The bedroom: morning's first encounters, the place we retreat at day's end, the four walls that we trust to recharge our souls and rejuvenate our minds. We at Coyuchi believe the bedroom is a sanctuary. It reflects who we are, what we value, and houses our unique resting needs. An important part of this room is incorporating as much organic product as possible and limiting exposure to less-natural objects (we would rather count sheep then count harmful synthetics). Here is a list of 8 steps towards creating a more organic space.
1. Upgrade Your Bedding Inserts-
Before filling our inserts, the down is washed twice with a fragrance-free, non-toxic soap. It is then steamed to remove bacteria that is incidental to feathers and down. The process also includes a water-based, non-toxic chemical which is used to reduce the static charge that is associated with natural filing. Coyuchi's duvets feature a unique sewn-thru boxstitch design which keeps the fill evenly distributed. Plus, all of our down duvets and pillow inserts are made in the U.S.A.- Michigan to be exact.
2. Toss out the conventional carpet or rug - Scattered rugs are easier to wash.
3. Reevaluate your energy consumption- Use compact fluorescent lamps. You can lower your lighting bill by converting to energy-efficient low-wattage compact fluorescent lighting and fixtures.
Photo: Lauren Geremia Design
4. Look For Low VOC Paints- VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are solvents that get released into the air as the paint dries. VOCs can cause acute symptoms, including headaches and dizziness. Today low VOC paints come in a variety of great colors. Even better, a great alternative to paint is natural plaster (a brand we like is American Clay). Their website is also an excellent resource for application tutorials and finding local classes.
5. Go Organic Sheeting (and prepare to never go back)
Our sheets are made of 100% organic cotton and we use only natural fibers, all of which are produced using a nontoxic production process certified to either the OEKO-TEX standard or the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). This means we use none of the toxic dyes, bleaches or finishes used to make conventional textiles. We believe that fibers are best for us when kept closest to their natural state, and sheeting is one of the most important fibers we encounter.
6. Cleanse The Decor
It's okay to constantly be spring cleaning. Removing unwanted clutter and exccessive objects helps light and air flow more freely. Sometimes the only thing a wall needs is the right shadow play and a small bud vase. If you aren't using it on a weekly basis--golden rule--upcycle or recycle it.
Photo: Axel Vervoordt
7. Get an Air Purifier- HEPA filtration units remove 99% of all particles the size of 3 microns or larger. This is beneficial for asthma and allergy sufferers, because the HEPA filter traps the fine particles (such as pollen and dust mites) which trigger allergy and asthma symptoms.
8. Let in the light- Draperies and shades commonly have chemical treatments. Swap them out for untreated wood blinds or window treatments made with organic fibers. To make your window coverings energy efficient, be sure to install shade facing south and/or west to block summer light. In winter, open shades on sunny days to help warm rooms.