A Healthy Home: Blinds and Indoor Air Quality

Everyone loves a great bargain during these economic times where British families are tightening their budgets and belts when it comes to all purchases and necessities.  We have families too, and we understand the challenge and drive to find the best possible price and savings.

Stumbling upon some imported retail plastic blinds can be tempting.  Mass produced, available in a variety of sizes and shades, you may make the assumption that “all blinds are created equal”.  After all, they do function in the same way mechanically and the lower the cost the better.  But exactly what cost are you paying if the plastic blinds you are purchasing negatively impact your health?

While goods that are produced in the UK are subject to laws and standards regarding the materials that can be used, these same standards do not exist in other countries.  Subsequently you can see a flood of blinds on the market that are made from plastic materials and mostly commonly composed of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which is both environmentally unhealthy as well as contributory to poor indoor air quality.

The Harm of Plastic Blinds

Plastic PVC blinds are made of several compounds that are known carcinogens.  They contain the chemical Phthalate which is a compound that is used to give plastic its flexible properties.  This compound is presently being banned around the world for the production of children’s toys as it is known to be harmful causing endocrine (hormone) disruption in human beings.

Some heavy metals are also used in the manufacturing of plastic PVC blinds.  Chromium, mercury and cadmium are frequently added to increase the durability of plastic and reduce its chemical breakdown when exposed to heat or sunlight.  Heavy metals are known carcinogens.

Lastly for the environmentally conscious the plastic PVC blind is non-recyclable and as the compounds break down with time as refuse, they contribute harmful chemicals to the soil and water tables.

Healthy Alternatives

Non-toxic window blinds are those constructed from natural materials such as wood.  These materials are not chemically treated in their composition and do not break down over time into harmful gases which can be released into the air.  Not only are wood blinds beautiful (allowing you to bring the look of the outdoors-in) but they can help you breathe much easier!

Another affordable but healthy choice is the aluminum blind.  Aluminum resists corrosion and provides excellent performance with regards to blocking sunlight.  It is a non-toxic and non-emission substance that is durable and easy to clean.

We all love to shop for bargains.  But sometimes you really do get what you pay for.  Choose products for your home that enhance your comfort and pleasure without compromising your health or the environment.  My DIY Blinds offers a number of natural fiber options and healthy choices for quality window coverings, and if you have any questions regarding the materials used in our manufacturing or our processes please contact us.  We’ll be happy to assist you by providing some peace of mind with your purchase of quality blinds.

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