from the USA Consumer Protection
Agency 2015 Update: Why should you be concerned? Actual Quote:
exposure may potentially cause a
variety of symptoms and adverse
health effects, such as eye,
nose, throat, and skin
irritation, coughing, wheezing,
and allergic reactions.
Long term exposure to high
levels of formaldehyde has been
associated with cancer in humans
and laboratory animals.
All particle board material
has two things in common:
1). It is by far the cheapest,
least expensive material to manufacture with. That
was the primary reason this product is being used in
manufacturing. 2). All particle board contains
"Formaldehyde" which is a necessary part of gluing
all the wood chips together to form a panel.
Most closet organizers
are made of particle board....you might think
this is good news....
The core of our panels is made of 100% recycled
and/or recovered wood fiber. Our panels are
certified to meet California Air Resources Board
(CARB) Phase 2 standards
Here are the facts....Here are actual excerpts
from the CARB certification:
What is formaldehyde
and what are the health effects of formaldehyde
exposure? Formaldehyde is a colorless gas and is
released to the environment from a variety of
sources including the combustion of fossil fuels
such as gasoline and propane, tobacco smoke,
fireplaces, and wood burning stoves.....Health
effects can include nose and throat irritation,
a burning sensation of the eyes, wheezing,
difficulty in breathing, and can trigger asthma
symptoms in those with asthma. Sensitive
individuals may experience fatigue, headache,
"Formaldehyde is also a known
California Environmental Protection Agency
You may leave your
new "Particle Board" product in the Garage for a
few days to let it off-gas before bringing it
California Environmental Protection Agency / Air
looking for a closet organizer you may come across
websites or companies calling their product "Solid Wood"
when in fact it is made of particle board (sometimes
referred to as "Engineered Wood"). It is a false claim,
made under the misleading idea that because the board or
shelf isn't "Hollow" inside it is solid.
Here is the truth about particle board vs. solid
wood (We are also including links to other non-biased
sites to substantiate the information we are providing
advantage of particle board is
lower cost. It is made of scrap wood particles
glued together to form a board. The problem with
particle board is that it is brittle and will break
easily when hit with force (especially on a corner).
Most people have had this experience with a cheap piece
of furniture. This is why a fine piece of furniture
built in 1930 will outlast a new piece of furniture
built in 2008.
Particle board can be
made to look like beautiful solid wood by laminating
veneer or fake wood over it.
Here is what others
From Wikipedia Encyclopedia:
Particleboard is cheaper.........and is
substituted......when appearance and strength are less
important than cost.
A major disadvantage of particleboard is that it
is very prone to expansion and discoloration due to
moisture, particularly when it is not covered with paint
or another sealer. Therefore, it is rarely used outdoors
or places that have high levels of moisture. Many
engineered woods immediately start to fall apart once
they get wet, unlike solid wood.
cabinets made with particle board. This saw dust or
flake board material does not hold a fastener as well as
solid wood or plywood, and it tends to flake easily,
especially near the edges.Particle board also adds an
incredible amount of unnecessary weight to the cabinet
which most installers will complain about. Heavy
materials not necessarily mean good materials.