A major focal point of a living room is the couch. It’s the piece of furniture you’ll lounge on while watching TV or reading a good book. Or perhaps you’ll doze off on occasion (or regularly) after a long day because you don’t feel like climbing the stairs to your bedroom just yet.
Regardless of what your daily routine looks like, your furniture should not only be aesthetically pleasing and comfortable but safe as well. Opting for organic and natural furniture means staying away from synthetic fabrics, toxic chemicals, and harmful off-gassing.
Learn why a low-VOC couch is a worthy addition to your home.
What are VOCs?
VOC stands for volatile organic compounds. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), these compounds are emitted as gasses and can impact indoor air quality. They can be found in furniture, cleaning products, paints, finishes, and more.
Some of the potential negative health effects from exposure to VOCs that the EPA lists are…
- Sore throat
- Skin irritation
- Eye and nose irritation
- Damage to liver & kidneys
- Damage to the central nervous system
Although we can’t see these harmful chemicals, they are lingering in homes across the country and are ingested into our bodies daily.
These chemicals latch onto tiny dust particles in the home and it is these dust particles that we inadvertently breathe in.
Did you know that babies and young children absorb even more of these dust particles than their parents? About five times more.
Watch the video below to learn about “toxic dust” in the home