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EcoTip #3: Even carpets have emissions now!

You heard right, we've gotten to the point now where even our carpets give off emisssions!

Have you ever wondered what that "new carpet" smell is when you walk into a new apartment or build your house?  Well, you are actually inhaling a volatile organic compound (VOC).  This gas, called 4-phenylcyclohexene (4-PCH), actually comes from the adhesive that is used to glue the little carpet tufts to the backing of the carpet.  It can be present for up to a week, and has been shown to contribute to several health problems, including:

▪  Nausea
▪  Fatigue
▪  Dizziness
▪  Headaches
▪  Allergies
▪  Respiratory Problems

To stay away from this,when building your home: make sure you use low-VOC carpet and carpet adhesive, that your carpet meets or exceeds the Carpet and Rug Institute Indoor Air Quality testing, and don't use carpet pads that contain styrenebutadiene rubber, as they can also be dangerous.  Try buying low-VOC carpet made of wool...it's only a little more expensive, but is renewable and more environmentally friendly than nylon.  If you get environmentally responsible carpeting, you'll not only be helping the planet, but you'll be sure to enjoy it for years to come!

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