FEATURE ARTICLE

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Finding Furniture Without Toxic Flame Retardants

Flame retardants in upholstered furniture are easier to avoid under new rules, but they’re not gone. Here’s how to navigate the changing landscape.

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Anti-Aging Research Applied to Glass and Concrete

Researchers unlock the secret of eternal youth for glass and cement by studying optimal pressure during manufacturing.

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ILFI is challenging companies to make a product with a positive “handprint” rather than a “footprint.” And it has to be affordable.

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Thermal breaks can be pricey and may affect structural integrity. Aerolon is a non-structural alternative designed to have similar benefits.

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The Five Hazard Warnings You Can Usually Ignore

Can you identify which toxic chemicals listed on an HPD probably can’t hurt you?

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