May 16, 2020

Laminate flooring manufactured in China could contain high levels of formaldehyde

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flooring
Manufacturing
Nell Walker
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Laminate flooring manufactured in China could contain high levels of formaldehyde
Recent federal investigations have uncovered a disturbing truth: select lines of laminate flooring made inChinabetween 2012 and 2014 contain high levels...

Recent federal investigations have uncovered a disturbing truth: select lines of laminate flooring made in China between 2012 and 2014 contain high levels of formaldehyde. An organic compound used in the production of industrial resins, formaldehyde has been consistently linked in carcinogenic theories.

In fact, the first formaldehyde theory of carcinogenesis was proposed in 1978 and recently, in 2011, the US National Toxicology program described formaldehyde as "known to be a human carcinogen". Carcinogens are substances that have the potential to cause cancer in living tissues. In short, the man-made laminate floor compounds you may be walking on could lead to cancer.

Solid Appalachian Hardwoods are a safer, smarter choice against laminate flooring. Appalachian Hardwood is solid, real, organic wood that contains no formaldehyde-laced bonding agents, so consumers can breathe comfortably knowing its long history of benefits ensures a lifetime of long-lasting beauty and safety.

The mission of Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc. is to assist businesses in making the best decision for their hardwood needs. AHMI is a 200-member trade association headquartered in High Point, N.C. - the furniture capital of the world - and its goal is the promotion of logs, lumber, and products from the Appalachian Mountain region. Appalachian Hardwoods from the 12-state region of the eastern United States are a resource that manufacturers have learned produce the finest finished goods.

To learn more about AHMI's sustainability efforts, or to see the species it offers, visit the website: www.appalachianhardwood.org

 

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May 12, 2021

Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing

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Automotive
2 min
Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing

Ultium Cells LLC - a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions - has announced its latest collaboration with Li-Cycle. Joining forces the two have set ambitions to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing

 

What is Ultium Cells LLC?

Announcing their partnership in December 2019, General Motors (GM) and LG Energy Solutions established Ultium Cells LLC with a mission to “ensure excellence of Battery Cell Manufacturing through implementation of best practices from each company to contribute [to the] expansion of a Zero Emission propulsion on a global scale.”

Who is Li-Cycle?

Founded in 2016, Li-Cycle leverages innovative solutions to address emerging and urgent challenges around the world.

As the use of Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries in automotive, industrial energy storage, and consumer electronic applications rises, Li-Cycle believes that “the world needs improved technology and supply chain innovations to better recycle these batteries, while also meeting the rapidly growing demand for critical and scarce battery-grade materials.”

Why are Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces?

By joining forces to expand the recycling of scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing in North America, the new recycling process will allow Ultium Cells LLC to recycle cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and aluminum.

“95% of these materials can be used in the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries,” says GM, who explains that the new hydrometallurgical process emits 30% less greenhouse gases (GHGs) than traditional processes, minimising the environmental impact. Use of this process will begin later in the year (2021).

"Our combined efforts with Ultium Cells will be instrumental in redirecting battery manufacturing scrap from landfills and returning a substantial amount of valuable battery-grade materials back into the battery supply chain. This partnership is a critical step forward in advancing our proven lithium-ion resource recovery technology as a more sustainable alternative to mining, " said Ajay Kochhar, President, CEO and co-founder of Li-Cycle.

"GM's zero-waste initiative aims to divert more than 90% of its manufacturing waste from landfills and incineration globally by 2025. Now, we're going to work closely with Ultium Cells and Li-Cycle to help the industry get even better use out of the materials,” added Ken Morris, Vice President of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles, GM.

Since 2013, GM has recycled or reused 100% of the battery packs it has received from customers, with most current GM EVs repaired with refurbished packs.

"We strive to make more with less waste and energy expended. This is a crucial step in improving the sustainability of our components and manufacturing processes,” concluded Thomas Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, Ultium Cells LLC.

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