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8 Tips for Decorating an Eco-Friendly Nursery

December 19th, 2012 No comments

Eco BabyNurseryFrom dozens of dirty diapers to multiple baby bottles, new infants can cost a lot of money and make a lot of messes. When preparing for their arrival, consider how you can best care for your baby without harming the environment. Here are eight tips for decorating a safe, eco-friendly nursery.

Organic Crib Mattress

Most people don’t realize a lot of chemicals go into creating traditional mattresses. These chemicals can be inhaled as you sleep and since your newborn spends the majority of his or her time sleeping, it is especially important you use a natural crib mattress in the nursery. Latex, organic cotton and organic wool are all great options.

Natural Wood Crib

Cheap furniture made out of plywood and particle board uses formaldehyde glue in its manufacturing. According to the Examiner, you should look for cribs that meet the highest regulations for formaldehyde emissions. Most cribs manufactured in Europe or Canada will meet this standard.

Organic Bed Linens

Organic bed linens are a must for your baby’s bed. Synthetic bed linens can be loaded with chemicals, which can weaken your baby’s immune system. Organic bed linens also naturally repel dust mites and mildew.

Window Treatment

Blinds are a great way to make your nursery eco-friendly. They not only help to darken the room so your baby can sleep better, but blinds also help regulate the room temperature. There are many styles and colors of blinds to make your selection from. Consider choosing cordless blinds as a safety measure.

Natural Wood Flooring

Natural-wood flooring is the best option for your baby’s room because it is not made with chemicals. If you want a little cushion for your baby to play on, choose an all-natural area rug, such as one made from bamboo or cork.

Safe Paint

One of the biggest sources of toxins in a baby’s room is from the paint. That is why it is so important you use Volatile Organic Compounds-free and lead-free paint. According to Pure Natural Mom, VOCs have been proven to cause a variety of symptoms like dizziness and headaches. Long-term effects of VOCs include cancer and heart disease. Look for paints made from natural materials, such as soy-based paints. Also, paint your nursery at least two months before bringing your baby home so the paint has plenty of time to air out.

Homemade Cleaners

Use natural cleaners to clean your nursery, especially if your baby is with you while you are cleaning. Vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda can clean just about every mess you will come across.

Energy-Efficient Bulbs

Use energy-efficient light bulbs available from your local home improvement store. You will lower your emissions and save some money in the process. Consider building your nursery on the side of the house that gets the morning sun, so you don’t have to even turn those light bulbs on. The sun will be good for your baby’s health, and it will save you on energy.

About the author of this post, Dana Villanueva. Dana calls herself a world warrior and an earth conservationist. She comes from a family that believes in the importance of sharing information about our environment, with the hopes that it will prevent a larger global crisis.

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Have a holly, jolly (green) Christmas

December 1st, 2012 No comments

It’s that time of year again – Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over and it’s countdown to Christmas.

While you’re adding green to your home with boughs of holly, it’s worth trying to be green at the same time.

Here are some tips for having a jolly environmental holiday:

Reuse boxes you have around the house when wrapping items or shipping gifts, including shoe boxes.

Use recycled wrapping paper or get creative and use newspapers or paper bags from the grocery store to wrap gifts. Save the pretty gift bags and wrapping paper people give you and reuse them to present a gift to someone else.

Send electronic holiday cards.

Use LED Christmas lights to save on energy.

Instead of buying new stockings, decorate old socks (just don’t use ones with holes in the toes or that lump of charcoal will fall out).

Compost whatever ham and stuffing is leftover that you don’t want to eat the next day.

When the holidays are over and the last ornaments have been plucked from the tree, recycle the Christmas tree (unless you used a fake one). Most cities will pick up Christmas trees and other foliage free of charge and mulch the remains.

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