Question

Can you help me find nontoxic shades for my baby's room?

Asked by Nancy Lin
Berkeley, CA

I'm researching shades right now for my baby's room. I want something that is green, nontoxic, allergen-free, energy efficient and actually blocks out sun. Does such a thing actually exist? It seems that honeycomb shades are great for energy efficiency, but I've heard of mildew on these shades during the winter.

Answer

The Greenguard Environmental Institute tests materials and products for chemical emissions. Greenguard is a helpful resource for selecting appropriate products.

This link will take you to Greenguard's product selection guide for shades.


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Read "Can you recommend solar window blinds that are not made of PVC?" a Q&A answered by Maggie Wood.

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