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Crafting Confidently: Navigating Formaldehyde in Laser Supplies

As laser enthusiasts, it's good to be mindful of the materials we use, especially when it comes to the not so nice stuff that might be in the laser supplies we love so much!

If you've ever wondered about the safety of formaldehyde in laser crafting supplies, you're not alone. At Craft Closet, we believe in crafting with confidence, which is why we're here to shed some light on this topic without sending you into a panic.

Formaldehyde is a common component in many things including household items that you might not have thought about! Things like cabinets, bookshelves, laminate flooring, clothing, bedding, and curtains made from synthetic materials like polyester or rayon may have been treated with formaldehyde resins to improve wrinkle resistance and durability. Even some of the personal care products we use everyday- shampoos, lotions, and nail polishes may contain formaldehyde-releasing preservatives. Some cleaning products, particularly disinfectants and multipurpose cleaners, may contain formaldehyde as a disinfecting agent. The list goes on! None of this is meant to scare you-just remind you that there are a plethora of chemicals that we come into contact with everyday.

Now onto laser supplies….. Yes, certain laser cutting supplies like plywood, MDF, and acrylic can contain formaldehyde. It serves as a binding agent, providing strength and stability to these materials. But here's the thing-it can emit fumes during the laser cutting process, which might raise some concerns about safety.

So, what do you need to know to ensure safe and responsible laser crafting? Let’s talk about two things we think are important:

Ventilation Matters! Proper ventilation in your workspace is essential to minimize fume buildup of all the kinds. Whether you invest in a fancy exhaust system, a filter that is compatible with your particular laser, or vent out the window, keep those fumes at bay!

Choose Wisely! This means the supplies you buy to use in your laser! Opt for laser cutting materials with low formaldehyde content or those labeled as "low-VOC" or "CARB Phase II compliant." These products are designed to emit fewer harmful fumes, helping to minimize the exposure of those not so nice chemicals.

It sounds scary, we know. But here's the good news-at Craft Closet, we've got your back. Our MDF, plywood and acrylic (and everything else we have labeled as Laser Safe) are totally safe to cut, and here's why: we source all of our materials from reputable distributors. Many of our wood suppliers have been in the business for over 50 years and have a major presence in California. Plus, they're CARB Phase II compliant, which means they meet stringent standards for formaldehyde emissions.

So, whether you're crafting up a storm with wood or acrylic, you can trust Craft Closet to deliver top-notch laser cutting supplies that prioritize both safety and quality. Let's keep the creativity flowing and the worries at bay-happy crafting, friends!
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