Aug 27, 2018
by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée
Are you looking for a glider chair—whether for a baby on the way, or for just a comfy chair to relax in?
A glider chair can be a lovely addition to a nursery as parents and caregivers feed, read, and sing to the baby. Even if you're not expecting a baby, a glider chair can be an embraced presence in a family room or bedroom for watching TV or reading.
Regardless, when shopping for a glider chair, you should look for a nontoxic one.
Conventional glider chairs are made of polyester fabric, polyurethane foam cushions, flame retardants, frames that can be created from toxic glues and finishes, and fabric treatments that can also have chemical hazards. These chemical hazards include volatile organic compounds (VOC), benzene, chlorine, and formaldehyde. And they can off-gas VOC and other hazardous substances into the air and dust of your nursery or elsewhere in your home.
Health risks associated with hazardous substances found in the materials of glider chairs include asthma, headaches, nausea, and damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system. (1)
Consider buying a nontoxic glider chair made of GOTS or Oeko-Tex certified fabric, 100% organic cotton, 100% organic wool, or 100% natural rubber. Also look for wood frames made of solid hardwood and finished with water-based, zero-VOC stains, paints, and finishes for your nontoxic glider chair frame. Other signs of potentially hazardous substances include a glider chair that contains flame retardants, and/or says “stain resistant,” "water resistant," and/or "antibacterial or antimicrobial."
Access Sophia's shopping list for her household staples. They're her favorite low toxic items that she can't live without. Also see which EMF protection products she uses.