The organic seal of approval can be elusive. The world of home products is moving into the all-natural arena due to increasing concerns over indoor-air quality. Now products like carpets and mattresses that can offgas volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and cause respiratory problems are under consumer review. But as more and more manufacturers in the home-products industry put “100% chemical-free” marketing tags on their products, homeowners need to check the validity of such claims. The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute is an independent third-party testing agency that verifies low or no-emission claims. Products that pass GREENGUARD’s stringent tests receive certification and are listed on the institute’s website. Everything from furniture, to bedding, to insulation, sealants, adhesives, and filters can be found there. So if you’re thinking of making some green changes around the home, consider checking GREENGUARD’s site for some ideas on truly healthy products.

GREENGUARD Environmental Institute