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Buy lower quality wood and secondary species that have less demand
Buy furniture with no or low
finish or buy it unfinished and do it yourself with products based on linseed or beeswax.
Avoid particle boards and other wood composites that may emit formaldehyde.
Avoid carpet and go with hardwood or tile, less waste, less trapped dust, no toxic off gassing.
, which can be sent back to the manufacturer to reuse and are made of recycled material. It is also more easily repaired.
In warm climates un-shaded windows can account for ¼ of AC costs in the summer
Look for low or no VOC paint
20% of an average family electric bill is spent on lighting
bulbs that use ¼ of the energy to produce the same amount of light
Light temperatures around 2700 mean warmer, redder light
They produce less heat and last 10 times longer than incandescents
Recycle all types of all light bulbs as hazardous waste (check on
local hazardous waste facility
bulbs last 10 times longer than CFL (60,000-100,000 hours)
No matter how long you are going to be away or what kind of bulbs you have,
turn off the lights
foam for mattresses instead of
, which can release toxins.
Wool meets national fire safety standards without additional chemical fire retardants
Organic cotton or wool may be the best choice for sheets
Use beeswax instead of paraffin candles
Look out for a stiff dark core on the wick, which is made out of lead
Look out for synthetic fragrances and go with essential oils instead
Indoor plants significantly improve air quality. Get 15 or so.
are especially good for reducing air toxins
The flower industry is one of the most
. Buy local organic flowers.
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