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DCI Hosts Sustainability Delegation From South & Central America

In Green Manufacturing, Nontoxic, Wood is Good by Morgan Dix

The White Mountains of New Hampshire are dramatic and beautiful. Driving into the North Country, they suddenly rise from the rolling pastoral hills of northern New England.  Approaching the sheer granite faces of Franconia Notch, you wouldn’t be the first person to draw comparisons to Yosemite’s magnificent half dome. Yes, they exist on different scales, but they’re both arresting. So it was no surprise that awe and appreciation for New …

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Residence Hall Furniture: The Complete Insider’s Guide

In Blog, Green Manufacturing, GreenCertification, Nontoxic, Wood is Good by Morgan Dix

Are you in the market to furnish your college or university residence hall? Maybe this is your first time buying dormitory furniture for your school’s residence hall or perhaps you’re a seasoned veteran. Either way, it’s a big job and there are so many emerging trends influencing the conception, design, development, use, and installation of residence hall furniture. So we’ve created a guide to help you navigate the key contexts and questions you should consider. …

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Is Your Furniture Toxic? Everything You Need To Know About Flame Retardant Chemicals

In Blog, Nontoxic by Morgan Dix

Maybe you’ve heard? In residence halls across the country, there’s a debate over the furniture fire safety standards which are designed to protect human health. In a strange and unsettling twist, for the last several decades furniture manufacturers have used highly toxic flame retardant chemicals to meet the same fire standards that are meant to protect us. According to a 2012 study examining the effects of these flame retardant chemicals on human health from …

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Harvard Study: Green Buildings (And Furniture) Improve Student Cognition

In Blog, GreenCertification, Nontoxic by Amos Kober

New studies show that indoor air quality and student performance are closely linked. College students spend a lot of time indoors. Much of that time is in their residence hall studying, sleeping, and recreating. So providing students with the highest standard of indoor air quality is essential. Indoor Air Quality and Student Performance This issue has taken on greater urgency in light of a 2015 study from Harvard’s School for Public Health which measured the impact of …

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Here’s How Wood Laminate Poisons People And The Biosphere

In Blog, Nontoxic by Morgan Dix

Is it true, as some assert, that wood laminate poisons people? Which is to say, is it toxic? Because some reputable schools—UCLA & UC Irvine among them—no longer accept laminated wood furniture on their campus based on environmental, human health, and quality issues. When you’re looking for residence hall furniture, you’ve got a few things in mind. First, what’s the most affordable option? And then, what human health and environmental standards does it …

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[Video] Wood: Nature’s Stroke of Genius

In Blog, Nontoxic, Wood is Good by Morgan Dix

Are you fed up with all the drab and depressing news about climate change and environmental degradation? You’re in luck, there’s a solution. It’s called wood! It’s the way forward. Wood is the world’s most environmentally friendly raw material. Unlike dangerous oil platforms, pipelines, and the mountain-top removing coal mines, trees are renewable and beautiful. Are you worried about cutting them down? In the Eastern United States, where we get our wood, …