The Dangers of Using Plywood and MDF in Home Decor or Gifts

The Dangers of Using Plywood and MDF in Home Decor

When it comes to home decor, many of us want to make sure we are being environmentally and nature friendly. But unfortunately, when it comes to materials like plywood and MDF, that is not always the case. Plywood and MDF are commonly used in home decor projects, but they can cause a variety of problems that may not be immediately apparent. In this blog post, we will discuss the dangers of using plywood and MDF in home decor and why it is important to be aware of them.

What is plywood?
Plywood is a type of engineered wood made by bonding together thin layers of wood veneer, usually using toxic adhesives. Plywood is often used in construction, furniture making, and home decor. Its smooth surfaces can be stained, varnished, painted, and otherwise personalized for the recipient but there are some major risks associated with using plywood or MDF in home decor or in gifting that should be taken into account.

Why is it dangerous to use these materials in home decor?
Using plywood and MDF in home decor can be dangerous because they are made of composite materials that contain formaldehyde and other chemicals which can be hazardous to our health. Formaldehyde is a chemical used in many products, including glues and resins. These materials are not considered non-toxic, safe, or clean as they often contain pollutants that can cause health problems, especially if exposed over long periods of time.

Plywood and MDF can off-gas these harmful chemicals into the air, making them potentially dangerous for both indoor and outdoor use. In addition to health concerns, these materials are not the most environmentally friendly choices either, as they require large amounts of energy to produce.

Fortunately, there are several alternatives to using plywood and MDF in home decor that are safer, cleaner, and more eco-friendly. Natural materials like wood, stone, and bamboo are great options for creating unique and personalized gifts or decor items. For those looking for more modern designs, there are also plenty of sustainable options available such as recycled plastics and organic fabrics. Ultimately, choosing materials that are safe and non-toxic will ensure that your home is both beautiful and healthy.

How can I avoid using these materials in my home?

Ask before you buy.  See a gift you would like to give?  Find out what material it is made out of.  If it's plywood or MDF, find an alternative.  Formaldehyde is truly nothing to play with.   

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