Mother Earth Living

Sticky Soy: Natural Soy Adhesives

Soy adhesives replace toxic formaldehyde in decorative plywood.
By Vivienne Jannatpour
January/February 2006
Add to My MSN


Content Tools

Related Content

PureBond Fabricator Networks Makes Finding Formaldehyde-Free Products Easy

Columbia Forest Products, one of the nation’s largest hardwood manufacturers, connects consumers to ...

U.S. Green Building Council Rejects Sustainable Forestry Initiative Wood

The U.S. Green Building Council singles out the Forest Stewardship Council as the only trusted wood ...

A Green Home: Basket Storage for Small Spaces

Hanging baskets on your walls helps to create storage and still offer decorative design in your home...

Eco-Friendly Cabinets: Think Outside the Wooden Box

Eco-friendly cabinetry offers the beauty of wood without the forest destruction. Try reclaimed wood,...

The bad news

Our homes are filled with plywood, from cabinets to desks and doors. The commonly used plywood adhesive, urea-formaldehyde, has been linked to cancer and other health problems. Even though soy-based adhesives have been available since the early 1900s, the building industry has favored formaldehyde-based wood adhesives because they’ve been cheaper and more effective.

The good news

A new line of formaldehyde-free hardwood plywood panels, PureBond (which uses a patented soy-based adhesive), performs better than its urea-formaldehyde counterpart and is just as cost effective. Columbia Forest Products is distributing formaldehyde-free, decorative-hardwood plywood from three of its six manufacturing facilities and plans to convert all six this year. Future uses for PureBond include particleboard and medium-density fiberboard.

To order formaldehyde-free plywood that’s also certified as sustainably harvested by the Forest Stewardship Council, contact Columbia Forest Products.








Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe today and save 58%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.