Kewlox’s position regarding formaldehyde.

Formaldehyde is a colourless gas which results from combustion. It is naturally present in practically every living organism, and plays an essential role in the metabolism of plants and food products.

We should remember that in their natural state, numerous food products contain formaldehyde, such as white onions (up to 1.3 mg per 100 g), pears (up to 6.0 mg per 100 g), seafood (up to 10.0 mg per 100 g), or smoked bacon (up to 26.7 mg per 100 g).

All combustion produces formaldehyde, including cigarette smoke, wood- and pellet-burning stoves, Christmas candles, or incense sticks.

Natural untreated solid wood contains 0.6 to 1.0 mg per 100 g of formaldehyde.

Formaldehyde is also found, and in particular significant doses, in a plethora of things on products which surround us, such as glues, paints, varnishes, cosmetics, cleaning products and disinfectants, but also textiles, clothing and even baby wipes.

Now the Paracelsus principle says that nothing is poison, everything is poison. It is the fact of inhaling too strong doses of formaldehyde over too long a time which creates the danger, such as irritation and mucus membranes, asthma, or even cancer of the rhino-pharynx.

In order to guarantee the quality of the air, the World Health Organisation recommends not to exceed 0.12µg/m³ of formaldehyde for 30 minutes, and 0.012 µg/m³ when there is respiratory hypersensitivity.

Yet, it should be known that the study conducted in France from 2003 to 2005 by the (Internal Air Quality Observatory) showed that the concentration of formaldehyde in dwellings varies from 1.3 to 86.3µg/m³, and from 3 to 60 µg/m³ in schools, nurseries and offices, namely up to several thousand times the acceptable concentration.

The harmonised standard EN 13986 Appendix B Specifies that panels which meet E1 classification (less than 8 mg Per 100 g) can be used without causing a concentration of formaldehyde in the area greater than 0.1 PPM, the value advised by the WHO.

E1 marking corresponds to the panels used by KEWLOX.

It is also important to note that since the appearance of the German directive of June 1994, the improvement in the manufacturing processes of wood panels is considerably reduced the level of formaldehyde emission.

For the purposes of giving full information, we should add that there are alternatives which are being examined, such as PMDI (Polymeric diphenylmethane diisocyanate) binding agents, but the use of which is particularly hazardous for the health and safety of production staff, and therefore subject to numerous discussions..

We should also remain aware that whatever the future solution, wood-based panels will always give formaldehyde, since natural wood releases is itself!!

Because of its solid wood and steel structure which enable the use of thin six and 3 mm panels to be used, a piece of Kewlox furniture releases 4 to 6 times less formaldehyde than a standard peter commercial furniture made of 18 mm chipboard. A PREMIUM KEWLOX cabinet (aluminium, stainless steel and frosted glass) with glass shelves does not release any formaldehyde.

It should also be known that formaldehyde comes from the degassing of wood and panels, and that its concentration reduces over time. It is therefore important to allow a new piece of furniture to aerate..

But even formaldehyde has its natural enemies: chlorophytum, a pleasant houseplant that is resistant and easy to grow, is capable of removing 86% of formaldehyde and 96% of carbon monoxide from the air in 24 hours!

And if you come to repaint your house or varnish your furniture, you should know that chrysanthemums gobble up trichloroethylene, that philodendrons neutralise pentachlorophenols, and that ivy feasts on benzene……