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Healthy Home Tips For Everyone & Every Space


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Based off of 1 of Bante Design's most popular workshops-Top 10 Tips for Everyone & Every Space-this presentation gives a great overview of some simple tips that all can apply!

Based off of 1 of Bante Design's most popular workshops-Top 10 Tips for Everyone & Every Space-this presentation gives a great overview of some simple tips that all can apply!

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  • 1. Healthy Home Tips for Everyone & Every Space DeAnna Radaj Bante Design & 3E Products
  • 2. “ Our modern world is making us sick. Every day we are exposed to thousands of dangerous chemicals in the air of our homes, schools and workplaces.” Dr Sherry Rogers from Are Chemicals Making Me Sick?
  • 3. Is Your Space Making You Sick?
    • Symptoms: nausea, dizziness, migraine, sleeplessness, upper respiratory illness, heart palpitation, memory loss, depression, aching joints/muscles, rashes, hives and chronic fatigue
    • Sick Building Syndrome
    • Causes: formaldehyde, PVCs, VOCs, dust,pesticides/fertilizers, lack of ventilation, mold, household cleaners, dirty air filters, radon, your dry cleaning and PBDEs.
  • 4. Who does Sick Building Syndrome Affect?
    • Your children-especially babies!
    • Your pets
    • The elderly
    • Your guests
    • You
  • 5. Where toxins exist in your home…
    • Your flooring & wall-coverings
    • Your furniture & cabinets
    • Your cosmetics, bath & body products
    • Your basement
    • Your household cleaners
    • Your lawn & garden
    • Your garage
  • 6. Healthy Home Facts
    • You breathe approximately 2 tablespoons of assorted chemicals every day
    • You ingest chemicals from your food, water, furniture and environment
    • Of the 70,000+ chemicals in daily use fewer than 2% have been thoroughly tested for health effects.
    • 600 new chemicals enter the market yearly w/ 5-10% of all chemicals in production being carcinogens
    • The new “car”, “carpet”, “paint” smell is actually toxins off-gassing into the air
    • Indoor air pollution can be up to 5x higher than outdoors according to EPA.
  • 7. Flooring & Wall-coverings
    • Can emit (off-gas) VOC-volatile organic compounds-into the air
    • Traps dust/dirt/mold
  • 8. How to Avoid….
    • Choose hard flooring options (tile, hardwood, marble, ceramic, rubber, cork)
    • Choose WOOL carpeting which is naturally flame resistant
    • Choose no VOC paint
    • Choose rubber backing and/or padding for carpet
    • Choose recycled options for flooring (i.e.. Flooring made of recycled plastic bottles or recycled carpet)
    • Ask manufacturer what their reclamation procedures are (i.e.. FLOR recycles ALL of their returned floor tiles!)
  • 9. If you MUST have wall-to-wall carpeting…
    • VACUMN weekly, daily if have pets and/or kids
    • Ventilate your home for at least 48 hours after installing carpeting. You can also ask retailer to unroll carpet in warehouse prior to installation.
    • Ask vendor about their recycling efforts w/used carpeting (discarded carpet & padding 2 nd only to diapers in landfills).
  • 10. Furniture & Cabinetry
    • Flame-retardant chemicals (PBDEs-polybrominated diphenylethers) added to polyurethane foam released EVERY time you sit down!
    • PBDEs are found in the air (dust), soil and sediment and linger indefinitely.
    • US has highest levels in the world (10-100x that of Europe).
    • The EU has banned (8/2004) and slowly being phased out in US, PENTA, DECA and OCTA.
  • 11. Continued……
    • Penta is found in the polyurethane foam in furniture, carpet padding and mattresses.
    • Octa is found in the plastics for computers, and small appliances.
    • Deca is found in the housings of TVs, stereos and other electronics, and in the backings for upholstery & curtains.
    • Deca accounts for most of the PBDE market.
  • 12. MDFs in Cabinetry
    • MDF is manufactured high density fiber board used in most construction projects/cabinetry.
    • Formaldehyde is used in the manufacturing process and off-gasses into the environment (Katrina cough)
  • 13. Formaldehyde
    • It is a carcinogen, meaning “causes cancer,” and an allergen that can cause a myriad of illnesses.
    • Many doctors misdiagnose these illnesses as depression/stress/anxiety.
    • Used in: manufacturing fertilizers, dyes, embalming fluid, preservatives, disinfectants.
    • Also goes by name Quaternium-15.
    • 1 in 5 people are sensitive.
  • 14. More on formaldehyde…
    • Used in clothing/textile industry to prevent wrinkles, running and permanent press.
    • Nail polishes and hardeners use for gloss and adhesion. Released into air when drying.
    • Also found in: hair spray, cosmetics, cleaning products, waxes, air fresheners, toothpaste, spray starch, adhesives, glues, paper products, printing/etching materials and antiperspirants.
  • 15. So do you need to sit on tree stumps?
    • Buy furniture & electronics from companies that have reduced of eliminated the use of PBDEs (ex: Apple, Canon, Dell, IBM, Intel, Panasonic & Volvo to name a few).
    • ASK the retailers & manufacturers which types of flame retardants are in their products.
    • When shopping for a mattress, consider wool filling, which is naturally flame resistant! (ex: ).
    • Natural latex foam
    • Buy from: Crate & Barrel, Bob Timberlake, Jonathan Adler, Lexington Upholstery, Liz Claiborne Home, Rowe, Waverly, Woolrich and IKEA
  • 16. Upholstery & Textiles
    • Look for organic cotton, hemp, recycled plastic bottles
  • 17. Organic cotton vs. Conventional cotton
    • Benefits: The yield is high & the quality of the cotton grown is equal to or better than conventional.
    • No pesticides in growing or storage (sprayed many times while waiting transport).
    • It gets softer as you wash it.
    • Organic growing methods support biodiversity & healthy eco-systems. Improves soil conditions, uses less h2O, no ground water pollution.
    • Environmental Impact of conventional cotton: 25% of the WORLD’s insecticides are used on CC-one of the most heavily chemically sprayed crops in the world!
    • Is the leading emitter of VOC emissions from pesticides.
    • No synthetic petroleum-based fibers or formaldehyde used for preservatives or sizing agents (i.e.. Wrinkle resistant, permanent press or stain resistant).
  • 18. Is NATURAL cotton OK?
    • No, natural cotton is unbleached, untreated, un-dyed and formaldehyde-free BUT not grown by certified organic standards. So, natural cotton can still come from a heavily sprayed crop during cultivation.
    • While this is not the best option, it is better than conventionally grown cotton.
    • Available at Bed, Bath & Beyond!
  • 19. Why DUST?
    • Dust is full of chemicals-PBDEs, Phthalates (plasticizers called found in nail polish & hair spray), alkylphenols (paint & household cleaners), perfluorinated surfactants (floor polishes) and pesticides
    • Can cause allergies, asthma, harm your cardiovascular, nervous & reproductive system, and lead to some cancers in studies.
    • From: computers, shower curtains and wall paper emit chemicals that settle into dust.
  • 20. How to keep Dust at a minimum
    • Replace soft flooring (carpet) with hard options (bamboo/tile/stone)
    • Same w/window treatments. Soft: heavily textured drapes/curtains and blinds. Hard: flat-weave cotton and linen fabric.
    • Put “collectibles” behind glass
    • Clean air duct system yearly
    • Use allergy-control covers on bedding
  • 21. Cosmetics, Bath & Body
    • Most cosmetics are petroleum based. Look for “mineral based” cosmetics.
    • Many major cosmetic lines have a “natural” or “mineral” line.
    • Be able to pronounce all ingredients.
  • 22. Your Basement
    • Unfinished basements are MORE toxic than finished basements-even if you don’t utilize the space. The basement is your home’s foundation-keep it safe & healthy.
    • Control water leaks and water entry. Make sure gutters/drain spouts direct water away from house.
    • Control mold-as it can continue to grow due to humidity and condensation found in most basements.
    • Make sure pipes and walls are properly insulated to reduce condensation, keep warm in winter months to reduce toxin development, inspect basement yearly and address any concerns ASAP. Use moisture resistant gypsum panels-rebuffs moisture/mold, plus offer fire protection.
  • 23. Mold & Mildew-yuck….
    • Occurs in damp areas (kitchen, bathroom, basement) and enter through windows, doors or on shoes or pets!
    • Inhaling the spores can cause: allergic reaction (think its hay fever or asthma).
    • Some SIDS studies show a link w/mold build-up in crib mattress which generates a toxic gas.
    • Control moisture, use an exhaust fan quickly repair any leaks and scour sinks & tubs as fungi thrive on soap film.
    • No carpeting in the bathroom!
    • Clean garbage pails frequently.
    • Clean refrigerator door gaskets and drip pans.
    • Visit for more info.
  • 24. Household Cleaners
    • Household cleaners are the 3 rd biggest indoor polluter.
    • Aromatic Hydrocarbons are carcinogens and found in degreaser, deodorizers and pesticides.
    • Petrochemicals are derived from petroleum (and rise in price according to gas prices!) and found in floor waxes, polishes and all-purpose cleaners. Look for Petroleum Distillate, Naphtha and Naphthalene on label.
    • Chlorinated Compounds are derived from chlorine and highly toxic. Found in dry-cleaning solvents, pesticides and tub & tile cleaners.
  • 25. Your Lawn & Garden
    • Pesticides include herbicides and weed killers, and use is estimated at a 1.25 billion pounds/year.
    • Implicated in various cancers in ppl and pets, reproductive disorders & Parkinson’s disease. Ringing in the ears, nausea, vomiting, seizures and cramps are other illnesses that can occur. (i.e.. Erin Brokovich movie).
    • Pesticides by their very nature are designed to kill things. Has origins from WWII chemical warfare to attack nerve tissue.
    • Can degrade soil groundwater, kill good organisms, poison wildlife, create long-term dioxin residues and leave poisonous breakdown products in your soil.
  • 26. Options for a GREEN lawn
    • Give up the obsession for an emerald green lawn.
    • Set mower blade to height of 2 ½-3 inches. Mow regularly. If too short it causes stress, discourages deep root growth and rapid loss of soil moisture.
    • Don’t rake up clippings, let them decompose in place and return nutrients back into soil (grass cycling). Grass cycling provides about 2 lbs ofnitrogen/1000 sq ft of lawn/yr.
    • Diverse landscape contains many wildlife and plant species that is less prone to large scale devastation from pests and disease.
  • 27. Your Garage
    • Did you know that your car emits odors when it’s cooling down and starting up?
    • If your car leaks anything, it’s emitting odors all of the time. If there is a leak-fix it!
    • If you have an attached garage, make sure door is sealed so odors don’t enter your home.
  • 28. Healthy Home Tips for ALL of your spaces….
    • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
    • Increase ventilation in your home-open windows and doors as weather permits.
    • Install exhaust fans vented to the outside in damp areas. Use a dehumidifier if problem persists.
    • Change/wash filters in air conditioner, humidifier and dehumidifiers frequently.
  • 29. More tips….
    • Use an exhaust fan when cooking w/gas
    • Check the furnace & chimney for cracks or blockages each fall.
    • Allow adequate ventilation around laser printers and fax machines (VOC)
    • Use HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arresting) filters
    • Use LIVE plants to help detox space.
    • Eliminate plastics/vinyl-which contain PVC, switch to glass (recycled!).
    • Eliminate paraffin candles as petroleum based. Use soy, olive oil or palm wax w/cotton wicks.
  • 30. Going GREEN in your space
    • Not dangerous to the health of people & animals (cruelty-free)
    • Does not cause damage to the environment during manufacturing, use or disposal
    • Does not cause unnecessary waste due to excess packaging or shore life-span
    • Does not use material derived from threatened or endangered species, plants or environments.