Get Green with Style Blog

Interview with Kitchens, Baths & More – Part 1

Abbey Henning interviewed by Hilary Sopata

Abbey, thank you in advance for sharing your information with us.  I understand you are an expert in green kitchens and baths.  I am interested in learning about your work.  Why don’t you start by providing your contact information.

Abbey Henning
Kitchens Baths and More, Inc.
817 West Devon Avenue
Park Ridge, IL 60068

What is your background and what do you do now?

I attended Alexandria Technical College in Alexandria, MN for Interior Design. During school, I learned the importance of using quality materials in each project I do. Kitchens and Bathrooms are such a large part of every ones home. I wanted to be able to give my clients healthy and quality materials in a part of their home where they spend such a large part of their time.

We are a kitchen and bath showroom in Park Ridge, IL providing our clients with products, as well as design knowledge. We can do as little as provide products for a job, to as much as providing labor to complete the project.

What is the importance of your area of specialty?

The importance of the cabinet industry being more aware of green products includes building a higher quality with longer life spans using valuable renewable resources such as bamboo and rapid growing trees.  When making cabinetry, Plato Woodwork [our main eco conscious line] considers all parts of their building process to keep their cabinetry as green as possible. When selecting material for their cabinetry, they have to meet a certain quality to keep the cabinetry strong. Having a strong cabinet allows you to keep the cabinetry in the home longer, keeping them out of our landfills. When building the box [the main cabinet frame] to their cabinetry, the waste from lumber mills or fast growing trees from the US are combined with water-soluble and hot melt glues, which are solvent free, to give them a strong base, as well as keep their employees and buyers healthy.

The air we breathe is impacted by those toxic solvents called VOCs.  It’s great that there’s a cabinet line out there whose owners really care for the environment just like you and Terry Caldwell, the owner of your store.  I look forward to continuing our interview in the next post.

Source: Interview with Abbey Henning of Kitchens, Baths, and More  847-825-6622


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