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Greenguard Certified and non-toxic adhesives

After several weeks of research (talking with Eron from Eco Craft Cabinetry – our cabinet installer, Airstream and 3M) we have found a low VOC contact adhesive that will work on our Echo Wood veneer.  We have entered the world of Greenguard Certified.

The Greenguard website has great info.  The US Environmental Protection Agency, the American Lung Association, the World Health Organization and other public health and environmental organizations view indoor air pollution as one of the greatest risks to human health.  So Greenguard is the patroller for indoor air quality – good I’m glad someone is paying attention… they certify products and materials for low chemical emissions and provide a resource for choosing healthier products and materials for indoor environments.  Typically, the type of adhesive used to glue a veneer to a cabinet front is good old toxic contact cement.  And it is used of course because it is relatively inexpensive and it works.  But our cabinets are a bit unique because the bulkhead doors (cabinets hanging on the walls) are made from expanded polyurethane.  We actually tried using contact cement to see if it would hold and it didn’t.  The key when doing this type of install is figuring out what is adhering to what – a wood is different than a laminate which is different from expanded polyurethane.  Once you find out what is adhering to what then you can find the right product.  The 3M product we found is called 3M(TM) Fastbond(TM) 30NF Contact Adhesive Neutral, 1 qt, it’s water based and is low in toxic emissions. The flat door cabinets in the kitchen, bathroom and clothes closets are made from the more typical high pressure laminate.  Airstream was super helpful during our research and their technical department is quite knowledgeable.  Thanks Airstream.

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