What options do companies have to adhere to the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule to reduce public exposure to toxic formaldehyde emissions from engineered wood?
Though much focus will be on lowering the levels of formaldehyde and other toxic resins in the traditional production process for engineered wood, there are other solutions. For example, the EPA rule specifically cited Ecovative’s formula for biofabricating MycoBoard™ panels as an innovative alternative to the traditional manufacturing of particle board and other composite wood products.
MycoBoard™ panels are premium, highly machinable, and certified sustainable. Rather than being bound together using formaldehyde and other toxic resins, the panels are literally grown together using Ecovative’s mResin™ adhesive system. Derived from the mycelium in mushrooms, this “nature’s glue” is formaldehyde-free, safe, and healthy. This versatile, non-toxic engineered wood, which offers acoustic and fire-resistant properties, can be molded into custom shapes or pressed into boards, making it an ideal solution for the architectural and design community.
When the new rules were released in July, Ecovative’s co-founder and CEO Eben Bayer said: “We welcome the EPA’s new lower urea-formaldehyde emission standards and are thrilled to be referenced as a potential solution in the guidelines. At Ecovative we believe that less bad is not enough. That’s why we are scaling our mResin™ adhesive system for mill level deployments as well as designing, developing, and selling biofabricated furniture for the home and office. All are grown from natural materials without any added toxic glues.”
Ecovative’s co-founder and Chief Scientist Gavin McIntyre said: “Today Ecovative is working with mills across North America and Europe to pilot our mResin™ adhesive system. By using a living organism to transform existing feedstocks, primarily wood fiber, into glue, we can help mills raise their product performance rather than just focusing on meeting these lower emission standards. While our pilot program is currently full, we hope to have capacity to work with other mills starting in 2017.”
MycoBoard™ panels are available directly from Ecovative, as well as through its west coast distribution partner Trinity Innovations. Ecovative is also using its innovative mycelium-based technology to produce a range of products for the home and office under its Ecovative Interiors line.
Interested in talking about how to integrate this new bio-resin into your product planning and production? Join us at the “Wood Composites Symposium,” on Tuesday, August 23rd. In session one (8:30 a.m.) we will be talking about “Resins and Coatings for Wood Composites” – including Ecovative’s bio-based resins—for composite panels and structural members.
*The EPA’s Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products; Final Rule--Prepublication Copy includes the reference to Ecovative on pages 46-47