Colour, style and size are all things to consider when choosing your next Timba Floor. However, there is something that more and more people are asking when selecting products for the home - ‘Do these products have any harmful toxins or chemicals that may harm my family or the environment?’
Upon first glance it may just seen like another eco-friendly post, but as the world we live in changes to be more eco-focussed, it is not something we can simply ignore.
Formaldehyde is a highly toxic organic compound, often used in wood & timber industry to make adhesive resins for composite wood products such as flooring, composite wood cabinets, fireplaces and even picture frames. In fact, approximately 1 million metric tons of Urea-Formaldehyde is produced each year and 70% is then used by the wood and timber industry.
Don’t panic, all wooden fixtures and furniture in your home may have trace amounts of Formaldehyde in them, but in fact small amounts are harmless to humans, we have been known to have very small amounts of Formaldehyde in our bodies. The level of Formaldehyde only becomes a bigger concern when products are produced with individually high levels leading to a dangerous level of exposure that could prove harmful to us and the environment.
So the question you might now be asking yourself is ‘How do I ensure the products I am buying don’t contain high levels of Formaldehyde?’ This is where the CARB 2 Compliance comes into force.
CARB Phase 2 Compliance is a certification process set up by the California Air Resources Board. The regulation has to do with reducing formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products such as plywood, particleboard and medium density fibreboard (MDF).
This regulation is important because it ensures the air we breathe is healthy and free from carcinogens that can harm us. As of 2011, formaldehyde was added to the federal government’s carcinogen list due to its health effects – often nose and throat irritation, burning eyes, wheezing or difficulty breathing, headaches, and nausea. Formaldehyde is a colourless gas and is emitted from a variety of sources – fireplaces, tobacco smoke, and wood burning stoves, to name a few. In the flooring industry, it’s often used to make products including resins that are used as adhesives for composite wood products.
At Timba Floor we always like to ensure our customers that we are doing the upmost to ensure our products not only look stunning in your home, but also are manufactured from sustainable sources and do not emit any volatile compounds that would pose a danger to you or your family. With this in mind all of our Timba Floor Engineered products feature the CARB 2 compliance and our SGS test results are available here and here.