Bedrooms often get overlooked when thinking about Green. People tend to forget about sleeping hours and focus on the waking hours for being green. In fact the bedroom can be one of the most toxic rooms in the house. Most especially when your talking about mattresses. So much goes into making a bedroom feel comfortable and relaxing that we don’t realize all that decor can be toxic. . It’s nice to have a beautiful bedroom, but it is also important to have a healthy bedroom. During our sleeping hours it is very important to have a non-toxic, environmentally friendly sleep environment. An investment in a Green bedroom can improve your sleep, energy level and overall health. Children are especially susceptible to toxic chemical in bedrooms. Their developing lungs need a toxic free environment. Some studies have linked SIDS, allergies and asthma to chemicals in infant mattresses.
This recent study, conducted in Sweden focused on analyzing the air in children’s bedrooms. The researchers were looking for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) – gases that are emitted from liquids or solids and which can damage the environment and human health. They tested the air for 8 different VOCs in the bedrooms of 400 children. Nearly half of the children suffered from allergies or asthma, and the other half were healthy.
What they found was a link between the presence of PGEs – propylene glycol and glycol ethers – and asthma, allergies and eczema. In fact, children with PGEs in their bedroom air were between 50 and 180 times more at risk of developing asthma, rhinitis (cold symptoms) and eczema than children whose bedroom air was free of these chemicals.
The study also linked bedroom air containing PGEs to a higher incidence of kids developing antibodies to cats, dogs and pollen. In other words, they are sensitive to pollen and cat or dog dander (usually), and may develop allergic symptoms in the future or already have them.
Although mattresses are a huge issue with off gassing chemicals, lets not forget about carpeting, paint, blinds, curtains, and bedding as another major source of chemicals.
People have reported a significant improvement in their overall health after taking the steps to create a Green Bedroom.
Here are some ways to avoid toxic bedrooms:
- Use Non-Voc paint ( or low VOC)
- Buy natural fiber blinds or fabric blinds or curtains
- Buy Wool or Non-VOC carpet
- Buy Organic cotton or Natural fiber bedding such as Bamboo, Hemp or silk
- Buy Non-toxic Mattresses made from Wool, Organic Cotton and food grade plastics that have non toxic flame retardants
- Buy used furniture or furniture finished with Non-VOC paints or coatings
- Buy sustainable wood furniture
- Use Bamboo Charcoal to clean and purify the air of allergens and chemicals
- Use Non-toxic cleaners
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