Most people are aware of the many outdoor environmental pollutants. However, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average person spends 90 percent of their time indoors – and time indoors means exposure to indoor pollutants that impact the air quality. Common indoor pollutants can lead to headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and irritate your eyes, throat, and nose. More serious effects include respiratory conditions, cancer and heart disease.
Using eco-friendly materials can greatly improve indoor air quality. “As a designer who specializes in sustainable design, I define eco-friendly as not only healthy for the environment but also healthy for the client,” explains Joan Kaufman, an interior designer and President of Interior Planning & Design in Naperville, IL.