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- Guide to Sourcing Non-Toxic Interior Paint
If there’s one topic everyone asks us about, it’s paint. That’s understandable; paint covers your walls and ceilings, the largest surface areas in a home. Finding paints for a healthy home can be a challenge. Almost all of them—even ones labeled low- or no-VOC—can emit fumes. Here’s your guide for sourcing healthier paints. The reality is, most traditional house paints are filled with organic solvents that aid in performance, providing faster drying times, better freeze-thaw resistance, and other features. But these substances can release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air, including benzene and formaldehyde, which are harmful to human and animal health. The Indoor Impact of VOCs Off-gassing refers to the process by which cleaning products, building materials, and other items inside the home release gases into the air as a byproduct of industrial processing. According to most research, even a one-time painting project can release high levels of VOCs, and these pollutants are two to five times higher indoors than outdoors, even if you live in a rural area. Even after the initial painting session, paint can continue to off-gas for years, with around half of the VOC content being released during the first few years. This can ruin indoor air quality and lead to various short- and long-term health problems, including allergen sensitization, skin and eye irritation, nausea, headaches, memory loss, and “sick building syndrome,” which is a broad label given to the various symptoms brought on by an unhealthy indoor environment. Some VOCs have even been linked to cancer. The Dangers of Modern Paint – VOCs Versus HAPs So, now you know that “normal” paints are dangerous. But what about all the paints emerging on the market now labeled low- or no-VOC? Surely those must be safe to use, right? Not always. Labels can be misleading. “Low-VOC” paints typically contain fewer than 50 grams of VOCs per liter, while “zero-VOC” is less than 5 grams per liter. So, they still contain some of these harmful chemicals. Worse still, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has listed certain chemicals as VOC exempt. Some are listed instead as hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). Methylene chloride, for example, is not a VOC because it does not produce ozone, meaning manufacturers can add it to paints and still label them “no-VOC” despite methylene chloride being harmful to humans. Acetone and ammonia are also on the exempt list. You’d be surprised at the number of additives like biocides and antifreeze that majority of paint companies get away with putting in their paints -- and can end up on your walls. To make things even more confusing, harmless chemicals like plant-based vinegar can emit VOCs -- so as you can see, volatile organic compounds are not always the best way to assess the 'healthy-ness' of a product. This is why looking for a paint that is free of HAPs should be the gold standard when it comes to non toxic paint. More on how to mitigate these issues in a moment... Oil-Based Paint Versus Water-Based Paint There’s not much out there on the two main types of house paints available on the market and what they do inside a home, so let’s take a closer look at oil-based and water-based paints. Paint consists of a pigment and a binder, with oil or water as the carrier. Water-based paint tends to dry quickly and have less of an odor, while oil-based paints tend to produce larger amounts of VOCs. (Keep in mind that an intense odor does not necessarily mean high levels of VOCs and vice versa.) In general, water-based paints are easier to work with and clean up. Water-based paints typically use acrylic or latex as the binder. Latex is often labeled low-VOC, but it’s harder to apply and has inferior durability, which is largely responsible for why some painters don’t like latex paint and think “healthy” paints mean “lacking in performance.” What About DIY Paint? While it may be tempting to try to make paint yourself based on recipes you can find online, we don’t recommend this for a few reasons. A lot of factors go into formulating a paint that is easy to use and durable. Important factors include creating a formula that will withstand changes between humid and dry conditions, a formula that’s durable and water resistant, and something that won’t go rancid in the absence of chemical preservatives. Some homemade paint recipes contain milk, which can sour very quickly. And while we love the idea of food-based colorants, it’s simply not a good idea to put food on your walls for years at a time, which can spoil and cause unpleasant odors. Worst case scenario, you mix two chemicals that shouldn’t go together and end up creating your own health hazard. So, Which Paint Should You Choose? We recommend you look for water-based acrylic paint, which tends to be super durable, environmentally friendly, and easy to work with. Since paint covers the most surface area inside a home, we felt it was important to make our own line of Healthier Homes paints, non toxic primers, and clear coatings, which we use daily out in the field in our construction projects. These eco friendly interior paints are water-based acrylics that contain zero HAPs and cure zero VOC. It was important to us that our nontoxic interior paints would have the added benefit of acting as sealers to prevent offgassing of chemicals like formaldehyde from below the painted surface – and we're proud to say this makes our paints and non-toxic wood sealer unique. Bottom line, there's a lot that goes into choosing the best materials for your family's home. Feeling confident about what goes into your home is absolutely essential. One of the quickest and most efficient ways to make your home healthier is to paint the interior walls, cabinets and ceilings with a zero VOC, zero HAPs paint that seals the surface. To learn more about how Healthier Homes paints work, click here. What's your biggest paint challenge? Drop us a line in the comments section below...
- Lighting for Modern Living
Light attracts. In fact, lighting is integral when it comes to creating a comfortable, safe, and uniquely styled living environment. This post is dedicated to helping you light up your life with natural lighting ideas and organic lighting tips that will adding some “amazingness” to your everyday living space. Lighting is in our DNA. For thousands of years, we’ve been using the same styles of lighting... Sconces used to be torches that were used to line dark hallways, and chandeliers had many small lights in the form of candles. Lamps were similar shapes and were lit with kerosene. And thankfully, modern lighting carries on the same homage to style and functionality, but with a much simpler electric light bulb. (Quick cheers to Mr. Edison!) Different types of lighting for different needs There are four types of lighting: ambient, task, decorative, & accent Ambient is intended for exactly what it sounds like -- to illuminate a space. Task lighting offers brighter more concentrated light to carry out tasks such as cooking, applying makeup or working at a desk. Decorative lighting can come in many forms such as sconces, pendants and chandeliers. Accent lighting is meant to accentuate a space, such as up lights that shine on the side of a wall. One fixture can serve several functions. A dining room chandelier is decorative but also supplies ambient light to the dining room and task lighting to illuminate the table at mealtime. A recessed can light can be task, ambient, or accent, depending on its location. The best lighting schemes use several, if not all four, types of lighting, which entails taking a layered approach. Consider how you will be using your rooms. Perhaps the dining room table will serve a dual purpose as an area to do weekly homeschooling with your kids or for scrapbooking during the weekend. If you work from home, the dining room may be a great place to host client meetings during the day. With plenty of natural light, daytime meetings around the table likely won't require a lot of additional light. However, you'll want ambient and task light during the evening for dinner time at the table and late night Monopoly games. Knowing the four types of lighting will help you to assess your own lighting needs for each space in your house. So let's take a look at the different rooms. Designer tip: Consider the varying lighting needs in your dual purpose spaces to help eliminate the need for purchasing extra lighting fixtures later. Room by room design guide to sustainable lighting a functional kitchen requires ample lighting fixtures No room is more critical for good lighting than the kitchen, and yet many homeowners overlook this space when it comes to shedding some light. The International Residential Code (IRC) says that one overhead light is enough. No way, we say! (Unless you’re the brave soul who feels comfortable slicing your stir fry in the dark.) Recessed Can Lighting in the Kitchen Poorly lit kitchens are usually due to a misunderstanding of where recessed can lights need to be placed for effective task lighting on countertops. Most countertops measure 10 to 15 foot-candles (fc) with all lights blazing. However, the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) recommend a minimum light level on countertops of 50 fc. In simple terms -- to deliver enough light, cans must be directly above the counters, eight to 12 inches out from upper cabinet faces. If they are placed farther out, the cook will block the light. What to do? A quick and effective remedy is to install under-cabinet lighting. Look for energy saving LED strips or halogen fixtures that put out more than 500 lumens per foot. In an effort to conserve energy and avoid too much glaring light, at JS2 Partners we design our kitchens with several series of overhead ambient lights on different switches. An inner set of lights is focused around the island and central areas of the kitchen, while the outer ring illuminates the countertops and traffic areas. Kitchen Island Pendant Lighting A lot goes on at the kitchen island. It's a gathering spot for laptops, card games, dinner prep, and more, having plenty of lighting over the kitchen island is a must. Decorative pendant lights can be combined with well-placed recessed cans to provide ample lighting for this multi-use space. In fact, it's not uncommon for large kitchens with taller ceilings to have 15 or 20 separate fixtures of different types of lights on separate circuits. Natural Light in the Kitchen And, of course, large windows and/or glass patio doors in a kitchen provide a connection to the outdoors while adding beautiful ambient daylight. Bottom line, a dim kitchen can lead to missing thumbs. More beams are better! (Wondering how your kitchen lighting stacks up? There's a number of free light meter apps available to download on your smartphone.) a well lit bathroom includes eco friendly natural light – here’s why Not only does lots of natural light cut back on energy consumption, but daylight also helps set the body’s circadian rhythm, which gets you up and going in the morning. The more natural light in bathrooms, the better for your psyche! Sconces to either side of the bathroom mirror (for each user) or LED backlit mirrors provide the best lighting for makeup and morning care routines. Sconces allow for cross-lighting, which ensures there are no shadows, much like actors’ makeup mirrors. Overhead lights alone cast shadows that aren’t helpful for grooming, but overheads are fine if used in addition to sconces. Plus, we love the dramatic look and feel of bathroom sconces. the key to subtle bedroom lighting Standard bedroom lighting includes can lights in the ceiling for ambient light. Adding decorative lamps on the bedside table or small hanging pendants are great for task lighting (ie. reading) and really set the room off! Wall sconces are a fun idea and can be used in place of bedside table lamps, too. If you opt for lamps, we recommend going with larger and taller matching lamps for each side of the bed to frame the space. Done right, ambient and decorative lighting mixed together in a bedroom can really make a bedroom pop! Struggling with a dark corner? A tripod floor lamp is an excellent remedy to lighten up dark spots in a bedroom. Plus tripod lights are a favorite among Feng Shui enthusiasts. Of course, every bedroom should have at least one window per fire code. Ensure that any windows are positioned to allow in ample natural light. Natural light is critical to keeping our circadian rhythms (sleep/wake cycle) in sync. organic modern lighting for the living room Let’s start with the most versatile of all – the lamp. Floor lamps and table lamps are a great way to take stylish task lighting anywhere you choose in your home. And we’re not talking about your grandma’s old lamp. There are many stylish modern lighting options for a range of décor and taste. A reading nook or sofa end table are places to consider using lamps, as well as on bedside tables. While floor plugs are a major plus in living areas and home offices for easy power access for lamps, a large area rug is also a great way to hide long cords if outlets aren’t close by. Overhead lighting is optional in a living space that has lots of natural light during the day. Since we congregate to relax and unwind in the great room during the evening, ambient lighting should be minimal, chill and subtle. light fixtures for smaller spaces Close-to-the-ceiling light fixtures such as flush mount drum lights made of glass or natural linen can add chic ambiance and are a great way to dress up a small space, such as a primary closet, hallway or entry, in lieu of a standard ceiling can light. We also love the look of a pendant light hung in a surprising space, such as in the laundry room or in a pantry. After all, these are rooms we spend a lot of time in, which deserve some lighting love, too! >> decorative lighting for the grander spaces at home Chandeliers are beautiful and timeless additions to any room and offer an abundance of light with many sparkly bulbs. When it comes to a chic modern look, sustainable and eco friendly repurposed materials come in a variety of sheens and textures, including recycled glass, sea shells, naturally finished hardwoods, woven organic reeds, and metallic elements -- all materials which are on top of the healthier homes list. If you have a large space that calls for a larger and more expensive chandelier, another cool and unique look is to use two or three smaller pendant lights to achieve an equally grand effect that will accommodate the space nicely. If you're looking to add some wow factor, consider installing accent lighting, also known as indirect lighting. Some ideas include lights on top of exposed beams in a vaulted ceiling, rope lights at the top of drapery valances, or lights on top of built-in shelving. Indirect lighting that bounces off the ceiling and walls is a fantastic way to light up a room without creating glare. Large window groupings, sliding doors, and transom windows can add character and abundant daylight in a similar fashion -- happily powered by eco-friendly mother nature, of course. What's your biggest lighting challenge? Have lighting tips you’d like to share? Drop a line in the comments section below!
- How to Buy, Measure & Install Wallpaper
Wallpaper is making a big comeback and there are so many great choices out there! Papering your walls is a unique and fun way to add personality and character to any room in your home. In this post, we will walk you through the buying and installation process so that you can make the most of your wallpaper experience. Whether you're revamping an entire room or just giving one wall a makeover, read on for all you need to know to get started. >> How Wallpaper is Calculated & Priced 1. Why is wallpaper usually priced as a single roll but only sold in double rolls? Have you ever wondered why wallpaper is priced by the single roll and sold in double rolls? The answer actually dates back to original merchants who sold rolls packaged single, double, and sometimes triple or larger, as needed. To systematize pricing, the single roll, as the smallest unit of measure, was established. Over time the double roll (also known as a bolt) also became standardized to reflect the cultural trend toward automation, moving away from more expensive, custom applications. But the single roll, as the minimum measurement, remained the pricing standard. So next time you're considering a new wallpaper pattern for your home, remember that you're not just paying for the paper - you're also paying for a piece of history! To make things easier, all Healthier Homes wallpaper is sold as a double roll and priced as a double roll 2. How do I calculate the amount of wallpaper to buy? Simply calculate the square footage of the wall area that you are wanting to cover (length x width of each wall). It’s best to keep things simple and not deduct for windows, cabinets or doors. Be sure to pay attention to whether your paper has a pattern repeat. If the pattern repeat is 18” or less, then divide your total square footage by 23 to figure how many rolls to purchase. If your pattern is larger and is 19” or more, then divide the total square footage by 20 to determine the amount of rolls you need. We've included a handy wallpaper calculator on this post, too! Common Healthier Homes Double Roll Bolt Sizes: 20 ½ “Width X 33 Feet = 56 Sq. Feet 36” Width X 24 Feet = 72 Sq. Feet 3. What is a run number? If you take a look at the label on your wallpaper, you'll notice a run number noted there. This is the number assigned to that specific color design or wallpaper pattern when it's run by our presses. Although most people never need to know the lot number, it can come in handy if you run out of wallpaper and need to order more. That way, you can get wallpaper from the same run for the best color match possible. If for some reason the wallpaper is no longer available in your run number, don't worry. You can use any of our press runs to finish the job. Just keep in mind that for optimal results, it's best to keep the unmatched run on a single wall. This will minimize any differences in color between runs. 4. Does the width of a wallpaper roll matter? Believe it or not, the width of wallpaper rolls is determined by the printing process, not by how much paper is on the roll. The standard roll size for wallpaper is 20 1/2 inches wide by 33 feet long. However, some rolls are 27 inches wide by 27 feet long. These wider rolls are designed for use with a specific type of printing process known as gravure printing. Gravure printing produces very high-quality results, but it is also very slow and expensive. As a result, most manufacturers only use this process for printing premium papers. If you're hung up on getting more bang for your buck, don't worry – you'll get basically just as much paper on a standard roll as you would on a wider one. 5. What does “Match Type” mean? When it comes to wallpaper, there are three main types of patterns: straight match, drop match, and random match. Straight match is when the design moves straight across from one wallpaper strip to the next. This means that every strip will be the same at the ceiling line. Drop match is when the design runs diagonally from the ceiling and is staggered so only every other strip is identical at the ceiling line. Random match is when the wallpaper does not have to be matched at the seams. No matter how you position the wallpaper next to the previous strip, the pattern looks good. Some examples of a random match are textures, grasscloth, and simple stripes. >> Wallpaper Installation Tips: ...Book the paper... When you book wallpaper, you're essentially giving it a chance to relax before you hang it up. Depending on the type of wallpaper, it can expand up to 1/4 inch in width. If you don't book the paper beforehand, this expansion can cause bubbling and wrinkles on the wall. To book the paper, you simply need to fold it onto itself for several minutes, paste-to-paste. This will allow the paper to relax and prevent any damages when you hang it up. For best results, book un-pasted paper immediately after applying paste and pre-pasted paper immediately after dipping or spraying with water. This will give the paper time to fully expand and activate the pre-paste. ...Plan to start in a corner... When it comes to wallpaper, the starting point is key. After all, you’re beginning and ending points will be the only spots in the room that don't quite match up. So, it's important to start in a place that is least visible. A good place to begin is usually the corner closest to the entryway. That way, if there is a slight mismatch, it won't be immediately noticeable to guests. Plus, working from the entryway will allow you to keep an eye on your progress and make sure that you're staying on track. So, when it comes time to start your next wallpaper project, be sure to begin in the corner closest to the door. ...Hire a professional... We’re all about DIY but hanging wallpaper is a skill in and of itself. While it’s completely possible to do on your own (or with the help of a friend), we recommend hiring a pro wallpaper hanger to determine the amount of paper needed and to handle the install. >> How to find non toxic / low VOC wallpaper The best rule of thumb is to look for wallcoverings made out of natural materials such as grasses, cork, metallic elements, linen, cotton and other natural fibers. Also look for low VOC water-based inks and avoid PVC and vinyl coatings. One of our favorites are grasscloth wall coverings for their natural texture and timeless look and feel. Healthier Homes is excited to introduce a new line of non-toxic natural wallcoverings. Check out the Healthier Homes wallpaper section here. Happy wallpapering!
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- beautiful nontoxic living | Healthier Homes
KITCHEN DECOR FURNITURE LIGHTING E/BOOKS NO VOC PAINT RUGS | PILLOWS | THROWS WALLS BATH Live well. Your source for natural furnishings, organic décor , nontoxic paint, & all things healthier home SHOP HEALTHIER HOMES Hello Spring! Longer, warmer days. Outdoor feasts. Springtime gatherings. SHOP TABLETOP ORGANIC TEXTURES modern organic > COLLECTIONS CURATED FOR HEALTHY LIVING < Turkish cotton MODERN SPACES Meet Jen & Rusty The world's first healthy home builders. They're on a mission to create better living through healthy building & design - because Jen's house was making her sick. our story HEALTHIER HOMES PAINT INTRODUCING | Washable Rugs lighting Featured decor Featured rugs + pillows + throws Featured real zero voc paint Featured furniture Featured Sustainable Furnishings Council presents: * * * * * * An interview with Nancy Fire + Jen and Rusty @ Healthier Living Wednesday March 22 / 2pm EST To reserve your spot, click here healthier home blog >> A home is more than just a place to sleep. It’s a way of life. A mindset. That’s why Healthier Homes is changing the way homes are built and furnished. From construction, to designing spaces, to materials and décor . Our philosophy is simple. Less is more when it comes to livable beautiful spaces . Join us on the journey to better living through a healthier home. Guide to Sourcing Non-Toxic Interior Paint One of the quickest most efficient ways to a healthier home is to paint. Here's what you need to know... Lighting for Modern Living Find out what styles of organic lighting work for different spaces in your modern home... How to Buy, Measure & Install Wallpaper In the market for wallpaper but don't know how much to purchase or where to begin? Read on for all you need to know to get started. see all blog posts dinnerware edit SHOP TABLETOP P I Y. paint it yourself modern furniture + zero VOC paint kits here's how >> solid & SUSTAINABLE SHOP FURNITURE Healthier Homes: a new way to home SHOP the Healthier Homes shop WATCH the backstory LEARN wellness integrated living GET the newly released book PAINT your way to a healthier home amazing spaces SHOP ESSENTIALS new release! learn more What is Healthier Homes? Healthier Homes has a straightforward mis sion: to provide a new, better way of living a non toxic lifestyle, along with a new, better way to shop for sustainable home products -- that empower you to craft your very own healthier home. Healthier Home Products Research suggests that the average person spends 90 percent of their time indoors—why don’t we put more time, attention, and thought into the items we bring inside these spaces? + From curtains to furniture, from dishware to paint, every product we purchase that goes into our homes, schools and workplaces can affect our quality of life. These items sometimes contain dangerous substances like formaldehyde, petro chemicals, heavy metals, and more. Worse, it’s often difficult to determine what precisely was used to make the items you’re buying, as some manufacturers don’t want you to know that flame retardance and glues used to speed up manufacturing processes come with a hefty price tag for your health. You shouldn’t have to guess at what’s a healthier home product. We’re looking to change all that! Healthier Homes, the book There are many key factors that contribute to your ability to stay healthy at home. + To address this challenge, we launched a healthy living shop so you can peruse and purchase quality healthy home products with confidence, while getting the latest information about how to keep your healthy house as nontoxic as possible. But it doesn’t stop there. Our founders are the innovators and healthy home builders that started JS2 Partners—pioneers in changing the way homes are designed, built and lived in. Jen & Rusty’s book, Healthier Homes, can serve as your basis for understanding how to build, decorate and live in your healthier home. ...The Benefits of a Healthy Home... Nontoxic and Natural. + At Healthier Homes, our primary focus is on the health and well-being of the occupants inside of a home, and that health-conscious approach comes with a variety of benefits for living healthy. First and foremost is improved air quality. Having less dust, pollen, and other particles in your air can improve respiratory health, reduce allergies, and result in fewer illnesses. But it also means reduced exposure to airborne toxins. Many synthetic product materials used in homes contain toxic chemicals, such as formaldehyde and phthalates, which can cause health issues over time. But having a natural healthy home environment means improved health overall—both on a physical -- and mental level. Yep, studies have shown that people who live in homes with fewer toxins are less likely to develop depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. But the most important part is that a nontoxic home will lead to serious improvements in your general well-being. Living in a healthier home environment can reduce stress, increase physical activity, and even improve relationships. That’s why we’re passionate about what we do! Welcome to the Healthier Home family. Sustainable & Eco Friendly. + Whether you’re looking for chic organic style or eco friendly home products, we have something for everyone and every style. Although we recognize the difference between nontoxic and sustainable—one is good for you, your friends, your family members, and your pets, while the other is good for the natural world as a whole—we also know that both is better, so we try to ensure that all our line up of growing healthy home products are as natural and organic as they are sustainable. Buying and using healthier home products can increase comfort and safety while reducing our collective carbon footprint. In fact, each purchase decision is important when it comes to living healthy – and it’s important to consider how each item was made. Take looking for wallpaper that’s manufactured using 100% natural plant-based fibers. We choose to partner with manufacturers that apply water-based inks via a smoke free system, which dramatically reduces air and water pollution at the factory level and also reduces indoor air pollution for the healthier home family that ends up enjoying the wallcoverings in their home. In short, healthy home products create a more sustainable home while also promoting a non toxic lifestyle. Choosing sustainable materials that are manufactured using energy-efficient practices, and taking other steps to reduce your carbon footprint can all help create healthier homes. Meaning of Organic Home. + The definition for ‘organic’ in the dictionary is: relating to or derived from living organisms; simple, healthful, close to nature; relating to or affecting the body… Many of us are familiar with organic food or organic cotton clothing, but the lesser-known ideal of an’ organic home’ is something that deserves our attention. We spend 90% of our time working, living, relaxing and regenerating in our indoor living environments—which is why it’s so important to surround ourselves in homes crafted from organic materials. The team at Healthier Homes is passionate about organic lifestyle! You can always count on us for doing our due diligence when it comes to sourcing the highest quality, most non toxic, and stylish essentials for a healthy home. Subscribe
- eco wall decor + wallpaper | Healthier Homes
wallpaper + wall accessories for upgraded spaces A home is a place where families and friends gather. The air is clean, the water is pure, and the home feels inviting and beautiful. From grasscloth wallcoverings to earth friendly artwork, we have your walls covered. Walden Pulley Wall Sconce Light Price $317.95 Timothy Iron Rattan Wall Sconce Price $217.95 Simply Sisal Grasscloth Wallpaper, Deep Navy Price $198.00 Simply Sisal Grasscloth Wallpaper, Natural Ivory Price $182.00 Woven Luster Grasscloth Wallpaper, Aquamarine Price $314.00 Woven Luster Grasscloth Wallpaper, Daybreak Price $374.00 Woven Luster Grasscloth Wallpaper, Sandy Beach Price $232.00 Linen Silk Textured Wallpaper, Navy Grey Price $110.00 Linen Silk Textured Wallpaper, Snow Grey Price $110.00 Linen Silk Textured Wallpaper, Neutral Grey Price $110.00 Baja Tropical Pressed Metal Tiles, Set of 4 Price $298.00 Athena Eucalyptus Wreath Price $120.00 Metal Leaves Wall Hanging Price $198.00 Wild Flower Framed Metal Art out of stock / more on the way Rustic Relic Large Wall Hooks, Pack of 24 out of stock / more on the way The Hive Floating Shelves Price $284.00 Old World Timeless Wall Clock Price $150.00 Metal Wall Wine Cork Holder out of stock / more on the way Mumbai Brass Vase Collection, set of 3 Price $118.00 Wood Beaded Garland // 4ft Strand Price $35.00 Kraft Paper Wall Notes Roll Price $88.00 Replacement Note Roll Price $55.00 You Might Also Like: Quick View Maui Seagrass Floor Vase, Oversized Tall Vase Set Price $258.00 Quick View Island Vibe Rattan and Glass Lanterns, Set of 2 Price $198.00 Quick View Bahama Woven Cane Side Table Price $98.00 Quick View Jia Modern White Boxwoods, Set of 5 Price $124.00 Quick View Maui Seagrass Floor Vase, Oversized Tall Vase Set Price $258.00 Quick View Island Vibe Rattan and Glass Lanterns, Set of 2 Price $198.00 Quick View Bahama Woven Cane Side Table Price $98.00 Quick View Jia Modern White Boxwoods, Set of 5 Price $124.00 At Healthier Homes, quality matters as much as composition The Healthier Homes team curates collections made from pure and natural materials like stone, solid wood, grasses, minerals and cork. Our partners and suppliers share the same passion as us for high quality and purity standards. We're proud to set the bar for clean, safe and durable essential living products.
- Eco-Friendly Sustainable Kitchenware | Organic Kitchen Products
Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Kitchenware: organic home kitchen products Your culinary kingdom should be beautiful with a purpose. Natural & sustainable meets beautiful in all things tabletop, countertop, & cooking. 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These products come in all shapes, colors, and sizes and are made using materials with minimal industrial processing that will never off-gas or leach harmful chemicals into food. These include 100 percent pure ceramics, natural woods such as olive wood and organic bamboo kitchenware, as well as other non toxic materials that are safe for the whole family. (Note: You’ll want to avoid most strand board bamboo kitchen products and cutting boards since they often contain glues with phenol formaldehyde.) What is sustainable kitchenware? + Sustainable kitchenware refers to any dishes, glassware, silverware, and other kitchen surfaces or tools that are natural, eco-friendly, and completely nontoxic. These products come in all shapes, colors, and sizes and are made using materials with minimal industrial processing that will never off-gas or leach harmful chemicals into food. These include 100 percent pure ceramics, natural woods such as olive wood and organic bamboo kitchenware, as well as other non toxic materials that are safe for the whole family. (Note: You’ll want to avoid most strand board bamboo kitchen products and cutting boards since they often contain glues with phenol formaldehyde.) What are the benefits of eco-friendly, natural kitchenware? + The benefits are varied and numerous. First, why wouldn’t you be concerned about what’s going into the food you and your family eats? Old-fashioned cookware can contain hazardous substances ranging from lead to perfluorooctanoic acid (PFAOs), both of which are “forever chemicals” that can cause a host of health issues, especially in children. In these older products, such chemicals leach freely into the food cooked and eaten on them. Thankfully, newer sustainable and nontoxic kitchenware is available so you can eat and drink worry-free. What to look out for in organic kitchen products & accessories + What goes into a kitchen product also goes into your foods and beverages. So, when choosing your own nontoxic kitchenware, look for materials like ceramic, cast iron, stainless steel, and glass. If the item has a ceramic coating, make sure it’s labeled 100 percent ceramic porcelain and avoid any lead-based glazes. Stick with natural, nontoxic, organic, and sustainable materials such as those shown featured on the kitchen shop page. What to avoid in sustainable kitchenware + What goes into your kitchenware also goes into what you eat and drink. Always avoid nonstick coatings, which often contain PFAOs and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). Aluminum and copper cookware—along with aluminum foil—are other bad actors that can leach into your meal. And once again, always check the ceramic coating to ensure it’s 100 percent ceramic, not another lead-based leacher. Are organic, green, non toxic and sustainable the same thing? + Not exactly. While nontoxic kitchenware is often organic and sustainable, the two labels have different goals: sustainable refers to the impact a product has on the environment, while nontoxic refers to the impact it has on the people using it. As such, we prioritize nontoxic kitchenware while also trying to ensure our products are eco-friendly. Our number one concern at Healthier Homes is the health and well-being of people. Tips for Hosting Your Next Dinner Party with Natural Kitchen Décor party confetti champagne glasses toasting for dinner party The Perfect Presentation + Throwing a get together goes beyond hosting people in your home; you're also serving as the architect to the party. It's an opportunity to showcase your style and personality. There's no singular way of doing it right--your success comes down to how much you and your guests enjoy themselves. To that end, here's some helpful tips to use as inspiration for your next get together with your friends, family, coworkers and neighbors. Ambiance is Key + It’s all about the warm and inviting fun vibes when it comes to ambiance. Your chosen aesthetic is a staple element in setting the mood. If you're striving for an upscale gathering, you'll probably want to bring out the finer dishware and crystal glassware, elevated appetizer stands and glitzy utensils and place settings. On the other hand, if your goal is low-key and mellow, the surefire way to accomplish it is by making your home as relaxing and no-fuss as possible. Depending on what kind of tone you're trying to set, don’t forget about the lighting and music, too. This ambiance portion might include creating a themed music playlist and stringing some fun string lights to amp up the mood. Planning for the Party + The more refined and chic your style of hosting, the more energy you'll have to devote to planning. Are you serving multiple courses of finger food, entrées, drinks and other various assortments of goodies? If so, you can incorporate all the different styles of glassware and serving utensils you'll need into the room as well as making space for serving dishes, appetizer trays and a bar area for drinks. Whether you intend to have a bar area open to everyone or plan to make batches of your concoction of choice to serve yourself, there's nothing more important than providing glassware that'll keep up. Don’t forget the ice tub and to chill your white wine prior to guests’ arrivals. Your Guests' Needs + As a host, it's important to consider the unique needs of your friends, family or coworkers; it'll mean so much to them! Making plans to accomodate dietary restrictions, allergies or preferences should be top priorities. Is one of your guests a vegetarian? Does anyone have lactose intolerance or is someone unable to eat gluten? If someone you're inviting has any special need that interferes with how you want the food to play out, seek out alternatives in advance. There's always something for everyone. Serving Dishes + The food you serve determines what serving accessories you'll need to have on standby. Do you want serving bowls for a communal eating experience or individual place settings? Do guests help themselves or will you also act as the buffer between the people you invite and the food? These questions should assist you in organizing what tools you'll need. Healthier Homes is continuing to expand our array of serving ware that'll aid you in covering all of your bases, so that you can sit back and relax during the event you worked so hard to put together.