Saturday, April 7, 2012

Formaldehyde free MDF 3D puzzle

Recently, some customers have been asking me, "What is formaldehyde free MDF and why is it a concern to empathize in your product, Topozoo?"

Like my customers, I was only introduce to this word "formaldehyde" last year. It happened when I wanted to buy a wooden bookshelf and learnt that the material is using MDF. As a curious me, I did a google search and read some information from a UK website As the kiasu me, I decided to drop the idea of purchase.

When I first spotted Topozoo, I was really happy that they use formaldehyde free MDF to make their animal puzzles. This product is not only durable, made to last but it's also making a statement to use safe materials for children products. 

Below is a short description of formaldehyde which I found from National Cancer Institute: 

Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable, strong smelling chemical that is used in building materials and to produce many household products. It is used in pressed-wood products such as particleboard, plywood and fiberboard; glue and adhesives; permanent-press fabric; paper products coating and certain insulation materials. In addition, formaldehyde is commonly ised as an industrial fungicide, germicide and disinfectant and as a preservative in mortuaries and medical laboratories. Formaldehyde also occurs naturally in the environment. It is produced in small amount by most living organisms as part of normal metabolic processes.

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Basically, we can't eliminate formaldehyde. I guess the only way is to minimize purchase made of MDF  for home products and preschools (as kids are more vulnerable) Just my two cents worth. 

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