December 16, 2018
Are you having trouble finding the perfect gift for your health-conscious loved ones? Or maybe you’re trying to give more responsibly this year, but aren’t sure where to start?
Why not give the gift of healthy air?
Many of us take for granted that the air we’re breathing is healthy and safe since it’s not something we can typically see–but this isn’t the case, especially for air that’s indoors. In fact, indoor air can be 5x more polluted than outdoors, which can affect allergies, asthma, our ability to concentrate, the quality of our sleep, and more. Particularly “unhealthy” or “bad” air can even cause a variety of health problems, including dry skin and eyes, coughing and sneezing, headaches, hives, and nausea.
If you know you’re gifting to someone who has particularly sensitive allergies, asthma, eczema, or is just concerned with their overall health, you’ll want to take the extra step to make sure your gift won’t affect the air in their home.
To help you get inspired, here’s a list of our favorite “healthy air” gifts this holiday season:
Candles can be a thoughtful gift to holiday party hosts, but if you don’t pay attention to the type of candle you’re gifting, you could be putting your friends and family at risk for unhealthy air.
Scented candles are incredibly effective at poisoning your air with chemicals. When burned, scented candles release a cocktail of dangerous chemicals in the air, including benzene.
Beeswax candles are a thoughtful alternative to typical scented candles--they’re chemical-free and burn longer!
If you’re thinking about creating a sentimental homemade gift, make sure it’s crafted with their health in mind.
Some DIY projects call for paint–or worse, spray paint!–and this is especially risky for your air, and your health. Paint contains a variety of chemicals, and crafts with fresh paint are some of the quickest ways to bring chemicals into their home.
Luckily, chemical-free and toxin-free paint is available–and they’ll probably have the color you’re looking for.
Everyone knows plants absorb carbon dioxide to help create oxygen, but some houseplants can even act as natural air purifiers by helping balance the amount of chemicals, humidity, and even mold spores in your air.
“Air-cleaning” plants also make a great gift because they’re famously easy to care for. If you need help choosing the right air-cleaning plant for a gift, read out complete guide here.
If you know someone that is especially concerned with how the air in their home affects their health, consider buying them an Awair 2nd Edition. Awair 2nd Edition tracks invisible fine dust and chemicals in your air and provides you with personalized recommendations to help you stay safe and healthy.
You may have noticed your Awair or Glow has been detecting higher levels of “Chemicals ” in your air than you expected. You aren’t alone--many people are shocked to see that they have chemicals in their air in the first place. We often assume our air is completely safe if our carbon monoxide detector or fire alarm aren’t ringing, but this isn’t always the case.
Indoor plants are the perfect way to add both life and color to your home–but their benefits can go beyond interior design and help us create a healthy home.
It’s spring cleaning time, and there is one “spot” you probably missed during your cleaning routine: your air. It’s easy to forget to make sure the air in your home is clean and safe, since air is--literally--out of sight, out of mind. Cleaning your air should be on your spring cleaning checklist, though, since indoor air can be 5x more polluted than outside--affecting allergies, asthma, concentration, sleep quality, and much more.