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Learn about Wallpaper


Traditionally, wallpaper was the quickest way to add color, pattern, or interest to a room. While paint, art and accent walls have taken center stage we are seeing a resurgence in sustainably manufacturer wallpaper. This wallpaper can be printed in just about any color and pattern and can be used for various décor applications like borders, accent walls, or a full room.

While wallpaper can printed on a variety of materials, and it’s up to you to choose one that’s fits your style, desired texture, and climate. Steer clear of cheap toxic vinyl options. If you're environmentally conscious, look for wallpaper that has been printed on recycled paper or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified paper. These options are almost always produced sustainably and contain fewer or no chemical components!

Most mass-produced wallpapers are made with PVC, which can off-gas volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The effects of inhaling VOCs include respiratory problems, asthma, eye irritation, and even liver disease. To avoid poor air quality in your home, look for wallpapers that don’t contain PVC. Many sustainably minded manufacturers offer VOC-free wallpapers. These are made from renewable and recycled materials and water-based inks which allow you to decorate with style while protecting your family from harmful toxins. Wallpapers labeled with the Greenguard certification are guaranteed to contain either low levels or no VOCs.

Living a sustainable life means thinking about nature and our impact in everything we do. As you decorate your home, consider the options in sustainable wall coverings that are both good for the environment, and are a beautiful addition to your plain walls.

The 1960's introduction of vinyl wallpaper lowered the cost because it was cheaper to make, but that came with the addition of dozens of chemical additions. The Ecology Center did a study of the 11 leading wallpaper brands. They found that just about every single one incorporated chlorine-based coatings.</p>