Formaldehyde is a natural element which exists in all products. All materials around us emit formaldehyde (during time the emission decreases). A surplus of formaldehyde can be dangerous to human beings and that is why strict norms have been created to control the emissions of formaldehyde (i.e. E-norms in Europe, CARB in the USA).
Crownbamboo uses materials in their products (mostly glues) with very low emissions. As a consequence, all Crownbamboo products comply with the strictest norms. In Europe this is currently the E1 norm. It can be expected that the norms will be tightened in the near future (E0) and Crownbamboo is already prepared: on request Crownbamboo can use formaldehyde free glues (so called NAUF glues: No Added Urea Formaldehyde).
In various researches it has become clear that bamboo is an important and very fast CO2 ‘fixator’. This means that bamboo absorbs, during its growth and life until harvest, a relative big amount of CO2 from the air / atmosphere. After the harvest this CO2 will remain in the material and will only be released when this material is burnt.
On the other hand CO2 is created by machines and transport means which are needed to produce the bamboo products and bring them to the customer. It is very important to keep the emission of CO2 during this process as low as possible. By comparing the CO2 fixation with the emission during production / transport the CO2 balance can be determined. When the CO2 fixation is larger than the emission, the product is CO2 neutral. Research has shown that most Crownbamboo products are CO2 neutral. Calculations are available upon request.
The Forest Stewardship Council is an independent, non-profit organization which promotes the responsible management of forests around the globe. They are non-governmental, and their list of requirements is decided by group consensus.
They were established in 1993 to address exploitation and mismanagement of forests, and to emphasize their social and ecological value. Certification ensures that companies that work in forested areas share and maintain FSC's core values.
Over the years, FSC has become an important international standard. However, for bamboo it has always been questionable if FSC certification is really necessary: bamboo is not a wood, it is a grass. And to produce bamboo products no deforestation is necessary or even possible: only the 5-6 years old plants are harvested. The practical problem was that a lot of building contracts simply required FSC only materials. This would exclude bamboo automatically. In 2004 FSC has allowed bamboo into their system.
To secure and guarantee environmentally sound practices and maintaining working procedures, Crownbamboo has its own daily control activities.
Bamboo is an environmentally sound material, which is cultivated in a very responsible manner. Control and monitoring systems are operational and function well to avoid over harvesting and to secure the protection of the resources.
Crownbamboo transforms this material, using environmentally sound techniques and materials.