Roombas may err on the side of extreme when it comes to self-cleaning house tchotchkes, but you won’t feel quite as bad filling your house up with these next bits and pieces. They’ll clean the air for you, purify your water, keep bad juju at bay, and the best bit? They look damn good while doing so.

 

Copper drink-ware

Next to terracotta, copper is bang on trend this year – but that’s not why it made this list. Did you know copper drink-ware provides our bodies with numerous health benefits? When you place water into a copper drinking vessel, it takes on the metal’s ‘positive charge’, and has been touted for it’s anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as helping speed up recovery times and wound healing. Copper is also an important part of our diet, working to strengthen our immune systems and improve your digestive system. 

Activated charcoal filter

It seems like everything is being ‘activated’ nowadays. Charcoal is no exception. Not a home furnishing per se, but certainly something worth keeping handy, activated charcoal naturally binds with toxins, and works to remove various additives given to urban water systems, including chlorine. Enjoying somewhat of a resurgence in recent years as a beauty product (activated charcoal can also whiten teeth), fervent users swear by it as a means of not only cleaning their water, but helping to reduce gas and bloating. Simply add a stick of activated charcoal to a water vessel (gold star if it’s made of copper), let it sit for a few minutes, and enjoy. 

Billi

If copper and charcoal aren’t for you, don’t fret – skip the middleman and opt for something chic and nondescript that cleans your water for you. We love Billi filtered water systems, with their stylish dispenser designs, multi-stage filtration technology, and best of all – Global GreenTag accreditation. Now, to pick a colour…

Air-purifying plants

Did you know NASA studies revealed houseplants as one of the best ways to purify the air inside space facilities? Well, if it’s good enough for NASA… In the aforementioned studies, the selected plants helped to remove ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from indoor air. Not bad! Some popular air-cleaning varieties include Spider and Snake Plants, Ficus, Bamboo Palm and Peace Lily.

Salt lamps

These days, you’d be hard pressed to enter a home that isn’t a hotbed of electromagnetic activity, especially given the prevalence of electronic devices in the home – televisions, smartphones and tablet computers, laptops, Internet modems, the list goes on. Sure, electromagnetic radiation may be naked to the human eye, but the effects from overexposure are long lasting,and very real. EM exposure has been known to increase stress levels, decrease the body’s immune response, and cause chronic fatigue and migraines. Enter the Himalayan salt lamp. As your appliances send negative ions into the atmosphere, salt lamps work to stabilise increase electromagnetic activity. Keeping a salt lamp in the bedroom or a part of your home crowded with electronic devices is a smart move.

Crystals

 

You may scoff at the mention of Feng Shui and crystals, but for the non-believer, they’re still pretty crystals, right? The use of crystals in the home as a means of healing, grounding and protection is no new phenomena. Crystals have been used for thousands of years in Feng Shui practices to help people strengthen their personal energy levels and resolve, clear negative energy from spaces, and much more. Decorate your home with clear quartz to help attract love and rid unwanted stressors from the home, rose quartz for romance and healing, amethyst for meditation, green jade for money and abundance, and tiger’s eye for protection from bad spirits.

 

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