PureBond® : Formaldehyde-free Hardwood Plywood Technology
- Non-Toxic Technology
- Soy-Based Adhesive
- North American Made
- Winner, EPA's Greener Synthetic Pathways Challenge
- Only from Columbia Forest Products
The original cost-competitive decorative hardwood plywood without the formaldehyde.
PureBond is Columbia Forest Products' exclusive formaldehyde-free innovation for
hardwood plywood manufacturing.
Replacing traditional urea formaldehyde (UF) hardwood plywood construction with
non-toxic, soy-based PureBond enables Columbia to eliminate any added formaldehyde
from standard veneer-core and non-UF composite hardwood plywood core panels. That's
great news for our employees, our customers and the air we all breathe.
When we say PureBond technology is "formaldehyde-free", we're describing the way
our hardwood plywood panels are comprised of no added urea formaldehyde components
and assembled with no added urea formaldehyde adhesives.
Columbia's formaldehyde-free decorative panels are also compliant with the U.S.
Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards,
earning one point for LEED's EQ Credit 4.4 for Low-Emitting Materials: Composite
Wood, and satisfy the emissions standards of the California Air Resources Board
(CARB) Phase 2 regulations.
Less cost, more benefit
What really makes PureBond special is that it's cost-competitive with the standard
UF construction of most decorative veneer-core hardwood plywood that's made today.
That means PureBond is substantially less expensive than many other no-added-formaldehyde
alternatives currently available.
- PureBond Facts
- PureBond technology utilizes
formaldehyde-free, soy-based adhesive
- Manufacturing with PureBond technology contributes
to an air-friendly indoor environment
- PureBond veneer-core panels are
cost-competitive with traditional panels made using UF construction
- Panels are made
in the US and Canada
- PureBond panels contribute towards the
LEED® IEQ Credit 4.4 for Low-Emitting Materials: Composite Wood
- Panels can be specified as
FSC® certified upon request
- PureBond MDF and Particleboard hardwood plywood is
available upon request
- PureBond is manufactured
exclusively in North America by Columbia Forest Products.
Additionally, PureBond is even more water resistant than UF panels. PureBond panels
with formaldehyde-free technology have out-performed UF bonded panels in all moisture
degradation tests. This award-winning innovation can be yours for what you'd pay
for traditional veneer core hardwood plywood options.
For Columbia, this begins in the forest, where we take responsibility for the sustainable
harvesting practices we use. We employ a certified team of professional foresters
to work with landowners and develop timber plans that assure long-term health of
the forested property.
At our mills, we recycle scrap for fuel in our furnaces, and sell residual material
to others who use it for mulch or other products. And because we've converted to
the PureBond system, the benefits of our soy flour-based, formaldehyde-free technology
are enjoyed by employees in our mills, at our customers' shops and by the end consumer.
The Columbia Difference
Columbia Forest Products has long been a leader in sustainable forestry practices
and innovative manufacturing. We're now reaching out to homeowners and letting them
know how easy it is to get top-quality cabinets, furniture and built-ins without
the risk of formaldehyde.
Since 2005 we've been manufacturing our hardwood plywood using a formaldehyde-free
adhesive derived from food-grade soy flour and a wet strength resin used in printed
currency and milk cartons. This proprietary assembly system, known as PureBond,
is non-toxic and cost-competitive with urea formaldehyde based plywood products.
There is absolutely no added urea formaldehyde in the adhesive or the components.
Over 50 million panels have been made and shipped with PureBond technology - it's
a proven solution. Our hardwood plywood can also be specified using Forest Stewardship
Council™ (FSC) Certified materials, making it a good green choice both for
you and the environment.
Your kitchen dealer, cabinet shop, remodeler or builder can help you make sure your
new cabinets or furniture are made with PureBond products, to assure that they won't
off-gas formaldehyde fumes into your home.