What is formaldehyde?
Formaldehyde is found in resins used in the manufacture of composite wood products like particleboard (PB) and medium-density fibreboard (MDF) and oriented-strand board (OSB). Formaldehyde is also found in common household products like glue, paints, dishwashing liquids, fertilizers and many more and can contribute to asthma by causing irritation to the lining of the nose and throat. The good news is that off-gas of formaldehyde is strongly regulated by a series of standards.
Environmental certifications and what they mean:
In 2000, the European Panel Industry set forward a series of standards regulating the amount of free formaldehyde a wood-based panel can give off. In order to qualify for the standard, manufacturers must submit samples of the panels they produce to independent laboratories. These laboratories put the panel samples in a chamber and measure the amount of formaldehyde emitted into the air in parts per million (ppm). Depending on the amount of formaldehyde measured panels may be classified as E1, or E2. Always look for either of these ratings while shopping for wood-based products.
In order to label a product in accordance with the European regulations, the manufacturer must submit panels for regular independent testing to an accredited laboratory. After testing, the lab will issue the manufacturer with a certification.
Sonae Arauco products, melamine faced Particleboard meets E1 Certification standard and are tested regularly to keep in line with the legal requirements. South African standard is E2. European Standard is E1 – Can we gain some type of high road by doing more than the bare minimum?
View our Certificates and products in our brochure -https://sonaearauco.co.za/wp-content/themes/Sonae/eBrochures/SonaeAraucoCorporateBrochure/PDF/Sonae_Arauco_Corporate_Brochure.pdf
Alternatives to formaldehyde:
The growing public demand for “green” products is driving research on new resin technology. Sonae Arauco is looking for ways to reduce formaldehyde emissions or eliminate formaldehyde entirely.
So ask for Sonae Arauco boards before you sign off your new decor designs and rest assured that we are making strides in how we impact you and your families health.
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