You must have heard about outdoor air pollution health hazards umpteen times but have you heard about indoor elements that are hazardous for your health? Your furniture can pose a hazard to your health, more often than not. Surprised? Let’s discuss the reason behind this.
Your furniture can be a threat to your health because of the presence of formaldehyde, a chemical that is classified as a carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Formaldehyde is also a potential sensitizer. Thus, carefully opt for the best plywood for furniture for making your interiors stunning.
Short-Term Health Effects of Formaldehyde Exposure
The affected person suffers from watery eyes, burning sensation in the eyes, nose, and throat; coughing, wheezing, nausea and skin irritation. These are all short-term effects. But, some effects might turn out to be serious as well.
Long-Term Health Effects of Formaldehyde Exposure
Unlike the short-term effects, there is scarce knowledge about the long-term health effects of formaldehyde exposure. In 1980, laboratory studies were conducted that showed the exposure to formaldehyde could cause nasal cancer in rats. According to this study, formaldehyde exposure could also cause cancer in humans. Later, in 1987, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classified formaldehyde as a probable human carcinogen under unusually high or prolonged exposure.
Steps to Be Taken to Prevent Formaldehyde Emissions:
1. Keep Furniture Away from Heat
Since formaldehyde is a volatile organic chemical, it evaporates quickly, dissipating into the air when heated or when it comes in contact with a source of heat. Therefore it’s recommended to keep all composite wood items away from heat, or not keep any furniture items anywhere near heaters, and kitchen stoves.
2. Replace with Formaldehyde-Free Alternatives
Last but not the least, to completely get rid of formaldehyde, replace your old cabinets, wardrobe, and furniture with formaldehyde-free alternatives. You can consider zero-emission plywood furniture.
Greenply offers a range of E-0 plywood with global certifications like CARB & EPA for furniture with zero-emission properties, perfect for creating an environment that is safe to breathe in the fresh air. We are the first in India to introduce zero-emission plywood. We are on a mission to cater to essential health requirements within the interior industry.
Greenply- One of the Best Plywood Brands in India:
Furniture made of pressed wood can be dangerous as it contains the most amount of formaldehyde. The reason is, the glue used for binding wooden chips, veneer, chips, strands and fibre is a formaldehyde-based resin.
Do not compromise your health! Switch to our zero-emission plywood.
Greenply offers a wide range of products like the Green Club 700, Green Club 5 Hundred, Green Platinum, and Green Gold which conform to the E-0 European Standard of Formaldehyde emission level along with California Air Resources Board (CARB) certification issued by Environment Protection Agency (EPA). Safeguard your home from the emissions of formaldehyde with Greenply products that are a blessing for you and your family.