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Formaldehyde-Free Bamboo Flooring from EcoTimber

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Vol. 17, No. 1). EcoTimber is following suit, shifting the manufacture of its solid-bamboo flooring to include an emulsion polymer isocyanate (EPI) binder that contains neither urea- nor phenol-formaldehyde, according to Dan Harrington, director of product development. The company switched to the new binder without raising the selling price of the product, said Harrington, keeping it competitive with similar products from both Smith & Fong and Teragren, which offers formaldehyde-free flooring on a special-order basis. EcoTimber’s woven-bamboo (also called strand-bamboo) flooring uses a phenol-formaldehyde binder. Like the bamboo flooring, the company’s hardwood flooring products all use binders with no added urea-formaldehyde, with many using the same EPI binder as the solid bamboo flooring. More information is available at www.ecotimber.com.

Published March 1, 2008