A Greener Way of Living, at Home and Abroad
Have you ever thought about what you bring into your home on the bottoms of your shoes? You may be tracking in insect fragments, lead dust, pesticides, pollen, pet hair, fungal spores, cigarette ash, or even human skin flakes. Now think of your children playing on the carpeting you just walked across. Since they are more likely to be sitting and crawling on floors then placing their hands in their mouths, they are at the greatest risk of exposure to the contaminants found in household dust. Around 30 – 40 percent of the contaminants inside your home are brought in from outdoors. As you, your family members, and your pets walk across rugs and carpeted floors, the debris and contaminants on the bottoms of your shoes are deposited throughout your home. That outside dust may contain cockroach exoskeletons and droppings that can trigger asthma.
Keeping pollutants out of buildings is an important part of green building, which includes an entryway system. You can create your own entryway system and make your home greener in three easy steps.
Adding a scraper and doormat, then removing your shoes will leave the majority of the contaminants behind, reduce wear and tear on the carpeting, and decrease time spent cleaning. For more ways you can keep your home healthy visit www.georgiahealthyhousing.org.