Most homes today are filled with particleboard products from melamine covered shelving to bookshelves to closet inserts to kitchen cupboards. Particleboard is largely made using ureaformaldehyde as the binder which can contribute to very poor indoor air quality. People who are sensitive to urea formaldehyde can have symptoms such as irritated eyes and nose, sore throat, asthma, migraines and/or nausea. If you’re planning on renovating your kitchen, or having some cabinets built, there are alternatives available to using standard particleboard. The problem has always been knowing what they are and where to find them.
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