- Test to make sure there is no lead paint on your walls, floors, and doors, especially if you live in an older home (before the '70s). If the paint is lead based, hire a professional to have the lead-based paint removed or replace the painted items (i.e. doors) altogether. Or, for a short-term solution, seal it with zero VOC paint.
- Sleep with organic bedding, like a buckwheat hull pillow and organic cotton duvet covers.
- Pick up a green mattress.
- Use a wool blanket instead of turning on the heat.
- Rearrange your furniture each season. Put your bed near the open window to catch the breeze in the hot summer, and near an insulated wall in the chilly winter.
- Make a draft blocker to catch the winter drafts coming in old windows.
- Wash your bed linens with eco laundry detergent.
- Clean your wood floors and natural sisal rugs with vapor, not chemicals.
- If you're shopping for a bedside table, get one made from reclaimed wood, like the Pottery Barn Rustic Wood Accent Table ($199).
- Switch in a CFL bulb or better yet LED lighting for your bedside lamp, if you haven't already.
- Unplug your bedside lamp from the wall or turn off your power strip when not in use.
- Get your night time reading from the library. Pass along your used books to a friend.
- Get a green-oriented partner (try Leonardo DiCaprio or Brad Pitt), so you'll make double the impact.
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