Volatile Gases in Cabinetry and Furniture
Volatile gases such as benzene, xylene and formaldehyde are commonly found in kitchen cabinetry.
Pressed wood is a common source of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) . The glues that hold the wood chips together emit gases -- and many cabinets are made from this material. Many plastics and epoxies (used for adhesion of cabinet sections) contain formaldehyde. Urea formaldehydes produce emissions that increase with temperature and humidity, which is even worse in kitchens.
Consider cabinetry made of solid wood, wheat board (made from wheat straw and non-toxic binding), bamboo, lyptus (sustainable cherry from South America), or metal.
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