When shopping for furniture with the planet and your health in mind, weigh your priorities. You may want furniture made from completely natural and biodegradable materials, or made from recycled materials.
Are you chemically sensitive? If so, you may want to find furniture with fewer bonding agents and lower formaldehyde levels.
Also consider the production chain. Synthetic materials and adhesives that may be relatively benign by the time they make it to your home can be quite toxic during manufacturing or cultivation, affecting people who make these products and materials.
Lydia Corser for the U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Home Guide
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