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interior finishes, mcs, indoor air quality

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ExEx 14098


Consumer Sciences


For individuals with Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), selecting safe, healthy materials or products to furnish a home can be a challenge. Many materials that are labeled as environmentally friendly may not promote good indoor air quality (IAQ) (Wasley 2000). For example, an environmentally friendly product may be produced from recycled materials to conserve resources, but this same product may be glued togther with formaldehyde-based resins—unsafe for persons with MCS. Consequently, materials must be analyzed before they are selected. There are safe, healthy interior materials or products for you to use in furnishing your home. You just have to do your homework before buying.