Home is where the heart is—and the rest of your body, so the air quality and amenities in your house should promote a healthy lifestyle. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) links poor air quality to short-term effects like headaches and eye irritation as well as long-term illnesses like respiratory disease and cancer. Here are some products to freshen your air and home, some of which can also double as stylish accessories:
Mini Indoor Greenhouse
Plants are a natural way to freshen the air in your home (check out our previous article on some of the best plants for air quality for some ideas). Get them growing faster and larger with a greenhouse that doubles as a home accessory. There are many styles, making mini greenhouses fit in the chicest of homes.
Our recommendation: Antique Brass Greenhouse
Ambience can come at a price if you’re lighting paraffin-based candles. A type of petroleum, paraffin is used in many candles, including those produced by Yankee Candle. For the best air, opt for beeswax or soy-based candles instead, which release less toxins when lit and still provide the warm glow you so desire.
Our recommendation: West Elm Rewined Candles
Glass Food Storage
While plastic Tupperware is popular, it can be harmful. Storing and heating food in plastic containers exposes your body to toxins. Switch to glass to avoid the chemicals, and you might even enjoy your food a little better. Food and drink stored in glass also seem to taste better, so why not store your leftovers in glass?
Our recommendation: Pyrex Ultimate 10-Piece Glass Storage Set
Clean up your air with the help of technology. Put a standalone air purifier in the areas you spend most time in—it’ll reduce allergies and can be helpful in musty areas like a basement or laundry room.
Our recommendation: Coway Mighty White Air Purifier
Zero-VOC Paints and Stains
Avoid paints with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and opt for environmentally conscious products. It’s sustainable and will get you breathing easier. These products have become more advanced over the years, becoming as effective as their toxic alternatives. Ask your carpenter to use paints with five grams/liter of VOCs or less.
Our recommendation: Benjamin Moore Natura Paint