Submitted questions will be posted with my response by the following Tuesday or before.
Submitted comments will be moderated and approved within 24 hours.
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?
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 a good option?
Made of beechwood grown and harvested in Northwestern Germany
Certified sustainable by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)
https://www.fully.com/chairs/kids/tic-toc-tyke-chair.htmlIt has 3 options for finishes:
1. PU varnish as a finish for naural,
2. black nitrocellulose lacquer for black, or
3. red nitrocellulose lacquer for red
Would you feel comfortable with any of these?
I’d like a little more information about the chair from fully.com but it seems like the better choice over the 2 plastic alternatives. First of all, fully.com is a B corp and states that they are committed to transparency and minimizing toxins and waste so I imagine they will be willing and able to provide the information we need. The chair looks to be solid wood but the top of the chair is probably engineered. I would want the following additional information:
Is the top of the chair solid wood and if not does the engineered wood have any certifications such as CARB Phase 2, NAF, etc.?
Is the adhesive used low VOC? Is a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) available?
Is the PU lacquer low VOC? Is a Safety Data Sheet (SDS) available?
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!
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 is said about the installation materials. I’m wondering if this is a valid low cost option. I would greatly appreciate any info you can offer.
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 this topic would be helpful and I would be willing to pay for a consult as well if that is something you do.
Looking forward to seeing/reading all your knowledge on non toxic living.
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. We also need the seat height a little higher than a lot out there. Aye Aye Aye!! If you have any resources to direct us to, you would be saving our lives. This chair search is giving me a stroke LOL
Question from Barbara
Looking for some no iron safe sheets. What is your recommendation? Thank You
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 as I read it somewhere. The dentist said he would remove it if I could prove it was bad for chemical sensitivity, to send what I read. Do you have info I could send him? I have been going there about 20 years.
Question from Miriam
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 air fryers safe ? I know that they are a healthy way to cook, but are they toxic ?
I haven’t researched air fryers yet but I, too, am curious. The California warning label is often due to lead in the cord of small appliances. I am not concerned about this as an exposure unless you you have small children who might have access to the cord. What I do want to look into is the coatings used on the inside of the appliance and the type of energy used to cook the food. Check back soon and hopefully I’ll have some answers.