A non-toxic adhesive alternative for engineered wood
Much like solid wood, engineered wood can be used in a variety of settings, including our homes. Our furniture as well as wall and floor panels could be made of this material, which is cheap, strong and easy to manufacture. Despite its advantages, engineered wood has been found to emit potentially harmful amounts of formaldehyde gas through the chemical decomposition of the adhesives. Formaldehyde has recently been labelled by the Food and Drug Administration as a toxic carcinogen. As a result, consumer demand and government regulations have shifted towards non-toxic alternatives. The EU-funded Materialize.X project will develop a biologically based adhesive that works within an industrial environment and is compliant with current regulations. The project will also deliver support software to ease the integration of the new adhesive into the production line.
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