Today there are more than 80,000 chemicals registered for use with the EPA. Few of these have ever been tested for safety, and a shocking number of them are found in our own homes. Furniture, paint, flooring – even crib mattresses – contain a host of potentially toxic chemicals, including flame-retardants, stain- and water-resistant chemicals, phthalates, asthma-inducing VOCs and cancer-causing formaldehyde. In 2011, researchers found that 80% of the children’s products they tested contained at least one chemical flame-retardant. In 2012, ABC News and the Greenguard Environmental Institute demonstrated that a newly-decorated baby nursery could emit hundreds of chemicals into the air.
There is a growing body of research suggesting we should limit our children’s exposures to these chemicals. Consider these facts:
· Infant’s lungs are still developing and they breathe about 2 times more air than adults do.
· Asthma is the leading cause of pediatric hospitalization in the U.S. with about 7 million children affected. It is known that polluted indoor air can cause asthma attacks.
· Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in children and early chemical exposures may increase lifetime cancer risks.
· Indoor air can be 2 – 5 times more polluted than outdoor air, and chemicals like flame-retardants, phthalates and stain- and water-resistant treatments can be found in house dust.
“We now know that infants and toddlers are more susceptible to chemical exposures than adults, not just because of their rapidly-developing brains and bodies, but also because of their frequent hand-to-mouth behavior,” says MIXX Modern’s Founder and President, Trina Masepohl. “Because children spend an estimated 90% of their time indoors and sleep 10-14 hours per day, it’s incredibly important to minimize the use of chemicals in the nursery.”
The Green Nursery ebook was designed with today’s busy parents in mind, offering a light, easy, yet informative read. It includes:
· An overview of the latest findings by today’s top researchers in children’s environmental health;
· The green certifications to look for when buying baby nursery products;
· Techniques to design just like a professional interior designer, using design inspirations, simple space planning tools, basic color theory and a product collage;
· A timeline to assist with project execution, plus helpful tips for easy green cleaning.
The Green Nursery is now available for Kindle on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/
MIXX Modern Interiors, Inc. was founded in 2013 by engineer-turned-