Columbia Forest PureBond Hardwood Plywood


Columbia Forest PureBond Hardwood Plywood


Soy-Based Adhesive.
North American Made.
And only from Columbia Forest Products.

The original cost-competitive decorative hardwood plywood without the formaldehyde. PureBond® is Columbia Forest Products’ exclusive formaldehyde-free innovation for hardwood plywood manufacturing.

Replacing traditional urea formaldehyde (UF) hardwood plywood construction with soy-based PureBond enables Columbia to eliminate added formaldehyde from standard veneer-core and pMDI composite hardwood plywood core panels. 


When we say PureBond technology is “formaldehyde-free,” we’re describing the way our hardwood plywood panels are assembled without added formaldehyde adhesives.

Columbia’s formaldehyde-free decorative panels are also conform to U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards, earning one point for LEED’s EQ Credit 4.4 for Low-Emitting Materials: Composite Wood, and satisfy exempt ULEF emissions standards of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) Phase 2 regulations called for by LEED V4.

Less cost, more benefit

What really makes PureBond special is that it’s cost-competitive with the standard UF construction of most domestic decorative veneer-core hardwood plywood made today.

Additionally, PureBond is even more water resistant than UF panels. PureBond panels with formaldehyde-free technology have out-performed UF bonded panels in all moisture degradation tests. This award-winning innovation can be yours for what you’d pay for traditional veneer core hardwood plywood options.

PureBond® Facts

  • PureBond® technology utilizes formaldehyde-free, soy-based assembly technology
  • PureBond veneer-core panels are cost-competitive with traditional panels made using UF construction
  • PureBond panels contribute towards the LEED® IEQ Credit 4.4 for Low-Emitting Materials: Composite Wood
  • Panels can be specified as FSC® certified upon request
  • PureBond with pMDI bonded MDFor pMDI bonded Particleboard centers available upon request
  • PureBond is manufactured exclusively in North America by Columbia Forest Products.

The Columbia Difference

Columbia Forest Products has long been a leader in sustainable forestry practices and innovative manufacturing. We’re now reaching out to homeowners and letting them know how easy it is to get top-quality cabinets, furniture and built-ins without the added formaldehyde.

Since 2005 we’ve been manufacturing our hardwood plywood using a formaldehyde-free adhesive derived from soy flour and a wet strength resin used in printed currency and milk cartons. This proprietary assembly system, known as PureBond, is cost-competitive with urea formaldehyde based plywood products. There is absolutely no added formaldehyde in the lamination or core assembly processes.

Close to 100 million panels have been made and shipped with PureBond technology – it’s a proven solution. Our hardwood plywood can also be specified using Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC) Certified materials, making it a good green choice both for you and the environment.

Your kitchen dealer, cabinet shop, remodeler or builder can help you make sure your new cabinets or furniture are made with PureBond products, if you ask for it by name, to assure that they won’t off-gas formaldehyde fumes into your home.

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