How to Build a Cleaner, Safer Home to Support Your Health with Alison Davin, Jute Interior Design

Jun 11, 2024

Practical Nontoxic Living Podcast Episode 75: Improving Your Indoor Air Quality


Hosted by Sophia Ruan Gushée. Episode Guest: Alison Davin

Alison is the founder of Jute Interior Design, which curates beautiful spaces rooted in wellness with a focus on nontoxic materials. Her projects have been featured in Elle Decoration, Architectural Digest, and Luxe, among others. She is a member of the Design Leadership Network, the Good Future Design Alliance, and the AD PRO Directory.

Alison Davin has authored several books on nontoxic interior design, the most recent is available now. Consider getting a copy of Live Natural: A Relaxed Approach to Creating Healthy Homes for yourself or a friend — this book is not only informative, but a truly gorgeous addition to any living area.

Purchase on Amazon with our link here.

Alison joins the podcast to discuss her passion for nontoxic living, and the multiple chemical sensitivities she has managed her entire life — much like a "canary in a coal mine" — have inspired her to research a way to design and live a beautiful life without these harmful chemicals. As Alison describes, the nontoxic solution is often cheaper and more budget-friendly than more toxic options! 

Alison shares how she travels to manage her symptoms, and how a lifetime of research and detoxing has helped her achieve a high level of health, so that she is not triggered by chemical sensitivities as often. 

Misconceptions about Healthier Design Materials & How to Shop for Nontoxic Furniture

Finally, Sophia and Alison discuss common misconceptions about "healthier" design and building materials, such as paint, wood (is engineered wood better for the environment?) wallpaper (is sustainable paper and water-based ink healthier?), stone, ceramic, and more. 

This episode is a must-listen for anyone in a transitional phase of life and considering design changes, moving, or simply wanting to learn to avoid greenwashed marketing claims in consumer products.


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Ruan Living simplifies a nontoxic lifestyle through its Practical Nontoxic Living podcast, free detox workshops, online D-Tox Academy, and transformative 40-Day Home Detox. It aims to help you avoid toxic chemicals, heavy metals, and electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from what you buy, own, and do— without compromising your joy and convenience. Ruan was founded by Sophia Ruan Gushée, author of the bestselling critically acclaimed book A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Your Toxic Exposures and several detox workbooks. A graduate of Brown University and Columbia Business School, Sophia has served on the Brown University School of Public Health Advisory Council and Well+Good Council. A popular nontoxic living speaker, consultant, and teacher, Sophia lives in New York City with her husband and three daughters. Her passion for empowering others to enjoy nontoxic living began with the birth of her first daughter in 2007. Everything she creates is a love letter to her children and for the healthiest, brightest future possible. You can learn more here: Sophia’s Impact.


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