Green Tip to Improve Indoor Air Quality

TODAY’S green tip comes from the Go Green Galloway Task Force for Sustainability, reported by Galloway Patch, a New Jersey news site.

The tip is to improve your indoor air quality by reducing emissions from volatile organic compounds, also known as VOCs.

These are gases from certain solids and liquids, and include chemicals found in paints and lacquers, paint strippers, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials, cabinetry, furniture, textiles, glues/adhesives and some craft/office supplies.

Formaldehyde, as many people know, is one of the most notorious VOCs.

One way to reduce exposure to VOCs, reported Galloway Patch, is to make sure your home is well ventilated when painting, cleaning, etc.

Better yet, purchasing no or low-VOC paint and low-VOC cleaning alternatives (making your own no-VOC products from baking soda, vinegar and borax REALLY works), the report said.

Here’s another tip: If you are re-modelling, consider locally-sourced materials (reducing transportation carbon emissions), wood  and textiles with no added formaldehyde, and flooring options such as natural linoleum, bamboo or low- or no-VOC carpets.

Consider an indoor air quality assessment to check or the levels of VOCs in your home or office. You know what they say – be safe, not sorry.


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