Aug 24, 2018
by editorial team and Sophia Ruan Gushée
Who would ever think that rugs designed for nurseries could pollute our indoor environment? I certainly didn't know to be thoughtful about how my nursery rug may affect my infant's indoor air quality. But it does.
Below is a summary from the book A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures by Sophia Ruan Gushee. It can be used as guidelines for choosing a nontoxic nursery rug.
Just as we're understanding the importance of learning about the ingredients of what we eat, we should start learning more about the components of what comprises our household products. This includes rugs, and nursery rugs.
With breads, for example, how healthy or unhealthy they are depends on what they are made of, and how they were prepared. For example, bread made with white processed flour and other chemical ingredients is not as healthy as one made of 100% natural ingredients.
Rugs are also made in a variety of ways. Below are common components of popular nursery rugs. Each component can influence your indoor air quality.
In terms of indoor environmental health, the best option is to have no nursery rug at all. Carpets trap dirt, dust, and chemicals from outdoor and indoor sources. Vacuuming rugs do not remove all dirt and debris, like cleaning a hard-surface floor does.
However, there are benefits to rugs, especailly in a nursery, that lead most people to use nursery rugs.
When choosing a nontoxic nursery rug, consider choosing a rug made of natural materials with natural dyes. Opt for materials that do not have water resistant, stain resistant, or flame retardant chemicals. Rugs that are stitched together are preferable. However, if adhesives are used, look for low- or no-VOC options. Consider choosing backing made of natural rubber or no backing. Rugs that are small enough to wash in the washing machine can be cleaned more thoroughly than larger un-washable rugs.
Would you like to join a community of like-minded conscious consumers as well?
Do you want to read less about practical nontoxic choices and just see checklists of thoughtful options?
Then join the D-Tox Academy!
Each month, we will "meditate" on a body part or system. The goal is to connect with our body, senses, and symptoms to rely on this curiosity and "listening" as guidance for a gentle, detox journey.
Access Sophia's shopping list for her household staples. They're her favorite low toxic items that she can't live without. Also see which EMF protection products she uses.