Is there a "green" option in place of particle board for laminate countertops?

Asked by Karie
Kenosha, WI

I am updating my kitchen (on a budget) and want to replace my outdated laminate countertops. I have 2 little children and I am concerned about the gassing and formeldyhyde components from laminated particle board. 


Edward Wright

Answered by Edward Wright

Cincinnati, OH

Wright Design, LLC

August 27, 2012


I recommend you look into Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Oriented Strandboard (OSB) with no added urea-formaldehyde.

  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is one of several forest management programs that raise the bar on sustainable forestry practices.
  • And you can read more about negative indoor air-quality aspects of Urea-formaldehyde on this EPA website here.

An example of this product is made by Certified Wood Products, Inc. in Maple Lake, Minnesota.

Best of Luck with your project, Edward


For more information:

Read "Are laminate countertops such as Formica, Wilsonart, etc., more eco-friendly since they don't have to be mined and shipped around the world?" a Q&A answered by Molly McCabe.

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