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Collins Pine FreeForm from The Collins Companies

Collins Pine FreeForm

FreeForm is a new FSC-certified particleboard that is produced with no added urea-formaldehyde. A melamine-formaldehyde binder is used rather than industry-standard urea-formaldehyde. Initial chamber testing has shown formaldehyde emissions to be in the range of 0.09 to 0.13 parts per million which meets the recently announced Phase I California Air Resources Board (CARB) standards for formaldehyde emissions—but not the Phase II standards. Within a year, the company anticipates that FreeForm will meet Phase II standards, and it hopes to eventually eliminate formaldehyde-based binders altogether. All FreeForm particleboard carries the Forest Stewardship Council label, designating products sourced from third-party-certified, well-managed forests. In contrast, with many other FSC products, the certification is an option available only at an upcharge. While low-formaldehyde particleboard made with phenolic binders is darker than conventional UF-particleboard (due to the reddish color of phenol-formaldehyde), FreeForm is lighter in color, because melamine binder is white.

The Collins Companies
1618 SW First Ave., Ste. 500
Portland, OR 97201
Phone: 503-417-7755
Toll free: 800-329-1219
Fax: 503-417-1441

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