Saturday, March 24, 2012

Thinking of Buying New Carpet?

Thinking of buying a new carpet? Think again. Did you know that if you put an infant on a new carpet it is equivalent to having them smoke nine cigarettes? Did you know that it can take five years for carpets to off gas? What do they off gas? Here is a partial list: formaldehyde, toluene, xylene, dyes, fire retardants, fungicides, glues, and other chemicals. I'll let you research them if you are so inclined.

I have met two women who each developed seizures after installing new carpet. Common symptoms are headaches, nausea, brain fog, sinus troubles, burning eyes and there are many more to add to this list.

Now I realize that carpet can make your floor warmer, the look of your room attractive, and it can hide dust better. But beware! Lurking in the fibers of your carpet and carpet pads are mites, mold, and other creepy things. Is your health worth the look of a room? Not to mention carpets are replaced ever few years and that can add up.

Here are three things to consider:

1. Tile is beautiful. Just mop it with white vinegar and you have a sterilized clean floor. Toss a wool throw rug over it and it makes a room pleasant to the eyes and supports the health of your body.
2. Bamboo floors are beautiful. Just make sure the glue used is bought from AFM or another brand of non-toxic building materials. Bamboo grows prolifically. It is easy on the environment and lasts forever.
3. Cork floors are up and coming.  They reduce noise, are easy on the feet, and the materials are non-toxic.

I do hope that you will consider something besides toxic flooring materials for you and your family. Remember the Substance Act of the 70's is outdated, allows chemical companies to sell things that have not been thoroughly tested because in some situations testing is not required. Until we each stand in front of chemical companies and demand they make products we won't get sick from by breathing them into our lungs, we must spend our money elsewhere. Maybe at that point they will hear us. Consumers have the power.

Until next time,
Jan