Ecofriendly Nursery Ideas & Inspiration
Consider Your Paint Source
You might envision a pale yellow, a baby blue, or a perfect pink. But before you put your first
stroke of color on the walls, think about the toxicity of your paint. According to Good
Environmental Choice Australia Ltd, some paint contains and emits dangerous volatile
compounds (VOCs) that can cause headaches, respiratory problems, worsen asthma, and evencause convulsions! Choose a brand that has low-VOC or better yet, no-VOC.
Carpeting may be soft on the feet, but most carpet fibers can trap dust mites, mould, and other allergens. Remove the carpet in the nursery and choose a timber flooring made from sustainably managed forests. Finish the floor with a natural sealant and consider an eco-friendly rug made from wool, organic fibers, or hemp.
If your home is designed to capture natural cooling breezes, your nursery should stay cool with the use of a low-electricity fan to circulate the air. If air conditioning is a necessity,purchase a unit with a higher star rating; each extra star means about 10% lower running costs and lessgreenhouse gas emissions.
The nursery furniture is often the star of the show; why not make it look natural? Timber cotsand other furniture looks classy and will last for a long time. In fact, a chest of drawers can lastwell into your baby’s teen years. Shop eco-smart and look for furniture with the green tick of approval from The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Australian Forestry Standard (AFC).
For as much time as you and your baby will spend in the nursery, be sure it’s a safe and healthy place to be.