Allergies and Toxins

Many of the manufactured products used in standard home construction contain chemicals and toxins that have undetermined effects on human health. Treated and glued wood products — pressure-treated wood, laminates, plywood, broadloom, and particle board — are of particular concern. Many finishing products, including paints, stains, and floorings, are also suspect. Research these purchases if you are concerned about their potentially harmful effects. Excellent replacements exist for all toxic items on your shopping list, but it may take some effort to locate them. Preliminary research has shown straw bale homes to be a healthy environment for those with allergies or chemical sensitivities.

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