Healthy alternatives

Solid wood furniture

Metal Furniture

Used furniture (making sure that the paint is not chipped)

Metal blinds instead of plastic PVC


Composite woods generally correspond to chipboard, particleboard or fibreboard. These composite woods are the source of various chemicals such as formaldehyde and glue. However, one can find formaldehyde-free plywood or particle board in hardware stores or renovations centers.

New carpets have a high chemical load that take a very long time to off gas. Carpets accumulate contaminants including dust. Ecological carpets are available. Make sure that they are washable and vacuum frequently.


Fromaldehyde free panels









Materials to avoid in products you choose

Glues: may contain solvents with toxic effects for humans (1,1,1-trichloroethane, benzene, petroleum distillates, toluene, xylene, etc.)

– Formaldehyde: carcinogen, irritant to eyes and respiratory tract, respiratory sensitizer

– Plastics: may contain hydrocarbons, phthalates and bisphenol 1 which are endocrine disruptors

– Composite wood products: formaldehyde in the glue

– Synthetic dyes: possible carcinogens, skin sensitizers, photosensitizers and mutagens


Solid wood furniture has less glue.
Furniture using panels should be free of formaldehyde.
Panels can be sealed with low to no-VOC paint, or with water-based Saman. To accommodate for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, work outdoors. Allow time for off gassing before bringing the panels indoors.
Avoid fire retardant and stain proofed upholstery. Opt for eco, healthy furniture.
Avoid stain-proof upholstery.