- Most cupboards, fitted carpets, laminate flooring and mass-produced furniture contain formaldehyde. This has very serious health risks indeed – including hormonal and developmental abnormalities, mucosal irritation to the nose, throat etc, asthma, allergies and neurological effects.
- Often the fabric of sofas, beds, curtains or carpets are treated with fire-retardants or chemical stain protectors. These off-gas volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) and add to our toxic load.
- A standard mattress can contain and release many toxins, found in the glues, foams, pesticides, fire-retardants and chemicals that prevent staining.
- Other considerations include how long items will last; if they are recyclable; where they were made which takes into account its carbon footprint, if it was ethically made in terms of the labour force and environmental standards and whose economy you are supporting.
- Electromagnetic radiation is another unseen variable that has considerable health effects including ability to focus and sleep. Fortunately we can choose what happens in our home.
- With beautiful natural materials such as cotton, silk, cashmere, wool, hemp, sisal, coir and linen, there are choices for every budget, and you get to avoid synthetic fibres that don’t add to your well being or the earth’s well being in any way at all.
This is a bespoke consultation to transition your home’s furnishings, paint, cupboards, flooring, electronic environment, linen, beds and furniture – in other words the softer side of the home.
Referrals can be given for (truly) green architectural design, emf house analysis and installations such as water filter, grey water and rain water capture systems, natural swimming pools, green energy etc. Your green lifestyle will definitely be on track for success.
“And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up.”