Awareness of the health risk that Formaldehyde poses has grown in recent years which is why glues and resins used in manmade wood products have been greatly improved. Formaldehyde is naturally occurring in all wood so 'formaldehyde free plywood' is referring to the glue that has been developed rather than the wood itself.
Volatile Organic Compounds or VOC's are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids and are found in thousands of items including as ingredients in household products, soft furnishings, building materials and office equipment. Some VOC's may have short- and long-term adverse health effects
Over time the gases disperse into the atmosphere so it's difficult to give a definitive answer on the VOC or Formaldehyde content in all of our products, however, our suppliers have some information on the Green credentials of their products in the links below.
We are pleased to say that the lacquer we use is Formaldehyde free! It's produced by Akzo Nobel. Details can be found here http://download.woodcoatings-emea.com/en/tm/t_d_t260_10_uk.pdf.
Formica have data sheets relating to their LEED and BREEAM here http://www.formica.com/en/uk/sustainability/green-building-assessment and a page on their Greenguard accreditation http://www.formica.com/en/uk/sustainability/green-guard-indoor-air.
Our timber supplier has a sheet with information relating to the formaldehyde rating of our plywood - E1 very low release but nothing specific about VOC content. Scroll to page 5 'Bond type and where to use birch plywood'. http://www.lathamtimber.co.uk/downloads/birch-plywood-.pdf