FACTS ABOUT EL GRECO PRODUCTS
No El Greco product has ever been recalled.
Our baby furniture and our bunk beds conform with and exceed the latest CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act), CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) Requirements as well as the voluntary standards of ASTM ( American Society for Testing and Materials).
El Greco was rated A+ by Baby Bargains.
Third-party Independent Laboratory Tested – we use internationally accredited labs including Bureau Veritas and Intertek to certify our compliance with current Federal Regulations and voluntary Standards.
The lumber we use is from members of the Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc., which has verified data from the U.S. Forest Service that timber harvesting from the Appalachian Hardwood Territory is able to meet present needs without compromising those of future generations sustainably.
The MDF we use is compliant with the Eco-Certified Composite Sustainability Standard and is made in the USA by Clarion Boards, a company committed to excellence in environmental stewardship focusing on optimal use of forestry byproducts and residuals. Their plant is audited and certified ECC “green” by the Composite Panel Association. This particular material we use is NAF (no-added formaldehyde) MDF, and is, of course, compliant with CARB Phase 2 falling well below the emissions levels established by that control measure. You can learn more about it at www.clarionindustries.com
Our finish is Sherwin William’s Sher-Wood F3 Hi-Bild PreCat Lacquer, which is GREENGUARD Certified® for low chemical emissions. F3 is a formaldehyde-free coating at application, during and following curing. All of our coatings are certified by 3rd party independent testing labs to be non-toxic, no-lead and phthalate-free per the federal CPSC Regulation.
We choose pre-catalyzed lacquer, because it provides exceptional durability, toughness, chemical resistance, mar resistance and water resistance, without compromising on emissions for us in the factory or for the end user. Unlike water-based coatings, which generally off-gas longer because water retards the evaporation of the co-solvents, our choice of coatings expedites the process without introducing hazards. This reassures us that the bulk of off-gassing occurs before the furniture arrives to any home. While most of the off-gassing of solvents occurs between application and the point at which the coating is dry to the touch, it can take approximately 30 days in warm, moving air for the finish to cure completely. The process of curing is how the coating physically and chemically hardens. While all paint can chip, our finish is a very resilient one that should hold up well against normal use, and can be wiped clean with water or mild soap. (Mr. Clean Eraser will clean it, but will dull the sheen of the finish.)
The woodworking glue we use is an aliphatic resin emulsion adhesive akin to white glue like Elmer’s. That means it evaporates very quickly and there is no presence of formaldehyde in its evaporation/emission as it dries. It is water-based. In the MSDS it says “There are no ingredients which are hazardous to health or the environment.” There is no Benzene, Phthalates, nor Formaldehyde named on the MSDS.
- Cases: Corner blocks strengthen and reinforce the case interior. Dowel joinery. Hardwood cleats provide added strength.
- Drawers: Metal side glides with silent nylon wheels. Finished drawer boxes (made of Baltic birch plywood), with dovetail joints, and solid wood drawer faces.
- Cribs: Mortise and tenon joints throughout. Solid hardwoods provide extra strength at assembly points. CNC-machined parts for accuracy. Hand sanding and spraying result in smooth, thorough finish.
- Beds: Dowel joints w/ CNC-machined parts for accuracy. Custom-designed hardware with NO exposed fasteners. Solid wood slat roll for mattress support – no box spring necessary.