Here’s the thing: the planet is in trouble and needs your help. The rainforests are being destroyed at an alarming rate. There isn’t enough fresh water available as cities become metropoles. There is an energy crisis that is slowly creeping up on civilization. And there are a variety of pollutants making our environments increasing toxic.
A bedroom may seem like an unlikely place to make a stand against the growing threat to the health and well-being of the planet, but if you green your bedroom, you are using it for more than just a place to get a good night’s rest–you are setting an example.
Three Ways to Turn Your Bedroom Green
Here are 3 simple ideas you can use:
#1: Consume electricity at a lower cost.
It’s easy to become unconscious about wasting electricity because it is now a ubiquitous aspect of our lives, but here are 7 ways to save on it.
- You may be paying too much for electricity. Click here to see if you live in an area where energy deregulation will allow you to buy inexpensive electricity.
- Use LED lights. Traditional incandescent lights use up much more electric power than we need to light a room. LED lights provide the same quality of amber light while using 80% less power. This advanced technology uses less wattage. The latest LEDs are rated to last as long as 50,000 hours. In other words, if you used it for up to 12 hours each day, it would last about 11 years.
LEDs are also superior to popular alternatives to incandescent bulbs like halogens and CFLs. However, LEDs last 25 times longer than a typical halogen and 10 times longer than a typical CFL.
#2: Breathe better air while you sleep.
One way to improve the quality of your air when you sleep is by getting a HEPA air filter. HEPA is an acronym for high-efficiency particulate air. This is one of the best ways to improve your health and well-being.
It’s essential for your health to filter the air you breathe in as you sleep at night.
If you live in the city and keep your windows open, chances are that billions of micro-particles from vehicle exhaust and factories are sneaking into your bedroom. In some cities, you can even see a black film of soot. Breathing in this pollution raises your blood pressure and increases your heart rate. These invisible pollutants also increase inflammation and the lining of blood vessels.
If there is dust in the air, you will experience allergies or asthma through air-borne bacteria, pollen, dust, mold, and tobacco smoke.
#3: Use organic sleepwear and bedding.
Wearing synthetic fabrics or using synthetic mattresses and bedding may not seem like a big deal until you try using organic materials. When you do, you’ll notice an immediate improvement in how well you sleep and how refreshed you feel in the morning.
Use organic cotton for your pajamas, terry-lined robes, and duvet covers, sheets, blankets, and pillow cases.
According to an article by G. Clark on how to make your bedroom green, “The benefits of the best mattress in the world can be canceled out by bedding that’s made out of scratchy, synthetic materials. Organic bedding is becoming more and more popular these days; using it is a great way to do your part to save the planet, while improving your overall health as well.”
Four More Suggestions
While these three ideas will get you started, there are many other things that you can consider when it comes to greening your bedroom.
With that in mind, here are four more suggestions:
- By improving insulation in your home, you are lowering your gas and electricity bills.
- By making it a point not to add any bedroom furniture that paints or varnishes with VOC (volatile organic compounds), you are steering clear of off-gassing that can harm your health.
- By using carpets made out of all natural fibers or just using hardwood floors, you are reducing the dust mites that breed in synthetic carpeting.
- By using cleaning products that don’t contain harsh chemicals, you are reducing VOC, fumes, and gases that can compromise your health.
Contributing to Humanity
Although it may seem melodramatic to say that you are contributing to a global change for the better by greening your bedroom, remember Immanuel Kant’s categorical imperative. Briefly, it suggests we should behave as if our actions were to become a universal law. In terms of the green movement, if more people become aware of the need for sustainable living, this collective action would make it a reality. In addition to contributing to humanity, you are also saving more money through energy conservation and improving your health by eliminating toxins in your immediate environment.