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BREATH EASY INTERIOR DESIGN | PART l | ECO FRIENDLY



It is the middle of August and that fall chill is in the air. That little cotton sweater or jacket is welcomed in the early morning and later in the evening. Oh, I hate to say it but before you know it, winter will be peeking it's head around the corner and we will be spending more time indoors.

Did you know that research shows that we spend approximately 90% of our time inside our homes? This same research revealed that there are over 500 pollutants in the materials used to construct our homes and products, making the inside of our homes up to 5 times more contaminated than being outdoors. Pretty shocking isn't it? Well, unfortunately, most people do not know that their home is a cesspool of toxic chemicals and that they are breathing in a plethora of contaminants which can worsen asthma, allergies, and other health conditions.

What is the health of your indoor living environment? Is your home healthy or is it sick?  Do you have any idea? Did you use an air freshener this week, cleaning products? Once, twice, more?  Did you burn any candles recently? Have you recently painted a room? The truth is that if you answered yes to any of these questions you are adding to the ill health of your home as all these products contain VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds).
This is probably not something you think about very much but really should for the sake of yours and your family's health. Being a Designer that specializes in Sustainability and Eco Friendly design and products I have learned through conversations with clients and the general public that many people just do not realize that Eco friendly design has a positive impact on the indoor air quality/environment within their homes, cottage or office. 

I would like to share with you some gorgeous Eco-friendly products available which you can begin to introduce into your home to make it a healthier place for you and your loved ones.

MATTRESSES

Approximately 8 hours per night we spend sleeping on our mattress. This is a time to recharge the batteries and to regenerate.  Unfortunately, most mattresses are constructed with toxic chemicals exposing us and our children to extremely toxic fumes that may outgas for many years after purchase. 
Organic bedding and mattresses which are pollutant-free and not laden with toxic chemicals provide healthy, safe alternatives.
Coyuchi


BASAL BROTHERS 

 FURNITURE

"This collection is raw beauty with lifetime durability. Each piece is handcrafted to be 100% sustainable using FSC certified hardwoods; chemical free natural upholstery options such as jute webbing; biodegradable, non-toxic rubber latex foam cushion; natural organic certified cotton; a complete, sustainable, socially-responsible production from “seed to shelf.” Basal Collection caters to healthy, earth-sensitive choices with a high esteem for comfort and lovely design."
Rowan Bed


Lancer Sofa


FLOOR  COVERING

Eco friendly rugs come in a variety of materials.  Choose from bamboo, organic cotton, sisal, sea grass, jute, cork or organic wool.  Organic wool rugs are wonderfully functional
Organic rugs are dye and treatment free, however, processed rugs contain chemicals and toxins that off gas, are extremely unhealthy to inhale and hazardous to your health. 



100 % Wool Rug Elte
It is an assumption that you must sacrifice style for eco friendly products but as you can see, that simply isn't so!!

Part 11 of Breathe Easy Interior Design will explore more Eco-friendly products that you can introduce into your home to make it a healthier place for you and your family.


Soulier Design Studio specializes in Sustainability and Eco Friendly Interior Design and Products http://www.soulierdesignstudio.com