Quynh Nguyen

Quynh loves to research and write about how we can live more sustainably. Before joining Impactful Ninja, she managed communications at the social enterprise Fargreen. And when she's not writing, she likes to run in the woods, dig in the garden, or knit the next jumper.

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How Sustainable Is Particle Board (LDF)? Here Are the Facts

Particle board is a wood-based product that doesn’t contribute to more deforestation because it uses only wood waste material. This engineered wood is an excellent way to recycle wood chips, shavings, and sawdust collected from sawmills. However, the chemicals used in glues that necessitate the formation of these boards are a cause for concern. So we had to ask: How sustainable is it to buy products made out of particle board?

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How Sustainable Is Elm Wood? Here Are the Facts

Elm trees grow fast and produce many seeds over a long time, making timber replacement relatively quick and easy. However, the elm trees, which support many birds and mammals, are susceptible to the Dutch elm disease. So we had to ask: How sustainable is it to buy products made out of elm wood?

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How Sustainable Is MDF Wood (Medium-Density Fibreboard)? Here Are the Facts

Medium-Density Fiberboard (MDF) was born from leftover wood chips and shavings. This engineered wood is an excellent way to recycle waste material collected from sawmills. However, the chemicals used in glues that necessitate the formation of these boards are a cause for concern. So we had to ask: How sustainable is it to buy products made out of red oak wood?