What’s Under Foot? Environmental Concerns for Flooring

What’s Under Foot? Wood and Environmental Concerns in Flooring

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Wood & Environmental Concerns Under-Foot

Chipboard, fiberboard, hardboard, particleboard, plywood and veneers used for furniture, shelving, floors, and walls uses formaldehyde and other resin binders.  These are all cause for environmental concerns.
  • The vapors from these glues out gas and are considered toxic.
  • The most toxic material in kitchens now is a PVC floor vinyl.

Healthier Choices

Linoleum has the durability of PVC and none of the toxicity. Made of cork, linseed oil, wood resin, and chalk, it is pressed into a fabric backing, which must be glued.  So it is important to check that the adhesives are non-toxic.
Some other good choices for ‘soft’ flooring are Cork and Latex.  Cork made from the outer bark of the cork oak , which offers good noise and thermal insulation.

    • Cork is a sustainable material – it regenerates itself after stripping.
    • Check that’s not vinyl backed or treated.
    • Latex from the rubber tree was a popular waterproof flooring before plastics came along. It is a renewable resource but is still limited in supply.

Carpets

I can’t discuss flooring without mentioning carpets.  Studies have shown that there are over 200 chemicals in the gases which are released by new carpets. 

  • New carpets contain toluene, benzene, formaldehyde, ethyl benzene, styrene, acetone and a host of other chemicals which cause hallucinations, nerve damage and respiratory illness in humans.
  • Old carpets carry a heavy burden of dust mites, dirt, pesticides and other toxins brought in on shoes, feet and pets. Carpets can hold 8X their weight in toxin-filled trapped dirt.
  • Other compounds that affect your health are adhesives, flame retardants and stain protectors.

Natural, wood, silk, hemp, jute, cotton carpet that have not been treated and have nontoxic or natural dyes are available. However certified natural dyes and fibers are few a far between and can have a high price tag.

Whatever your needs and priorities are, is is important to be equipped with the facts so that we can make the best possible choices for ourselves and the planet.

Enjoy a Healthy and Happy Beginning of Summer! Judith

FENG SHUI Design + ART: Judith Wendell at Tedds Art Works, Florida

Tedds ART Works Presents

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FEW SEATS REMAIN

The Lecture Series with Guest Speaker Judith Wendell,
Master Feng Shui Consultant

Sunday January 10, 2016
2:00pm – 4:00pm

Tedds ART Works 2422 North Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors Florida, 33305 0- 703-269-8244

Enjoy this discussion with guest Q&A.
FREE EVENT and limited to 20 guests.
Guests must register in advance by emailing tedd@tedddavisevents.com
Complimentary Adult Beverages & Snacks

Discover how Color, Shape + Images are used for  Potent Feng Shui Adjustments to Improve Your Life.
Five Element Theory is basic to the understanding of Feng Shui. The qualities of the Five Elements (Water, Wood, Fire, Earth + Metal) and their interactions with one another can enhance your finances, relationships, health and more.

Using the art in the gallery for illustration, Judith will discuss the individual qualities for each element and how they relate to us both personally (inner chi) and to the environment (outer chi.)

Feng Shui Design and Art is for you.

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judith-wendell-feng-shui-lecturerSince 1996, Judith Wendell, Master Feng Shui consultant and Integrative Interior Designer, has been explaining to her clients how their environments affect their life situations and then helping to improve them. She is the founder of SACRED CURRENTS; a company dedicated to creating vital and thriving environments.

ON EXHIBIT & A MUST SEEREBEL ART Rebellious Art by 3 Extradinory Artists
featuring the work of Fabrizio Cruz, Gianna DiBartolomeo & Susan David
Get Inspired in the New Year as you view these masterpieces of Textural Art, 3-D Mixed Media and Sculpture
GALLERY HOURS
TUES – SAT
11:00-5:00
By Appointment 703-269-8244

Additional Works On Exhibit and for sale In the Gallery Lounge by
Michael Jude Russo, Jim Cooper, Jim Hill and Tedd Davis

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL ARTISTS

exhibit runs thru 2/1/16
 
 
Visit us on Facebook for PICTURES and HAPPENINGS! at http://www.facebook.com/TeddsARTWorks
 
Tedds ART Works 2422 North Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors Florida, 33305 0- 703-269-8244

Sacred Currents Newsletter February 2015: Chinese New Year 4712

For those of us less familiar with the Chinese Zodiac, it is made up of 12 animal signs and Five Elements, comprising a 60 year cycle. This is the year of the Wood Ram – also known as the Sheep or Goat. Ancient lore says, Buddha invited all of the animals in the world to join him for the New Year celebrations, but only 12 animals bothered to turn up. As a great reward, Buddha named a year after each one of them and they run in the order that the animals arrived to celebrate with Buddha, starting with the Rat and ending with the last guest, the Pig.

View PDF: http://sacredcurrents.com/pdf/e-news-February-2015.pdf

The Five Elements are Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal.

Feng Shui Newsleter February, 2015Although this year has Wood and Earth as it stem and branch (elements that are oppositional), because of their positioning we can look forward to more stability in the economy and government. There is also hope that the environment will be given greater consideration during this Chinese New Year. As the Ram is a Good Samaritan, highly creative, and intelligent, this year should bring more peace to the world. In fact, the Chinese word for ‘ram’ has links to the word ‘luck. So the very sound of ‘ram’ implies auspiciousness.

It is always fun to name a few famous Rams. These include: Jane Austen, Anne Bancroft, George Burns, Catherine Deneuve, Robert De Niro, John Denver, George Harrison, Mick Jagger, Sir Laurence Olivier, John Wayne, Bruce Willis.

Unfortunately President Obama is an Ox which is the sign most opposed to the Ram, so he will not have an easier time this year.

Prior to the Lunar New Year, it is a good idea for all of us to ‘clear house’ both physically and metaphorically. In other words clean up outstanding debts, issues and generally complete things before the lunar New Year. All signs will do well to perform the ‘Golden Cicada Sheds Its Shell’ ritual, along with ‘Welcoming in the Wealth God’ and ‘Changing the Chi of the Environment.’

Flying Star Feng Shui

According to Flying Star Feng Shui, for every environment the North is where wealth (the 8 star) is residing in 2015. This area will be enhanced with activity, a water element or something moving like a kinetic sculpture. The Southwest, the West and Northeast are sources of negativity, so try to stay away from renovations in these sectors. In addition, a ‘Salt Cure’ will help to mitigate any ill effects from the 5 Yellow Star in the West, which can be the cause of instability and illness there.

Each zodiac animal has its own qualities that are consistent year to year, yet every sign will be influenced by the Ram’s energy this year.

Please note that fortunes can be mitigated or enhanced with Feng Shui, rituals, meditations and transcendental adjustments and that each person has their own karma to consider. A personal, in depth reading will reveal more specifics for each month.

Remember that even the luckiest signs (the Rabbit, Horse, Pig and Tiger this year), have their cautions and the unluckiest (the Rat and Ox) have their bright spots.

A 3-dimensional Horse, Rabbit and Pig (the luck animals for the year depending on your year of birth – see here) can be acquired through Sacred Currents.