This past Sunday March 1st, 60 Minutes aired a disturbing investigative piece on the high levels of formaldehyde found in Lumber Liquidators flooring. Formaldehyde exposure has long been known to be a human carcinogen. Because exposure has been recognized to cause cancer, it is regulated here in the U.S. for acceptable levels.
Sadly enough however, there are dishonest manufacturers and retailers that are willing to sell the highly contaminated flooring with incorrect or no warning labels on what’s inside. Worse, some labels are intentionally falsified to say their product, is in fact, U.S. compliant for formaldehyde levels, ensuring the public is not aware of what is safe, non-toxic and (GULP) in our homes right now!
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but it’s not just cheap flooring you need to be mindful of. If your sofa contains standard foam, it most likely contains a carcinogenic chemical, Chlorinated Tris, which has been proven to cause an awful array of diseases, including thyroid disease and cancer.
If you have inexpensive case goods made of plywood or particleboard, such as desks (where you sit daily), cabinets (where you store your food or clothing) bedside tables or headboards (where you sleep and breathe) they may also contain VOC’s that cause damage to the liver, kidney and nervous system.