Sustainability

Greening up your bedroom

Greening up your bedroom

Podcast:  Colleen Edwards interviews Nick Greene of Eco-Terric

Nick Greene says the best room to start greening your home is the bedroom.  The bedroom is a haven, a place to rest and rejuvenate, and the one room in the house where you spend one-third of your life.

The focus of bau-biologie (Building Biology) is in limiting the body’s exposure to man-made toxins and naturally occurring microorganisms.  In the bedroom, those would include:

•    Elimination of electromagnetic fields (EMFs), by installing a device that cuts off the electrical current in your bedroom while you sleep;

•    Reducing exposure to toxins in flame-retardant mattress finishes and replacing the mattress with one made of organic materials (oddly enough, organic lanolin from all-natural wool is a fire retardant)

•    Weighing the benefits of alternate fillings for pillows, including kapok, a seed pod that creates a down-like level of comfort

•    Being aware that dust mites thrive in the bedroom, thriving on the moisture your head leaves in the pillow and the body leaves behind in the mattress—Nick suggests wool for both mattress cover and blankets for its ability to wick away moisture and keep the sleeper comfortable year-round.

•    Natural carpets, with backing and pads that are organic and don’t put gasses into the environment.

•    Certified wood floors, guaranteed that they have been lumbered in compliance with standards set by the Forest Stewardship Council