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We’re all about making our home friendly to the environment, room by room. So let’s start by making your master bedroom environmentally-friendly. Here’s how.
Global warming is real, and the effects are visible from melting ice caps to erratic weather conditions. It is no secret; pollution is one of the major causes of global warming. A polluted environment leads to diseases and respiratory complications, such as asthma and cardiovascular diseases.
According to the World Health Organisation, 13 million deaths are caused by preventable environmental conditions. While countries lobby on cutting carbon emotions, you can make your contribution to this noble cause. And what better place than starting in your bedroom? The following are some of the ways of making your master bedroom environmentally friendly.
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The choice of the color of your master bedroom walls can significantly influence your mood. However, color is not the only choice you have to make. Most traditional paints you buy at the store are toxic. They contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), which is the strong smell that assaults your nose when the paint is fresh. These gaseous compounds can be emitted long after the paint dries.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that toxic paints can raise the level of VOCs in your home by 3-5 times higher than outdoors. They can aggravate existing respiratory illnesses such as allergies. Continuous exposure can also cause headaches, dizziness, and visual impairment. When shopping for paint, insist on non-VOC or low VOC paints. Plant-based paints are also another eco-friendly alternative.
The choice of fabric in your bedroom is another opportunity to go green. Organic materials, such as cotton, wool, hemp, or bamboo, are recommended. You should choose these natural materials for all the fabrics in the bedroom, including pillows, blankets, covers, and sheets. Organic textiles do not irritate, allowing you to sleep better.
However, you might spend a little more to buy organic fabrics. You can distinguish materials by touch or reading the label; for instance, 100% cotton should be very soft. Alternatively, check the label for the percentages. Materials that are labeled non-iron contain formaldehyde, while those with “stain-resistant” are treated with Teflon.
Energy Saving Bulbs
Energy-saving bulbs are an easy win for the environment. Modern energy-efficient bulbs consume up to 80% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs. The available modern options include compact fluorescents and Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs). LEDs are by the most efficient and last longer than any other type of lighting.
Compact fluorescents may not be the best option due to the mercury in the tubes, which can be a problem when a fluorescent tube breaks. The tubes also emit harmful UV rays. Apart from lighting, all the other appliances, such as fans, should be upgraded to the latest energy-efficient models. As an extra step, switch them off when not in use.
The popular bedroom flooring is hardwood and carpet. Carpets are preferred since they provide soft padding within the bedroom. Unfortunately, carpets trap more dirt and are harder to clean. The trapped dust particles can worsen your allergies or cause respiratory illnesses.
If you have to use a carpet, opt for natural rugs. These are mostly made from hemp, an organic material. However, if you are willing to go all out, then bamboo flooring is the best alternative. They are more sustainable than wood, absorb more carbon dioxide, and are natural pest repellents.
The bed and mattress are by far the most used piece of furniture in your master bedroom. This is a great place to start your green movement. When shopping for a bed, consider one made from recycled or natural materials. Other bedroom furniture includes nightstands, shelves, and dressers. Consider shopping through stores that manufacture and sell eco-friendly furniture.
When it comes to the mattress, you can choose sustainable and natural materials. Avoid conventional mattresses that are heat-treated with flame retardants. You might also have to get rid of mattresses that are made from plastics since they’re non-biodegradable and are harmful to the environment.
Scents and Ambience
Your eco-friendly upgrade is incomplete without the right scents and ambiance. When it comes to fragrances, air fresheners are a big no since they emit harmful gases. You can improve the odors in your bedroom using homemade techniques. For example, you can add a few drops of essential oils such as lavender to a bottle of water.
Transfer the water to a spray bottle and use it as a freshener. Other home remedies include using fresh flowers and boiling orange slices. You can also enhance the ambiance using natural decorations such as potted plants, wooden artifacts, and paintings depicting nature.
Your bedroom is your sanctuary. It should be as relaxing as possible. By now, you can see that you don’t necessarily have to spend a fortune to reduce your carbon footprint.
In addition to the methods discussed, removing clutter is the easiest way of making your master room appealing. Remember to tidy up, empty your bins, and donate what you don’t need. We hope these tips will help you transform your bedroom.