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2022.08.19

Go with food-grade PP materials to build a home that keeps you away from toxins.

Go with food-grade PP materials to build a home that keeps you away from toxins.(Image)
Image Source/潘鳳凰空間設計。Used Products/K6176AS、P176AA
 

Among hundreds of building material options, will choosing the wrong materials impact our health?

People spend more than 90% of their time indoors, whether it is staying in public spaces like stores, shopping plazas, company offices, or at home.
Since most of the time that people spend is in an indoor environment, it is critical to pay more attention to the planning while building a safe and comfortable space.
Decorative panels are used in various indoor areas, such as walls, ceilings, cabinets, doors, etc. While there are hundreds of decorative material options on the market, choosing the wrong materials that contain excessive formaldehyde, TVOC, or other high-volatility toxins would put the user’s health at risk. Therefore, it is necessary to select building materials carefully and learn about the raw materials and compositions before starting the interior design process, which keeps the carcinogenic toxins away from your space.
 

Common substrates used for building materials in the market.

The substances contained in different building materials and coatings could be drastically different. How do we select the right building materials that are non-toxic and safe? Let me introduce the common substances used to produce building materials.
 

Polyvinyl Chloride

PVC has been called the poison plastic by Greenpeace International. PVC contains plasticizer, which is extremely toxic. It also releases heavy metals such as dioxin, lead, and mercury that are carcinogenic under high temperatures due to its low heat resistance. However, due to its cheap cost and ease of manufacturing, PVC has been widely used in various types of consumer goods and decorative building materials, which threatens our environment and health. At present, the elimination of PVC is the common goal of more than 100 countries around the world, including the United States, the European Union, and Japan.
 

Melamine resin

Melamine resin is often used as a material for drop-resistant dining bowls and decorative boards. Melamine resin is a plastic material made of formaldehyde and melamine polymerize, which releases its toxins when heated. Exposure to high levels of melamine will increase the chance of infant kidney diseases. Formaldehyde is an irritating and suffocating colorless gas, which has been classified as a first-class carcinogen by the World Health Organization. When you smell a strong pungent odor in your newly decorated home, you might need to check the formaldehyde concentration of your building materials. Moreover, staying in a low formaldehyde environment for extended periods of time could still cause chronic respiratory tract, cancer, birth defections and other health related problems, which is a critical threat to the wellbeing of adults, infants, and even interior construction workers. 
 

Polypropylene

Since PVC is gradually banned internationally, polypropylene has started to take its place. Polypropylene is a safer type of plastic that comes with ideal properties of low density, chemical resistance, durability, and high heat resistance that withstands temperatures from -20°C to 120 °C. PP contains zero formaldehyde,  plasticizer, and TVOC. It also emits zero toxins when burnt, which has no negative impacts on human health. Thus, PP is often used as a material for microwavable food containers and decorative building materials.
 
Material Comparison
 
Polyvinyl ChlorideMelamine Resin
👍Polypropylene
pros
  • Cheap
  • Shapeable
  • Moisture resistant
  • Chemical resistant
  • Cheap
  • Durable
  • Moisture resistant
  • Chemical resistant
  • Heat resistant
  • Durable
  • Free of formaldehyde, plasticizer, and TVOC
cons
  • Contains Plasticizer
  • Low Heat Resistance, Releases dioxin and other carcinogens under high temperatures
  • Chemical corrosion prone
  • Releases toxic substances such as formaldehyde and melamine when heated, which causes chronic respiratory tract, cancer, birth defections, and infant kidney diseases.
  • Not resistant to ultraviolet radiation exposure, results in material aging and discoloration.

The key to choosing building materials - How to protect your health?

As soon as you enter a newly decorated house, you smell a pungent odor that fills up the space. If you think that the gas would dissipate after ventilating the space for a few days, then you are actually neglecting the negative health impacts that could be caused by the toxins emitted by the decorative materials. Long term inhalation of formaldehyde, benzene, plasticizer, and organic volatile compounds (TVOC) could cause substantial damages to the human body, which is not much worse than chronic suicide. Therefore, to keep those invisible killers away from your house, it is key to inspect the compositions thoroughly when it comes to selecting decorative materials.
The question is, how should we choose the right building materials in order to create a healthy living environment? With the rise of home safety awareness, governments across the world have started to strengthen the regulations of building materials and promote labeling systems for green building materials. Thus, when it comes to selecting building materials, it is recommended to select products with green labels or certifications of low formaldehyde and TVOC to protect the health and wellbeing of your family.


eco-friendly and healthy building materials.
Image Source/KD Panels

Keding Enterprises has always been aware of the importance of healthy and safe interior decoration. KD has been focusing on the production and applications of eco-friendly and healthy building materials. While continuously developing new products that reduce the risk of harming the human body and creating non-toxic and safe interiors for consumers, KD has also been committed to reducing the formaldehyde concentration in building materials. KD products have reached the highest level of low formaldehyde certifications, and obtained environment friendly certifications such as Singapore’s Green Label and Japan's F★★★★. KD strictly controls the production quality, and constantly creates new products that meet the needs of the consumers.

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環保批批板/圖片來源/寬度設計。使用產品/K6176AS、P176AA、P178CA

Image Source/寬度設計。Used Products/K6176AS、P176AA、P178CA

KD New Product Line – ECO+ Series Food grade PP, stay healthy and safe.

Most commercially available boards and panels are made from PVC or melamine materials. The toxic substances such as formaldehyde, melamine, and plasticizer contained in these materials could cause long-term negative impacts on the human body.  As the industry-leading manufacturer of eco-friendly and healthy building materials, KD is committed to eliminating toxic decorative materials that endanger the consumers’ health. Therefore, KD developed ECO+ Panels, which is an eco-friendly polypropylene material that is free of toxins. With enhanced protection of EB coating technology, ECO+ Panels come with a non-toxic and extraordinarily durable surface. Exclusively licensed and developed by the largest manufacturer of decorative materials, DNP Japan., the hyperrealistic finish of ECO+ Panels simulates the look of KD Panels.  With hundreds of wood grain options along with a variety of material and color choices, ECO+ Panels can easily fit in various spaces and areas.
ECO+ Panels are your best choice that protect your health and wellbeing while keeping you away from formaldehyde and plasticizer.
Product Applications:
Closets, bookshelves, dining tables, bed frames, door panels, walls, ceilings, and slat walls.

Introduction of ECO+ Panels


環保批批板/圖片來源/瓦第設計。使用產品/P176BA
Image Source/瓦第設計 Used Item/P176BA

 

Advantages of ECO+ Panels

Safe and non-toxic food grade polypropylene.
PP (polypropylene) materials are free of formaldehyde, plasticizer, melamine and other toxic substances. ECO+ Panels are made with healthy and safe PP materials, which protects the user’s health and wellbeing.

EB High Resistance Coating technology for enhanced protection
EB coating technology provides great protection on the surface, certified by SGS for scratch, chemical and stain resistance as well as flame retardancy.

Hyper-realistic printing technology
Developed and licensed by the largest manufacturer of decorative materials, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP) Japan, ECO+ Panels simulate the look of KD Panels to achieve the closest color matching inside and outside of your woodwork. ECO+ Panels simplifies the color matching process and enhances the aesthetics with a consistent look. An extended series of ECO+ panels has also been released, which starts a new chapter of printed KD panels.


Various color tones to fit in different areas.
Hundreds of different shades and color options help you create the interior space you desire. Various surface treatments also give the panels a layer of natural textures that fit in all kinds of spaces.
►ECO+ Panels Series


ECO+ Panels
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