You know when you have a girl's night and open that extra bottle of wine you had stashed away for a rainy day and someone's had just a liiiitttlllee too much to drink. Or maybe your kid's favorite Sunday morning routine is to bump into you causing your coffee to spill all over just as you sat down relax. We all know what it feels like, the dread of watching that spilled liquid inching towards your brand new white carpet or couch. You might have even tried to prevent this feeling from disasters like this by preemptively purchasing stain-resistant furniture (a.k.a. performance fabrics). BUT, let's be real, when fabrics are treated with a stain-resistant finish, what's in that finish is a whole lot of chemicals that you might not want in your home.

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Tips for Buying Your First Real Couch

How to pick one that is both comfy and healthy

Congrats on making your next big #adulting decision! Your first foray into buying a real, large piece of furniture. Now come the big questions: where to look? How much does it really cost? How am I going to get it through the door (or up the stairs)? What color should it be?

One more thing to think about is what might be hiding in the couch. Things like chemicals or toxic substances that might sound like good things, but secretly aren't - like stain resistant fabric and flame-retardants. If you want to cut to the chase, look at our roundup of healthy modern couches you can buy online.

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Bringing Home Puppy or Kitty

Non-toxic tips for bringing your pet home and making them feel welcome

Bringing home a new pet is a very exciting! You better be ready for a few rounds of play time and some great cuddles. While you figure out their favorite toy and what that weird noise means, we collected some tips for keeping your new best friend happy and healthy.

Just like you make healthy choices about what you bring into your home so you aren't coming into contact with toxic chemicals when you don't have to, these decisions matter just as much for your pet. A few might even matter for them a bit more.

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What Are Flame Retardants?

They sound awesome, but trust us, they aren't

What are they?

Flame retardants are a group of chemicals that are added to a variety of different products to help them meet flammability standards. These standards were set back in the 70s, and we have learned a lot since then about flammability, chemicals, and even the health hazards of cigarette smoking (which used to be a large cause of indoor fires).

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Label Education: Furniture

Laying out what certifications to look for

Home isn't home without comfortable furniture. When it's time to find something new, we usually focus on what feels and looks good, and of course the price. But did you know that furniture can contain, and leak, various chemicals like flame retardants that aren't so good for us into your home? The good news is that there are more and more healthy options! You can read our article on choosing a healthy new couch.

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Sleep on a Safe Mattress

How to look for a non-toxic mattress

Choosing the right mattress makes all the difference. If it's not comfortable, sleeping soundly and feeling well rested is a no-go. But, did you know that mattresses are also one of the items in your home that can expose you to the most chemicals? Partly because you spend so much time around them. The average person spends a third of their life asleep in bed. Or, if you're like me and find any excuse to stay cuddled up in the comforter and have people bring you food, then it's probably more like half your life! With this huge fraction of our lives spent on mattresses, there is ample opportunity to breathe in any fumes or teeny particles it may be releasing as you toss and turn.

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