The Smart Living Handbook

Melissa Wittig is a health focused interior designer and co-author of The Smart Living Handbook.

As a health focused designer Melissa values “products that has both sustainability and health attributes, natural ingredients and full compliance with the European standards for VOC emissions, environment and sustainability.”

It is this appreciation that lead Melissa to ask Whittle Waxes to review some content relating to VOCs that has been included in The Smart Living Handbook.  The book is an exciting collation of research and industry insights associated with the built environment, human health and energy efficiency. Whittle Waxes is proud to have been quoted and acknowledged in the book.

For families wanting to learn about how they can create a healthy home there are strategies, tools and checklists in the book to enable consumers to wisely navigate the consumer landscape when building, renovating or seeking a healthy, sustainable home. 

Whittle Waxes range of products have many attributes that fit the material and finishes criteria for a “healthy, sustainable product option”:

Free from aromatics
Antibacterial, food and toy safe
Oil & Wax combination on a base of natural, sustainable raw materials including linseed oil, sunflower oil, jojoba oil, beeswax, carnauba and candelilla wax
Allows timber to breathe
Durable and easy to maintain
Low VOC to maximise indoor air quality

Not all products in the market place offer transparency of ingredients and their manufacturing process. The Smart Living Handbook provides consumers with strategies to understand what needs to be questioned to easily choose products that are sustainable and have health attributes. 

The Foreword to the book is written by respected Professor Peter Sly from the Queensland Children’s Medical Research Institute. With recognition that the home environment is linked to potential health outcomes there has never been a better reason to choose products for the home carefully to create a healthy home.

The Smart Living Handbook is available from