Defining Healthy and Sustainable Interior Design:
A Guide by Koral Realty and Design Group
made with natural fabrics, with fillings free of harmful chemical and sustainable hardwood frames, built to last.
Certifications to look for: organic (GOTS or OCS), OEKO-TEX, Fair Trade, FSC, Made Safe
ART & ACCESSORIES
meaningful items collected over time and with care, found treasures from vacations or your favorite vintage/antique shops, handmade items that tell the unique story of you and your family or friends, but most of all things that bring you joy!
Certifications to look for: Fair Trade, Made Safe, Handmade
made from engineered, reclaimed or rapidly renewable woods and grasses, like cork, bamboo and eucalyptus with no added urea formaldehyde or pesticides and non-toxic, zero-VOC finishes, or natural linoleum from linseed oil and wood dust, tiles made with a high % of recycled content.
Certifications to look for: NAUF, CARB2, Floor Score, FSC, SFI, GreenGuard Gold
built from sustainably harvested woods, with no added urea-formaldehyde or pesticides and coated with zero-VOC finishes.
Certifications to look for: FSC, Rainforest Alliance Certified, SFI, PEFC, Fair Trade
PAINT & WALL FINISHES
paints made with zero-VOCs in both the base and the tints, natural clay and lyme plasters that add life to the walls, natural fiber and recycled material (no PVC) wallpapers.
Certifications to look for: MPI, Declare, Greenguard, Cradle to Cradle, Certified Asthma and Allergy Friendly
LIGHTING & FANS
lamps, pendants, chandeliers and fans that are made responsibly or USA made and compatible with energy reducing LED bulbs in colors that provide minimal disruption to the circadian rhythm, color changing and smart controls are just added bonuses.
Certifications to look for: UL Ecologo, CEC, CE, RoHS, Energy Star, Fair Trade, US made
BEDDING & MATTRESSES
made with natural cotton, linen, wool or silk fabrics and natural cotton, wool or latex fillings.
Certifications to look for: organic (GOTS or OCS), OEKO-TEX, GreenGuard Gold, Fair Trade, Made Safe
AREA RUGS & CARPET
woven from natural fibers, like wool, sisal, jute and cotton or recycled materials (sustainable but not necessarily healthy), made to resist stains without the use of chemicals.
Certifications to look for: Fair Trade, Good Weave, NSF/ANSI 140, CRI Green Label+, GreenGuard Gold, Cradle to Cradle
KITCHEN & BATH
designed using sustainable cabinets, recycled glass or ceramic tiles, durable and stain resistant quartz countertops, water saving plumbing fixtures, US made or recycled material hardware (no chrome).
Certifications to look for: FSC, NAUF, CARB2, Greenguard, Water Sense