Unless its going in an uncurtained, uncarpeted, unupholstered, unventilated area, worrying about the formaldehyde emissions from a desk is like worrying that the firemen trying to save your house are dribbling a bit of water on the floor. In some other specific embodiments of the present invention, Step (ii) further comprises: after drying at least two wood veneers, laying the scrap plastic alloy film therebetween, the grains in two adjacent veneers being vertically crossed with each other or the plywood as a whole being centrally symmetrical. The plywood mat is composed of more than three layers of dried wood veneers, with scrap plastic alloy film laid between every two adjacent veneers.
Products like Bosticks Best have become industry standards because they perform well; but there are now alternatives such as EcoTimber’s Healthy Bond MS which is zero VOC and isocyanine free. With all of the actions taken by government agencies and private environmental groups, alternatives to products with high formaldehyde levels are becoming increasingly available.
It’s also possible that The Home Depot will decide to stock the product locally in the future, but in the meantime, it seems that it has to be purchased elsewhere. Bottom line, formaldehyde is toxic and should not have any easy way to get near my family or pets. With no hazardous components, NeoPac E-850 is friendly to producers of adhesives and wood, furniture manufacturers and consumers.
Skateboard ramps often utilize plywood as the top smooth surface over bent curves to create transition that can simulate the shapes of ocean waves. Formaldehyde has been classified as a known carcinogen by the State of California (Prop 65) and the World Health Organization (International Agency for Research on Cancer). Once I found a house that seemed great in all other ways, I checked out possible sources of formaldehyde. Perhaps the biggest shocker is the realization that formaldehyde is one of the main chemicals used for the embalming process in mortuaries. Formaldehyde emission tests (ASTM E-1333) conducted on APA Rated panels showed that their emissions were below 0.1 parts per million.
The good news is that all the cancer studies that show a correlation (not cause and effect) between exposure to formaldehyde and cancer are for people with a high exposure level (such as workers in funeral homes and people working with the adhesives that use formaldehyde as a catalyst). No commercial finish will seal the wood or stop it; some finishes might slow it down, but over 20 years, the excess formaldehyde will leave the wood. An example of the industry’s changing standards is the introduction of Phenol Formaldehyde Adhesive (PF), as well as No Added Formaldehyde Adhesives (NAF). The original cost-competitive decorative hardwood plywood without the formaldehyde.
Composed of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, formaldehyde is a chemical that occurs naturally in our atmosphere. Exterior glued plywood is suitable for outdoor use, but because moisture affects the strength of wood, optimal performance is achieved in end uses where the wood’s moisture content remains relatively low. Before placing our special order through Home Depot, we actually visited the site in Danville, VA that actually takes all of the plys and glues them together in order to make the plywood.
Yes, AFS/PEFC timber is now treated equally with regards to Green Star timber credits (refer media release by Green Building Council of Australia ). As plywood produced by Austral Plywoods is AFS/PEFC certified, you may be able to claim Green Star credits when using our products. Most flooring manufacturers today offer 25-year residential warranties against normal wear and tear. The plywood in question is a US product so the contaminants found in Chinese plywood weren’t ever a concern. Put the plywood in room or garage, gradually raise the heat to 95 degrees, leave at that level for three days and gradually bring it down to normal temperature.
Structural plywood sold into Europe must meet EN 636 and be evaluated for formaldehyde based on EN 717-1. Or you could make your own plywood, using an epoxy adhesive if you wanted no formaldehyde emissions. As government and environmental agencies started discovering just how dangerous formaldehyde really is, regulations on the chemical became more stringent and all encompassing.
An L.A. Times article (10/8/2006) stated that half a billion dollars of plywood was imported from China in 2005. Example 2 adopts PP plastic, whose heat resistance, corrosion resistance, bonding performance are good enough for the preparation of Type I plywood. The chemicals in bedding most often cited as potential sources of concern are pesticides, herbicides, fire retardants, stain-resistant solvents, the various substances in synthetic fibers and formaldehyde. Chinese plywood has been shown to have among the highest levels of formaldehyde emissions. Note: Phenol formaldehyde is not toxic and may be used in place of urea formaldehyde.
There has been some controversy about the quantities of formaldehyde used in the manufacturing of some asian plywood products. Solid flooring is either jobsite sanded and finished or prefinished at the factory; it is usually nailed or glued down to a wood subfloor. I cannot tell you how much my life has changed since my husband became seriously affected by formaldehyde on the cabinets in our dream home”.
Besides Eric’s point about glues like Unibond 800, which will affect the furniture business, the products for many steps in the process of building a house will likely increase, as a large majority of the housing market currently is using formaldehyde products. I first learned about formaldehyde hazards when a family member became severely sensitive to it at work.
MSDS: Reading the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is not enough because manufacturers don’t always divulge proprietary ingredients or toxic chemicals that amount to less than 1% of the total volume. The house didn’t contain enough of the chemical to smell it; that much I knew, as formaldehyde has a cloying smell and I would have been aware of it. I could have tested for formaldehyde (check online for test kits), but instead I looked for it: I figured that the more wood there was that had been glued together, the more formaldehyde.
Urea-formaldehyde free: this uses the ‘safer’ phenol-formaldehyde resins, which offgas at a lower rate. These cheap engineered products, usually coming straight from China, may seem like a great and affordable way to put hardwood flooring in your home, but they also contain the high toxin levels and formaldehyde emissions. I did eventually find PureBond plywood in the Reno area, but it was not at The Home Depot.
These regulations, known as the Airborne Toxic Control Measure or ACTM , have not yet gone into full effect, but many large manufacturers are already trying to comply with them. For its specific characteristic, formaldehyde free plywood is ušed especially for interior applications, where a great emphasis on a hygienic wholesomeness is laid – such as in hospitals, kindergartens etc.
Plywood is a natural product that can be affected by changes in ambient weather conditions, possibly causing previously flat sheets to bow. But this sort of plywood is accepted by US green building codes, and is a big improvement from urea-formaldehyde-containing wood. The PureBond Plywood has versatility in its use including home furniture, wood cabinets to making children’s toys.
The best part is that PureBond is competitively priced with traditional plywood making it an affordable option for families. By January 1, 2013, all products sold in the US will have to meet a formaldehyde emission standard of 0.09 parts per million. Off-gassing formaldehyde was one of the major problems with the temporary housing trailers deployed after the Katrina disaster, and caused a lot of damage to those inhabitants. Formaldehyde occurs naturally, and it’s all around us. Humans, plants and animals produce formaldehyde as a normal part of living. It’s made by Columbia Forest Products, a few reputable lumber suppliers in my area also sell Columbia plywood products.
In fact they built their new house using as many formaldehyde free and chemical free products as they could. This formaldehyde regulation for wood panels is widely considered the most stringent in the world. Replacing traditional urea formaldehyde (UF) hardwood plywood construction with non-toxic, soy-based PureBond® enables Columbia to eliminate any added formaldehyde from standard veneer-core and non-UF composite hardwood plywood core panels. Because formaldehyde is so volatile, it doesn’t cling” to things — it dissipates very quickly.