Green Decor: Nursery Tips for Green Genius Moms
Decorating a nursery is an exciting time for mothers. As "going green" becomes more common knowledge than a counterculture trend, families are increasingly integrating health-conscious lifestyles into parenting. Incidents like the ban of the use of Biphenyl A (BPA) in the manufacture of baby bottles and sippy-cups are making it easier for concerned parents and parents-to-be to effortlessly incorporate environmentally friendly and natural products into their life. Green-minded considerations are becoming popular in the creation of eco-friendly nurseries. What can you do to make your nursery greener?
How to Green Your Nursery
From Top to Bottom
From ceiling and walls to furnishings and carpets, there are small alterations you can make to all aspects of your child's nursery to make it a little greener. Use zero-VOC paints and stains in the nursery as these paints do not release any volatile organic compounds into the air. Natural wood, bamboo, and cork are the best choices for clean, healthy nursery flooring. Synthetic carpets and certain glues used in the construction of homes and furniture give off volatile fumes. Always check labels and ask plenty of questions. If carpets or floor mats are necessary, stick with natural fibers like wool and cotton. Pay special attention to how these fibers are processed and how the rugs are made. Natural materials can also be substituted for synthetics when it comes to furniture, window treatments like blinds and curtains, and rugs and textiles.
People tell you how many diapers you will go through when you have a baby, but nothing can prepare you for the mind-boggling stash of dirtied wearable baby toilets you will actually be going through. Think about all of the babies in the world and all of the diapers they must create together—that's a lot of trash. According to the Clean Air Council, Americans throw away 49 million diapers per day and it is unclear as to how long it takes for them to decompose. In more bad diaper news, most diapers contain harmful ingredients for the environment, including anti-clean environment star, non-renewable petroleum (toxin), and other favorites like chlorine and latex. When many people think about eco-friendly diapers, they think about some odd canvas-looking cloth wrap that screams "accidents spill out of me!" But green diapers have come a long way. Eco brands like Seventh Generation are available at Target while health food stores like Whole Foods carry their own brand of diapers and baby wipes.
They say that people will spend a quarter of their life asleep within their lifetime. Babies spend at least half of their infancy in shut-eye, so it makes sense to put thought and consideration into where they will be spending most of their time.
According to The Green Mama eco parenting and lifestyle blog, "Crib mattresses are also often wrapped in polyvinylchloride plastic (PVC), which both off-gasses and contains phthalates."
If you're looking for a mattress that is waterproof, look for one that uses polyethylene plastic. Organic cotton, wool, and natural rubber are materials to look for when shopping for bedding. Avoid anything chemical or synthetic.
What are some ways you are going green in your child's nursery?
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