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You Can Buy Furniture Without Flame Retardants

Mar 24, 2018

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Did you know that a doctor’s note is needed in order to buy a mattress without flame retardants?

It’s federal law.

You might assume, then, that flame retardants added to...

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Why Does New Furniture Smell?

Mar 21, 2018

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

If you want to reduce toxic chemicals in your home, evaluate your furniture.  

Originally, furniture was made from 100% solid wood. Today's furniture, however, is...

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PBDE Flame Retardants Are Still Around

Mar 13, 2018

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

PBDE flame retardants were phased out in 2004 and 2010, yet these chemicals are still around.

Scientific studies have found PBDEs in humans and the environment—over 8 years later.

They...

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Is your furniture burdening your nervous system?

Feb 19, 2018

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Neurotoxicity sounds like a big complex word, doesn’t it? But if you break it down it’s pretty simple to understand: “Neuro” refers to the neurons in the human nervous...

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Peace of Mind in Detoxing Your Bedroom

Dec 01, 2017

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

The bedroom. It’s one of the most important rooms in your home, making it one of the first places to detox.

It’s where you sleep after a loooong day of work, raising kids, and...

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How toxic is your car?

Mar 21, 2017

Hi everyone!  I'm excited to start blogging again.  During my online silence, I've been hard at work offline on my first book, which is about environmental health at home.  Soon after my first child was born, I stumbled across...

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Flame Retardants: A Historical Summary

May 05, 2015

by Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Chemical flame retardants are found in many household products, including upholstered furniture, electronics, mattresses, children's pajamas, and most things (if not all) made with polyurethane foam (like...

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