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The Cover-up

Wallpaper often comes laden with vinyl, an environmental nightmare that can off-gas harmful compounds into your home. Recently, innovative designers have begun to shun the toxic substance as well as the hazardous solvents, adhesives, inks, and finishes that accompany it. Instead, they're turning to ecofriendlier materials like hemp, cork, and vintage and recycled paper. Here, a few of our favorite brands.

Mod Green Pod forgoes chemical flame retardants when it handprints two bold designs, Grand and Butterfly Jubilee, with colorful water-based inks. From $90 per yard, modgreenpod.com

The "Innvironments" collection from Innovations includes cork, sisal, hemp, and honeysuckle-vine wall coverings that are made with water-based adhesives. Prices vary, innovationsusa.com

With more than a century's worth of designs, Secondhand Rose claims to have the world's
largest collection of vintage wallpaper. From $70 per 60 square feet, secondhandrose.com

Phillip Jeffries Ltd. stocks vegetable-dyed and hand-woven textures made from bamboo, sea grass, and jute, most on post-consumer recycled-paper backing. Prices vary, phillipjeffries.com

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