Committing to the Health and Well-Being of Our Children & Our Planet

Updated: May 7, 2021

If you've started the exciting process of shopping for nursery items, you likely already know that there are many factors that go into deciding which individual pieces to buy. You may consider aesthetics, price, durability, and size, among other things. Another important factor you should consider is safety, and your child's home environment has a direct impact on his or her well-being.


While searching, you may have come across some different brand initiatives and safety commitments throughout your search. Many companies, such as Pottery Barn and Crate & Kids, offer a wide range of non-toxic furniture options so that you can rest easy knowing that your baby is in a safe environment. Below are some tips to assist you when making your selections:


  1. Choose solid wood furniture. Avoid products made with particle board, MDF, composite, and engineered wood), as those products are likely made with toxic chemicals, glues, etc.

  2. If your furniture is painted, ensure that the paint is low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint. Paint with high VOC levels are likely to emit toxic chemicals into the air, which is then breathed.

  3. Avoid purchasing products that are coming from Asia, when possible. There have been many documented cases of furniture products coming from Asia that contain lead.

  4. When in doubt, look for furniture items that are Greenguard Gold certified. This stringent testing certification program ensures that its products are free of toxic chemicals and volatile compounds, which could potentially cause harm to your baby. Take a look below at some items that are Greenuard Gold certified. They're no less beautiful or functional with this certification!




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