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Are "green" building materials and interior furnishings healthy?

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Building and renovating our homes are opportune moments to create a healthy indoor environment since...

Which is a Better Choice: Synthetic or Natural Dyes

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,...

5 Reasons to Avoid Synthetic Clothing

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   When I first learned about chemicals found in everyday products, I looked to make simple, gradual changes.   ...

Why Does New Furniture Smell?

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   If you want to reduce toxic chemicals in your home, evaluate your furniture.   Originally, furniture...

PBDE Flame Retardants Are Still Around

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...

Phased Out PFCs Stick Around

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...

Formaldehyde in Furniture

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...

Consider Phthalates in Furniture

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...

Nontoxic Window Curtains: Tips to Find the Best Ones for Your Home

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   When detoxing the home, details—such as the materials and maintenance of curtains—can impact your...

Top Chemicals Found in the Home

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Chemicals, chemicals here and there. Chemicals, chemicals everywhere!   It’s true. They’re all...

Choose a Nontoxic Bath Mat

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...

WOW Your Guests with Beautiful Nontoxic Tablecloths!

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...

Carpet and Asthma, Like Oil and Water

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...

Create a Nontoxic Bed: Headboard to Bed Frame

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   When looking for headboards and bed frames, consider nontoxic options. As the structure that surrounds your...

What Are You Sleeping on 3,650 Hours?

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   It’s not every day that people replace their mattress. In fact, not even every five years. It’s every...

Choosing Placemats

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Placemats help to protect tables and add interest to table settings. While many people focus on the style of...

Peace of Mind in Detoxing Your Bedroom

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. ...

Safer Textile Materials to Detox Your Home

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée   Materials, or textiles, are everywhere. They cover (ha! pun intended) or comprise: furniture: mattresses, couches,...

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