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4 Materials to Avoid in an Eco-Friendly Home

Formaldehyde

You’re most likely to find formaldehyde in mass-produced building materials and pressed-wood products, like plywood paneling, MDF, and particleboard that are held together with formaldehyde-heavy adhesives. According to the EPA, formaldehyde emissions can make your eyes water or nauseate you – and it has also been linked with cancer in lab animals. To reduce your risk, look for pressed wood products that are made with phenol resins instead of urea resins and make sure your home is well-ventilated.

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