With each new year, articles and commercials abound encouraging us to lead healthier lives by exercising and picking the right foods. One area commonly overlooked, however, is the environment in which we live. For most of us, besides work (and for some poor souls, the daily commute), we spend the majority of our time in our homes. The products we choose, from surfacing and flooring to appliances and paint, make a difference in our overall health as well, whether it is keeping allergies at bay, minimizing bacteria, improving indoor air quality or offering green attributes that minimize environmental impact.Formica Corporation
manufactures products that we, too, would want to invite in our homes. So how do Formica® Brand Products stack up as healthy solutions?Low Emitting: Formica® Brand Laminate
and Formica® Solid Surfacing
allow homeowners to breathe easy, as both are GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute under the GREENGUARD Standard for Low-Emitting Products, including the requirements for Children and Schools.Easy to Clean:
Formica® Solid Surfacing is bacteria resistant, which makes it an ideal option for kitchens and baths, while Formica® Brand Laminate is so easy to maintain, it just takes a quick spray to clean.Sustainable: e Series Solid Surfacing by Formica Group
is the first major branded solid surfacing material to contain post-consumer recycled content. Each sheet of e Series Solid Surfacing has been certified to contain 15 percent total recycled content – 10 percent pre-consumer and 5 percent post-consumer. Pre-consumer recycled content consists of reclaimed solid surfacing while post-consumer recycled content is derived from reduced foam, both Styrofoam cups and packaging. Each sheet contains approximately 1,000, 12 oz. Styrofoam cups.
In addition, Formica® Brand Laminate is now available with FSC
(Forest Stewardship Council) certification. This means our wood products come from forests that are responsibly managed through the use of environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable practices.
All of these sustainable attributes of our products are just the beginning … or should we say the end result. Formica Corporation has completed Life Cycle Assessments of key products to measure the full impacts of products from “cradle to grave.” Learn more about our sustainability efforts on our website
What healthy changes are you making in your home environment this year?