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Are "green" building materials and interior furnishings healthy?

May 02, 2018

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Building and renovating our homes are opportune moments to create a healthy indoor environment since building materials (like floors and cabinets) and interior furnishings (like...

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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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5 Reasons to Avoid Synthetic Clothing

Mar 23, 2018

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

When I first learned about chemicals found in everyday products, I looked to make simple, gradual changes.  

Clothing was one of the areas that seemed logical.

As my clothes...

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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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Phased Out PFCs Stick Around

Mar 12, 2018

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

With chemicals that are banned or phased out, you expect them not to be a concern anymore, right?

The reality is: Chemicals, like PFCs, stick around for years, even...

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Nontoxic Window Curtains: Tips to find the best ones for your home

Jan 23, 2018

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

When detoxing the home, details—such as the materials and maintenance of curtains—can impact your health.

Similar to table runners, furniture fabrics, bathroom towels and...

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Choose a nontoxic bath mat

Jan 02, 2018

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Showers and baths are meant to get us clean. Yet, when we step out of the tub and onto the bathmat, our wet feet are collecting bathmat fibers.

Those fibers, as our feet dry and we walk...

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WOW Your Guests with Beautiful Nontoxic Tablecloths!

Jan 02, 2018

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

I’ve always been nervous about covering our table for fear that one accidental yank will clear the table of its settings. Especially when young children are around. But special occasion...

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Carpet and Asthma, Like Oil and Water

Dec 28, 2017

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Anyone who has asthma, or has seen an asthmatic attack, knows how scary it can be. According to the Center for Disease Control, the source of the asthma trigger must be removed from the...

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