But despite these serious shortcomings, formaldehyde continues to be widely used because it cannot be easily replaced. Without the use of formaldehyde the performance of many consumer and industrial products would be negatively impacted. But where is formaldehyde found?
Formaldehyde-based resins have excellent bonding qualities and are used to manufacture composite products that are used to make MDF furniture countertops, mouldings, shelving, staircases, flooring, carpets and many other household furnishings.
Many personal cleansing and beauty products contain formaldehyde, such as shampoos, sun block, soap bars, cosmetics, body wash, toothpaste, baby wipes and bubble bath. Check on the labels before using these products to ensure they are formaldehyde-free.
Rather than improving the air we breathe, air fresheners and plug-in fragrance dispensers are reported to be a contributing source of formaldehyde in the home. Some essential oils and paper towels are also reported to contain formaldehyde.
Some studies report that e-cigarettes produce higher levels of formaldehyde than normal cigarettes although currently this is a highly contested issue.
For a solid, flat and elegant finish that is easy to touch up when required, matte paint is ideal for creating a gentle, soothing finish. It helps to conceal flaws too, making it a good choice for older walls with "character".
Has slightly more lustre than a matte finish, low-sheen rather than shiny. This attractive finish resists stains better than matte paint, and is easier to maintain
Creates an attractive and highly durable high sheen finish, an ideal choice if you want to make a room look bigger. While it is the easiest to clean (just wipe with a damp cloth) Silk paint’s light reflecting properties do make it more difficult to touch up because any difference in sheen will be apparent. It will make imperfections in your walls more noticeable, so it is worth investing a bit of extra time on surface preparation to make your walls as smooth as possible.
Even our gloss paint is zero-VOC! An easy-to-apply, non-drip antibacterial gloss paint that provides a hardwearing, wipe-clean finish for interior and exterior wood and metal. (Please note, the gloss does not share the formaldehyde-absorbing properties of the emulsion paint, but there's still no safer gloss paint on the market!)