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california 93120 compliant for formaldehyde phase 1 & 2 January 5, 2012

Filed under: Green,Safety,Toxic — latchandlove @ 6:40 pm


What does it mean and why is it showing up every where?
If you have informed yourself of toxic products and living green this is probably a label you want to avoid.
The California code of regulations made a movement in 09 to reduce it’s exposure to formaldehyde in composite wood. 93120 phase 1 & 2 reflect the code of regulation and the years in which it was regulated. This can be found in anything from wood shelving from Lowes, Walmart, Home Depot, etc. And anything that is composite wood products like toys and kids furniture. After reading “Healthy Child, Healthy World” and a few other green books I have tried to be more cognizant about any and everything that comes in our house. Recently for Christmas gifts we received 2 with these labels “california 93210 compliant formaldehyde phase 2” , not so anxious to read the abstruse jargon of the 59 page report by the California Air and ARB (Air Resources Board) – I just did some skimming on green living websites and ARB site.
I gathered enough information to decide that even a decreased and supposedly small amount of formaldehyde was enough for my babies exposure. Straight from the ARB site; “Formaldehyde was also designated as a toxic air contaminant (TAC) in California in 1992 with no safe level of exposure”. The emissions are carcinogenic especially to babies since they take more breaths per minute than adults and chew everything! The off gassing would be ongoing! Although we got an adorable table and chairs set and some small toys with these labels we will be returning and discarding.
There are so many alternatives to purchasing items that are not even casually linked to this type of composite wood. What also baffles me is that you cannot put faith in the USA to have high enough standards for products for children or adults in this country. Our tolerance is very high when it comes to regulation and industry standards. Other countries specifically in Europe do not have this problem because they have a much lower and no tolerance for such toxicity.
Buy pure wood, bamboo, read labels and know your safe woods before making new purchases.


10 Responses to “california 93120 compliant for formaldehyde phase 1 & 2”

  1. sara Says:

    If there is no this scticker on the items doesn’t mean they are safe. Those stickers are required only in California, and all wooden items available in California have those stickers. If they not have they can’t be sell in California. If you live outside of California and you don’t have this sticker on your wooden item it doesn’t mean is free of formaldehyde.

  2. Ben Says:

    After some brief research, it seems like formaldehyde is everywhere, you’re probably better off that that the product is labeled with phase 2 than not unless it is real hardwood. As non-labeled composite wood (as well as carpets, other crap) emits more formaldehyde. Just make sure to air out your new products for a few days and proper ventilation in the house. Just my 2 cents.

  3. MaryAnn Says:

    I bought 2 jewelry boxes at t j max with this tag are they safe

    • latchandlove Says:

      A bigger concern are children’s items. I think as long as you aren’t gnawing on the lids you’ll be ok! And let them air out! I am sure there are items in my apartment that contain formaldehyde and I don’t even know it. I.E. Finishings to bathroom shelves, it’s everywhere.

  4. Holly Says:

    The tag says its safe but that doesn’t mean it actually is, expecially to children. I am in no way trying to live green but when I found the perfect basket for my daughters toys at target it had the tag that said it was safe but I just don’t believe it. I could not find another basket I loved as much but just couldn’t put her toys in it saying it contained formaldehyde.

  5. Sean-Michael C Hoover Says:

    when arnold swartzenegger passed legislation in California to inform all citizens of products that could cause cancer being made in California that’s when those first little white stickers started popping up “this product is known to the state of California to cause cancer” with the hard work of private companies with federal backing they started taking steps to effectivly, decrease the amount of products in California known to do this these new little white stickers are the first steps in our fight to prevent cancer through manufacturing that we brought upon ourselves not knowing what
    consequences that could come from it. also see Unikit Inc. incorporated

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