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Is TPO Olefin toxic? I am looking for non-toxic window shade fabric.

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jun 13, 2012 01:01 AM
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I am about to order custom roller shades for large windows in my home. I have chemical sensitivities and I am very concerned about indoor air quality and outgassing of chemicals. I just discovered that the shade fabric I chose (Phifer SheerWeave 4000) contains PVC. The manufacturer (Phifer) offers one fabric line that they say is PVC-free, but the "PVC-free" coating is TPO Olefin. Does anyone know if TPO Olefin contains harmful toxins? Or know of any similar shade fabric that is non-toxic? Also, does anyone know how objective, accurate, or stringent Greenguard certification is? 




 

 

I am about to order custom roller shades for large windows in my home. I have chemical sensitivities and I am very concerned about indoor air quality and outgassing of chemicals. I just discovered that the shade fabric I chose (Phifer SheerWeave 4000) contains PVC. The manufacturer (Phifer) offers one fabric line that they say is PVC-free, but the "PVC-free" coating is TPO Olefin. Does anyone know if TPO Olefin contains harmful toxins? Or know of any similar shade fabric that is non-toxic? Also, does anyone know how objective, accurate, or stringent Greenguard certification is? 

Andreas,

Perkins + Will maintains a good resource called the "Precautionary List" here.

  • This information is organized as an Architect would specify a building product. So your interest in shades would...



 

 

 
 
 

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