kitchen appliances. If you’d like to find out more, please contact us.

Bradco Kitchens and Baths Production Facility

Bradco owns and operates a Maquiladora in Tijuana, Mexico, a production facility under the umbrella of the NAFTA agreement. The BRADCO Maquiladora is an AMERICAN production facility operating in Mexico. The idea behind NAFTA is to create labor jobs in Mexico so that Mexican people don’t have to cross the border to work illegally in America.

Sawdust is recycled to be used as mulchs at the Jose Maria Morelo Park in Tijuana, Mexico.

Our cabinet factory is well equipped but it is not fully automated; instead of relying on everything to be done by machinery, we also rely on hand labor. This allows us to be extremely custom oriented, reducing the amount of pollution into the environment while still being very competitive.

All the boxes are built with Purebond plywood, manufactured by Columbia Forest Plywood. What this means is that they contain no added UREA formaldehyde. As you may know UREA formaldehyde is a carcinogen, a toxin that is definitely not environmentally friendly and can also be harmful to those that breathe in the off gassing from cabinets made of this product. See the Purebond website for more information on the plywood that we use.

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The stains, colors and glue that Bradco uses on their cabinets are also low VOC or ZERO VOC (Volatile Organic Compound); VOC also emits off gassing into the environment which is hazardous. We try and recycle as much by-product as possible. The sawdust that we generate gets donated to the city; they use it for mulch in public parks. We also recycle any leftover solid wood to make promotional products.

Bradco’s custom cabinets are UREA formaldehyde free and also available FSC certified. When remodeling your home, invest not only in quality work, but also in something that won’t harm your health as well as the environment. Learn more information on our production facility below.