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Greening Your Home
Greening Your Home

An increasing amount of people who are renovating or moving into new homes are now looking towards green alternatives.

Our options are also increasing but you are probably wondering how to make a wise choice. These questions will help you with the answers…

Are you making a healthy choice?

Look out for products which contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s). VOC’s are organic chemicals that have a high vapour pressure at room temperature. Many VOC’s are dangerous to human health, problems associated with these compounds are nausea, dizziness, skin and eye irritations, respiratory problems and even lung damage.

 What is the product made of?

Is the product you want to purchase made from recycled or sustainable material? Reclaimed flooring is a great recycled product, as it utilizes wood that has been previously used in buildings. Bamboo and cork are also a durable flooring choice. Other options for different purposes include recycled rubber flooring and wool or sisal carpeting.

What is the impact on the environment?

Support businesses which comply with environmental rules and regulations. These companies try to find ways to reduce carbon and toxic emissions.  One way to find out more about them is to check their websites.

Where is your product coming from?

Make sure your product comes from a local manufacturer, as environmental costs of transport are high.

Can it be recycled? 

Consider if you product is recyclable when you no longer want it.

Information from “Green Home Magazine”

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