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Formica Laminates Switch To FSC Certified Paper

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:11 AM
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Image credit Formica Fifty years ago, just about every kitchen counter was plastic laminate. It made sense; the stuff as cheap, easy to work with, relatively durable (my mother-in-law has been using the same counter for 45 years) and there were not a lot of alternatives. Then Corian came along in the seventies, and granite got globalized, and plastic laminate came to be considered downmarket. But it is an interesting product, really just paper laminated under pressure together with phenolic resin. Those resins used to be made with formaldehyde, but now are usually water based. Now the Formica Corporation has even started making it with Kraft paper that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). ... Read the full story on TreeHugger






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