When choosing healthier products, we must consider installation materials like adhesives, mortars, grouts, and sealants, which often pose health and environmental risks. Adhesives can emit harmful chemicals during curing and production, while sealants may contain phthalates or isocyanates linked to asthma. PFAS in adhesives can cause various health disorders. Mortars often contain fly ash and blast furnace slag with heavy metals. Grouts may have undisclosed nanosilver antimicrobials. Optional additives for mildew resistance are usually harmful.

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Synthetic carpets are chemically complex, with various components in their backing, pile, and surface treatments posing hazards. Additives used for mildew, stain, and fire resistance require careful examination of each carpet component to ensure healthier options.

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Countertop health risks vary based on surface type. For instance, engineered quartz may contain resins, while laminate surfaces may use composite wood. Natural stone is generally safe unless sealed with a PFAS or petroleum-based coatings, linked to health issues. To stay safe, opt for countertops assessed for emissions and contents. Contact Pure design House for a complete list of options.

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Wallboard, a common building material, may pose hazards. Pre-consumer recycled gypsum, marketed as a sustainable option, relies on flue gas desulfurization (FGD) gypsum, which contains fly ash with toxic heavy metals. Clay and Magnesium Oxide boards are healthier alternatives as they avoid fly ash and virgin gypsum, which undergoes energy-intensive mining. Both natural and synthetic wallboards may contain biocides and additives for mold resistance or performance. Advocating for ingredient disclosure is crucial when considering alternatives.

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The facade and structure define a building's appearance and function. Alongside aesthetics, factors like thermal performance, durability, and maintenance are crucial in material selection. While energy efficiency has improved, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) considerations in materials have been overlooked. Choosing materials without harmful additives like halogenated flame retardants or high VOC emissions supports both human and environmental health.

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It's vital to explore alternatives to vinyl (PVC) flooring due to numerous concerns. PVC production and disposal release toxic dioxins linked to cancer and reproductive disorders. Phthalates in PVC are endocrine disruptors. Designers should opt for healthier options like linoleum, cork, natural rubber, or bio-based materials without vinyl.

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In the green building movement, insulation is a key focus. Balancing high performance with human health concerns is crucial. Our collection prioritizes health and sustainability, emphasizing thermal performance, renewable and recycled resources, and avoiding harmful additives like halogenated flame retardants. Materials matter. Learn why Havelock Wool insulation is tone of the better choices for your home and your family.

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When discussing health concerns with paints, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are commonly highlighted, but other components like binders, pigments, and additives also pose toxicity risks. For instance, Alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs) in acrylic paints can disrupt hormones in humans, animals, and marine life. Most interior paints are acrylic-based, derived from fossil fuels, contributing to environmental microplastics and climate issues. Healthier options are mineral or plant-based paints, though they're less common and familiar. At Pure Design House, we list both types: some high-quality plastic paints and various tested mineral-based paints for durability and ease of use.

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Many products require surface finishes or sealers for durability, increasing our direct contact with them. These finishes can shed toxic particles through wear, posing significant health risks. During application, sealants and finishes often release VOCs and may contain undisclosed toxic binders. This lack of transparency makes it challenging to identify harmful substances in many finishes. Opting for natural oils without harmful additives provides the healthiest option for finishes and sealants.

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Choosing healthier and sustainable textiles addresses two main concerns: the environmental impact of fiber cultivation and production, and the toxicity of applied treatments. Both natural and synthetic textiles often involve significant energy, water, and chemical usage, including harmful surface treatments. Opting for products from manufacturers committed to reducing their environmental footprint and providing ingredient transparency promotes healthier interior environments.

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Ceramic and porcelain tiles, made from natural materials like clay, feldspar, and quartz, are typically a healthy option. However, they may include toxic additives in pigments, frits, and glazes, with historical concerns about heavy metals such as lead in glazes. At Pure Design House, we source the cleanest tile options available.

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We prioritize reducing toxic exposure in wall materials due to their significant presence in rooms. Interior wall coverings and cladding, like wallpapers, wood paneling, and cork boards, can contain harmful substances to meet code requirements. Additives like PFAS, flame retardants, and antimicrobials are common for mildew, stain, and fire resistance. Vinyl wallpapers should be avoided for their hazardous lifecycle impact. Opting for Healthier Finish options on wood panels can minimize toxic exposure in high-touch areas. Unlike conventional non woven wallpaper, Pure Design House offers natural wallcovering options that do not require a carrier material, but can be applied directly to the wall coated with (flax) adhesive.

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Wood is prized as a natural and eco-friendly material for its carbon-sequestering and biodegradable properties. However, composite wood products often contain formaldehyde, a carcinogen, in their adhesives, which can off-gas into indoor spaces. Look for products labeled "No Added Formaldehyde" (NAF) for healthier options, but beware of potential harmful substitutions. Our collection features composite wood products meeting the California Air Resource Board (CARB) standard for NAF and Ultra-Low Emitting Formaldehyde (ULEF). We also consider alternative resins to avoid regrettable substitutions for formaldehyde, such as isocyanates (MDI, TDI, or HDI), or polyurethane.

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