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Ecologically benign workstations use Dow’s PU resin

By Liz White, UT staffMidland, Michigan-A new line of eco-friendly workstations, fabrics and materials by US office furniture maker Herman Miller offers customers the option of selecting sustainable, recyclable, and renewable resources as component materials. Dow’s Woodstalk range of fibre board, made using using polyurethane resin as a binder, is a standard option for the horizontal work surface on the panel, frame and tile, and desk-based systems.The Woodstalk Gold MR Fiberboard used by the furniture maker is made from what Dow says is “abundant, annually renewable wheat straw” and uses PU resin as a binder, in place of the conventional formaldehyde binders found in medium density fibre-board or particle-board. Dow says this results in a “strong, smooth and lightweight finished fibre-board that is also moisture-resistant with no added formaldehyde.”Increasingly, our customers are specifying products that minimise environmental impact while creating interior environments for employees that focus on health and productivity,” said Herman Miller’s environmental affairs manager, Paul Murray, in a Dow statement. “Woodstalk enables us to provide both of these critical benefits in a way that is both economical and intrinsically attractive,” “In the past we struggled to find a wheat board source that met our stringent requirements for quality and performance, including our 12 year warranty, but we found it in Woodstalk from Dow BioProducts,” he added. “

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