Laminate flooring manufactured in China could contain high levels of formaldehyde

Nell Walker
- Lean - Feb 25, 2016

Recent federal investigations have uncovered a disturbing truth: select lines of laminate flooring made in China between 2012 and 2014 contain high levels of formaldehyde. An organic compound used in the production of industrial resins, formaldehyde has been consistently linked in carcinogenic theories.

In fact, the first formaldehyde theory of carcinogenesis was proposed in 1978 and recently, in 2011, the US National Toxicology program described formaldehyde as "known to be a human carcinogen". Carcinogens are substances that have the potential to cause cancer in living tissues. In short, the man-made laminate floor compounds you may be walking on could lead to cancer.

Solid Appalachian Hardwoods are a safer, smarter choice against laminate flooring. Appalachian Hardwood is solid, real, organic wood that contains no formaldehyde-laced bonding agents, so consumers can breathe comfortably knowing its long history of benefits ensures a lifetime of long-lasting beauty and safety.

The mission of Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc. is to assist businesses in making the best decision for their hardwood needs. AHMI is a 200-member trade association headquartered in High Point, N.C. - the furniture capital of the world - and its goal is the promotion of logs, lumber, and products from the Appalachian Mountain region. Appalachian Hardwoods from the 12-state region of the eastern United States are a resource that manufacturers have learned produce the finest finished goods.

To learn more about AHMI's sustainability efforts, or to see the species it offers, visit the website:


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