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10 Household Products to Detox

Apr 10, 2018

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Household productslike cleaners, paints, and fragrancescontribute to half of our urban air pollution, according to a study led by the National Oceanic and...

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Which is a Better Choice: Synthetic or Natural Dyes

Mar 27, 2018

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Let's consider the dyes used in textiles, which are part of our furniture, drapes, carpets, area rugs, bedding, towels, clothes, bags, backpacks, toys, and more.

These dyes can be made...

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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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Adhesives May Be Gripping Our Furniture And Our Health

Mar 19, 2018

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Furniture would fall apart without the use of adhesives or another method that holds the parts together.

Imagine trying to sit on a chair that’s not secured by adhesives and screws.

Are...

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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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Formaldehyde in Furniture

Mar 12, 2018

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

When buying furniture the first consideration is usually about the look and feel of the furniture. Not about how it may be affecting health.

Furniture and other home furnishings often contain...

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Can Furniture Off-gassing Make You Light Headed and Give You Brain Fog?

Mar 05, 2018

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Did you recently buy new furniture, such as a bed frame, couch, desk or shelving unit? Do you feel tired, light headed, foggy, or crabby but don’t know why? Your new furniture...

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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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Consider Phthalates in Furniture

Feb 05, 2018

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Did you know there are phthalates in furniture?

“More than 470 million pounds of phthalates are produced or imported in the United States each year,” according to the U.S....

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