We’re so excited to announce that we’re joining forces with The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). WWYW will be part of the curriculum of SCAD’s interior design program, which has been named top undergraduate and graduate interior design program by DesignIntelligence for the fifth consecutive year. To kick off the partnership, we’re proud to be taking part in SCAD’s Building Arts lecture series next week. WWYW founder Jillian Pritchard Cooke will be speaking on “Starting a Dialogue: Stand Up Against Toxins” on April 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 at SCADshow, 173 14th street in Atlanta. The event is free and open to the public, so if you’re in Atlanta, please join us!
Things are active at the National Association of Home Builders’ 2017 New American Home and the 2017 Great American Remodel, both currently under construction by Phil Kean Design Group in Orlando. Earlier this month, as part of our participation in the projects, we were thrilled to host our first Wellness Within Your Walls Preferred Vendor Forum and share what we know with some the best manufacturers of home building products around.
Over the two-day event, held with the help of the Greater Orlando Builders Association, vendors of products that will be included in the 2017 New American Homes learned more about the WWYW standard. Attendees, including representatives from a wide range of manufacturers, the design/build team for the 2018 New American Home, and special guests Tucker Bernard of NAHB and Susan Inglis of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, took part in the entire four part WWYW course as well as numerous networking and discussion opportunities. The support we got was tremendous and discussion was insightful, productive and showed a real connection over the issues of toxins.
We love sharing how making interiors healthier during the design/build process can be affordable, achievable and accountable. As we predicted, many of the attendees realized that their current products and goals already aligned with the WWYW standard, and everyone was intrigued and enthusiastically planning their next steps for joining the movement for healthier interiors.
It’s always tremendously exciting for us to watch the growing dialogue take shape when our partners realize that we’re all in this together, and we embrace every opportunity we have to join forces with all the different parties in the design/build process.
To our attendees, thanks so much for coming and for your engaged participation and feedback. We’re so looking forward to working with you!
Interested in attending a future forum or want more information? Give us a call at 404-736-9157 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earlier this month, WWYW founder Jillian Prichard Cooke joined other environmentally-focused Atlanta
women to celebrate Women’s History Month with a fabulous luncheon event organized by Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Jillian joined Jennifer Hanky, president and CEO of Heathy Green Schools and Lisa Wise, founder of re:loom project and executive director of Initiative for Affordable Housing, in a panel discussion titled “There is Beauty in Sustainability,” moderated by Hartsfield-Jackson’s Senior Sustainability Planner Liza Milagro.
Jillian reports being amazed by the tons of great questions and active dialogue. Once again we were reminded how high the demand is for information on healthy interiors and how much the WWYW message resonates in the larger community. We’ve got a busy spring, with several opportunities to meet with us and learn more. Stay tuned!
We’ve got an important update on our blog post about Lumber Liquidators. Last month, the CDC released a report (then updated it several weeks later when it was determined that they goofed on their math) detailing the risks of the formaldehyde emitted by Chinese-made laminate flooring mislabelled and illegally sold by Lumber Liquidators.
The CDC’s report puts the risk of cancer caused by the flooring at six to 30 cases per 100,000 people exposed and recommends that the customers who have the flooring take steps to reduce exposure to the substance. Other effects of the toxin in the home are increased respiratory and asthma symptoms. While we knew the flooring was toxic and dangerous to buyers’ health after last years’ 60 Minutes segment, the report puts concrete figures on the risk.
Lumber Liquidators is no longer selling the flooring and says on their website that they’ve “formalized our expectations regarding supplier labor and health and safety policies.” In addition, they are providing indoor air quality testing to qualified customers and say they “will conduct an in-depth evaluation of air quality and potential formaldehyde sources for any customer whose results are inconclusive or above established thresholds. “
Even though testing the air quality is not the same as actually testing for formaldehyde in the flooring, it is one way to determine what toxins and at what level are in your home, so we highly recommend starting there. While you’re waiting to hear the results, what should you do? Ventilating with open windows and fans, staying out of the room where the flooring is, and keeping humidity levels low are important steps. Toxin levels will go down over time, and the more ventilation, the faster that off-gassing will occur. While we can’t say exactly when, according to many experts the risk should be much lower after 1 to 2 years.
If it turns out that formaldehyde is off-gassing into the room, you may want to consider replacing the flooring, especially if it’s a room you need to use often or if you have small children. Lumber Liquidators isn’t saying exactly what they’ll do once their evaluation finds formaldehyde fumes in a customer’s home.
The fallout for Lumber Liquidators has been devastating. The release of the CDC report pushed their stock price even lower (it’s down nearly 80% over the past year), sales have fallen, and the company faces a number of lawsuits.
At WWYW we hope that other home furnishing companies have learned several valuable lessons from Lumber Liquidators mistakes: that they need to be proactive in their sourcing and that saving money in the short term isn’t worth the long term costs. Most important lesson? That consumers care about what goes into their home.