Want Voc-Free Furniture? This Is The Certification You Should Look For.

While you may be conditioned to check for certifications like USDA Organic on food and FSC on paper or wooden products, you may not know that you should also be looking for certifications like UL GREENGUARD GOLD when shopping for furniture and building materials…

A baby sitting in a VOC free crib

At The Tot, we never use or recommend anything that hasn’t passed The Tot Test. This means we’ve looked deep into third-party testing, examined ingredients lists and asked in-depth questions about a product’s composition to ensure it’s free of the chemicals we avoid.

What makes our job a whole lot easier is when a brand commits to exceeding CPSC (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) guidelines (like we do!) and strives to pass the most stringent safety tests from independent certifying bodies like UL and earn the highly regarded UL GREENGUARD GOLD Certification.

Ensuring that a product is low or no-tox is particularly important when choosing items that will go in your nursery because this is where babies spend the majority of their time. Since they have sensitive skin and delicate developing endocrine systems, it’s wise to try to make their environment as safe and hypoallergenic as possible.

To help you get a firmer understanding of how to shop safer for your family and what the UL GREENGUARD GOLD Certification means, we’ll go over:

  • Chemicals to avoid in nursery furniture
  • What UL GREENGUARD GOLD Certified means
  • UL GREENGUARD GOLD Certified Nursery Products we love
  • How to tell if a product is UL GREENGUARD GOLD Certified

Scroll down to learn more!

 

Chemicals to avoid in nursery furniture

As mentioned above, babies and children are particularly susceptible to chemical exposure for a few reasons:

  1. They spend a lot of time on mattresses, playmats, padded chairs and flooring which puts their mouth and nose close to materials that can potentially off-gas.
  2. They tend to explore the world with their mouths, making them more likely to ingest a not-so-nice chemical.
  3. Their skin is thinner to accommodate all that growing, which means chemicals can enter their bloodstream easier.

 

When shopping for nursery furniture, we are extra careful about avoiding products that contains VOCS (Volatile Organic Compounds).

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), VOCs can off gas from certain solid or liquids and pollute both indoor and outdoor air quality. They include a huge list of chemicals and are emitted from a wide range of products numbering in the thousands.

 

Why we avoid VOCS:

 

VOCs can lead to both short and long term health issues.

Exposure can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, shortness of breath, headaches, fatigue, nausea, dizziness and skin problems. Higher concentrations may cause damage to the liver, kidney, or central nervous system.

VOCs are also a suspected human carcinogen with some being known to cause cancer in both animals and humans.

Click here to view the full list of ingredients that The Tot avoids.

 

What UL GREENGUARD GOLD Certified is

Put simply: products that have achieved GREENGUARD GOLD Certification are screened for over 10,000 chemicals and VOCs known to pollute indoor air and are scientifically proven to meet many of the world’s most rigorous third-party chemical emissions standards, helping to reduce indoor air pollution and the risk of chemical exposure.

According to UL, they have two tiers of certifications: GREENGUARD and GREENGUARD GOLD.

“While the original GREENGUARD Certification emissions limits were first used as purchasing specifications for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the state of Washington for furniture and commercial building products, the GREENGUARD Gold Certification Standard includes health-based criteria for additional chemicals and also requires lower total volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions levels to ensure that products are acceptable for use in environments such as schools and health care facilities.

In addition to limiting emissions of more than 360 VOCs and total chemical emissions, GREENGUARD Gold Certified products must also comply with requirements of the state of California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Standard Method for the Testing and Evaluation of Volatile Organic Chemical Emissions from Indoor Sources Using Environmental Chambers, (also known as California Section 01350).”

 

UL GREENGUARD GOLD Certified nursery products we love

 

Million Dollar Baby Classic Liberty 3-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Bed Conversion Kit

 

Scroll down to see our Tot Tested & Approved UL GREENGUARD GOLD Certified nursery products!

 

UL Greenguard Gold Certified Cribs & Twin Beds

 

 

Million Dollar Baby Tanner Crib in White

 

Million Dollar Baby Classic Tanner 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

 

$499

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MDB Foothill Convertible Crib

MILLION DOLLAR BABY FOOTHILL 4-IN-1 CONVERTIBLE CRIB

 

$399

Available in more colors

UL Greenguard Gold Certified

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ubabub Nifty Timber 3-in-1 Crib - Natural Birch

 

ubabub Nifty Timber 3-in-1 Crib

 

Ranging from $799 to $899

Available in more colors

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Babyletto Lolly 3-in1 Convertible Crib Toddler Bed Conversion Black+Natural AW19

 

Babyletto Lolly 3-in-1 Convertible Crib w/ Conversion Kit

 

$399

Available in more colors

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Million Dollar Baby Liberty 3-in-1 Crib in White

 

Million Dollar Baby Classic Liberty 3-in-1 Convertible Crib w/ Toddler Bed Conversion Kit

 

$299

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Nico & Yeye Domo House Twin Bed With Rails - Maple

 

Nico & Yeye Domo Twin House Bed – With Rails

 

Ranging from $1499 to $1699

Available in more colors

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UL Greenguard Certified Crib & Twin Mattresses

 

 

Naturepedic Organic Breathable 2-Stage Baby Crib Mattress

 

Naturepedic Organic Breathable 2-Stage Baby Crib Mattress

 

$379

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Newton Baby Crib Mattress Cloud White

 

Newton Baby Crib Mattress

 

$299.99

Available in more colors

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Naturepedic organic twin mattress

 

Naturepedic Verse Organic Twin Mattress

 

$899

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UL Greenguard Gold Certified Nursery Rockers & Gliders

 

 

 

Nursery Works Sleepytime Rocker - White Boucle with Light Legs

 

Nursery Works Sleepytime Rocker – Ivory Boucle w/ Light Legs

 

$499

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Babyletto Kiwi Electronic Recliner and Swivel Glider in Eco-Performance Fabric with USB Port | Water Repellent & Stain Resistant

 

Babyletto Kiwi Electric Swivel Glider – Eco Performance Fabric

 

$799

Available in more colors

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Babyletto Madison Swivel Glider - Black Velvet

 

Babyletto Madison Swivel Glider – Black Velvet

 

$349

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MDB Linden Power Recliner

 

Million Dollar Baby Classic Linden Power Recliner

 

$699

Available in more colors

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Babyletto Toco Swivel Glider and Ottoman in Eco-Performance Fabric | Water Repellent & Stain Resistant

Babyletto Toco Glider and Ottoman – Eco Performance Fabric

 

$499

Available in more colors

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Babyletto Kai Rocker in Eco-Performance Fabric | Water Repellent & Stain Resistant

 

Babyletto Kai Rocker – Eco Performance Fabric

 

$599

Available in more colors

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How do I know if a product is UL GREENGUARD GOLD Certified?

While many of our product images contain the easy-to-spot UL GREEENGUARD GOLD stamp, we’re still working hard to add it to others. When in doubt – check The Tot Safety Test Box!

It doesn’t matter if you’re buying a bed, bottle or booster seat, we have The Tot Test results listed in a box on every single product page.

 

Tot Test Tick Box

 

 

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