RTA AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Our desks and cabinets are manufactured using MDF, an environmentally friendly way of using timber. MDF is produced from quick growing pine woodlands that are regularly replenished, taking between 15 and 40 years to mature. These woodlands and forests exist worldwide. While growing, the timber absorbs and reduces carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, giving off valuable oxygen as a natural by-product. The carbon dioxide becomes locked in the carbon of the timber (charcoal). We believe that it is not necessary to use hardwoods from tropical rain forests; why endanger the world when you can enrich the environment and make fantastic things out of MDF? The following is some basic information:
MDF is a type of fiberboard made from wood or other lignocelluloses materials, refined into fibers and reconstituted with a resin binder (glue) carried out at elevated temperatures. It is what is called an "engineered" wood product.
The raw wood material can be in almost any form or specie and in almost any mixture such as low grade wood, branches, small diameter trees, hardwood, softwood, mill waste and forestry waste chips. As such, the recovery rate of the raw material is almost 100%. Compared to most wood processing industries, the quality requirements placed on the forest resource for the production of MDF are far less demanding.
Much of the MDF manufactured worldwide utilizes wastage wood fiber in the form of small logs and branches, wood chips and saw dust generated in the production and processing of sawn timber and plywood.
MDF is resistant to warp, moisture and compression. It is dimensionally stable with close tolerances and screw holding abilities. It can be nailed, stapled, routed, sanded and screwed just like any natural wood product. It has the mechanical and physical characteristics approaching the levels associated with solid wood, and in many applications can be used as a ideal substitute for solid wood.