Plyboo Blog

In light of the recent controversy surrounding formaldehyde emissions in laminated flooring products from China, we decided to conduct an internal sales audit to find out how our customers have responded over time to a premium price on formaldehyde-free and FSC® Certified 100% products we make.

The results of our audit indicate our customers have been resilient to cost increases for premium soy-based, formaldehyde-free and FSC® Certified 100% finishes. And we were encouraged by the resilience and commitment of this market to the higher environmental standard.

Now in its third year, The Architizer A+Awards are the definitive global architectural award venue, with 90+ categories and more than 300 judges. It’s an opportunity to be recognized among the best and the brightest in the profession. It covers everything from design projects to finished products.

I had lunch with a friend at one of my favorite noodle houses in Oakland yesterday: Noodle Theory. It is a small place with a small menu that is both well-loved and well-patronized. Owner Louise Kao’s concept is simple: get as many friends and family as you can in one room on any day, offer a reasonably priced, seasonal menu featuring noodle dishes from various Asian cultures, infused with elements of California cuisine—and enjoy some great food. That’s exactly what we did.

Smith & Fong’s Durapalm Deco Palm paneling product finds its way into many surprising locations, including the Japanese Consulate in San francisco, the Newsome Law Offices in Orlando and, most recently, Kansas City, Missouri’s City Hall Building. The Deco Palm product is made from 100% plantation reclaimed coconut palm and is both sustainable and strikingly beautiful. There’s some justice for you.

I remember when we first starting manufacturing and importing bamboo flooring in 1993, telling a friend that “one day you will see a house for sale and it will describe an interior with bamboo flooring.” I was convinced that this would happen then, and it has happened, but in ways both different and larger than I had imagined.