Friday, September 27, 2019

Upholstered Furniture Buying Guide

*updated 01/2020

Our family sofa is pretty much the heart of our home.  It is the first place my kids gravitate too as soon as they wake up (we get up pretty early during school days and they tumble out of bed downstairs and straight to lie on the sofa), it is the place we cuddle  as a family on movie nights or, often, to do our after school reading and even bedtime reading.   It has hosted naps, playtime gymnastics/ ‘par core sessions’- and countless chill out sessions.  

We recently went through the process of purchasing a new sofa for our, more formal, living room.  Once again I was reminded that furniture buying is no longer as simple as choosing a style and fabric combo.   You have to ask questions- you have to know what questions to ask to make sure that the sofa you are bringing home is not full of well known harmful toxins.  

And so, my upholstery furniture buying guide. 

But first,  you might be asking yourself "What “harmful chemicals”  can be in my sofa?"
Unbeknownst to many, some of the most well studied  and harmful chemicals are often found in sofas and other upholstered furniture. 

Fabric, insert materials, glues, fabric treatments  and more can emit known harmful chemicals into the air that you breaths. 

What follows is a brief furniture buying guide that will include:

1.  A list of chemicals that are commonly found in upholstered furniture
2. A brief description of why these chemicals  are harmful
3.  How to identify if a piece of furniture contains these toxins  
4.  What specifically to ask the manufacturers to make sure your new furniture does not contain these chemicals.

Monday, September 23, 2019

EPA and Chemical Companies New of Harmful Effects of New 'Safer' PFAS- So Why Are These Chemicals in our Homes and Baby Gear?

Strollers, upholstered furniture, rugs and winter coats. What do they all have in common?

Most of the companies that make these products apply PFAS chemicals in order to achieve water and stain repellant properties.

While the two best known PFAS chemicals ( PFOA and PFOS infamously of Teflon pans) were found to be so harmful that the manufacturers voluntarily agreed to phasing them out in the US, there are hundreds ( yes hundreds) of new chemicals that are in the same PFAS family currently being used.  When we talk about a chemical "family"  we refer to chemicals that are very similarly structured and that,  thus, tend to act in very similar ways.  In the case of the PFAS family- most chemicals in this family can create the same water and stain repellant properties but they are also bioaccumulative (they never break down or take very long to break down) and equally bad for our health.   

Monday, September 16, 2019

Play. Taste. Smell. Why You Should Make Your Own Play Dough (it so easy!)

Today, over at Instagram (@nontoxicmunchkin) , I am talking about art supplies and offering tips on how to make sure that the art supplies you buy your little one are in fact safe and non-toxic.

For the youngest munchkins, who like to taste and explore by placing things in their mouths, using edible ingredients and completely natural ingredients is always the safest option.

One of the easiest art product to make - with completely edible ingredients you probably already have at home, is play dough.  

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

$10 off Branch Basics

Congratulations to Branch Basics which has received Made Safe Certification!
Made Safe is the most stringent certification process currently available: basically when a company or product is Made Safe certified you know it is non-toxic and safe for the whole family.

To read my full review on Branch Basics check out my post from earlier this year!

If you are curious and want to try Branch Basics here is a code for $10 off your purchase!