When renovating, pay attention to environmentally and health-friendly paints, varnishes, wallpapers, carpets and floor coverings.
Varnishes, paints, glazes – painting with low emissions and crane mats
Tens of thousands of tons of solvents are released every year when renovating with lacquers, paints, glazes and the like. When shopping, therefore, pay attention to materials that are low in emissions and pollutants. In this way, you can do something for your health and the environment.
Make sure you have good ventilation when painting and painting furniture and anything else like crane mats that can transport it outdoors. In this way, you can be sure that the room air is not polluted by vapours and that everything dries quickly.
Save resources with crane mats and recycled wallpapers
When it comes to wallpapers, products made from waste paper and materials free of chlorine and plasticizers are a good choice. Buy products that do without the plasticized PVC (polyvinyl chloride). PVC pollutes the environment and can pose a health risk. Woodchip wallpapers are recommended. They are mostly made of waste paper, are robust, environmentally friendly and breathable so that they ensure a good indoor climate. With such recycling wallpapers, you can save resources. Here, too, the seals linked to the right help with the selection in the store.
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Look for environmentally friendly floor coverings that have been manufactured taking into account minimum social standards. If possible, do an odour test with your floor covering. Before buying, put a small part in a screw-top jar overnight. If it smells funny in there, you’d better refrain. If you have any questions, the best thing to do is to contact the staff in a specialist shop and find out about pollutant-free products from sustainable production there.
Avoid PVC floors that contain plasticizers. Instead, choose linoleum. It is also easy to care for, robust, durable and environmentally friendly. Make sure that the linoleum seal does not contain PVC or difficult-to-recycle polyurethane. Those who prefer natural materials can choose durable real wood parquet or cork.
When buying carpets, choose one made from recycled materials and avoid mixed materials. Carpet tiles are best. Then you can swap out individual tiles if need be. When purchasing, ask about recycling options.