Poly- brominate diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs for short, are commonly used fire retardants. As a class they tend to be toxic and endocrine disruptors. They also disrupt the brains of developing fetuses. The retardants escape from foam cushions, mattresses and soft furnishings as household evaporates.
They have been found in tissues of people as well as accumulating in breast tissue. Furniture manufacturers do not reveal what is in their products and even if you were to try to get exact information about materials, you will get vague claims about their materials being natural and green and enviro-friendly, all of which are assuring to the ears but not good for health.
People experiences include bad headaches even after a night's sleep on new mattress or having used liquid air fresheners.
Can you imagine six to eight hours or so of breathing toxins.
In general it is a good practice to encase your bed (and pillows) with a cotton barrier. You may be thinking that plastic would be better, but plastic will also out gas. A cotton barrier will reduce mattress emissions, dust mites, and allergens from the air. If your bed frame is treated with some sort of paint or stain, consider a sealant.
One way to improve indoor air quality is to use a natural air purifier.
These are especially good for people that experience breathing problems or sleep apnea. As materials age, they release chemicals into the air that irritate the airway.
If you’re looking to buy a new bed, there are many green varieties available in organic cotton, wool, and natural latex. Another alternative is to buy a used mattress. Used mattresses have out gassed most of their chemicals. If you decide to buy a natural mattress, specify organic wool. If your bed is made of particleboard, it is definitely releasing formaldehyde.
Needless to say, air quality can affect the quality of sleep you get. Air fresheners, dirty air filters, and even candles contribute to the air pollution of your bedroom. If you notice you don’t breath well in your bedroom or that you sneeze, cough, or your sinuses generally become irritated, consider getting an air purifier. The newer models are quiet and you’ll be amazed at how better rested you’ll be. You may also find that your allergies improve. Candles have been in use for a long time in bedrooms, especially the kind with aromas. You may get the aroma, but do remember that the longer the candle burns, the lesser the oxygen content in the air.
Look for mattresses and bedding that are made from natural products such as latex and watch for labels that claim to be stain resistant or wrinkle free. That means the bedding has been treated with chemicals. Lastly, if you have bought new furniture and do get synthetic smells, let them sit in the garage for a few days. It will go a long way in helping to reduce the amount of indoor air pollution. Many consumers may not be aware that formaldehyde, a toxin and carcinogen commonly used in the embalming process, is also one of the most common ingredients in many materials that make up a normal home.
Malaysian families residing in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor may call K Thiru at 016-3712762 for complimentary BEDROOM AIR (and ONE MATTRESS)CLEANING session.
Have a fantastic #VIVENSO discovery and indoor air and reality restoration, discussion.