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Healthy Interiors Begin with Smart Material Choices from Genesis

Consumers and commercial designers are counting on furniture producers and brands to lead us toward a greener future. Genesis Products’ mastery of healthy materials, laminated surfaces, and modern production techniques minimizes furniture’s carbon footprint and nurtures wellness in the places people work, live, stay and play.

If there’s anything good thing we can say about the Covid pandemic, it’s that we’re all more focused on wellness and healthy spaces. Consumers are responding by asking harder questions about the products they’re buying, demanding more transparency from manufacturers and more innovation from designers.

Lockdown and working from home has been an unexpected boon for the residential furniture industry. Being stuck at home for over a year forced us all to take a hard look at our own surroundings, followed immediately by a major boom in housing, remodeling and residential furniture sales.

As the world opens back up, commercial furniture and interior designers are poised to forever change the places we work, play and stay in response to new behavioral patterns and pandemic-inspired cleaning practices. This puts further responsibility on furniture producers to educate designers and users on which material combinations are best suited for different environments and applications.

As a manufacturer of laminated composite-wood components, Genesis Products’ job is to deliver parts that make our customers’ projects more durable and easier to manufacture without compromising on their design goals. The more our climate positive our products are, the bigger role our customers can play in addressing consumers’ heath-and-wellness concerns.

HEALTHY FURNITURE – THE 30,000-FOOT VIEW

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“Nearly all our furniture components are made with composite wood which, as a material, has just about the best sustainability story in the world,” says Scott Flom, Marketing Manager for the Industrial Products Division at Genesis Products. “And our surfacing options are durable enough for commercial-grade cleaning – some even offer antimicrobial properties – allowing our customers to build the healthiest possible furniture and spaces.”

Laminated Components for Durable, Healthcare-Grade Furniture

After the pandemic, according to architects at Gensler, “every space will be a healthy space.”
Genesis Laminate For Healthcare

Taking cues from healthcare design, office, retail, education and other spaces must now be able to withstand the same levels of rigorous and frequent cleaning you find in clinics and hospitals. 3DL surfaces from Genesis are already favored in healthcare and other markets because of their ease of cleaning and seamless edges.

TFL and HPL surfaces are incredibly durable and wear resistant, but require precision application of edge treatments to seal the panel and finish the component. Genesis has perfected the best combinations of materials, glues and application technology to fabricate parts that offer a lifetime of durable performance.

Value Engineering with Design-Matched Surfaces

Laminates like TFL, 3DL, HPL, printed paper foils and even edge banding are often available in matching colors, patterns and textures, so designers can choose exactly the level of durability required for specific applications.

In the past if you wanted matching horizontal and vertical surfaces you were stuck using a single material. HPL on the side of a desk? Performance overkill, and unnecessarily expensive. Paper foils on a desktop? Not nearly durable enough for even a home office. Genesis has decades of experience with these materials and knows where and how they’re best used for design, value and product quality.

Realistic textured laminates are a better (and more budget-friendly) option for wood or veneer in high-use applications. Solid color laminates are more durable than paints and lacquers, with none of the VOC issues.

HEALTH AND EFFICIENCY SOLUTIONS FOR CUSTOMERS

Genesis’s unique expertise in making laminated components for commercial and residential furniture helps their customers build higher quality furniture, cabinets and interiors more efficiently and gives them a better health, wellness, climate story to tell.

Materials that are Naturally Climate Positive and Healthy to Environments.

• Composite wood panels begin life as a recycled product. When trees are harvested for lumber and flooring, half of that wood fiber is left on the forest floor. Particleboard and MDF uses over 99 percent of that leftover fiber. What little is left over becomes fuel for heating manufacturing plants and kilns.

• Particleboard and MDF are naturally climate positive. IKEA and other global companies are pioneering the term “climate positive” as a better way to say “carbon negative,” which describes a product that stores more carbon than is release in its production. Half of wood’s chemical makeup is carbon absorbed from the atmosphere through photosynthesis, and isn’t released until it decomposes or burns.
• North American particleboard and MDF are from FSC-certified forests, nurturing healthy ecosystems. North America’s lumber-producing snow forests are designed by nature to regrow after being destroyed, by fire or insects, every 40 or 50 years. Humans have interrupted these cycles to protect property and recreational areas. Modern FSC management restores these cycles by carefully harvesting only older trees, before they lose their ability to absorb carbon and produce oxygen. The resulting open meadows are perfect for the next generation of young, healthy trees.
• Long-lasting surfaces extend carbon sequestration. When you laminate composite wood panels, you’re actually enhancing their durability and lifespan, which means that sequestered carbon is stored for decades longer, and you’re not wasting energy and resources replacing damaged panels or furniture.

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