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Chemical-free living can be found in Snowflake, Arizona. Photo courtesy of sgilsdorf

The Nontoxic House

Kathy Hemenway's home in Snowflake, Ariz. has no paint, carpet or TV. It was built without plywood, particleboard or tar paper. Such is the price she is willing to pay in an effort to create the completely non-toxic home. Born with extreme chemical sensitivities, Hemenway has been on a lifelong quest to rid her environment of chemicals. Now she lives in a remote desert town in a steel-framed home made of masonry blocks, with a ceramic tile floor.

While Hemenway's home highlights important concerns researchers have about indoor air quality, other researchers "worry that consumers' fears are getting ahead of the scientific evidence." What do you think, a visionary or a modern day Howard Hughes?


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