She has these tips for people wanting to live an eco-modern lifestyle. Start with the materials.
Here's what we learn from Jen-Lan, who was also featured in this article Why Reupholstering Foam Retardant Furniture is Smart.
“Coconut coir, feathers and natural rubber latex are among the materials I use. The materials are healthier and more durable than what comes from stores like Ikea or Target.”
Yep, the materials that she hand-ties have more durability than those being zipped off production lines.
Dump foam products. When you plop on to a foam cushion and toxic fumes are let loose. Flame retardants don't stick to foam.
Furniture around your house likely contains:
- brominated flame retardants (PBDE’s) – found in upholstered furniture made before 2005
- chemicals such as chlorinated Tris
- formaldehyde – used in the glue holding pressed wood products together
The PBDEs and chlorinated Tris have been linked to cancer, hormone disruption, reduced IQ, and other health problems.
Recent studies at Duke University have found Chlorinated Tris to greatly affect toddlers, causing such health concerns as antisocial behavior, memory loss, diabetes, lower levels of male hormones and hyperthyroidism.
Our health is dependent on a number of factors. What we eat and drink impact us, but it’s also what we sit on.
Questions on furniture? Contact Jen-Lan via A Circle Home.com.