Dr. Ted Schettler warns of antimicrobial overuse in SFC webinar.

The Sustainable Furnishings Council presents Antimicrobials in Furnishings in the time of COVID for its monthly Sustainability Essentials webinar series on Thursday, Sep. 17, at 12 p.m.

Dr. Ted Schettler MD, MPH, science director of the Science and Environmental Health Network, will lead the discussion around antimicrobial use during the COVID-19 pandemic, bridging the topic with antimicrobial textiles and surface treatments for home furnishings.

Although health safety concerns around the spread of disease are justified, overuse of antimicrobials is documented to have detrimental effects on human health and the environment, possibly leading to more resistant strains of bacteria.

“It’s important to know the facts before rushing to false conclusions,” says Susan Inglis, SFC executive director. “We don’t want to see a proliferation of antimicrobial product offerings in the home furnishings categories that cause more harm than good.”

The webinar is open to all industry professionals, including product manufacturers, retailers, and interior designers. Attendees may register here for the free event.

Vicky Jarrett has worked with various furniture industry publications — including Furniture Today, Retail Ideas, Our State magazine and Casual Living — for more than 20 years and rejoined Furniture Today as Managing Editor in 2016.

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