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Blog/Opinion: Have You Tried Formaldehyde-Free Plywood?

By HHI Staff

While plywood and other manufactured wood products have long been a source of formaldehyde in our indoor environments, now formaldehyde-free plywood is available.


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Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring, colorless, strong smelling gas used in many household products including paints, varnishes, adhesives, cleaning products, and cosmetics. It is the key ingredient to many plastic resins such as phenol formaldehyde and urea formaldehyde – both commonly used as finishing treatments for many textiles and paper products, and in many building materials such as plywood and MDF. It is perhaps most commonly known as the chemical used in embalming. Other known sources include cigarette smoke and the burning of fossil fuels such as kerosene. There are trace amounts of naturally-occurring formaldehyde in wood itself. Even people off-gas a little formaldehyde!

The best way to reduce your exposure is by eliminating it at the source. When building or buying cabinets, request urea formaldehyde-free products. One example is PureBond® plywood manufactured by Columbia Forest Products.


Founded in 1957, Columbia Forest Products is the largest manufacturer of hardwood plywood and hardwood veneer products in North America. Its products are sold through a network of wholesale distributors, mass merchandisers and original equipment manufacturers.


Have you tried formaldehyde-free plywood?



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Have You Tried Formaldehyde-Free Plywood?:  Created on August 26th, 2011.  Last Modified on August 26th, 2011


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