Urea-Formaldehyde-Free Particleboard from Roseburg

Roseburg Forest Products’ SkyBlend is the first general-use non-urea-formaldehyde particleboard.

Roseburg Forest Products of Roseburg, Oregon, has introduced SkyBlend™, the first general-use particleboard produced with phenol-formaldehyde (PF) binder instead of the industry-standard urea-formaldehyde (UF). Standard particleboard can emit significant quantities of formaldehyde, a chemical reclassified in 2004 from a “probable human carcinogen” to a “known human carcinogen” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of the World Health Organization. Though PF also contains formaldehyde, the chemical is locked more tightly to the wood fibers, and formaldehyde emissions are significantly lower. Due to formaldehyde offgassing concerns, the LEED® Rating System includes a credit for avoiding UF-based wood products. While SkyBlend is not the only particleboard product on the market made with PF binder, it is the only conventional particleboard with this distinction that EBN is aware of. Several specialized particleboard products made with PF resins, such as Resincore 1, made by Rodman Industries of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, serve primarily niche markets. ...

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