The fact that we are all now striving to reduce our heating costs by increasing our levels of insulation, installing double glazing to make our houses airtight, and that we barely open a window in the winter months means that we are suffocating in a toxic brew that is almost certainly endangering our health. Each individual regulation on its own may well be under the limit when tested, but when you add the cocktail together the results are staggering! And it’s not just sensitive adults, what about children and young babies?
It is quite usual that in the excitement of welcoming a new baby into the world we often choose to decorate the room in preparation for the new arrival. This may just be the worst thing we could do. Offgasing from chemicals in new furnishings can be a source of respiratory irritants and more. On top of carpets, sofas and upholstered chairs being treated with flame retardant chemicals, and curtains often being treated with formaldehyde to make them crease resistant or containing residues of heavy metals (read more in our post of 6.12.2009 https://888lorna.wordpress.com/2009/12/01/eco-for-health/ ), bedlinen and clothing are often impregnated to make them ‘easy care’. Are these combined levels of airborne pollutants really safe? I recently came across an article about the potential harmful effect of chemicals on children’s hormones through plastics and skincare products http://greenpeopleorganicskincare.blogspot.com/2009/11/home-life-may-be-affecting-childrens-hormones Just what are we exposing our children to? We’d love to hear your comments or your experiences.
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