I’m a mom-to-be. Now as we are constructing our new home, we want to ensure the best possible living environment to welcome our coming baby. Modern science provides us with a great deal of information on what’s safe and what isn’t. But still, we can’t grasp all the facts. To make things easier, parents must identify and prioritize the potential risks, and then approach that list in systematicway.
1. Non-Toxic Paints
Most paints emit dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and continue to do so for years. To avoid these vapors seeping into the air, opt for paints labeled water-based, VOC-free and non-toxic. Keep in mind that no paint is completely safe, so pregnant women shouldn’t paint ever, and you should paint the nursery months in advance of the baby’s arrival.
2. Non-Toxic Furniture
VOCs are not only from paints and stains but are also found in many common household items, including furniture. VOCs are generally found in cheaper furniture that uses particleboard and the like, but they can sometimes be found in the stains put on high-quality pieces. Green or all-natural furniture is the better option because it’ll be made from certified sustainable wood and with non-toxic finishes.
3. Green Bedding
It’s also important that parents choose organic bedding for their baby. Remember, babies spent most of their time sleeping, and their metabolism is working at a phenomenal rate, which makes them highly vulnerable to the contaminants found in many ordinary bedding options. The ideal option is 100-percent organic cotton, and ensure that whatever you choose hasn’t been treated with bleach or formaldehyde.
4. Indoor Air Quality
Unexpectedly, the air inside our homes is often far more dangerous than outdoor air. To correct the situation,we need to eliminate pollution sources throughout the home, ensure optimal ventilation and employ comprehensive air purification measures. Optimal air purifiers are those that use HEPA technology, which is able to filter pollen, dust, mold, bacteria and other tiny but dangerous particles.
Going green is a big trend nowadays. The truth is that everything single thing we do every day has an impact on the planet — good or bad. The good news is that as an individual you have the power to control most of your choices.
Eat real food
Eat seasonal, local, organic foods. This way we can enjoy fresher, tastier foods and improve our personal health. Organic milk has 68% more beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids than conventional milk. Making green food choices also has global consequences. Buying local reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, and reduce packaging and energy used for processing.
Better transportation, better global climate
Anytime you choose to walk, ride a bike, or try public transportation, you reduce the carbon dioxide and particulate emissions created by your own vehicle. You help combat global warming. Choosing greener options such as a train over air travel for long-distance trips can also greatly reduce your carbon footprint.
Utilize the recycle bin near your neighbourhood. Reducing the amount of stuff we consume is important; finding a practical use for waste materials is the second. Remember, nothing is ever really thrown “away” – it all has to go somewhere. By recycling and reusing, we reduce the amount of waste that occupies in landfills (where trash takes years of time to degrade.). Recycling materials also reduce the use of new materials for making new products.
Smart clothing choice
Making clothing needs a large amount of materials, energy, and labour. By choosing eco-friendly clothing (let’s say the organic one), you also choose a better product that gives less burden to our land. Also use cold water in the washing machine and eco-friendly detergents can all reduce the environmental impact. Secondhand clothes can also save the energy and your pocket.
A filter with granular activated carbon
(GAC) is a proven solution to remove certain chemicals (in particular organic chemicals) from water. There are commonly two types of GAC filter system, including a whole-house filter or a point of use filter. Each system has its own features and is used in different applications. Sounds confusing? Don’t worry. Here it’s a guide for to find out your Mr. Filter.
There are several factors to consider:
- The type and amount of contaminants in the water,
- Other chemicals in the water,
- Water use, and
- Exposure pathways that need to be eliminated.
For those who have no clue about exposure pathways, exposure pathways are the ways chemicals enter your body. Some chemicals may cause harm if they are ingetsted while some are harmful if they are breathed in, some if they enter through the skin. Sometimes people are exposed through a combination of exposure pathways.
An under-sink filter protects people from ingesting the chemical by treating the drinking water only from that tap. It will not protect people from inhaling the chemical while showering or bathing, nor will it protect other water faucets.
A whole-house filter system treats all water traveling to any faucet in the home. It removes the chemical before it can be ingested, breathed in, or absorbed by the skin during washing or bathing.
Remember, no matter which filter system you’ll use, use only a licensed filter supplier. For either type of filter system, consistent maintenance and periodic filter or GAC replacement is essential to ensure effectiveness and prevent bacterial build-up.