By the own admission of their distributors (1), most standing desks are made of materials which are not fully understood and evaluated by the market. Should this market fully grasp the reality of these materials, they might think twice before purchasing such products.
What passes for wood in these standing desks is called “manufactured wood” or “engineered wood”. Even when described as “solid wood” it is usually a combination of veneer, laminate and manufactured wood. In sum, they are glorified “particle boards”, though surely made with better wood particles and better care gluing of these particles together than the humble particle boards used in construction.
On the other hand, HDPE (High Density Poly Ethylene) (2) is lightweight yet super-strong, impact resistant, long lasting and weather resistant; it resists mold, mildew, rotting, and insects. It’s easily molded into nearly any shape.
In comparison with manufactured wood, HDPE has the following advantages:
- It is maintenance free
- There is no noticeable fading
- It is stain resistant
- It is mold and mildew resistant
- It is impervious to insects
- It cleans easily
- It is impervious to water …so the surface will remain perfectly flat even when affected with humidity.
Manufactured wood does not offer any of these advantages.
HDPE – especially the one used to manufacture the DeskPup®, not only can be a recycled product and remains fully recyclable. As “solid wood” is made of different materials, it cannot be recycled.
But in addition, HDPE “does not require replacement and is expected to last forever”.
Hence products made of HDPE promise perfect service life.