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How Green Is Your Home?

 

The eco-friendly products for better indoor air quality.

“‘Growth’ and ‘progress’ are among the key words in our national vocabulary. But modern man now carries Strontium 90 in his bones … DDT in his fat, asbestos in his lungs. A little more of this ‘progress’ and ‘growth,’ and this man will be dead.”Morris K. “Mo” Udall

You look for the perfect brand of jeans; you buy healthy food for your family, and send your children to the best schools because nothing else is good enough for your loved ones. But do you pay enough attention to the building materials that go into making your home? Do you pay enough attention to your Indoor air quality, the air your loved ones breathe in at home? If you are among the 9 percent of American citizens who keep a check on their indoor air quality, pat yourself on the back. If you are among the 70 percent of people who don’t give a damn to it, better wake up and pay attention now! Without proper precaution, you may unknowingly add to the contamination of the air indoors, increasing the risk of allergies, asthma, and many other health problems.

There is no other option left to mankind but take the environment seriously and respect it, if their species is to survive. We are fast moving towards our own doom and destroying many other species with our reckless destruction of the ecological balance of our planet. Children are more susceptible to chemicals, toxins, and other environmental hazards than the adults, so pay particular attention to homes with children. Use eco-friendly products whenever possible.

Being Responsible and Going Green.

This is the age of disposables. People do not have time to spend on repairs or mending, but have enough money to spend on new products. Consumerism is on the rise, gaining momentum with every passing day. When we overlook the eco-friendliness of the products being produced, used and discarded; we leave behind toxins, pollutions, greenhouse gasses and other hazards for the coming generation to clean up.

You can make a difference by using eco-friendly products that do not harm our environment during their manufacture, usage or disposal. In addition, eco-friendly products minimize carbon footprints, control emission of greenhouse gasses and reduce toxicity in the immediate surroundings. Demand only bio-degradable or recyclable products, so that their disposal will not hurt our planet.

Why Do We Need Eco-Friendly Window Treatments?

Window coverings are exposed to more extremes than other decor feature of your home. They come under direct sunlight, heat and moisture. It is easy for them to give off toxic fumes when they bear the brunt of climate changes. No matter what type of window treatment you plan to install, make sure they are safe and eco-friendly.

With the installation of window coverings, you will be insulating the room, thus preventing not only the pollution from outdoors entering indoors, but also trapping bad quality air inside without any escape route.

Have you noticed the distinct odor that accompanies newly installed window coverings, especially those made of faux wood or PVC? It is known that PVC products out gas more than 100 chemicals in the initial month of their installation, especially in regions with hot and sunny climate. What we call the welcome new smell, may not be so welcome in our lungs, after all. When you buy faux wood or PVC products, make extra sure that they have safety certifications so that they will not prove to be a hazard to your home.

Eco-friendly Natural Shades.

When you install the eco-friendly natural shades on your windows, you are doing yourself and your planet a great favor. Natural shades and blinds are made of natural elements like jute, wood, bamboo or grass, which do not pose the danger of depleting forest resources. Jute, grass or bamboo that is used for manufacturing blinds and shades will regenerate themselves in just a few months. When harvested, these natural elements do not need additional planting or cultivation to grow again. They will continue to grow new shoots from the roots of the plants that were harvested. Some species of Bamboo can grow nearly 90 cm in a day and reach full maturity in a few years. Now, here we have a plant that can actually match our own consumption rate with vigor.

Did you know that bamboo, jute, and grass is 100 percent biodegradable, which when disposed of helps environment rather than harming it? When you plant bamboo, you are tackling Carbon Dioxide head-on since the plant releases 30 percent more oxygen into the atmosphere and absorbs more CO2 when compared to other trees of equivalent mass.

Natural roman shades made of bamboo contain a natural antibacterial agent known as Bamboo Kun, which can prevent bacterial growth to a great extent. Even when bamboo is converted into a fabric form, the anti-bacterial property is retained. This is one of the reasons why bamboo baby wipes have been gaining popularity in recent years. With natural shades on your windows, you don’t have to worry about artificial anti-bacterial treatments anymore. Due to Bamboo Kun, the plant doesn’t require pesticides or fertilizers for its healthy growth.

Natural shades and blinds are great insulators, regulating temperatures inside the room and reducing noise. The beautiful and earthly natural shades add natural color, dimension and texture to your decor, creating a friendly and comfortable ambiance. When it comes to style, they do not lack in sophistication or elegance, carrying off their classic looks with a smugness.

Why not show your solidarity with eco-friendly products by sporting the natural shades or blinds on your windows? They are nature-friendly, budget friendly, highly efficient, durable and aesthetically very pleasing. Go green today, because like Bob Brown said, “The future will either be green or not at all.”

 

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