Start in the Bedroom
During sleep, your body works to remove any toxins you were exposed to during the day, and to restore energy and health for both body and mind. More than any other room in the house, your bedroom should be a pristine environment.
Choose no-VOC paints for walls and wood trim. Paints can emit VOCs (volatile organic compounds) over a long period of time, so just airing out the room may not be sufficient.
Choose hardwood, tile, or stone floors. Finish them with a water-based sealant, and cover them with organic wool or cotton area rugs that can be easily cleaned.
Select an organic mattress, made with natural latex, wool, or organic cotton. Be sure your pillows are all natural as well. Non-organic cotton is grown in fields soaked in insecticides; dyes and color fixers use heavy metals like chromium, copper and zinc. You can request “no fire-retardant chemicals” be used on your mattress. This request requires a prescription from a doctor.
Choose eco-friendly wood furniture that is FSC-certified, a designation from the Forest Stewardship Council ensuring that the wood was grown and harvested in a way that protects forests for the long term.