Sustainable flooring: check. VOC-busting wall covering: check. Eco-friendly mattress: check. Everything you need to design the perfect green bedroom: check and check! The bedroom is a place to rest and rejuvenate – and (hopefully) you’ll be spending many, many hours sleeping in yours. Above all else, this is the room that should promote health, well-being, and peace of mind. And here’s a happy thought: It’s possible to design an eco-friendly, healthy bedroom in any style, and on any budget. Air quality-improving wall coverings, skylights in every shape, ultra-efficient LED lighting in every color — these are just a few of the many marvelous products at your disposal. Read on to see our top picks to create the perfect eco-friendly, healthy bedroom.
7 Products for an Eco-Friendly, Healthy Bedroom
Dreaming of a rich wood door? Plenty of doors are crafted from FSC-certified and sustainably-sourced wood. They’re not your only option for an eco-friendly entry to your green bedroom, however. You may be surprised to hear that you can find a huge amount of simply beautiful wooden doors made from recycled content. Trustile doors are made using nearly 70% recycled wood fibers, and they’re both FSC-certified and third-party certified by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS). Trustile doors can also earn you LEED certification points, so if you’ve got a green certification goal in mind, we’ve found the perfect door for you!
Featured: Trustile Barn Doors
Take one look at a gorgeous modern interior barn door, like the one to the right, and you’ll instantly see why this trend has skyrocketed. There’s something so wonderfully natural yet cutting-edge about them – they ride a unique line between effortlessly modern and deeply traditional. One thing’s for certain: Barn doors add immense character to any space. And the fact that there are plenty of eco-friendly barn door options is excellent news.
Studies have shown that people exposed to natural light are more productive, achieve a better sense of well-being, and are more positive. Until recently, the technology to deliver natural light to interior spaces like closets, bathrooms, offices, and corridors simply didn’t exist.
With a new wave of skylighting devices, that’s no longer the case. Now, any space in any home is the perfect space for a skylight! Tubular daylighting devices, or TDDs for short, are affordable, high-performance lighting solutions that bring daylight into interior spaces where traditional skylights and windows simply can’t reach. Sometimes called “tubular skylights,” “light tubes,” “sun pipes,” and even “light tunnels,” TDDs have become the ideal solution for lighting interiors in a cost-effective, energy-efficient and eco-friendly way.
Solatube tubular daylights are more than just regular skylights. They’re high-tech, light-channeling tunnels designed to bring as much natural light into a space as possible while reducing glare and light inconsistencies. On top of that, they’re built to filter out undesirable rays — like overheating infrared rays and furniture-fading ultraviolet. Thanks to manufacturers like Solatube, any bedroom in any home can feature a beautiful natural skylighting feature!
Non-toxic, VOC-free paints are all fine and dandy — and yes, all ECOS Paints and finishes fall into this category — but what if your wall paint could do more? Enter the revolutionary Atmosphere Purifying Paint from ECOS. This paint is chock full of enhanced VOC-filtering technology, so it will absorb risky VOCs in your eco-friendly, healthy bedroom without you doing a thing. Simply apply as normal wall paint and, when dry, it will filter out and absorb pollutants 24 hours a day, all year round. ECOS Atmosphere Purifying Paint (APP) absorbs 98-99% of VOCs – down to approximately one part per million (gas chromatographic data). Good air cleaners or air purifiers can be similarly effective, but you have to remember to turn them on – there is nothing to forget with their revolutionary paint. And, unlike a traditional air cleaner unit, it requires no power supply, maintenance, or filters.
Given the fact that we spend about a third of our lives asleep (that’s 25 years if you live to be 75!), inhaling and exhaling the air in our bedrooms, having walls that absorb VOCs around the clock will certainly have you resting easier. Browse through their gorgeous colors (they color match, too) and start dreaming of your revolutionary air purifying walls.
Yes or no question: Have you ever heard of Nanoleaf? If your answer is no, prepare to be absolutely amazed. Stunning design meets incredible functionality in the Nanoleaf product line of smart and efficient LED lights.
LED lighting is highly energy-efficient, saving money on electricity bills and reducing carbon emissions at the same time. Energy.gov states that residential LEDs — especially ENERGY STAR-rated products — use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting. LED has the potential to fundamentally change the future of lighting in the United States and the rest of the world. Ready to join the movement?
Featured: Nanoleaf Gem
Nanoleaf has all kinds of innovative LED technologies that make for some truly incredible design possibilities. But for today, we wanted to focus on Nanoleaf’s most versatile bulb, which can work for any style and in any space. If you want décor design and energy-saving warm light, this bulb is for you! Nanoleaf created the Gem to illustrate that real beauty doesn’t have to involve sacrifice. The gorgeous fusion of finish and advanced technology ensures that you never have to choose between saving money on energy bills and loving your lighting.
And get this: One bulb lasts for 23 years! Can you imagine going decades without changing a light bulb? And for a did-a-double-take affordable price, too. (Seriously, we did a double take.) Incredible efficiency, breathtaking design, and a 23-year lifespan for twenty bucks? This bulb is a no-brainer.
Recycled mosaic tiling is one of the hottest green building trends. No surprise there — it’s an incredible fusion of sustainability and stunning design. For that perfect statement wall (think behind the headboard), you simply can’t go wrong with tiling. And when it comes to recycled tiling products, Trend USA sets the standard. Trend’s innovative engineered surfaces require 60% less raw material and incorporate both geologic waste and recycled glass that would otherwise be in the landfill. The company’s development of new product lines set an industry benchmark for the use of post-consumer recycled content in agglomerate and glass tile products, reaching levels as high as 78%.
GREENGUARD is the world’s preeminent third-party certification institute for the analysis of emissions, focusing on risky VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Trend USA is proud to offer a product line that adheres to such a high standard for home and environmental health and protection. Choosing Trend recycled tiling means choosing healthy indoor air quality — and making gorgeous use of would-be-wasted materials in the process!
If you’re considering installing hardwood floors in your eco-friendly, healthy bedroom, here’s a sustainably-sourced hardwood product that comes pre-sealed to prevent VOC off-gassing in your home.
One hardwood manufacturer that fits the bill: Mullican gorgeous and sustainable wood flooring. Since its founding in 1985, Mullican Flooring has dedicated itself to creating the highest-quality hardwood flooring in the world. The company’s founders knew the combination of precision milling, advanced kiln-drying techniques, and the most demanding inspectors available would result in products that would be unmatched by its competitors. This emphasis on excellence, along with their commitment to environmentally-sound manufacturing practices, are the core of what Mullican does to provide you with premium, durable, solid and engineered wood floors. We approve!
No matter what style hardwood floor you’re seeking, you’re sure to find a Mullican flooring option that sweeps you off your feet. Mullican features a complete line of prefinished solid flooring that includes oak, maple, walnut, hickory, and beech species. The prefinished selections also offer character grade options, highlighting the knots, color variations, and mineral streaks that naturally appear in the wood.
Your bed isn’t technically a building material, but choosing the right one is vital for an eco-friendly, healthy bedroom. Earthsake organic mattresses, pillows, toppers, and comforters are made up of layers of organic or PureGrow wool and organic cotton, all wrapped up inside soft organic cotton covers. The organic cotton fill has no pesticide residues, and the organic and PureGrow wool fill is naturally fire retardant – no need for the risky fire retardants commonly found in mattresses and bedding materials.
Another favorite Earthsake feature: Everything is made in the USA, with local PureGrow wool or organic wool & organic cotton — in other words, no blending of natural and synthetic fibers. Earthsake products are also completely VOC-free, so everyone in the family can sleep easier and healthier. Sweet dreams indeed!
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