If you’ve already embraced organic food, drink, clothes and beauty products, you’ll be in no doubt about the health benefits that come from choosing products that don’t contain toxic ingredients. They taste better, make you feel and look better, and come with better animal welfare and ecological credentials.
But have you missed an essential piece of the organic lifestyle that could be undoing all those healthy choices?
How organic is your home?
When we think about organic, we tend to focus on what we directly put in and on our bodies. As a result, we often overlook the toxicity in our immediate environment. We forget that, for most of our day and night, we’re sitting and laying on products laden with synthetic chemicals – and these toxins are seeping into our skin or being breathed into our lungs.
It turns out there are some pretty harmful ingredients in many of the items in our homes. Pesticides, phthalates, fluorinated substances (PFAs) found in stain resistance, synthetic fragrances and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are present in everything from our wall décor and beds to our sofas, carpets, candles and curtains – and they all come with health warnings for babies, children and adults alike.
These toxins are known to contribute to a scary list of ailments, health issues and diseases ranging from headaches, sleeping problems and skin conditions to asthma and cancers.
What can you do to detox your home?
Fortunately, as with organic food and drink, there is an increasing number of healthier alternatives for the home including organic mattresses, plant-based bed linen, non-toxic paints, natural fabrics, sustainable wooden flooring and formaldehyde-free furniture.
In fact, the growth of organic, eco and sustainable home furnishings is booming worldwide (woop!) – but it will take some time for people to move from fast-interior design (a.k.a. cheap, convenient and trend-led) to buying items that are built to last without damaging the planet – or our human health.
For too many, it’s been easier to sweep those terrible toxins under the rug. Ignorance is bliss, right? We’ve become a nation more interested in minimising stains in carpets than choosing healthy, chemical-free flooring we can safely let our children play on.
Spread the organic word…
Education is key, and it takes a few organically-minded consumers to set the trend and spread the word. Yes, we’re talking to you, you wonderful people.
You already know that natural materials, organic ingredients and sustainable choices make more sense for our minds, bodies and planet. We just need to bring that ethos into our homes – into everyone’s homes.
Yes, people may roll their eyes when you tell them, for the hundredth time, that their non-organic mattress could well be the reason they aren’t sleeping, are suffering back-aches, brain fog or headaches, but stick with it. Just as the organic food and beauty product markets took a while to take hold, awareness of healthy homes will grow too.
Let’s fill our Instagram feeds with #ConsciousInteriorDesign, populate Pinterest with our #HealthyHomes and inspire others with our #OrganicLifestyles.
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