I had flagged my blog on our low VOC paint, and somebody pointed out - quite rightly - that paint is only one of a number of things that can pollute the indoor environment.
So here's the list of the other things we are doing to try to keep our air as nice as possible:
- very low VOC kitchen
- as low VOC carpets as we can find (and only in two rooms), with E0 underlay (rubber, by Bridgestone)
- no plastics on light fittings
- Marmoleum on the upstairs floor
- all fans ducted to outside
- blinds not curtains
- wardrobes from Ikea, so E1 but better than the alternatives.
I think we are going to recover our old couch rather than buy a new one, although if I could find a new one that was E0 and comfy and under $2000, I'd buy it in a minute. (Any leads on this topic very appreciated)
And most of all, we're ready for new mattresses (ours have been trampolined beyond everyone's comfort zone) so will buy latex ones complete with pillows and have them delivered straight to the new house. The rental place we are in now is a cesspit of mould and dust, through no fault of ours. I want to leave the spoors behind! :)
Trouble spots: we want wallpaper in a few spots, and the options for low VOC are so fugly they aren't worth the effort of sticking to a wall.
And I can't seem to get a clear answer on house plants - some researchers say they clean the air, others say that potting mix and damp are inherently evil. My compromise at the moment is to have a few, but not a whole conservatory full.
What have I missed??