Why Healthy Interior Design?

Two Harbors Sky July 2019 Photograph by Gina Jacobson CL Designs All Rights Reserved

So many things in our built environments have harmful components. By eliminating them as much as possible, we can be more at ease, fit and productive, overall.

Have a look at the following for a quick overview of some of our everyday products’ ingredients and effects.


Adhesives – carbon tetrachloride – damages our hepatic system (the system that makes proteins, breaks down food & purifies the body) (1)


Formaldehyde – found in pressed woods, particleboard, plywood, fiberboard, permanent press fabrics, paper coatings, certain insulation, and glues – classified as a human carcinogen by IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) – irritates eyes, nose, throat, skin; can cause occupational asthma (2)


Fabrics – sulfur, arsenic, copper, lead and mercury, among others – cancer, wide-ranging illnesses (3)


Stain-protectors – PFCs (perfluorochemicals) -tumors, immune system and hormone malfunctions (4)


Insulation – spray foam – flame retardants and other carcinogens – asthma, watery eyes, sinus congestion, headaches (5)


Plastics – “Journal of the American Medical Association published a study involving 1,455 American adults, which linked high urinary levels of BPA to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and liver complications.” (6) “…tests have shown that the chemical (bisphenol-A, aka BPA) can promote human breast cancer cell growth“(7)


Finishes – VOCs (volatile organic compounds) – “2 to 5 times higher inside homes than outside, regardless of whether the homes were located in rural or highly industrial areas.” – liver, kidney, and central nervous system damage; cancer (8)


Metals – mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum- “…impairment of cognitive development (e.g. developmental disorders), degenerative diseases of the nervous system, which would include Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis (MS), problems with skeletal development and maintenance (e.g. osteoporosis), kidney disorders, and blood disorders.” (9)


Now that you know more about what to look for, if you cannot find an ingredient list and production information for your products, consider not buying them.

Choosing companies that are providing the above information may encourage those to continue doing so.

As always, if you would like more assistance with choosing healthy interior design products, contact CL Designs.