The Green Bedroom of 2012

March 12, 2012

No other room in the home is as important as the bedroom. It’s the place you go to relax. It’s where you lay your head and forget your worries after a long day or work. It is your sanctuary, which makes it that much more important to make it a healthy and chemical-free location. The more natural your bedroom is, the more restful your sleep will be.

If you are going to inundate your resting area with chemicals and non-organic items, you may as well just invite New Jersey bed bugs to join you as you doze. The unhealthy results are practically the same. Never fear; here are some eco-friendly ideas for your bedroom.

Environmentally-Friendly Paints

The most harmful types of paints are those that contain VOCs (volatile organic compounds), which is why it’s best to choose low or zero-VOC paints. Environmentally-friendly paints are relatively inexpensive and much healthier. You can spend time in your bedroom, breathing in a chemical-free environment. Children are still developing, and therefore far more susceptible to the affects, so their rooms should always take priority over the parent’s room.

Need more reason to purchase eco-friendly paints? How about the fact that you will be doing your part to leave behind a greener planet for your children? Not only will you be able to breathe easier in your home, but you will be able to go outdoors and enjoy an ecosystem that you are helping to protect.

Organic Bedding

Organic bedding has many benefits beyond the obvious, including that fact that organic cotton is chemical-free, hypoallergenic and extremely comfortable on the skin. It is also proven to reduce allergens by 300 percent or more. It is even more important for baby cribs and bassinets to be equipped with organic bedding, since their skin isn’t nearly as thick as that of an adult. This leaves infants at a far greater risk of absorbing toxins.

As far as mattresses, an organic variety will cost a bit more but is worth every penny. There are many environmental benefits, and considering that you use a typical mattress for up to 10 years; the per-year cost isn’t much more than you would spend on a typical mattress.

Some organic mattresses are made of North American wool, which diminishes their carbon footprint. The foam variety is 30 percent soy instead of toxic petroleum-based. Even pillows come in an organic form and are made with shredded latex and recycled plastic bottles. This uses less material and allows them to biodegrade quicker.

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