Re: Healthy, safe furnishings for a new Common House
From: Elizabeth Magill (
Date: Sun, 14 Jun 2020 08:34:59 -0700 (PDT)
Our only rule is that they come from Pet-free homes.

Although we require people to be perfume free, and have many people
who are allergic to mold, we have not had problems with the furniture
that was donated at move-in.

We do have it explicitly stated that things should not be donated
without approval of the team that handles that room. So they just look
and decide yes or no.


On Sun, Jun 14, 2020 at 11:15 AM Mitchell Darer
<mitchell.darer [at]> wrote:
> Hi,
> Our Common House (Village Hill Cohousing, Northampton MA) will be
> completed around the end of the year. We want to make sure that whatever
> we bring into this brand new building does compromise air quality, is
> not toxic, and provides a safe, acceptable space for everybody, whether
> they have fragrance, mold, or other illnesses or sensitivities.  As we
> start to evaluate donated and purchased items, we picture developing
> some criteria for vetting them.  Have any of you been through this?  If
> so, would you please share your criteria or other suggestions and thoughts?
> With much  appreciation in advance,
> Mitch
> --
> Mitch Darer
> Village Hill Cohousing, Northampton MA
> Phone: (845) 709-7061
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