The Environment and VOCs
We try our best to provide you with the most environmentally friendly and healthy products. Below is an overview of the environmental measures and emissions for our different products.
Our Plywood fronts are made from Chain of Custody Certified Birch Plywood with Multiedge Laminations. A very robust long grain medium density hardwood with an E0 formaldehyde emission rating (max 0.5mg/l). The Chain of Custody Certification ensures the timber is sourced using environmentally responsible forestry practices. To use the material responsibly we optimise it for every order.
Our laminates have a total of 0.5 mg/m³ VOC
(the formaldehyde content is 61.3 µg/m³)
The glue we use contains <1% VOC
"Furniture Linoleum is produced from a very finely ground linoleum granulate created from pure oxidised vegetable linseed oil and natural pine rosin, to which wood flour and colour pigments have been added. The Furniture linoleum is created by a calander process which rolls the material on to an impregnated paper backing. It is finished with a water-based, cross-linked acrylic finish that protects the surface while maintaining the flexibility special touch of linoleum."
-from the Forbo Furniture Linoleum Brochure
Forbo Furniture Linoleum is manufactured using 100% electricity from renewable sources and contains 28% recycled content by weight.
The glue we use for our Linoleum range is a water based glue with a formaldehyde content of 0.01-0.05%
When we use MDF for taller doors, we use an E0 rated MDF.
We finish our fronts with Osmo PolyX®-Oil and it is based on natural vegetable oils and waxes (sunflower oil, soya oil, thistle oil, carnauba wax and candelilla wax), paraffin, siccatives (drying agents) and water-repellent additives. Dearomatized white spirit (benzene-free). This product fulfils EU regulations (2004/42/EC) according to the VOC content of max. 500 g/l when liquid. When dry, this finish is food safe and emits close to no VOCs.
VOCs are a group of carbon-based chemicals that easily evaporate at room temperature. Many common household materials and products, such as paints and cleaning products, give off VOCs.
Formaldehyde is a VOC and a colourless, highly flammable, pungent smelling gas that enters the environment from man-made sources (for example, manufacturing industries) and natural sources including bush fires.