According to a recent report by ecomall.com, “furniture accounts for over 9 million tons of waste in our landfills. Conventional furniture takes advantage of cheap materials such as plywood and medium-density fiberboard (MDF) which allow manufacturers to cut costs, but also create a downward spiral for our landfills and the furniture stacking up within them”.
“Not only is conventional furniture adding countless amounts to our landfills, it is slowly poisoning us. The culprit—formaldehyde. These products are readily available on the shelves of nearly every retail store, and because of this fact, it is hard to find a home without these products.
The toxins that surface in these products such as bookcases, end tables, and computer desks are considered Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). Formaldehyde is readily found in particle board and MDF and is used as a binding agent to allow the wood chips and fibers to adhere to each other”.
This binding process produces what is known as “off-gassing” which is toxic and a less than desirable byproduct of creating household furniture according to the EPA.
These chemicals are potentially life-threatening to individuals with upper respiratory problems such as asthma. Sealants are commonly used to keep formaldehyde at bay in products that take advantage of particle board, but with excessive use, cutting, age, or simply getting banged up in redesign projects, may cause toxins to surface and become potentially life-threatening to individuals with respiratory problems or those who are at higher risk such as children and the elderly.
It is unlikely that we will stop the manufacturing of this type of furnishings, However, we can make a huge impact on the amount of household furnishings from going to landfills.
First of all, we can recycle our old furnishings by gifting them to people who may need them or by repurposing them our selves, giving them new life and pizzaz with many of the DIY products on the market, that are VOC free like, Poppie’s Famous Repurposing Paint Powder.
If you want to take your commitment a step further in doing your part to reduce landfill, why not ask friends and family for their unused leftover cans of paint and use them to mix with your Poppie’s Paint Powder™ while repurposing. Again it keeps the paint out of the environment and saves you some money as well.