9 Toxic Chemicals to Avoid in Furniture!
Watch this video and learn how to create a safe, healthy and non-toxic home for infants, kids and adults. Avoid buying furniture and decor that contains these nine chemicals. They are in everyday fabrics, mattresses, sheets and all types of furnishings.
- The first toxic chemical you MUST avoid is PBTE flame retardants. A recent study found these chemicals are the greatest contributor to intellectual disabilities like ADHD and autism. Can you believe things like this are used to make crib mattresses?!
- PFAS. They’re in really pretty much everything, including upholstery, and it’s called the forever chemical. A recent study found PFAS was detected in the blood of 97% of Americans, including babies and children.
- Formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is actually in tons of fabrics, and it’s one of the biggest chemicals in leather. Very, very dangerous. And also in wrinkle-free sheets. Don’t ever buy wrinkle-free sheets. They contain formaldehyde.
- Azo dyes. This dye is banned in Europe. So if you buy a printed fabric, for example, or printed set of sheets, and it does not say that there’s azo dyes in it, you can assume there are. So don’t buy them.
5. The fifth toxic chemical you must avoid is Chlorine. Chlorine that’s used in the process of cleaning wool.
6. Wool. Wool also contains a ton of pesticides, which is next on my list. There we go. Pesticides are used to keep animal-based materials free from bugs. So most animal-based materials contain pesticides. Even if they say they don’t in the end product, they had pesticides in them from the beginning. So they’re never free. This is why vegan rugs (cotton, jute, bamboo silk, etc.) are preferable. Vegan rugs are made from plant-based materials that are safe for you (and your kids). Wool rugs attract not only bugs, but moisture & lots of dust. You wouldn’t want your newborn crawling around in all that, would you?
7. Phthalates. Phthalates are a class of chemical used in nearly every consumer product from plastics to tablecloths. As for furniture, they can be found in floor tiles, furniture, upholstery, plastic kid’s toys and carpet backings. More than 470 million pounds of phthalates are produced or imported in the US yearly.
8. Arsenic. Arsenic is another chemical that is also found in leather and many other animal skins. Arsenic. Crazy, right? Tanneries are one of the most toxic industries in the world. That is where leather is. That’s where the skins are then tanned because leather is really the skin of a dead animal. Correct. So if you just leave it there, it’s going to rot, just like a scab that we have on our skin. So leather has to be soaked in chemicals, just like any other animal-based material. Leather is just bad energy and that kind on energy doesn’t need to be brought into your home – especially if you have children. Arsenic is what they sing about in The Grinch, right? “You’re a three decker sauerkraut and toadstool sandwich with arsenic sauce!” When it’s being used as an insult like that, I’m sure even our kids picked up on the fact that it’s bad news!
9. And last toxic chemical you must avoid is chromium. Chromium is a lethal chemical also used in the tanning process of leather (and we already know leather is bad juju).
So those are nine chemicals to stay away from. They’re extremely detrimental to all age groups, but especially babies & kids. When buying furniture & decor for your child’s space, it’s important to stay far away from products that use these chemicals to manufacture their goods. A child’s immune system takes a long period of time to strengthen itself & know how to fight back against its surroundings. So, what you can do for their health & safety while they’re in such a vulnerable state is get educated!
Need help shopping for chemical-free & cruelty-free alternatives for your family’s home? Check out our Nursery Design Resource Guide – it’s a tool to point you in the right direction when shopping online or in-store.