Is the air in your home cleaner and fresher than what you might on a mountaintop, miles and miles from civilization? Do you dress in organic fibers? Does your family consider recycling a mandatory practice? If not, then your health could be in danger.
Achieving a healthy indoor environment is more than just a post-Y2K trend. It is vital for our very existence! An eco-friendly indoor environment reduces allergy triggers, and may cut down on respiratory problems like sinus infections. Indoor pollution is such a big problem in homes today that even the remodeling process to make our homes more green has to be handled with kid gloves. And preferably those kid gloves are stitched from organic cotton!
Eco-Friendly Tips for Every Bedroom
Because we spend about 1/3 of our lives in our bedrooms, that is the best place to start when it comes to making our homes more eco-friendly. Your bedroom walls don’t have to be green for you to enjoy sleeping in a green space.
The extra effort and investment that you spend on making your bedroom eco-friendlier will pay off, especially when you wake up after a good night’s sleep of breathing in fresh air and sleeping cocooned in organic fibers.
Eco-friendly materials, cleaner air, and other green interior living practices combine to make your home a safe and nurturing environment. Here are some tips for making your bedroom more eco-friendly.
- ELIMINATE VOCs – When you walk into the paint section of your local hardware or DIY store and the employee asks what color you like – tell him you’re going green! But not with color; you want to ask for brands of paint that have low to no volatile organic compounds, or VOCs.
- KISS CARPETING GOODBYE – If you can pull up and toss out your wall-to-wall carpeting, then go for it. Install eco-friendly alternatives like bamboo wood floors or even slate tile. Warm up the space with rugs made from organic hemp, cotton, or jute.
- UPCYCLED FURNITURE – Why buy a new headboard and nightstands when you can make it yourself? Repurpose small living room tables or cupboards as bedside tables. And if you must buy new, make sure it’s from a renewable resource like cork or bamboo.
- ECO-FRIENDLY BEDDING – Using bedding from all natural, organic fibers like cotton are not only softer, but they are also free from toxins. And unlike wool they are less likely to trigger allergic or asthmatic reactions in the middle of the night.
- WINDOW TREATMENTS – Get rid of those heavy curtains that harbor dust and mildew. Whenever possible use energy-efficient windows, and pair them with things like wooden shutters or shades made from bamboo.
- CLEAN UP THE AIR – Potted plants help purify the air inside your home, especially the bedroom. Letting the sun in kills bacteria in dark spaces. And adding an air purifier not only filters out allergy triggers, but also helps circulate that good air through the entire room.
- GREEN LIGHTING – Replace those old lights with LED or CFL bulbs. The new bulbs last longer, use less energy, and cost less out of your household budget when compared to incandescent ones.
- ECO-FRIENDLY STORAGE – Whenever possible use storage containers made from things like bamboo or other types of wood from sustainable forests. Even recycled metal chests can work, as long as you seal them with an organic sealer to make them eco-friendly.
- ORGANIC CLEANING – Always use eco-friendly laundry detergent to clean your bedroom linens. Eco-friendly detergents keep your bedding and nightclothes chemical-free which helps you sleep easier.
How Bedclothes Affect Sleep
Unless you sleep au natural, chances are whatever you sleep in at night is not helping you sleep any better. The chemicals in clothing are as harmful as the ones found in paint, carpets, and non-eco-friendly furniture! That’s why organic cotton is a better choice (www.healthguidance.org).
Sleeping in organic clothing is not only good for the earth, but it is also good for your skin. Clothing made from organic fibers like eco-friendly cotton lacks the pesticides, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers used when growing cotton otherwise.
Unlike synthetic fibers or wool that can contain dyes, resins, or formaldehyde, organic fibers are less likely to cause allergic reactions. My favorite organic sleepwear is found on the Green Nest website. Click here to find out how you can sleep easier in organic sleepwear now!