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Transforming a your bedroom into a sanctuary, a place where you can relax requires healthy and thoughtful choices. Everything you choose for your bedroom makes an impact on the quality of life. As more and more people are aware of the environmental impact of we way we live our lives – most of us are ready and willing to make better choices. These are also better for us, not only the environment. You can now have almost all your home furnishings produced sustainably and made of eco-friendly material.
The most important thing in the bedroom is the bed – and of course a bed is nothing without a good mattress. The quality of your mattress has an impact on your sleep quality. A good mattress supports your whole body with no pressure points pressing against your hips, shoulders and ankles. When lying on it, your spine should be well aligned with the rest of your body and your body weight distributed across your frame and sleeping surface. You can get all these on an eco-friendly way! For example Una Mattresses are made from 100% certified organic materials so there are no toxic-smelling fumes or harmful chemicals trapped in them. The strictly organic certified natural latex is tapped from groves of sustainable Hevea trees and the cover is made from certified organic wool and cotton. All traded fairly. Una are also one of only a few mattresses worldwide that have a negative carbon footprint helping fight climate change.
Choose natural or reclaimed material for your floor – not only in the bedroom. There are plenty of options available: engineered wood flooring, bamboo flooring, cork flooring, reclaimed parquet floors or even tiles and currently very much on trend bare concrete flooring – all fantastic, hardwearing and eco-friendly options for your bedroom floor.
Bamboo is the one of the fastest growing, renewable material and it also grows fast. More and more fabric manufacturers are turning to bamboo as an alternative to cotton. Cotton uses a great deal of pesticides and chemicals from the very start of it’s journey, but bamboo does not. It’s production into fibres has lower environmental impact than other forms of fibre and it releases over 30% more oxygen into the atmosphere compared to an equivalent mass of trees or other plants. When it’s manufactured into fabric it’s very soft and easy to care for.
When we say a paint, finish or lacquer is eco-friendly, we mean that it doesn’t contain airborne chemicals or gases that will have a negative impact on your health. These low-level toxic emissions are called Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). They can leach out into the air and can cause headache and dizziness but other problems as well. Paints not only release VOCs into your living environment upon application but also continue to off-gas for several years. You can now buy low and zero VOC paints or even natural house paints that are made from water, plant dyes, essential oils, resins, clay, chalk, milk casein, and even bees’ wax.
One of the oldest swaps: LED lighting has been around for a long time. They are durable, contain no toxins and last much longer than the old incandescent bulbs. LED will give you back 95% of the power it uses as light, with only 5% turning into heat. This means LED bulbs on just 7-watts can produce the same light as an old 60-watt bulb. This is worth to remember!
When you need to buy new curtains, look for natural materials, just like with bed linen, such as bamboo linen, GOTS certified organic cotton, hemp etc. Avoiding synthetic materials is general when buying new textiles is an important thing you can do for the environment.
And finally: complete the look with plants! Plants are also known to increase mood and productivity, enhance concentration and memory and reduce stress and fatigue. Even NASA recommends two or three plants in 8 to 10-inch pots for every 100 square feet! Choose a few statements plants and some others that are known as air purifying plants: spider plants, snake plants, dragon tree, aloe vera, Chinese evergreen – just to mention a few.