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WCI Is Formaldehyde-Free!

January 25th, 2016

It’s the last week of the month, wine cellar buddies! The first month of 2016 has flown by without a hitch. But before we welcome the month of love, we want to pick off from where we left off from our Monday blog around two weeks ago. We promised to introduce WCI’s products that form part of our clean and green wine cellars campaign and it’s a promise we intend to keep. So today, we want to let you guys in on a pretty awesome fact – that WCI is officially a formaldehyde-free business!

Formaldehyde-free products!

WCI is “certified” formaldehyde-free!

So why formaldehyde? Why is it being utilized in wine cellar construction? Well, first off, formaldehyde’s major use includes the production of wood binding adhesives and resins. That’s why it’s quite a popular element in construction materials, including building wine cellars. But in a reasearch conducted by the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) in California, formaldehyde has been found to be “carcinogenic to humans” or contains “cancer-inducing elements.” This should be enough to alert those involved in the construction business to be wary of utilizing formaldehyde-rich products.

Still hailing from said research, it was also discovered that one of the major sources of exposure to formaldehyde is when humans inhale it from wood products containing urea-formaldehyde resins. That brings us a little reality check – like when we’re in our homes or in this case, our wine cellars. If most of the wooden furniture in your home or the wine racks in your cellar are made from formaldehyde-rich wood products, then you’re totally exposing yourself to those toxic contents. WCI knows and cares about this risk and that’s why we took a turn in the right direction with all our wine cellar products.

Note that nearly six years ago on July 7, 2010, a federal law was  passed known as the “Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act.” The main purpose of this law is to set proper standards to regulate the formaldehyde content when manufacturing wood products. This will include plywood, one of the wood components used for building wine cellars. And guess what? Here at WCI, our cabinet-grade plywood for wine cellar and wine cellar furniture purposes comes with the Timber Products CARB Certificate. This covers our wood products like Mahogany, Walnut, and Red Oak, among other varieties. So what’s the significance of this “certification?” This, and a number of other certifications we’ve received here at WCI (like our Redwood SFI-Certification!) shows that the plywood we use in our business meets the California standards  for formaldehyde, as well as federal standards set forth in the aforementioned Act.  Even better, we’re working out a program to expand this formaldehyde certification program to more wood species that we utilize, even to our less popular varieties.

So spread the word, wine cellar fans, because WCI is officially formaldehyde-free!


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