5 Tips When Choosing Furniture To Improve Your Indoor Health
When choosing furniture for your home, it is important to be aware of the potential hazards that some new furniture contains. Two of the main concerns are over formaldehyde as well as chemical flame retardants. Below is a short list of what to look for when purchasing new furniture.
- 1. Solid hardwood frames and plywood made without urea formaldehyde (UR resins). Look for FSC or SFI certified wood products, made in the USA with water-based adhesives.
- 2. Water-based stains and low VOC sealers and finishes. Natural stains such as linseed are also available.
- 3. Flame-retardant-free cushions - cushions with natural flame barriers are available.
- 4. Non-toxic, water-based glues used to assemble the frame and the cushions. Natural fiber cushions or soy-based foam alternatives (30% soy foam appears to be the highest readily available option today with remaining foam being polyurethane).
- 5. GREENGUARD and GOTS Certification — These certifications identify interior products and materials that have low chemical emissions. All certified products meet stringent emissions standards based on established chemical exposure criteria. Learn more at www.greenguard.org. Fabrics that meets the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), which mandates that at least 70% of fibers are derived from organic sources and do not contain chemical dyes or other additives. Learn more at www.global-standard.org.
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