Your Health, Your Home – Why it matters!

With the increase in respiratory conditions such as asthma, allergies and illness our home environment is being linked to health concerns.

The materials that are used to build our homes, materials and finishes used to decorate our homes and the products that we buy have the potential to pollute our home environment.

Global Organizations acknowledge that indoor environments are taking a toll on human health. There are substantial bodies of research on health effects linked to indoor chemical exposure (emissions/gasses).

The World Health Organisation says“There are many potentially hazardous compounds released indoors due to combustion, emissions from building materials, household equipment and consumer products”.

As the latest and greatest products hit the market place we are embracing them into our homes with little or no thought as to the health consequences of living with these objects or materials.

Many of the products within our homes have had no testing for indoor emissions (air pollution) and how they may excrete toxic pollutants into the indoor air we breathe.

Many people have an assumption that if a product is being sold it has been thoroughly tested and deemed safe to human health – this is not true.  Many people do not know what a VOC is, or that materials, finishes and products can off gas toxic emissions that are odorless and harmful to health.

Making informed choices when choosing materials, finishes and products is essential to minimise chemical exposure within the home.

We have developed this website to help you get informed, because we all have different homes and different needs.

Why it matters !

This is what Authorities are saying:

World Health Organisation – WHO

World Health Organisation, Fact sheet  No 292, June 2005

“Review of the occurrence of indoor sources of various chemicals and the chemicals’ toxicity leads to Identification of certain compounds for which indoor sources and exposures are driving the health risks of specific population groups in Western countries.”

World Health Organisation- Europe – Development of WHO Guidelines, 2006

Environmental Protection Agency – USA

“Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors. VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products numbering in the thousands.”

United States Environmental Agency

“Health effects from indoor air pollutants may be experienced soon after exposure or, possibly, years later.”

United States Environmental Agency

Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation – Australia

“The CSIRO estimates that the cost of poor internal air quality in Australia may be as high as $12 billion per year.”

Brown 1998b

Australian Government – Department of Health & Ageing

“The health problems that may be attributed to VOC exposures are many and varied.”

Department of Health and Ageing, June 2004

“Poor indoor air quality may cause a range of health effects from mild and generally non-specific symptoms such as headaches, tiredness or lethargy to more severe effects such as aggravation of asthma and allergic responses”.

Department of Health and Ageing, June 2004

Your health, Your home !

We are passionate about non toxic beautiful interiors and communicating potential health issues to you.