When I decided over 2 years ago to rid my house of chemicals, I thought that I had all of my bases covered. Look at the liquids in my house and replace them with organic natural versions. But that was just the tip of the iceberg.
After better educating myself, I slowly learned how harmful chemicals are in everything. With cancer, fertility issues, Alzheimer’s, Type 1 diabetes, and autism on the rise in the past decades, we need to look at our lifestyles and think, “what has changed?”
There are harmful chemicals in everything in our house and lives. From our sofas and curtains to children’s toys and cell phones, everything can contain harmful poisons. Now it’s doubtful that we’re all going to throw out our iPhones and sleep on the floor, but educating ourselves is key.
93% of Americans tested positive for having amounts of BPA in their blood.
Fire retardant chemicals are sprayed on most upholstered furniture. These chemicals do not stick to the product, but actually slowly fall off and attach themselves to dirt particals. These are then blown around your house and can get in your food and water and even aspirated into your lungs. So the obvious answer would be to get rid of these chemicals. However, there are regulations in place to ensure that certain products are sprayed with this chemical.
So do we use chemicals and help reduce the spread of fire, or not use them and help reduce the spread of chemicals and disease? Below is a link to a video of a staged house fire. The mattress in the video meets regulations. You be the judge how well it works. In less than 2 minutes, the entire room is engulfed in flames.
So what do you do if you want to remove as many toxins from your house as possible? Check out this website that talk specifically about furniture.
If you’re in the market for a new sofa or bed, check out these websites.
“Companies with zero flame retardant in their beds and furniture:
Condosofa.com. ecoselectfurniture.com, corinthianfurn.com, drexelheritage.com, eklahome.com, ciscohome.net, eco-terric.com, viesso.com, greensofas.com, greenerlifestyles.com, the futonshop.com, earthsake.com, IKEA Sultan line, shraderbeds.com (and bedding). List any others in the comments section.” – The Examiner
For even more information, check out The Humam Experiment, available on Netflix.