This past week, I had the pleasure of meeting Robin Wilson. Robin is a New York-based interior designer, entrepreneur, and author. Robin also serves on the board of the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC).

She authored Clean Design: Wellness for Your Lifestyle, which focuses on the elimination of toxins and allergens from your home and embracing more eco-friendly design principles. Many of the concepts in the book will be translated via our collections at Green Haven Living.
I finished the book prior to meeting Robin. It was such an easy read — only 3 afternoons to finish it! Instead of writing a book review, I decided to highlight a few of my favorite passages from the book. I’ll let the passages speak for themselves! 😉<

. “…you can create a healthier home environment that manages the indoor air quality and protects your family from the dust, mold, pollen, fumes, odors, airborne toxins, chemicals, and other substances…”<

. “According to the American Lung Association, “poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of infections, lung cancer…headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea, and fatigue…”<

. “Entryways…think of it as a place where family members and guests can get rid of the dirt they bring in from the outdoors. The best strategy with mudrooms is to make them as cleanable as possible by covering floors and walls with washable materials that can be easily scrubbed.”<

. “…choose kitchen cabinetry…made with low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints, stains, and adhesives and that there is no formaldehyde in the adhesives.”<

. “Changes in temperature cause off-gassing of toxins, and no other room (other than the bathroom) has as many temperature variations as the kitchen.”<

. “The least toxic mattresses are made with sustainable, natural materials such as cotton and natural latex.”<

. “Consider taking old (> 3 years) pillows to an animal shelter where they can be used to cushion wire cage floors.”<

. “Bathrooms … have the potential to be the biggest trouble spot – from the humidity that can lead to mold growth, to the spray from a toilet flush that can expose family members to bacteria, and to the off-gassing from toxic cleansers or vinyl shower curtains- creating a brewing chemical stew to cause an unfriendly environment for the health of a home’s inhabitants.”<

. “The Clean Design goal for walls is…to eliminate oil- and petroleum-based paints, stains, varnishes, and adhesives… and to choose water-, milk-, or latex-based products instead.”<

0. “Dust mites can be limited by washing your child’s toys. If they cannot be washed, freeze them for 24 hours in a Ziplock bag at least once per month; shake the toy before opening the bag so dead mites fall to the bottom of the bag.”


3 Comments on “Clean Design

  1. Great post Angie! I learned some great ideas for my home!

  2. Thanks, Dana. Glad you enjoyed! There is a lot of practical advice in the book. I’ve got a long way to go on my own house and will be using this guidance for sure! 😁

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