December 3, 2013, Lynn Hoffman, IIDA, RID, LEED A ID+C
As a sustainable interior designer, I am constantly searching for the latest innovations in building products, finishes and furniture. How we evaluate and minimize the impact these products have on the environment and human health throughout the life cycle is a great challenge.
Human beings consume more than the Earth can generate. This makes it important that we balance the economic, environmental and social needs in order to find the best available solutions to assure a more sustainable future.
Each one of us needs to act decisively when investing in new products for the workplace and home. Do your homework and understand the content of the products you are going to purchase for any potential harmful ingredients in the material supply chain. Support manufactures that are increasing material ingredient transparency.
Be conscious of carpets, windows, doors, wall coverings containing phthalates and flame-retardants, they are associated with developmental toxins and endocrine disruptors. Be cognizant of textiles and furnishings containing brominated flame-retardants, as they are also associated with endocrine disruptors.
The list of toxic chemicals of concern is long. Go green, safer building products, finishes and furniture matter, it’s the only way we can improve the environment and human health.