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 BREATHE DEEP, FEEL GOOD: DISCOVER HEALTHY SOLUTIONS AT HOME AND SOUL 

Is your furniture harming your health?

Hello and welcome to the February edition of our blog.
 
February: the month that, depending on the year, can be either a fleeting friend or a lingering companion. Whether it whooshes by in 28 days or stretches on for 29, one thing’s for sure – it’s packed with love, laughter, and maybe even a little bit of unexpected weather (don’t forget your umbrella!). So, grab your favourite cosy blanket, and a warm drink, and get ready to dive into our February blog, where we will be exploring an interesting topic that you may or may not be aware of: “Is your furniture harming your health?” Either way, it’s sure to be an eye-opener. Who knows, you might learn something new! So settle down and let’s dive in.

The Rattan Collection

Whilst it is not common for customers to inquire about the manufacturing process, it does happen- and you know what? We couldn’t be happier to help them along on their journey! After all, knowledge is power. It does occur to us that some are not aware of the full benefits of choosing a more eco-conscious lifestyle and sustainability is something we are proud to represent, if you’re not aware by now, we like to shout about it! We like these conversations, and welcome them, as the leading ethical and sustainability brand in the UAE we believe in transparency, especially when it comes to safeguarding your family and creating the home of your dreams.

As the title suggests, have you ever considered whether your furniture is harming your health? Let’s explore this topic further.

Beatrice Armchair / Christina Sofa / Capri Chair

Here are 6 ways your furniture choices might be impacting you, and the solutions Home and Soul offers to create a healthy home environment

Reduced Chemical Exposure and Improved Air Quality

Hazard:

Formaldehyde in Pressed Wood: Pressed wood furniture like particleboard and plywood often utilizes formaldehyde, a VOC that irritates the respiratory system.
Solution:
We are dedicated to exceptional craftsmanship using sustainable practices with low-VOC and natural materials, safeguarding your health and indoor air quality. We prioritize solid wood, sustainably and ethically harvested and finished with non-toxic options.

Hazard:
Stain and Varnish Toxicity: Traditional stains and varnishes often contain harmful VOCs, causing health problems during the application and curing process.
Solution: We avoid harmful flame-retardant chemicals by offering furniture with natural flame-retardant alternatives like wool or inherently flame-resistant fabrics, further safeguarding your health. 

Hazard:
Upholstery Foam and Flame Retardants: Polyurethane foam in upholstered furniture releases VOCs, and flame retardant treatments raise health concerns.
Solution:
We utilize certified low-VOC and eco-friendly foams, minimizing chemical off-gassing and prioritizing your health. Additionally, we offer furniture with natural flame-retardant alternatives such as wool or inherently flame-resistant fabrics, avoiding harmful chemicals.

The Anita Collection / Patrick Coffee Table / Lena Side Table

Improved Ergonomics for Long-Term Well-being

Hazard
Poor Ergonomics and Long-Term Health: Poorly designed furniture can lead to posture issues, muscle strain, and joint problems over time.
Solution:
We understand the importance of proper posture for overall health. Our furniture is designed with ergonomic principles in mind, promoting proper posture and supporting your well-being, helping to prevent future health problems related to poor posture and muscle strain.

Allergy-Friendly Options

Hazard:

Synthetic Fabrics and Skin Irritation: Synthetic fabrics in upholstery and bedding may contain chemicals that trigger skin irritation or allergies.
Solution:
We understand the challenges faced by individuals with allergies and sensitivities. To create a more comfortable and inclusive living space, we offer a wide selection of furniture crafted with natural, organic, and allergy-friendly fabrics. This significantly minimizes the risk of skin irritation and promotes a healthier home environment for everyone.

Built to Last, Reducing Landfill Waste:

Hazard:
“Disposable Furniture” and Landfill Impact: Cheaply made furniture often ends up in landfills, contributing to environmental issues.
Solution:
We are dedicated to exceptional craftsmanship using sustainable practices. Our furniture is built to last, utilizing responsibly sourced wood, reducing the need for frequent replacements and minimizing furniture ending up in landfills. This not only benefits the environment but also saves you money in the long run.

Built to Last, Reducing Landfill Waste:

Hazard:
“Disposable Furniture” and Landfill Impact: Cheaply made furniture often ends up in landfills, contributing to environmental issues.
Solution:
We are dedicated to exceptional craftsmanship using sustainable practices. Our furniture is built to last, utilizing responsibly sourced wood, reducing the need for frequent replacements and minimizing furniture ending up in landfills. This not only benefits the environment but also saves you money in the long run.

01 Nicolette Console
Serena Chair / Nicolette Console Table / Everly Floor Lamp

Explore a curated selection of furniture and home decor, all designed to promote a healthy and harmonious living space. From low-VOC and natural materials to ergonomic designs and allergy-friendly fabrics, each piece is thoughtfully chosen to nurture your well-being. Discover a world of possibilities with our new collections, available now online. For an even more exclusive experience, visit one of our stores to explore a curated selection of in-store-only releases, designed to make your home truly unique and special. Step into the world of Home and Soul and create a haven that nourishes your body, soul, and the environment.
 
Choose Home and Soul to create a home that truly nourishes your body and soul, while leaving a positive impact on the world. Visit our website today and discover the difference healthy furniture can make.