It is with great relief that we have just had our old and very toxic insulfluf removed from the ceiling cavity in our house. When getting advice on what type of insulation we should have installed, everyone said to just leave the fluff there and pile new insulation on top. But looking into the matter a little further reveals how nasty the stuff is. Without even delving into the chemistry, you notice how bad it is as soon as you come into contact with it, by the itching and burning you get in your eyes, nose and on your skin. We decided that it had to go. Funnily enough, when pushed, every one of the “experts” who advised us to leave it there all agreed that the stuff is nasty and we would be better off to have it removed. So remove it we did.
It took a few itchy hours, two lads, and a very large vacuum machine to do the job, but happily it’s over now and the ceiling cavity is ready for insulating.
You may be asking yourself, what removing Insulfluf has to do with being green, and as I already mentioned, many people advised us to leave it there and insulate over the top. I guess it comes down to living in a healthier way and being thorough about it. It is just another little step in the long journey to making our place as green as we can, so I thought it worth the mention. We have spent a lot of energy researching products to get the most healthy and sustainable options available before using them in our house. We eat organically and use as little plastic as we can. It would seem like all that was a complete waste of energy if we were then to be continually dusted with something as poisonous as Insulfluf.
Whatever it is they use to make Insulfluf fire retardant and insect resistant, it’s not meant for human consumption, and because the material is essentially recycled paper dust, it can travel around your house with the slightest air movement. Lets face it, every house lets in a bit of air under the roof, and I’ve heard of the dust coming down through light fittings and any small cracks in the timber work. We’ve found it in the top of our inbuilt wardrobes, so I hate to think how much of it has worked it’s way through our house in such fine particles that we don’t recognise it. Each time my partner Mike has been into the ceiling, he complains of itchy, burning, eyes and skin and that’s just the start of the allergic reaction. Needless to say, we are very please to see the back of it!