The days of simple cabinet making doesn't really exist anymore. Kitchen cabinets are made in factories with plenty of chemicals floating around in the air.
But not one local cabinet factory. Kent Moore Cabinets in Bryan has come up with an ingenious way to minimize their environmental footprint.
So they thought, instead of using earth-hurting solvents to finish their cabinets, what if you could use a water based solvent?
"Basically, the whole industry, when you say put water with wood, it just doesn't sound right. I mean you end up with rain rays," said Kent Moore's vice president Frank Marino. "You know most people will tell you water and wood don't mix."
But that is exactly what they did. They searched high and low and talked to many companies and finally found a way to use plain water. It's a process that has dropped their volatile emissions from 113 tons to just 3.
"It makes us feel great to be able to do it," said Marino. "To be able to say 'yes' we've conquered it."
They've conquered it and the state has taken notice. Kent Moore just received a Environmental Excellence Award from the Texas Commision on Enviromental Quality. But taking the proactive approach just made sense, and as for other businesses...
"They're gonna have to get with the program," said Marino "It's like with any energy, you're going to have to do something or you'll be forced into it."
Its a program that looks pretty green.