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Eco-Friendly Decorating

11 Dec

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“Go green” in your home


You may not realize how much of your home may be harmful to you and the environment. But the wrong furnishings and paints can actually emit toxins that cause migraines, respiratory conditions and other health issues. Fortunately, by making smart choices, you can reduce your carbon footprint and ensure a healthier environment for you and your family:

Eco Friendly2Look for recycled materials that last a long time and require very little maintenance.

Consider woven wood shades. Made from renewable materials, like bamboo, grasses and jute, they can stand up to a variety of weather conditions. 

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Eco Friendly3Make sure your wood is sustainably sourced and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Or, pick up reclaimed lumber from your local wood salvage yard.

Keep plants around. Plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen. And by soaking up toxins and pollutants, they help purify the air.

Fill mason jars with colored water and place near windows that get a lot of sun. The water absorbs heat in the daytime and releases it back out at night.

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Avoid paints with high concentrations of VOCs (volatile organic compounds). These Eco Friendly4harmful chemicals can linger for years. Instead, chooses paints labeled low-VOC.

Use candles scented with essential oils and made from natural materials, such as beeswax or soy. Other candles may have harmful VOCs or metal wicks.

Keep in mind, some eco-friendly home improvements can earn you a tax write-off. And if you take your old materials to a reuse facility, they can be redistributed to organizations like Habitat for Humanity.

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5 Best Plants To Keep Your Indoor Air Clean

27 Dec

Now that it’s Winter, we are all indoors more often than not. We need to think about keeping our indoor air clean, which can be hard to do in colder climates.

According to NASA, there are several houseplants that are superstars at cleaning the air and putting oxygen back into your indoor atmosphere. Plants purify air, making them part of what NASA calls “nature’s life support system.”

There are five plants that are relatively easy to care for, do not need a lot of light or water and are the best air cleaners, according to the NASA study.

PeaceLily1. Peace Lily- a relatively easy plant. It will work in low light situations and needs very little water.

 

 

 

Chrysanthemum

 

 

2. Florist’s Chrysanthemum- usually associated with being outdoors in the garden, this plant is a work horse when it comes to cleaning indoor air.

 

These first two plants remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene as well as ammonia.

English Ivy3. English Ivy- again a plant that can thrive even if neglected.

Snake_plant

4. Snake Plant- also known as “mother-in-law tongue” because of its sharp edges, it can withstand low light and a bit of neglect. Just check its water once in a while, in winter it may only need water once every other month!

 

Red Edged Dracena

5. Red Edged Dracena- again can stand lower light levels, but may need to be fertilized a couple times a month during growing periods.

These last three remove all the toxins that the first two remove, except for the ammonia.

 

So whether you need to clean up the air in your home or your office, these are just five of the plants NASA recommends in helping prevent “sick building syndrome.”  There is a TED talk related to this clean air study that is really interesting.

Here’s to your health!

 

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5 Best Plants To Keep Your Indoor Air Clean

30 Dec

Now that it’s Winter, we are all indoors more often than not. We need to think about keeping our indoor air clean, which can be hard to do in colder climates. According to NASA, there are several houseplants that are superstars at
cleaning the air and putting oxygen back into your indoor atmosphere. Plants purify air, making them part of what NASA calls “nature’s life support system.”
There are five plants that are relatively easy to care for, do not need a lot of light or water and are the best air cleaners, according to the NASA study.

1. Peace Lily- a relatively easy plant. It will work in low light situations and needs very little water.
2. Florist’s Chrysanthemum- usually associated with being outdoors in the
garden, this plant is a work horse when it comes to cleaning indoor air.PeaceLilyChrysanthemum

These first two plants remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene
and toluene as well as ammonia.

 

English Ivy

3. English Ivy- again a plant that can thrive even if neglected.Snake_plant

 

4. Snake Plant- also known as “mother-in-law tongue” because of its sharp edges, it can withstand low light and a bit of neglect. Just check its water once in a while, in winter it may only need water once every other month!

 

Red Edged Dracena

 

5. Red Edged Dracena- again can stand lower light levels, but may need to be fertilized a couple times a month during growing periods.

These last three remove all the toxins that the first two remove, except for the ammonia.

 

So whether you need to clean up the air in your home or your office, these are just five of the plants NASA recommends in helping prevent “sick building syndrome.”  There is a TED talk related to this clean air study that is really interesting.

Here’s to your health!

 

http://www.deluxdrapery.com

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