It seems that when most people think of eco-friendly rooms, they often look to the living room or kitchen, rooms that use a lot of energy and are under frequent use by members of the household. The bedroom often goes unnoticed perhaps because of how little conscious hours are spent there. However, if you think about it, you spend a significant amount of your week in your bedroom: an estimated 49 hours per week are spent in your bedroom if you’re getting the recommended minimum amount of sleep each night. Spending so much time in the bedroom shows there is an importance to making your room healthier for you and the earth. Check out the tips below for ways to create an eco-friendly environment for your bedroom.
- Check your bed
Perhaps the most obvious spot to begin turning your bedroom into an eco-friendly haven is the bed itself. Most of your time is spent sleeping on the bed so try to limit the amount of contact you have with potentially hazardous chemicals. You can look for a second-hand bed frame in vintage store or look for one made of recycled materials. This reduces the amount of resources and materials used to create a brand new frame. If you opt for a vintage frame, you can remove any old paint or varnish and replace it with a more eco-friendly option. Additionally, make sure to upgrade your sheets and blankets to those made of natural, organic materials, like cotton or bamboo.
- Use eco-friendly lighting
An easy option in this area is to swap out your current incandescent bulbs for LED or CFL bulbs. These use significantly less energy than traditional bulbs by converting the energy it takes into light instead of heat. These also have a much longer life span, sometimes lasting nearly 75 times longer than a typical incandescent bulb. While these may be more expensive than a traditional bulb, keep in mind the benefits your wallet and conscious will see in the long run.
If you want to add more ambiance to the room with candles, look into purchasing those made with a lead-free wick. This will significantly reduce the amount of toxins you breathe in while still giving your room a beautiful glow. For an extra step, look for candles made of a sustainable, eco-friendly material (like beeswax or soy) and ones that use essential oils as fragrance.
- Use eco-friendly paints
If you want to add color to your room, make sure the paints you use are eco-friendly as well. The fresh paint smell you know so well are actually from chemicals labeled as volatile organic compounds (or VOCs) and these can cause some serious damage. VOCs can linger for months after you initially paint and are linked to a wide range of health effects, ranging from headaches to liver damage. Instead, look for paints that are low in VOCs so that you can reduce the amount of toxic chemicals in your room.
- Consider your air quality
Lastly, determine what your air quality is like in your bedroom: does the room appear fresh or stagnant? A simple solution is to open your windows on a regular basis and to run a fan to keep the air flowing in the room. This is a great way to circulate the air and prevent mildew from accumulating. Another option that is also aesthetic is to include indoor plants in your room which can create cleaner air in your room by consuming the carbon dioxides present. You can boost this effect by using plants known to clear out pollutants, such as Boston fern or golden pothos.