What’s your favorite room in the house? Mine is the bedroom for all the obvious reasons, but it's also most important because we spend approximately a third of our lifetime in bed sleeping. That being said I am eager to make sure that my environment is prime for good quality sleep. After all it’s the master control of our entire body’s system for healing and repair. Bad sleep or lack there of causes the brain and body to break down and age more rapidly.
I love to create living spaces and interior design! Home is a place to feel safe and comfortable, recharge, love and feed your body and soul. I am an aesthete and interiors are extremely important to me. I have spent all last year re-decorating my apartment and I am still not finished. I am not only buying for functionality but for taste, aesthetics AND of course, as a health and environmentally conscious person, I do my best to keep my home as toxin-free as possible.
Indoor toxins can be really dangerous. 3.8 million deaths are attributed to household air pollution annually, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Indoor air pollutants include mold, building materials, home products, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and naturally occurring gases like radon.
According to the EPA, thousands of products release invisible gasses, known as volatile organic compounds (or VOCs), which can cause all sorts of conditions such as eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, loss of coordination, and nausea. They can damage the central nervous system, liver and kidney, and some are suspected or known to cause cancer.
For example, it's suspected that the polyurethane foam found in some mattresses is a source of VOC emissions. Made from ingredients derived from fossil fuels, polyurethane is highly combustible and therefore often treated with flame-retardants that have serious health and environmental impacts.
I don’t know about you, but it’s deeply unsettling to think I might be sleeping on a mattress made from such a material and god knows what else. For that reason I am very intrigued by a company called Avocado Green Mattresses, that seems to be popping up everywhere in my world. I have seen ads and features in numerous places.