Friday, May 04, 2012

Ban toxins from the nursery and baby's room

Green nurseries can help reduce exposure to environmental pollution
Many commercial baby products (incl. mattresses,
pajamas, toys) contain harmful chemicals and toxins.

Environmental factors are thought to play a role in the growing asthma and allergy epidemic in North America.

Almost 7 million children in the US have asthma, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates, and many environmental toxins can cause or aggravate those symptoms.

A green nursery may help provide safe haven for babies and allow them to rest their developing immune system.

Parents who are concerned about their baby’s environmental health should try to protect their newborn from toxins and harmful chemicals, choose environmentally friendly and healthy products and provide cleaner air to breathe.

Some chemicals to avoid in the baby’s room:
  • Vinyl
  • PVC
  • Phthalates
  • Bleach
  • Formaldehyde
  • Lead
  • Pesticides

One of the most important choices you can make concerns the mattress, since babies spend so much time sleeping on it. Organic is the best choice, or mattresses free of vinyl, PVC, phthalates, pesticides and bleach.

When painting the nursery, opt for zero-VOC paint to prevent volatile organic compound emissions for years after the application of the coat.

An air purifier will help provide cleaner indoor air, which can be more polluted than outdoor air.

Look for air purifiers with the right air filters that not only filter particles and dust (HEPA) but also chemicals, gases and odors (activated carbon filter). A combination of activated carbon and HEPA offers the most complete protection.

Open windows regularly and replace HVAC filters as needed. Do not clean with bleach or other cleaning products that contain harmful chemicals and fumes. Opt for non-toxic or greener alternatives instead.

Go for flooring that is free of formaldehyde and VOC finishes.

Choose toys wisely, and opt for organic, wooden or washable toys.

Source: Bend Bulletin

Big and small air purifiers for nurseries of every size

Not every air purifier is made the same - only the right filtration combo will remove harmful toxins.

An air purifier can help keep indoor
air clean and healthy.
AllerAir air purifiers contain a multistage filtration system with activated carbon, HEPA and optional UV for all-around protection from contaminants such as chemicals, gases, odors, particles, dust, allergens, bacteria, viruses and mold.

From small and compact models like the AirTube Series for small baby’s rooms to full room air purifiers like the 5000 Exec or AirMedic Exec, AllerAir’s complete product line of home and office air purifiers promise to deliver the right unit for every need.

Contact AllerAir for more information and personalized recommendations, based on the room size, IAQ concerns and budget.
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