Creating A Healthy Environment For Little Ones
As parents, we want to do everything we can to provide a safe, healthy environment for our little ones. Light sockets, cabinets and sharp objects are secured, and baby gates are strewn throughout the house. We see to it that everything is done to keep our little ones out of harm’s way, yet it’s often what we can’t see that is the most dangerous, and commonly overlooked. Volatile Organic Compounds (V.O.C.’s) are harmful chemicals emitted into the air by liquids or solids, and are commonly found in the home. Some sources of V.O.C.’s include building materials like paint, varnish and adhesives, often used to make furniture, and unfortunately children’s furniture is no exception. If you’ve ever opened up a box of new furniture and taken a whiff of that “new furniture smell”, you’re inhaling are V.O.C.’s.
If there is one room that should be designed with an environmentally friendly mind, there is no doubt that this room should be the room we prepare for the arrival of a newborn, or for any children. Why is it so important? Simply because little baby and children are so tiny that even a level of toxicity that wouldn’t harm an adult is likely to harm them. V.O.C.’s have an off gassing period of up to two years, and even after off gassing stops, the air can continue to be tainted with slow releasing semi-volatile organic compounds (S.V.O.C.’s) that can affect your baby’s nervous system and cause brain development problems.
Fortunately, the solution to avoiding these harmful chemicals & keeping little ones safe is as easy as choosing V.O.C. free paint and furniture for your home.
Moonbug Designs Eco-Friendly V.O.C. Free Children’s Furniture
Moonbug Designs is a company dedicated to providing children’s furnishings that are safe for little ones, and the environment. They believe every child deserves the safest environment one can provide, free of V.O.C.’s and other harmful chemicals that contribute to indoor air pollution. Everything you’ll find at Moonbug Designs is constructed of solid parawood and hand painted with a natural non-toxic, non-voc paint, then sealed with a non-toxic sealant for easy cleanup.
Moonbug Designs offers a variety of high quality, eco-friendly room decor, step stools and children’s table and chair sets that make a great addition to any home…
Stop by the Moonbug Designs Website to see even more!
Materials Used To Create Moonbug Designs Products
Milk Paint: Completly natural paints made from milk protiens, lime and natural mineral pigments. Milk paint us entirely biodegradable, with no V.O.C.’s, HAP’s or EPA-excempt solvents added. Milk paint produces an authentic and beautiful vintage look. It has its own personality. which is one of the beauties of this paint, it dries how it wants to look. Temperature, humidity, the water content of the wood as well as the type of wood will determine how the finish turns out. Even the temperature of the water used to mix the paint will change its final appearance.
Parawood (or Rubberwood): A very dense, solid hardwood used for the production of high-end furniture. The rubbertree is also the world’s primary source of natural rubber. Latex is tapped much like syrup from a maple tree, after 25-30 years of latex production trees cease to produce adequate amounts of latex and trees are removed to make room for new ones. The furniture industry has made use of trees that were previously cut down, burned and destroyed as a byproduct. The full cycle of this farmed wood involves no waste making it highly prized for being an environmentally friendly option. Parawood is resistant to fungus, bacteria and mold making it an even safer choice.
I am always looking for functional, eco-friendly decor for our home, and the Moonbug Designs Double-Sided Chalkboard is just that! This adorable little chalkboard measures 15″x15″ and comes in your choice of 4 colors with either a cork board or white board back, finished with eye hooks and rope or ribbon for easy hanging. I initially planned to hang the chalkboard in our youngest daughter’s bedroom, but once it arrived all of our kidlets were so excited about it I decided to hang it in the kitchen where everyone could enjoy it.
I chose the Double-Sided Chalkboard in Bayberry Green with a cork board back, and never imagined it would be so useful! The kitchen has turned out to be the perfect place for our Double-Sided Chalkboard, aside from being a fun little space for the kidlets to doodle on, it’s also been great for writing memos, and tacking up important papers from school. I even used it to play a fun little game of message tag, starting with- “Kayla, you are a wonderful big sister & great helper, we all love you sooo much! Tag, you’re it! Leave a message for another family member telling them something you love about them.” We’ve kept the game going for over a week now & it’s been a wonderful way to remind everyone in the family that they are special, appreciated and loved.
I can’t wait to get another Moonbug Designs Chalkboard to put in our youngest daughter’s room, I’ve been wanting to get her an easel with a chalkboard since Christmas, but there just isn’t any place to put one. Every child deserves a chalkboard to play with, it’s amazing how many different ways they can make something so simple come to life- doodling, “playing school “, creating a sign for their lemonade stand, you name it! I’m definitely going to keep these in mind for birthday and holiday gifts as well, at just $39.00 you can’t go wrong. The Moonbug Designs Double-Sided Chalkboard combines the best of high quality decor, with functionality, practicality and sustainability in one amazing piece the whole family can enjoy!
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Disclosure: I received a double-sided chalkboard from Moonbug Designs in exchange for writing this review post. No other form of compensation was received, monetary or otherwise, and all opinions are purely my own.Terri
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