Imagine yourself as a child again. Every morning you woke was a day of wonder. You open your little eyes and pear around your room. Inside you think “what am I going to play with today - what amazing adventures can I have.”
When I think of the space I had as a child 40 years ago I remember that it wasn’t the prettiest of rooms. I had Funky retro wallpaper on the walls, lots of toys, dollies and games scattered in various places. My Mum did try her hardest to add a few touches of pink, but due to me sharing a room with a sister 8 years older, I had to live with her darker choice of colouring of purples, beiges and black when she decided to paint her own mural on the wall to the side of her bed (yes what a mix)!
It’s refreshing how far we’ve come…
How times have changed with the introduction of beautifully designed interior pieces for our little Angels rooms. Pretty age appropriate wall hangings, ceiling mobiles that are not just for newborns, wallpaper with so many different scenes and subjects, beautiful paint colours and textures, and trendy furniture that ties the space together, leaving the lucky child sooo proud to show off to their visiting friends.
Yes times really have changed in the world of interior design and decoration, particularly as we realise the importance of having textile products and using building material that are safe and offer a clean air environment, most importantly for our children. Thank the universe for eco interior design
With standards like OEKO TEX Confidence in Textiles and The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), the worldwide textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, stating that certain fabrics are suitable to be used for children, shows us that the world is changing and we are conscious about what we wear and what homeware products are good to have at home and most importantly in our children’s rooms.
Over 4,200 companies worldwide in the textile and clothing industry are involved in the Oeko-Tex certification network. With more than 20,000 certificates issued to millions of textile products, Oeko-Tex Standard 100’s has become the world’s leading eco-label for testing textile for harmful substances.
What does the 'Confidence in textiles' label mean?
The “Confidence in Textiles – tested for harmful substances according to OEKOTEX® Standard 100″ label is used to mark textile products that were subjected to a whole range of extensive laboratory tests in recognised and independent test institutes and have proven that the products do not pose a health risk. The quality mark is only attributed to products of which all parts are free of harmful substances.
This includes the fabrics (tissues/knits), lining, sewing and embroidery threads as well as metal or plastic accessories (zips, buttons, etc.). Specially applied coating layers such as anti-slip layers on socks are also tested.
The OEKO-TEX® tests consist of more than 100 different parameters and go far beyond legislation.
Examples of test parameters for child articles:
But it doesn’t just stop at fabrics...
Picture this… it’s a hot day and after taking your little angels to the beach or for a swim in the pool they decide to play in their most favourite space - their bedroom. Us as parents want to protect our children as best we can, not knowing that the paint or wallpaper that we have on their walls to adorn their beautiful spaces are emitting gases even at room temperature!
You see… a lot of paint products and wallpaper on the market contain harmful substances like lead, PVC, phthalates and formaldehyde which, when inhaled, result in allergies and skin sensitivities. A worse case scenario is the impact they have on our respiratory system.
Give them healthy walls...
Thankfully there are eco-friendly non-toxic paints on the market that contain little or no VOC content (volatile organic compounds) which will mean no leaking of harmful gasses into the air that can also cause dizziness, headaches and visual impairment.
PVC, formaldehyde and phthlates free eco-wallpaper is more widely used in the market too and with the introduction of the GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification that offers a stricter certification criteria, considers safety factors to account for sensitive individuals (such as children and the elderly), and ensures that a product is acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities.
ENVIRONMENTALLY SOURCED PAPER
FSC certified paper has a positive impact on forests, people and wildlife. Providing the highest level of protection for rare and endangered forests and wildlife to combat deforestation.
Amba Florette - Helping them see the beauty of our environment by bringing the outside in, the healthy way...
When I first thought about children's wallpaper for my Nature’s Child Collection, I wanted to create designs that children of all ages could relate to. Leaves and flowers are earths most beautiful, natural creations and I wanted to instil into our little Angel’s the importance of preserving our land at a very young age. If they know that recycling and composting will result in a greener future they will also be aware that in order to forever see the beauty in a simple leaf, flower or shell from the ocean would perhaps make them more conscious about caring for the environment. A beautiful, natural and soft offering for wallpaper Australia.
I am proud to say that the eco-wallpapers produced by Amba Florette are made from FSC certified paper, free from PVC, phthlates, formaldehyde and carry the GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification.
So in conclusion, make sure you follow these simple guidelines to create an eco-friendly space for your Angels. You may have to spend a little more on eco-friendly Australian-made products, however when we look at the long term benefits, a few extra dollars are most definitely worth it!
A Simple Leaf
A sculpture so beautifully designed,
Becomes a pleasure to the mind,
In colours of yellow, red and brown,
Wearing a true autumnal gown.
It had fluttered down, fully complete,
And landed gently, at my feet,
I picked it up, and then did view,
A passenger, a spider who,
Had settled there, a place to choose,
And awakening from his lengthy snooze,
Quickly skuttled off, making his escape,
Leaving me with just, the perfect shape
Of a simple leaf, with its own story,
Resting in my hand, in all its glory.
by Ernestine Northover
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