When it comes to decorating the nursery for your new baby or bedroom for your growing child, wall décor is often the most effective and simplest way to transform your child’s room into a fairy-tale world where little imaginations are nurtured, and sweet dreams are created.
Most parents these days work hard to remove toxic chemicals from their baby’s environment. They buy organic food served in BPA-free dishes. They check toys and teethers are free from PVC and paint nursery walls with paint that’s free of VOCs. So why choose a wall sticker that will literally pollute the air your baby breathes? Vinyl wall stickers are a source of phthalates as well as volatile organic compounds that are associated with neurological conditions.
Wall stickers are a great way to decorate your child’s room or baby nursery – they can transform a room quickly without the fuss of paints or stencils. However, most companies produce their decals using vinyl. That’s vinyl as in polyvinyl chloride plastic (PVC), sometimes referred to as the most toxic plastic. Vinyl stickers are extremely toxic to produce and even more toxic to consume. When a vinyl sticker breaks down, it leaves behind tiny pieces of micro-plastic that ultimately pollute our land and waterways.
Keeping Your Baby’s Environment Toxin-free
So, many wall stickers can be an unwanted source of toxins in your child’s environment. Stickers made from fabric or wood adhesive offer a safe alternative.
Fabric Wall Stickers
Non-toxic Wall Stickers – Choose wall stickers that are made using a patented adhesive fabric that is free from vinyl, PVC, BPA, and phthalates. As well as being non-toxic the stickers will biodegrade once disposed of.
Removable and Re-usable – Another thing to consider is that while vinyl wall stickers are removable the vast majority are one-use-only as they have to be scraped from the wall. Fabric wall stickers can be removed and repositioned over and over without losing stickiness. That means you can easily move them to another wall, another room, or even another house! But the benefits don’t just come in the long term. When applying wall stickers it can take time to get the design just right. With fabric stickers, if you don’t get it right the first time just peel them off the wall and reapply, it’s that simple.
Wood Wall Stickers
Biodegradable Stickers – Unlike traditional stickers, wood Stickers will fully biodegrade! Vinyl stickers are extremely toxic to produce and even more toxic to consume. When a vinyl sticker breaks down, it leaves behind tiny pieces of micro-plastic that ultimately pollute our land and waterways. When wood Stickers break down, they leave behind only wood that can fully biodegrade. They will last just as long as a traditional sticker. They can last indefinitely with indoor use and can last when exposed to the elements of the outdoors.
Sustainably Sourced Wood – Some manufacturers work directly with an FSC certified wood supplier to be sure that all of the wood products are up to our tough standards and to guarantee that every wood sticker produced is not having a harmful effect on our environment.
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