Environmentally Friendly Formaldehyde and CFC-Free Molding
good for you and good for the planet
Molding Going Green
InvitingHome.com is going green! And you thought that there was no room for a company
specializing in architectural products to go green!
We are sure that like us, you have noticed the move toward more
environmentally friendly products. People have been more conscious of their
health as well as the health of the planet in the long run. We are
participating in the revolutionary move because we care for the safety and
health of our customers. We have the information for the risks and the
negative effects that many of the agents that are present in some of the
products that are offered by other companies.
The Harmful Affect of CFC and Formaldehyde
All of our moldings are PVC, CFC and Formaldehyde free. CFCs are
Chlorofluorocarbons (a synthetic chemical) – they were used widely in all
the industries since being first made in 1892. The chemicals affect the
ozone layer in a very negative way. The CFCs rise to the stratosphere after
being emitted and eat away at the ozone layer. In 1987 the Montreal Protocol
was established—it is an international agreement that mandated all countries
to stop the use of any and all chemicals that are ozone depletes by 2000.
However, many other companies, specifically those who import moldings
manufactured in China, still do not meet these agreements.
You might wonder where the chemicals containing CFCs would be used. CFCs
were actually used as a blowing agent in polyurethane products. All foams
require a blowing agent in order to be able to expand—in addition, they
decrease the severity or a reaction to temperature changes, they allow for a
control when it comes to density and viscosity, and soften the foam.
The new blowing agents are based on azodicarbonamide. The agent is replaces
the old one which contained CFCs and it is also better. Not only is it
better for the environment, but it has more possible purposes and has a
better effect for those purposes.
Environmentally Safe Green Molding and Architectural Products
We are proud to say that we offer only those products which are 100% CFC/HCFC free.
Our lines of Molding and Adhesives
for molding installation also do not contain harmful chemicals
such as formaldehyde. It is a colorless, strong-smelling gas that has been
used quite profusely in building materials and many household products.
Its most common use is in adhesives and the adhesive that is used in pressed
wood products such as MDF moldings and baseboards. You might have heard
about it in the news in regards to the FEMA trailers used in the recovery
effort after Hurricane Katrina.
It is usually present in no more than .06 parts per million, but if it ever reaches. 1 parts per million or more it
may cause side effects such as respiratory problems, burning and watery
eyes, burning sensation in nose and throat, nausea, coughing, tightness in
chest, wheezing, and/or skin reactions (such as rashes).
Formaldehyde was put on the list of carcinogenic elements. There is no
certainty in the amount that would cause it—depends on the exposure type and
duration of the exposure to the chemical. In a recent article in the New
York Post (Friday, February15, 2008, "FEMA' cane aid is Toxic") Mike Stobbe
described the situation where "Health officials are urging hurricane victims
be moved out of their government issued trailers as soon as possible.
Apparently "in some trailers the levels were nearly 40 times customary
exposure levels, raising fears that residents could contract respiratory
problems." Our homes should be our refuge not our undoing.
This is why
InvitingHome.com has made such an effort to provide "people safe" and
"environmentally friendly" moldings. They may be a bit more expensive, but
since these moldings will be in our home for the rest of your life why would you want to
fill your home with moldings that are harmful to our family and hazardous to the
You can rest assured that all of our architectural products are green and that we are
conscious of any other ways to be proactive in helping keep the environment
clean. For example, our manufacturer has switched from petroleum to gas at
its main manufacturing plant. Petroleum is mostly made up of hydrocarbons.
As the hydrocarbons burns they create carbon dioxide, water, sulphur, and
carbon monoxide. When natural gas is burnt, one molecule of carbon dioxide
for every two water molecules is released, making it the cleaner fuel
alternative. This change ends up lowering the carbon monoxide emission at
the factory by 660,000 lbs a year. At InvitingHome.com we are also conscious
to reuse packing material and all cardboard is sent to a recycling facility.
Our quality molding is incredibly durable (as strong or stronger than wood) with a
tough, but extremely smooth surface. The high density molding save you time
and money due to the fact that you do not have to prime them—they come pre-primed. It
is not cumbersome because of how lightweight it is which makes it much
easier to install and more fuel-efficient to ship.
With InvitingHome.com you are not sacrificing style or quality to help the
environment or protect your family.