Environmental Stewardship

At DRAPER♦DBS, we strive to create the highest quality products possible in an environmentally conscious manner. All of our cabinetry is available with ecologically responsible elements so you can go green without compromising exceptional beauty.

  • Exceptionally beautiful.
    Extraordinarily green.

  • We operate under the gold standard of no-added urea-formaldehyde in our wood products.

  • We embrace renewable wood species like Lyptus, Sapele, and Bamboo as unique alternatives to old-growth forest species like Mahogany.

  • Our finishes meet or exceed the low-emission standards established by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).


LEED stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design. It’s a green building certificaton system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. It certifies residential and commercial buildings that are designed and built to meet multiple standards in categories relating to energy efficiency, decreasing emissions, and reducing environmental impact.


DRAPER♦DBS cabinetry qualifies for LEED credits in two categories:

Materials & Resources

  • Rapidly Renewable Materials
    Fast-growing wood species such as Bamboo, Lyptus, and Ribbon Stripe Sapele qualify in this category.
  • Certified WoodDRAPER♦DBS purchases from lumber suppliers that are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which sets standards for responsible forest managment.
  • Regional Materials
    Some customers may qualify for this category, which supports reducing the environmental impacts that result from transportation from production site to final location.

Indoor Environment Quality

  • Low-Emitting Materials: Adhesives and Sealants DRAPER♦DBS offers adhesives and sealants that meet or exceed the emission standards established by the California Air Resources Board (CARB, a division of the state’s Environmental Protection Agency) and so qualify for LEED credits.
  • Low-Emitting Materials: Paints and Coatings DRAPER♦DBS offers paints and coatings that meet or exceed the low-emission standards established by CARB.
  • Low-Emitting Materials: Composite Wood & Agrifiber Products
    All DRAPER♦DBS plywood and fiberboard are CARB-compliant.


Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring chemical compound. It’s produced by the human body and plants on a daily basis. It is a common component of many household products, like cleaning solutions, clothing, and plastics.


Formaldehyde occurs naturally in the environment with natural processes contributing up to 90% of formaldehyde in the atmosphere. All wood species contain and emit small amounts of formaldehyde. An oak tree emits 9 parts per billion of formaldehyde. It is also found naturally in a wide range of fruits, vegetables, seafood, meats, and coffee. (KCMA.org)


Formaldehyde is a widely used biologic preservative (embalming fluid) used in the production of plastic products, medicine, cosmetics. furniture. and textiles, among hundreds of products. (KCMA.org)


Formaldehyde is a volatile organic compound (VOC). Like other common VOCs, such as those found in many household products, formaldehyde can have negative health effects when encountered in very large quantities.


Yes. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) established that a safe exposure to formaldehyde emissions is below 0.05 parts per million. The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association’s (KCMA) Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) has also adopted CARB’s guidelines. Under its Air Quality category, the ESP ensures the use of low formaldehyde (<0.05 ppm) particleboard, MDF, and plywood.


All wood species contain and emit small amounts of formaldehyde. Composite wood extends the yield from the harvest of trees, and makes cabinetry more affordable. When the naturally occurring formaldehyde in wood combines with urea, another naturally occurring chemical compound, the reaction creates a resin that serves as a permanent adhesive. The best performing adhesives used to make composite wood contain small amounts of urea-formaldehyde to achieve the durability and performance expected by consumers in the kitchen environment. (KCMA)


No. Small amounts of formaldehyde are naturally emitted by wood, so no wood product can ever truly be formaldehyde-free. Products claiming to be “formaldehyde-free” are actually saying that no urea-formaldehyde was added to the natural levels of formaldehyde already found in the product.


No-added urea-formaldehyde (NAUF) describes materials that have not added any additional urea-formaldehyde in the manufacturing process. NAUF products use alternative adhesive components, such as soy.


We offer our customers and operate under the gold standard of no-added urea-formaldehyde cabinets. We are careful to supply only NAUF plywood and fiberboard by offering products like PureBond, which utilizes soy-based adhesives in construction. Clients can be assured that all adhesives and sealants we use meet or exceed the low-emission standards established by CARB.


In producing exceptional quality cabinetry for our clients today, built to last for their generations to come, in a manner that is mindful and protective of the environment.


The sawdust from our shop to a local dairy farm for bedding and compost. Their 50+ dairy cows are cared for in “compost bedded packs,” which allows the cows to move freely and eat, drink, and rest at will. Our sawdust keeps their bedding area dry and soft while the decomposition process is at work, and it later becomes compost for the farm’s crops. The compost also reduces the ammonia emissions from the cattle.

The farm was awarded Bucks County’s Conservation Farmer of the Year award in 2012. To DRAPER♦DBS, the farm says, “Thank you for enabling us to grow and feed a greener tomorrow!”


Our solid wood waste is taken by our trash hauler, and ground up and recyled as yard mulch.


Habitat for Humanity and local Vocational Technical schools with donations of excess lumber. We are proud to support the education of the artisans of tomorrow!

The True Custom Shop

DRAPER♦DBS custom cabinetry is made with pride in America, in Bucks County, PA. Each piece is handcrafted one at a time, and signed by the artisan who created it.

From a true custom shop, comes a true custom product.

We have no assembly line and no stock of cabinets. Our business is dedicated to producing the most unique and personal designs in the industry.

We create over a hundred custom finishes every year.

Each finish is multi-layered with every element carefully selected: from wood color and grain, to stain and paint pigments, to surface texture, and top coat formulation and sheen.

"Every view, perfect.
Every touch, perfect.

Thank you to your team of craftsmen for giving us such a magnificent and timeless piece of workmanship."
—The Youngs

We're proud to partner

with a diverse community of associate artisans. With hand-carvings, stained and leaded glass, and cast and cut metals, together we provide a level of artistic customization above anything else in the market.