Greener décor

March 9, 2008

 Graham and Brown have just launched their new range of eco friendly interior collection 

The range has been cleverly designed by Central St Martin students which includes minimally packaged, low emission wall papers. 

Wallpapers emit VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) that contain chemicals that can cause short term and long term health problems.  Many other household products also emit VOC’s such as paints and lacquers, paint strippers, cleaning supplies, pesticides and graphics and craft materials including glues and adhesives.

 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Total Exposure Assessment Methodology studies found that levels of several organic pollutants were 2 to 5 times higher inside homes than outside during and several hours after activities using such products as paint stripper and disinfectants. This was found the same regardless whether the houses were situated in rural areas or heavily industrial areas, we are all still exposed to similar levels of VOC’s. 

So what are the health implications of VOC emissions?

Some people experience eye and respiratory tract irritation, headaches, dizziness, visual disorders, and memory impairment soon after using VOC’s. Many organic compounds also cause cancer in animals and some believed to cause cancer in humans. 

The EPA suggests following these steps to reduce VOC exposure:

  • Use household products according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • Make sure you provide plenty of fresh air when using these products.
  • Throw away unused or little-used containers safely; buy in quantities that you will use soon.
  • Keep out of reach of children and pets.
  • Never mix household care products unless directed on the label.

Graham & Brown “are committed to environmental issues”. All their wallpapers are labelled with The Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) logo which means that the paper has come from sustainable managed forests, those better managed than non-accredited forests.

50% of each roll of wallpaper is also made from renewable resources and their inks and coating are also non acidic which is also much better for the environment and our health.

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One Response to “Greener décor”

  1. Nice, succinct, with good subheads and lovely links! How about finding out if it really is eco-friendly? Find an expert to comment.

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