Packard Cabinetry and DRAPER DBS™ offer you the gold standard in no-added formaldehyde products.

February 3, 2014


What is formaldehyde?
Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring chemical compound produced by the human body and plants on a daily basis. It is a common component of many household products, like cleaning solutions, clothing, and plastics.

Where is formaldehyde found?
Formaldehyde occurs naturally in the environment with natural processes contributing up to 90% of formaldehyde in the atmosphere. All wood species contain and emit small amounts of formaldehyde. An oak tree emits 9 parts per billion of formaldehyde. It is also found naturally in a wide range of fruits, vegetables, seafood, meats, and coffee. (KCMA)

How is formaldehyde used?
Formaldehyde is a widely used biologic preservative (embalming fluid) used in the productions of plastic products, medicine, cosmetics, furniture, and textiles, among hundreds of products. (KCMA)

Is formaldehyde bad for you?
Formaldehyde is a volatile organic compound (VOC). Like other common VOCs, such as those found in many household products, when encountered in very large quantities, formaldehyde can have negative health effects.

Is formaldehyde content regulated?
Yes. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) evaluated formaldehyde exposure to humans. It established that a safe exposure to formaldehyde emissions is below 0.05 parts per million. KCMA’s Environmental Stewardship Program (ESP) has also adopted CARB’s guidelines. Under its Air Quality category, the ESP ensures the use of low formaldehyde (< 0.05 ppm) particleboard, MDF, and plywood.

Why is formaldehyde found in wood products and cabinetry?
Cabinet manufacturers use composite wood (a positive environmental story) which extends the yield from the harvest of trees, and makes cabinetry more affordable. When combined with urea, another naturally occurring chemical compound, the reaction creates a resin that serves as a permanent adhesive. The best performing adhesives used to make composite wood contain small amounts of urea-formaldehyde to achieve the durability and performance expected by consumers in the difficult kitchen environment.  (KCMA)

Can I buy formaldehyde-free products?
No. Small amounts of formaldehyde are naturally emitted by wood, so no wood product can ever truly be formaldehyde-free. Products claiming to be “formaldehyde-free” are actually saying that no urea-formaldehyde was added to thenatural levels of formaldehyde already found in the product.

What is no-added urea-formaldehyde?
No-added urea-formaldehyde (NAUF) describes materials that have not added anyadditional urea-formaldehyde in the manufacturing process. NAUF products use alternative adhesive components, such as soy.

What do Packard Cabinetry and DRAPER◊DBS™ offer?
We offer our customers and operate under the gold standard of no-added urea-formaldehyde products. We are careful to supply only NAUF plywood and fiberboard by offering products like PureBond, which utilizes soy-based adhesives in construction. Clients can be assured that all adhesives and sealants we use meet or exceed the low-emission standards establish by CARB.