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Why I Follow the Precautionary Principle When Evaluating Products

The precautionary principle is an approach sometimes used by policy makers in situations where there is the possibility of harm from making a decision and conclusive evidence is not yet available.  It essentially means better safe than sorry.  This is the approach that I use in evaluating the toxicity of products.  When I research a […]

September 22, 2020

Fabric Sourcing

Question from B   I have not found a fabric i like via any of the natural couch companies. How can I source my own non toxic fabrics? Do you have any suggestions for interior designers who can help me design a non toxic home?  I am in MA. thank you. Lisa’s Answer I don’t know […]

The Toxicity of Polyester and Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)

I was helping a reader evaluate a product made from polyethylene terephthalate and thought it would be helpful to share the information because it can be confusing.  This material has more than one chemical name as well as many brand names.  Also, surprisingly, it is not a phthalate! Debra Lynn Dadd wrote the following article […]

September 15, 2020

100% Linen Plus Sized Clothing

Question from Marcella   I was just browsing all the clothing websites you have for plus size women. It is a shame that I cannot find 100% linen whether organic or not for plus size women (22W or above 3X) that is affordable. It appears that these designers are making clothes for the rich and famous […]

September 12, 2020

Mattress Encasement

Question from Anne   I have a neurological disability and recently purchased a GOTS certified mattress. I want to find an encasement (rather than a protector) that is made of GOTS certified cotton but has a waterproof membrane between the layers of cotton. Its okay if the membrane is polyurethane but I want it to be […]

PureCure Denture Detox

Question from Mary   Can you tell me if Pure CureDenture Detox is still in business? If not, do you know of a similar product or company where I might purchase detox kits to make my partial denture non toxic. I appreciate your time. Thank you. Lisa’s Answer Here is the company website.  I do believe […]

Is There Such a Thing as Non-Toxic PVC?

Question from EM   Hello! I was recently trying to figure out what my garden hose is made of, and it turns out that it’s made of PVC (not surprising). What is surprising is that it’s advertised as “toxin-free — no lead, BPA or phthalates.” That’s confusing, and I’m suspicious. Your thoughts?   Lisa’s […]

Are Air Fryers Really Healthy?

I’ve had several people ask me if air fryers are safe.  There are really two parts to this question.  First, we need to understand if the food made in an air fryer is healthy.  Next, we need to see if the appliance itself has unhealthy materials that can leach into food.  I’m not a nutritionist […]

September 8, 2020

Decal for Kids

Question from Miriam   My son wants some ‘Paw Patrol’ decals for his room.  I’ve found some non-vinyl ones which supposedly are made from a “high quality polyester textile in North America”. I emailed the vendor and asked if they contain PFAS or lead, BPA, or phthalates.  They replied ” None of our products have […]

September 7, 2020

Odor in IKEA furniture

Question from Judith   I have had the PAX wardrobe and MALM dresser for several years now. In the past year I have noticed that when put clean, dry clothes in the drawers they have a musty smell when I take them out. I read your reply about them earlier in this list and it […]

Toxins in Dishes and Glassware

Question from Kelly   Do Mikasa Intaglio, Corelle Indian Summer, Fire King green dinnerware, any corning Ware or pyrex contain toxins? Does gold rimmed Monet glassware?   Does Monroe (Lenox) stemware contain toxins?   Lisa’s Answer For the glassware, I don’t recommend any with rimmed decoration.  You can read more about glassware, including Pyrex in this […]

Active Chair for Kids

Question from Miriam   We are setting up our homeschool environment and I have a few questions about furniture. We’d like to get an ‘active’ chair for my son.  Most of the ones I’ve found don’t look great, materials are not really disclosed.  I did find this one, although more pricey, does this seem like […]

Safety of Microfiber Sheets

Question from Reenie   A friend ordered bamboo sheets and they sent her a soft microfiber set of sheets.  Are these safe for the body and the environment?  Thanks!   Lisa’s Answer Microfiber refers to the size of the threads so without more information I can’t tell you exactly what it’s made of and the […]

Empire Home Fresh Carpet

Question from April   Thank you so much for all your priceless info! Seriously. Thank you for this resources. I don’t know what I would do without it! I’m wondering if you’ve reviewed or have any insight into Empire Today’s Home Fresh carpet? It’s being touted as low to no VOCs and hypoallergenic. Not much […]

Building a Non-Toxic Home

Question from Jordan   In your “about me” description you mentioned you have built a few homes using nontoxic/low emitting materials. My family and I are going to be building our first home and would like to do the same. I am interested to know how you did this and materials used. So more on […]

Dining Chair Emergency

Question from Jordan   Congrats and thank you on being a non-toxic expert! I could really use your help. We are in dire straits trying to find dining chairs. We have been looking for several months and still have nothing. We are looking for vegan, organic/non-toxic, sustainable, fairly made chairs that are soft and comfortable. […]


Question from Barbara Looking for some no iron safe sheets. What is your recommendation? Thank You Lisa’s Answer Sheets that are labelled as “wrinkle free” or other no iron claims should be avoided because they often contain formaldehyde.  I always recommend GOTS certified organic sheets.  I have found that flannel sheets require the least ironing […]

Dental Office Scented

Question from Bonnie Last year my dentist office had very strong smelling “natural” air freshner. They were using a small pulg in tabletop machine in each room that had a mist coming out of it. I think they said it was one of the eseential oils. I told them even the essential oils were harmful […]

Matchbox and Hot Wheels Cars

Question from Miriam My quick question is: have you ever investigated Matchbox cars or Hot Wheels? My longer question, which I know may have to wait, is: How do I research this? says they’re safe as of the last 20-30 years (from lead) but I found an article from 2015 that says they were found to […]

August 25, 2020

Air Fryers

Question from Catherine Hello, I recently came across your site and so happy that I did !I would like to purchase a air fryer and would like to know your opinion . I had my eye on a air fryer that QVC is selling but I saw that it had a California warning label. Are […]

August 24, 2020

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