Forum Posts

Joe Basile
May 29, 2021
In Sustainability
When talking about sustainability, I mean the ability of society to produce and use items to enrich our lives without impacting the health and safety of those yet to be born. For example, widespread use of plastics has produced immense quantities of plastic pollution that will impact people's lives for generations. I therefore argue against the use of plastics for anything where alternatives are available, such as furniture. However, one downside that we may face in reducing our use of plastics is that we may strain our forests to produce the amount of lumber we need instead. But there is a solution: particleboard and medium-density fiberboard (MDF). These composite materials combine wood fibers with glue and pressure to make boards out of what would otherwise be waste. This is an extremely efficient use of the trees that are harvested each year and it is a key part of the sustainability equation. It is also true that safety concerns have been raised about the use of formaldehyde-based adhesives in MDF. These adhesives make a stronger board at the expense of off-gassing small amounts of formaldehyde vapor into the air. However, consumers should be aware that the EPA responded to this issue and emissions standards for MDF and related products have been in force since June 1, 2018. This limits the amount of formaldehyde manufacturers are allowed to include in the glue and ensures that any furniture you buy today will emit far below the OSHA exposure limit of 0.75 ppm. For more information, please see the EPA fact sheet on formaldehyde in wood composites and the OSHA fact sheet on formaldehyde exposure. Please remember, every time you get furniture made from MDF instead of solid wood you're reducing the number of trees that need to be cut down. I hope this information helps you make informed choices about the products you buy. Thanks for reading! Joe
0
0
63
Joe Basile
May 29, 2021
In Products Reviews and Questions
I wanted to bring up a useful life-hack as it applies to much of the furniture I sell. But first a disclaimer: I cannot and do not speak for any of the manufacturers. In my own personal experience with building flat pack furniture, however, I do have a recommendation: Glue The Hardware! Put wood glue all over things like dowels and metal fasteners that aren't meant to be disassembled. For example, leave the corner fasteners of a corner desk alone so it can still be taken apart to fit through doorways, but glue most everything else. But for a shoe rack or a coffee table? My suggestion is to glue it all so it stays put. You might want to go through all of the instructions and build as much as possible before breaking out the glue, however. Especially if it's a complex item like a desk. Just keep in mind that if you make a mistake with the glue you might not be able to get it back apart. Happy building!
0
0
123
Joe Basile
May 25, 2021
In Products Reviews and Questions
We want everyone to get the most out of this community, so we ask that you please read and follow these guidelines: Respect each other. No spamming. Keep posts relevant to the forum topic. No profanity or obscene images. SFW only please. Please link to the product you are reviewing or asking about. Reviews are for purchases from Pensive Lookout only. All reviews and questions that follow these rules will be featured on the product page. Please also recognize that as a small business I do not have enough influence with my suppliers to change their packaging practices, but I do detest styrofoam and will welcome any styrofoam-bashing you might wish to include in your review. Thank you, and welcome! Joe Basile, Owner
0
0
17
Joe Basile
May 24, 2021
In Sustainability
Share your thoughts about sustainability and environmentalism. Feel free to add GIFs, memes, #hashtags and more to your posts and comments. Get started by commenting below.
0
0
5
Joe Basile
May 24, 2021
In Sustainability
We want everyone to get the most out of this community, so we ask that you please read and follow these guidelines: Respect each other. No spamming. Keep posts relevant to the forum topic. No excessive profanity or obscene images. SFW only please. This forum is for discussion of any sustainability or environmental topic someone wishes to talk about.
0
0
2
Joe Basile
Admin
More actions