Having a natural home means thinking about the air quality. Adding air filtration systems does not reach the heart of the problem. To begin people need to stop bringing in the things that create poor air quality. Sadly, many products in our homes omit volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) resulting in air quality inside our homes that can be much more dangerous then the air outside our homes. VOC’s released from many house-hold items, such as furniture (especially when made with plywood or particleboard), vinyl shower curtains (possibly releasing a higher concentration of chemicals from the heat of a shower) as well as mattresses and materials covered in stain or fire retardants. Carpeting is also a very popular culprit is the VOC’s found in homes and so called “cleaning” products present a serious danger to your family’s health and the health of the eco-system.
“These toxins affect mostly children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems, but the combination of all these chemicals in our homes may be a factor in the development of cancer and other serious illnesses.” (Bradley, 14)
VOC’s eventually creep out of our homes and wind up in the air and consequently become a component of smog. Buying more expensive products, such as low to no VOC paint is definitely worth the investment in the long run. Just think about it as an invaluable investment in your family’s well-being.
Using natural cleaning products is one of the easiest and best ways to clean up air pollution inside the home. Many products are available pre-made at your local store but the cheapest things to do it make them yourself. It truly is an empowering thing to learn and to teach your children and other family members.
Studies have revealed that our bodies contain chemicals that people were not exposed to a generation ago. The results are not yet fully known. It is truly our job as parents in today’s world to protect our kids from harmful chemicals. It is not just the strangers in the park we need to be worried about, but also the strange ingredients on our cleaners and body “care” products. Shockingly, sadly and unnecessarily there is estimated to be more than 80,000 chemicals on the market today.
Reference: Green Home: A Sunset Design Guide by Bridget Biscotti Bradley.
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