Healthy Air Quality
Fresh Spring air – Curtains
ripple like wind on water,
careless in the breeze
Your living space should be more than simply beautiful; it should also be a haven of comfort and health. There are numerous ways to clear the air in your home, many of which are quite simple and easy to implement. Here are a few you may wish to consider:
Steps to a Toxin Free Home
Leave your shoes at the door. Shoes track in all manner of pollutants and grime from the outside world, which is why people in many cultures find it off-putting to wear street shoes indoors.
Change your dusting habits. Toss out those chemically-laden spray cleaners and dust-scattering feather dusters. Instead, try dry, unscented cotton cloths that are designed to attract dirt and dust particles.
Open the windows. By some estimates, indoor air is up to five times as polluted as outdoor air. If the weather permits, freshen the air in your home by leaving a few windows open.
Skip the softener cycle. Most commercial fabric softeners contain harmful chemicals, such as acetone (the caustic main ingredient in nail polish remover) and quaternary ammonium compound (which may contribute to asthma.) Bonus: bath towels will be more absorbent sans the chemical coating.
Leave pest control to the organic professionals. Home pest control formulas are highly toxic, and contact could harm or even kill your pets, and cause nerve, skin and eye damage, headaches and nausea in humans.
Understand off-gassing. Off-gassing is the release of noxious gasses that were trapped in a manufactured material. Low quality furniture is often a culprit, and particle board is a common offender. If you notice a strong, unpleasant odor coming from a new purchase, you should always let it “air out” before use. If placing the item outside is not feasible, open as many windows as possible until the gasses evaporate.
Of course, there is a much better solution to this problem: avoid purchasing items that contain dangerous levels of toxic gasses, in the first place. For example, Bamboo furniture is produced cleanly, using no toxic chemicals or finishes. In general, quality furniture companies are becoming increasingly aware of their customers' desire for eco-friendly furniture.
The upmarket, stylish italian platform beds from Haiku Designs are a perfect example; our products adhere to the incredibly high standards required to maintain an “E-1” (European Union Certification) rating for environmental safety. This classification system the most stringent in the world for furniture, which assesses the amount of chemicals used in the manufacturing process, the degree of formaldehyde and other toxic gasses in the finished product, and the sustainability and sourcing of all materials used. The coveted, highest possible “E-1” rating indicates zero off-gassing of any toxic chemicals, a fact that should certainly help you breathe easier.
Copeland Furniture is another industry leader that takes your health seriously. This Vermont-based company uses a post-catalyzed conversion varnish that is certified for low chemical emissions by a testing program of UL (Underwriters Laboratory) that is dedicated to indoor air quality, called Greenguard.