4 Materials to Avoid in an Eco-Friendly Home


VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are organic pollutants that show up in a wide variety of common household and office products: Paint, cleaning materials, permanent markers, and furniture (just to name a few). They affect indoor air quality, and can cause side effects ranging from headaches and nausea to liver or kidney damage. So how can you avoid them? Look for “low-VOC” or “no-VOC” versions of your favorite products; buy the smallest amount you need; and use them only in ventilated areas.