Technology advances aren’t just for driverless cars and faster internet streaming. At Wellness Within Your Walls, we believe that emerging technology is also going to have a huge impact on the building industry, especially within the healthy home segment. Earlier this month, WWYW founder Jillian Pritchard Cooke was invited to be on a panel, called Tech Force, at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, held this year in Los Angeles.The panel, which focused on the role of technology in improving sustainable design and execution for the way we live in our homes, also included Magali Delmas, a Professor of Management at UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, and Fred Maxik, CTO of Lighting Science, and was moderated by Jaclyn Toole, the Director of Sustainability and Green Building at NAHB. Jillian’s focus on health and wellness included a discussion of how the key to building a healthy home is reducing, detecting and mitigating toxins, and the huge role detection devices and smart home systems will play in the future.
A recent study, published this month in the medical journal The Lancet, set out to discover the impact of endocrine disrupting chemicals (which includes such commonly used chemicals as flame retardants and phthalates) on the United States and European Union economies. The toll for the United States came in at $340,000 billion (2.33 of Gross Domestic Product). Because of tighter regulation on toxic chemicals in Europe, the loss is much less significant—$217 billion (1.28% of GDP). In this Time article about the study, author Leonardo Trasande, a New York University environmental health professor, calls for faster review of more chemicals—another voice calling for tougher chemical reform. No surprise, the lobbying group for chemical manufacturers claimed in a statement that the study did “nothing to advance the protection of public health,” and criticized the study’s methods and goals.
It’s the last day of the Fall High Point Market and we’ve seen so many must-have products that contribute to a healthier home. We’ll bring you just a couple more updates with what our Wellness Spotters have discovered.
We love the color and pattern on this Rockport Ottoman, from Company C for Norwalk Furniture. And we love that it’s made from 100% wool, with hybrid fill, locally (Ohio) sourced wood for the legs, and uses water based paint.
And there’s more soft color in this rug from
Jaipur Living, made of PET fiber constructed of 100% post consumer plastic (water bottles!).
We spotted tables at the fall High Point Market that are not only good looking, eco friendly and healthy too!
From Home Trends & Design–their Industrial Modern Adjustable Table. Made of 100% Mango wood (after trees no longer bear fruit) with a recast, recycled iron pedestal base. This manufacturer uses hand finishes that have lower VOC chemicals
Fave tables from Platinum Decor are responsibly made of certified Brazilian pine and glass.
We’ve spotted so many great chairs at High Point! We’re thrilled that there are so many different styles available and from so many different manufacturers.
We love this Garden of Eden Leather chair from Lee Industries (right), dyed with vegetable & mineral dyes made from an olive leaf tea.
Below, the “Katie” chair from Rowe Furniture, with washable 100% cotton slip overs, 100% down cushions (available, not as shown) and FSC wood frame. In an effort to keep their products out of landfills, new slip covers will be made long after the model is discontinued.
Right, the American Leather
ElmoSoft Monroe Comfort Theatre Seat.
Elmo is a chrome free leather, many colors are vegetable dyes, and the manufacturer places an emphasis on water conservation and purifies the wastewater onsite.
Bunakara Pure Chair in natural cotton & burlap
Ever wondered what those chairs look like inside? Here’s the fascinating cut away view of a Cisco Brothers Inside Green chair– made of natural latex and FSC certified wood.
These three examples show how we use the WWYW categories to sort through products.
This rustic cabinet from Bramble Home Store is made of plantation grown mahogany and coated with a water based clear stain and falls into our Responsible category.
This wood and linen Lincoln Stripe blanket from Libeco is an example of a Natural product.
Hand beaded glass bowls and baskets from Bindah are in the Natural category.
The fall High Point Market started today and our team of intrepid wellness spotters is back to work—searching the market for products and furnishings that exemplify the WWYW mission. We’ll be highlighting their discoveries over the next few days so check back often
For our first find….how cool are these? Pogo stools made from recycled grain sacks and reclaimed shock absorber springs, from Cisco Brothers.
Versatile boucle woven rugs from Kathy Ireland by Nourison.
Also unbelievably versatile– the long and lean Milton Table from Gat Creek. Perfect for dining, gathering or working and made of locally sourced sustainable woods.
Several weeks ago, Wellness Within Your Walls had the pleasure of hosting our Phoenix Summit, sponsored by C.A.I. Designs, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Over the two-day event, attendees had the opportunity to take all four WWYW courses and earn four ASID and IIDA health and safety CEU credits. The two-day event also included a networking cocktail gathering, a panel discussion, a brainstorming forum and a tour of the C. A. I. Designs showroom, where the group (which included designers, builders and manufacturers) learned about some fabulous WWYW friendly products from such manufacturers as Lee Industries, Cisco Brothers, and Palecek.
One company highlighted, Maria Yee, is using a new material, LUX from BASF, to add lightweight strength to their furniture designs. The innovative bio-composite material, developed for use in the automobile industry, uses low-VOC-emitting binders and natural renewable materials such as kenaf and jute as reinforcement fibers. We love hearing about forward thinking manufacturers who are exploring innovation and technology in the context of sustainable and responsible design to improve their products!
Check out this room by room guide to choices you can make in your home starting today. The end result? A healthier home and more eco-friendly life!
We love the guide both because of all the fabulous tips and clear advice, but also because it features WWYW founder Jillian Pritchard Cooke.