Eco-Chic - Off Gassing, No Thank You!31.5.11
Jo Alcorn returns with another great Eco-Chic article. This time she addresses off gassing. Some great points about when buying new products for your home.
So what is off gassing? Or other known as VOC’s, Volatile Organic Compounds . It refers to compounds which have significant vapour pressures which can affect the environment and human health; this includes both man-made and naturally occurring chemical compounds. This silent stalker, is released continually into our air through building materials that we use, the paints, stains and varnishes that are used within our furniture, carpet, insulations, hard flooring, kitchen cabinets, countertops and more which we have surrounding us every second of the day. Off gassing is the leading cause for people who suffer with Allergies, Chronic sinusitis, Asthma or respiratory problems. Off gassing causes symptoms ranging from running nose, congestion, coughing, watery and red eyes, skin irritations, hives, rashes and more.
Think about the products used in the bedroom (from furniture to flooring) ,
where we spend 1/3 of our day breathing in and out!
In the kitchen, cabinets, flooring, countertops, and furnishings
can all contribute to a very hgh VOC,
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