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Antidepressants: The New Tobacco?

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

At age 12 or 13, before I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, I was silently struggling with emotional upheaval and an eating disorder.  In response to my symptoms of emotional volatility, social withdrawal, and digestive complaints, I was prescribed anti-heartburn meds, laxatives, and an antidepressant. Even in my emotional turmoil, I felt my intuition fiercely rebel each time I […]

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Biosteel Sneakers

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

"Spider Silk" Sneakers? | Adidas debuts shoes made from biosteel.Read More ...

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The Facts about Furniture Flame Retardants Chemical Free Sofas

by Fiona @ Harrington Galleries

As many of our customers know, over the years we have expanded our inventory to include a custom sofas and...

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Top 5 Organic (Natural) Crib Mattress Picks For 2018 - Reviews & Ratings

Top 5 Organic (Natural) Crib Mattress Picks For 2018 - Reviews & Ratings


The Sleep Advisor

Searching for a crib mattress that's organic and chemical free? With our buyers guide you can find the safest pick for your baby in a couple of minutes.

Zero-VOC Sheathing & Subfloor

by noreply@blogger.com (Corinne) @ My Chemical-Free House

Here is an overview of low-VOC and zero-VOC sheathing and subflooring options.

Structural Plywood

Structural plywood (Softwood Plywood - SWPW) can be used for exterior sheathing, roof decking and subfloors. It is made with phenol-formaldehyde glue (PF) in the US and Canada.

The Rate of Formaldehyde Offgassing in PF Plywood

"Formaldehyde levels in this test chamber were well below 0.1 parts per million (ppm) in air from all tests of fresh panels, and emissions rapidly approached zero as the panels aged. In fact, the levels were so low and so close to the "background" levels in the test chamber that is was not possible to measure them accurately." Source APA

The rate in outdoor air is about 0.0002 - 0.006 parts per million (ppm) in rural and suburban outdoor air. Source

While 0.1 ppm is high for someone sensitive, the fact that the panels rapidly offgass should make them tolerable for someone with MCS. I would suggest testing plywood that is a few months old.

A Note on Purebond Formaldehyde-Free Plywood

Purebond plywood is not rated structurally or moisture-wise for sheathing, subfloor or decking. I have spoken to the company and they don't recommend it used for this purpose though I do see people building with this product. I am not sure the consequences of building your subfloor or decking with a non-structural plywood.

Non-Wood Options:

Exterior Sheathing

A non-wood option is Georgia-Pacific DensGlass, which is around 3 times the cost of OSB. It is very low VOC; they are going for GreenGuard certification. It is also a lot more mould resistant than OSB or plywood. Make sure with all materials it fits the codes where you live (in terms of high winds and earthquakes). Make sure it is also compatible with your exterior finish.

MgO board is now starting to be used as exterior sheathing. Another zero-VOC option. It is heavy, structural and more expensive than plywood.

Rigid foam can also be used as exterior sheathing without any ply or OSB. The rate of XPS offgassing is very low, but it does contain a flame retardant. The other option is Polyiso. The Johns Manville brand does not contain a flame retardant. Here is some info on how to brace when using rigid foam as sheathing. This is not structural and should be checked against local codes.

Another structural option is Rewall which is made of recycled beverage cartons and cups shredded and compressed. It claims zero-VOCs. It is paper-faced.

Subflooring

It is possible to use structural cementitious sheeting board (MgO) as a zero-VOC option however when I did this in my tiny house I needed additional framing support underneath. It worked out well for me. Here is an example of the support you need underneath. This is probably only suitable in a tiny house.

For those who can't tolerate wood it is possible to pour a concrete upper floor.

Roof Sheathing (Decking)

Purlins or skip sheathing can be used as an alternate form of roofing which eliminates the need for solid sheathing. This will only work with certain roof types (metal vented attic, in some cases cedar).

Pre-Plywood Options

In the days before plywood, solid wood was usually used:

For exterior sheathing, 1-by lumber laid diagonally was used. This is not an airtight option so humidity and energy issues should be considered. Make sure to use housewrap. Consider double sided housewrap tape so that you get more of an air barrier.

For subfloors, 1-by subfloor were laid diagonally to the floor joints. The subfloor could be planks or tongue and groove. Here is a little more info and a pic of planks. This is a zero-VOC option but it will cost you quite a bit more. If you use this method make sure you use a subfloor adhesive otherwise you will have a very creaky floor. Liquid Nails is the lowest VOC option I have seen at less than 20g/l, but I find Almighty Adhesive to be more tolerable.

For decking, 1x decking butted up to each other can be used. This is how roofs were built before plywood or OSB. This will allow for many types of roofing types over it.

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Sleeping in Hotels

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

Sleep Better in Hotels | Seven ways to get a better night's rest in a hotel room.Read More ...

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Flame Retardant Mattresses – FAQ

by exampleuser @ SleepLily

Flame Retardant Mattresses – Your questions, answered. Having a fire in the home is a nightmare scenario. In 2015 alone, there were 365,500 house fires an estimated $7 billion dollars in direct property damage. Don’t forget about the destructive emotional cost that comes from having your home and sense of security destroyed by flames. Thankfully,... Read more »

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Joyce Farms

by Debra Lynn Dadd @ Live Toxic Free

This family-owned comapny is dedicated to providing “the finest, most flavorful poultry, beef and game raised on small farms using humane, all natural methods…We raise every single animal with one guiding imperative: that there is nothing added EVER – no pesticides, animal by-products, hormones, growth stimulators or antibiotics. This allows us to produce meats the […]

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Use an Air Purifier for Smoke from Wildfires

by Jane Sheppard @ Healthy Child

  It began with a sense of dread and a knock on the door in the middle of the night. Our friends stood there in shock. They told us they woke up and had about a minute to escape from their home, driving through the embers and smoke with a high wall of flames behind them. The …Read More

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Affordable Non Toxic Mattress | Avocado Green Mattress®

Affordable Non Toxic Mattress | Avocado Green Mattress®


Avocado Green Mattress

Our non toxic mattress is handmade without harsh chemicals or VOCs. Sleep soundly and safely with Avocado Green Mattress.

Vivapure

by Debra Lynn Dadd @ Live Toxic Free

Raw organic superfoods from around the world. “Here at Vivapura, there are no secrets about how we operate. As a company, we’ve made a huge effort to make our processes transparent. This is very important, because our competitors do not tell you how they source and make their products.”..Vivapure superfoods are ALWAYS RAW. Unadulterated. Nutrient […]

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Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Low-Carb Banana Bread (That Is Worth Eating!)

by Mariel Heiss @ SCD Lifestyle

Banana bread that's grain-free, dairy-free, nut-free, low carb and worth eating?! Yup, this recipe's full of flavor & nutrients and will fill you up.

Eco-Friendly Bedding: Shopping for a Flame-Retardant-Free Mattress

Eco-Friendly Bedding: Shopping for a Flame-Retardant-Free Mattress


Fair for All Guide

I've been vaguely intending to get a new mattress for a couple of years. My old one was somewhere between 20 and 25 years old, first having served as a guest bed for a few years, then as my bed since I was about 10. She was trusty and sturdy but starting to get saggy. After moving into the house I d

How To Start and End Your Day Right

by Victoria @ Naturepedic Blog

Your day begins and ends in your bedroom. If you have resolutions for the year, the choices you make first thing in the morning and at the end of the night can affect if you succeed in these goals. Trying to improve your ability to follow healthy routines in 2018? Start by making your bed every day! Whether you are trying to make it a habit to go to the gym on a more consistent basis or you are trying to set aside time each week to clean, making your bed first thing every morning will get your mind on track to have a successful day. By starting off the day with one good habit, you will be more inclined to continue positive habits throughout your day. Trying to cut down on screen time? Remove the television from the bedroom. You may be cutting down on screen time in 2018 for a number of reasons, including reducing anxiety or improving[...]

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Avoiding Toxic Flame Retardants in Your Home

Avoiding Toxic Flame Retardants in Your Home


Conservation Minnesota

Flame retardants are widely used in upholstered furniture, some mattresses, carpet padding, as well as children’s products and electronics, providing daily exposures to potentially harmful chemicals.

Wool Bedding Compression 101

by The Shepherd's Dream @ Shepherd's Dream

One of the most important considerations in caring for your all-natural wool bedding is compression. Being mindful of compression ensures that your wool-filled bedding withstands many years of use. At Shepherd’s Dream, all of our bedding is made with wool batting which experiences compression within the first 6 months of regular use. The explanation for […]

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Sneak Peak and Q&A

by noreply@blogger.com (Corinne) @ My Chemical-Free House

I made a short video tour of my tiny house and will follow with some Q&As below!


Everything You Need to Know from Latex Bliss on Vimeo. If you are searching for a mattress in Austin, you owe it to yourself to come in and take a look at Austin Natural Mattress. Yes, we pride ourselves on natural & organic mattresses, because they are non-toxic, and just smarter. You are not giving anything up by buying a cleaner product. But outside of that, it should be mentioned that our mattresses are also on the cutting edge of technology and quite simply the highest quality mattresses on...

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9 green crib mattresses to ensure your baby has a healthy, chemical-free sleep

9 green crib mattresses to ensure your baby has a healthy, chemical-free sleep


TreeHugger

Banish all toxic VOCs and other nasty gases from the nursery with these natural cotton, wool, latex, and coconut options.

Non-Toxic Bath Toys {Safer, Plastic-Free Toys for Bath Time}

by The Gentle Nursery @ The Gentle Nursery

Bath time is a fun time in our home. My oldest loves to play and splash around in the bath, and I like to sit back and enjoy a few moments of conversation with him. But, getting him in the bath – that’s another story! The only thing that helps is agreeing to give him […]

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5 Reasons Why You’re Having Weird Dreams

by Marygrace Taylor @ Amerisleep Blog

You’re well past the point in your life where you’re scared of monsters in the closet or under your bed. So why are you still plagued by freaky nightmares—or just plain bizarre dreams? It’s true that nightmares and disturbing dreams prove most common in young kids. But they plague plenty of grown-ups, too: Up to […]

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How To Make A Paleo Thanksgiving

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

As my fifth grain-free Thanksgiving arrives, I feel wise and weathered in my experience. I’ve perfected each of these recipes, and I look forward to sitting down to a feast with plenty of flavor and no gluten. 1. Turkey and mashed potatoes, as usual I’m not in charge of the turkey this year, and the family […]

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Consumer Resources

Consumer Resources


Green Science Policy Institute

TEDx Wellesley College: Where have all the toxic chemicals gone? Introduction Flame retardant chemicals have been associated with a variety of human health issues, including hormone disruption, red…

Synthetic vs. Natural Latex

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

The rubber latex which is used for mattresses and toppers is all originally tapped from rubber trees. After tapping the rubber trees the latex is either manufactured into a consistent product through a Dunlop or Talalay process. Before the finished latex mixture is poured into the molds for these two processes, the latex can have […]

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Grain Free Savory Porridge

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Cauliflower for breakfast? If I text “it’s recipe testing day, wanna eat here?” to most of my friends or family members, they’ll usually agree enthusiastically. After all, I would say that most of my recipe experiments, even if the recipe is not yet perfected, are enjoyable. But after a certain  incident, I have ruined all of my cauliflower […]

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How to Buy a Safe, Reasonably Priced Mattress Without Harmful Chemicals

How to Buy a Safe, Reasonably Priced Mattress Without Harmful Chemicals


Dengarden

I recently came across an interesting story about a man named Michael Paese. Six years ago he developed debilitating health problems. His energy levels were depleted and he slept most of the day. He also had difficulty focusing and developed a...

Mould Testing Overview - Pros and Cons of Different Methods

by noreply@blogger.com (Corinne) @ My Chemical-Free House

First I want to talk about the most reliable test which is how you feel in the house compared to other places. Unfortunately this is not always as simple as it sounds to execute. There are different ways to undertake this experiment. The simplest way is to stay in your backyard in a tent or all metal trailer without bringing any possessions from the house. The most obvious complication here is that you will need to go inside to use the washroom unless you get a porta potty! You may also be so sensitive that the house has contaminated the air outside (I have experienced being outside of a house and being able to smell the mould).

The next option would be to stay somewhere where other people recovering from mould illness (and MCS) have felt better. This could be a campground, KOA cabin, Airbnb or other rental. I have a lot more details on this in my post on the Locations Effect and Mould Sabbatical.

Once you have gotten "clear" and done some recovering you might be wondering how do you test a house to find out if it's good? Some people can walk into a house and know if it's good for them. But even the most sensitive people usually need to request to spend 3 nights trialling the house. This is not always an option, but you should ask. Usually people sleep better in a house that is mould free, but me and other CIRS patients have found that there is some mould that puts you into a zombie sleep where you sleep more (and then get sicker). So even a three-night test can be tricky.

It is also good to verify the house is safe with mould testing. The most common test for CIRS (mould patients) is the ERMI. It is highly recommended by Shoemaker certified doctors as the test to use. The range of the ERMI scores goes from minus 10 to positive 20. You need a score or 2 or lower to be treated and recover from mould illness according to Dr. Shoemaker.

Other types of mould tests can also be useful. A tape lift will get you definitive results on visible mould. I look at the options below. This is a very simple overview just to give you the general idea of what is out there in a way that is not overwhelming - you may want to look more into each of these different methods. Please note that my sources were biased towards mould advocates Lisa Petrison from Paradigm Change, Greg Muske from Biotoxin Journey, Dr. Shoemaker and Cheryl Ciecko, an architect who specialises in mould. I have attempted to cross-check their information. However, going with information from the companies that do house inspections can be biased and contradictory. (All sources at end of post, which you can read for more detail).

ERMI

Cons

- Doesn’t work well in brand new houses.

- You need dust that has settled for a while (wait 4-6 weeks to re-test an area).

- Having very little dust or a high amount of dust can skew results.

- Having a high amount of outside dirt inside can skew results. Having high or low outdoor spores counts can skew results.

- May not be an even distribution of spores throughout the house if mould is only coming from one place and the house is large.

- It is known to miss major mould problems when people are very sick in their house. Similarly, after a remediation, a CIRS patient can still be sick from the mycotoxins left behind despite a low score.


Pros

-"Only the ERMI and HERTSMI have been associated with sequential activation of innate immune responses, not air testing.” Dr. Shoemaker. Meaning it is the only test that he found that is consistently in line with lab results for CIRS, despite its drawbacks.

- Vacuum method can pick of heavy spores like Stachy and the Swifer method can also be used to pick up places with accumulated dust that has been there for 4 months. John Banta always tries to use the vacuum method over swipe method.

- It's pretty affordable at $300. You do it yourself. The lab recommended is Mycometrics.

HERTSMI-2

-Similar to ERMI but tests for a handful of moulds most commonly associated with water damaged buildings. It is cheaper than ERMI. I would go for the full ERMI and you can still calculate your HERTSMI value from that. Shoemaker certified doctors will consider your HERTSMI score as well as ERMI score.

Tape Lifts

Cons

- You need to have visible mould.

- It assists you with what type of mould it is and not how widespread the problem is.

Pros

- Tells you what kind of mould you have when you have a visible sample.

- Allows you to know if this is a toxic mould.

- You can do it yourself.

- It's the cheaper way to test for visible mould.

I used this DIY Tape Lift to test a few areas in a house I go into often. The results came back showing me what type of mould it was. It confirmed that the mould was one that is toxic that comes from water damage. Though you need to get a decent amount of mould on the tape otherwise your results will just show scattered pieces.

Spore Traps (Air Test)

Cons

- Needs to be taken near the source, so you have to know where the source is.

- Shoemaker says: "The industry standard of sampling the air for spores is not an acceptable substitute for many reasons. One of the main limitations is that over 99% of the particles that carry the inflammagens from water damaged buildings are smaller than 3 microns. Spore traps can only detect particles that are larger than 3 microns and therefore, miss over 99% of the inflammagens.”

- Spore traps identify round, intact spores. So they will not catch evidence of past problem that have left mycotoxins.

- Can miss/underreport certain heavy species like stachy.

- Expensive.

Pros

- The test is more standardised than tape lifts, swabs, cultures, and mould-dogs, they claim.

- It is the most widely used mould test.

- You can compare inside and outside air.

Dishes

Cons

- Hard to know where to place the dish to get capture the mould if you don’t know where the mould is coming from.

- Doesn’t get you an accurate relative reading since some mould is harder to catch and some proliferate faster in the dish than others.

- Stachy is a slow grower compared to other moulds in the dish.

Pros

- Can be used in multiple places to compare and for general observation.

- Can give you more details on the exact type of mould than other tests.

- Inexpensive.

- John Banta does a culture of the dust used for ERMI to compare and get more details

Here is one you can do yourself.

Mould Dogs

Cons

- Can only detect a handful of moulds.

- Hard to know if they are well trained, look for good references of the company.

- They can’t tell you if it’s high amount of mould or a trace from after a remediation.

- The dog can only sniff in areas where they can reach.

Pros

- They are good at finding the source if it is within their reach.

- The dog can smell both live and dead mould.

- You can pinpoint the area where you need to do further testing.

VOC testing

Cons

- There is controversy around the accuracy of this testing.

- Not widely used.

Pros

- Test the levels of mycotoxins and other VOCs in the air.

Here is a company that does this kind of testing that is recommended. It goes to an AIHA accredited lab.

Sources:

http://biotoxinjourney.com/mold-testing/
http://paradigmchange.me/testing/
https://www.nachi.org/tape-sampling-mold-inspection.htm
http://healthybuildingscience.com/2013/02/14/mold-testing-air-quality/
Public postings by Cheryl Ciecko (Architect)
John Banta interview
Dr Shoemaker Q&A

Disclosure: Some of the links to products and supplies on this page go through my affiliate partners. This post uses Amazon Affiliate links. Buying through these links helps support this blog and does not affect the price for the consumer. I was given the Tape Lift test to see if I liked and recommended it.

Paleo Lemon Cheesecake Recipe (Nut Free Option)

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Perhaps you, like me, scroll through some too-beautiful-to-eat-but-I-still-want-to-lick-my-computer-screen photos in your instagram feed. Maybe, like me, you thought you could never actually craft something so stunning in your own, non-instagram-friendly kitchen with a blender that has seen better days. Good news: if I can do this, you can do this! I adhere to the goal of simplicity in […]

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Beautycounter Free Shipping {Special Offer}

by The Gentle Nursery @ The Gentle Nursery

Did you know that the average woman absorbs 5 lbs. of chemicals from her makeup every year? What you apply on your skin goes directly to your bloodstream – within 26 seconds. These statistics blow my mind. I’ve used mainstream makeup and skincare products since I was a teenager and never gave it a second […]

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Lemon Bread Recipe With Vanilla Glaze (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

Lemon Bread Recipe With Vanilla Glaze (Gluten-Free, Paleo)

by Heather @ Mommypotamus

It’s happened to you, too right? You’re scrolling through Facebook and some divine looking recipe flits across your feed. Before you know it your rummaging through your pantry to check for ingredients, because this recipe needs to happen right. now. (Seriously, not just me, right?) Now, usually I am more of a steak and kale […]

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Popular Wool Bed Configurations (Part 3): All-Natural Wool Mattress, Topper & Latex Padded Slats

by The Shepherd's Dream @ Shepherd's Dream

So far on our blog we’ve discussed two popular wool bedding configurations: a wool mattress plus wool-filled topper and latex pad and our latex mattress with wool-filled topper. Both of these configurations exhibit the many benefits of wool and make for wonderful all-natural alternatives to conventional bedding. This week, we’re diving into one of our […]

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Better than a Dentist: 10 Ways to Heal Your Teeth

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

A healthy mouth begins with nutrients I owe my life to nutrients. Due to a severe autoimmune disease, I was weak, malnourished, and facing the surgical removal of my colon. Thanks to nutrition, I am now strong and medication-free, with colon intact. My story is extreme, but it is not rare – I am one of thousands who choose nutrition […]

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Egg Free Paleo Waffles

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Perhaps my favorite recipes to create are egg-free baked good recipes, like this Lemon Blueberry Coffee Cake. They’re hard to find, and thus enthusiastically received! As a blogger it feels great to meet people’s needs! My own son eats a Paleo egg-free diet. My daughter is dairy-free. So AIP baked goods are welcome and helpful in our […]

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Mattress Sales: The Best Reviews on Sale Priced Mattresses and Memory Foam Mattress Sales

by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

Are you looking for the best online mattress sales, including those on memory foam? Depending on the time of year, there are some incredible deals offered by various manufacturers that should help you narrow down your choices. If you plan on taking advantage of mattress deal prices, it’s also important to consider the overall value […]

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Urban Roots Handmade

by Debra Lynn Dadd @ Live Toxic Free

Handmade-to-order basic clothing for women made from pre-shrunk linen and organic cotton thread. Styles are simple and loose, natural linen and colors. French seams. Wow. These are the clothes I want to wear. Not inexpensive but beautiful. Plastic-free shipping. Sizes P-XL. Also kitchen linens and bath linens.

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3 Moms Share Their No-Fail Toddler Sleep Tricks

by Marygrace Taylor @ Amerisleep Blog

It’s no secret that little ones are masterminds at finding ways to stay up past their bedtime. You might feel like you need a heart of steel to say no when your cutie pie is begging for one more story or one more back tickle. Still, toddlers need up to 14 hours of sleep a […]

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Flame Retardant Chemicals in Your Mattress

Flame Retardant Chemicals in Your Mattress


Shepherd's Dream

You will spend around one-third of your life on your bed. Do you know what chemicals you’re sleeping with? Flame retardant, for starters...

Terralite

by Debra Lynn Dadd @ Live Toxic Free

Candles made from organic coconut oil and rice bran wax, scented with “organic, wildcrafted, pure essential oils and extracts from plants that were grown without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers…Our hemp wicks contain absolutely no lead, are not chemically treated, and are braided with pure unbleached cotton.” All candles are white and come […]

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Your Mattress May Be Making You Sick

Your Mattress May Be Making You Sick


Real Food Forager

Your Mattress May Be Making You Sick

Best Organic Crib Mattress - Healthy Child

Best Organic Crib Mattress - Healthy Child


Healthy Child

Important facts you must know about the toxicity of a baby crib mattress! Learn how to choose the safest and best organic crib mattress.

Orange Tahini Freezer Fudge

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

“Freezer fudge” is a term used to describe what is, perhaps, the easiest dessert. A rich base, such as coconut oil or nut butter, is blended with sweetener and frozen. Often the result tastes like straight-up coconut oil and feels too heavy. In this version, I rely on the natural sweetness and creaminess of banana and […]

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Organic Cotton

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

Organic cotton bedding is becoming increasingly popular because it is more environmentally safe and healthier than non-organic or synthetic bedding. Organic cotton is pesticide free, pigment free, and hypoallergenic. Organic cotton is extremely comfortable and soothing because it absorbs moisture and wicks it away from the body, keeping the sleeper dry during the night. Organic […]

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Non-toxic Mattress Guide | Gimme the Good Stuff

Non-toxic Mattress Guide | Gimme the Good Stuff


Gimme the Good Stuff

Conventional mattresses typically contain various petrochemicals, plastics or vinyl, flame retardants, which releases VOCs that are linked to cancer.

Autoimmune Paleo Pumpkin Granola

by Michelle Hoover @ Empowered Sustenance

From Lauren: Today’s recipe is from Michelle, who contributes an AIP-friendly recipe each month. I heard your requests for egg-free and nut-free recipes. 🙂 I’ve always loved granola. It’s crunchy, sweet, and perfect for adding to creamy snacks like yogurt… how could you go wrong? Granola was always one of my go-to snacks in school, […]

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IntelliBED Review: Why I Got Rid of My Organic Mattress

IntelliBED Review: Why I Got Rid of My Organic Mattress


Wellness Mama®

I recently ditched our really expensive organic mattress and replaced it with an Intellibed non-toxic mattress instead. Here's why...

Reasons to Buy a New Mattress

by intelliBED @ Intellibed

If you’re still using that lumpy old mattress, chances are you aren’t getting a good night’s sleep. When you a buy a new mattress from Intellibed, you’re purchasing a product made from Gel Matrix™, the best pressure relieving material ever created. Our mattresses are ideal for anyone suffering from sleep-inhibiting ailments like chronic pain or…

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Collagen-Boosted Paleo Protein Muffins

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Collagen-boosted protein muffins Many of you are familiar with collagen protein, the only protein powder I use and recommend.  At my home, you’re much more likely to find meals that include collagen protein than meals without this superfood addition. For example, at breakfast I’ll spike my coffee or grain free porridge with this protein boost. If lunch […]

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The Best Organic Crib Mattresses + Why You Need One!

The Best Organic Crib Mattresses + Why You Need One!


The Gentle Nursery

A list of the best non-toxic + organic crib mattresses for your baby. Choose a healthier mattress for safer sleep!

Official Warning to Consumers: Avoid Furniture, Kids’ Products, Mattresses, and Electronics Containing Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals

Official Warning to Consumers: Avoid Furniture, Kids’ Products, Mattresses, and Electronics Containing Toxic Flame Retardant Chemicals


Earthjustice

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today published a warning to consumers, especially pregnant women and young children, to avoid kids’ products, electronics, mattresses, and home furniture that contain certain flame retardant chemicals, known as organohalogens. The CPSC is also calling on manufacturers to eliminate this toxic class of chemicals in these products, and for retailers to obtain assurances from suppliers that products don’t contain organohalogens.

Memory Foam Mattresses: Are They Safe?

by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

Memory Foam Mattress Ingredients: are the dangers real or exaggerated? Are the chemicals in your life freaking you out or have you found yourself wondering if products like memory foam mattresses are safe? If you’ve been looking into this type of mattress or any other, you may be wondering whether chemicals and odors could represent […]

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Simply Scrub

by Debra Lynn Dadd @ Live Toxic Free

Four unique blends of organic ingredients create body scrubs that exfoliate and nourish your skin. Their chocolate body scrub, for example, is made with cocoa nibs, brown sugar, and healing honey. [Read about their organic ingredients here.

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Paleo Banana Ice Cream Pies (Sweetener Free)

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

These mini banana ice cream pies are like a good hair day, but a reliable good hair day. Which is, of course, an oxymoron (unless you are using raw, holistic hair care… but that’s a story for another browser tab). In my book, a good hair day is defined when one’s tresses appear more impressive than the entailed effort. Minimal time […]

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What to Look for in a Non-Toxic Mattress: Brands and Where to Buy - Green at Home

What to Look for in a Non-Toxic Mattress: Brands and Where to Buy - Green at Home


Green at Home

We spend 1/3 of our lives on a mattress, but conventional products may contain toxic chemicals. This blog looks at non-toxic brands and where to buy them.

The Essential Paleo Casserole Recipe

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

When we’re wrapping our heads around a new way of eating, such as a grain free lifestyle, much brain power goes towards “What can I eat now that other foods are off limits?” It often leaves a small portion of mental energy devoted to creating colorful, varied meals. As a result, I frequently hear that […]

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How I Found a Non-Toxic Mattress

How I Found a Non-Toxic Mattress


Empowered Sustenance

Do you know if you have a toxic mattress? Here's how to find out, plus the non-toxic mattress that I use.

Are These Toxic Materials In Your Mattress?

by exampleuser @ SleepLily

One of the most surprising things about toxic chemicals in mattresses is how incredibly common they are. In fact, mattresses that are off-gassing harmful VOCs, and emitting toxic chemicals seem to be the norm, and not the exception. Even worse, this is true even of many mattresses claiming to be “organic” or “all-natural.” How can this... Read more »

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Giveaway: Stonz Natural Rubber Rain Boots

by Natural Baby Mama @ Natural Baby Mama

Stonz Rain Boots are the only rain boots my kids wear.  They are natural rubber and use water based glues.  Stonz goes the extra mile to make sure their boots are free of toxins by continuously testing their raw materials (this is something many companies do not do). When my ...

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The Best Natural & Organic Mattresses: A Buyer's Guide & Review | Organic Newsroom

The Best Natural & Organic Mattresses: A Buyer's Guide & Review | Organic Newsroom


Organic Newsroom

Mattresses are one of the most-unknown sources of toxins in most households—required by law to be coated in toxic chemicals. Organic mattresses are sourced from organically-grown materials, are hypo-allergenic, and utilize natural flame-retarded materials such as organic wool. This combination of features allow organic mattresses to provide a great degree of health-conscious comfort ideal for anyone …

Dramatic Shift in Federal Policy: Pregnant women & children warned against products with toxic flame retardants.

by Raphael Tingley @ Green Science Policy Institute

September 27, 2017 Today the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a landmark guidance in the Federal Registry recommending that consumers, especially those who are pregnant or with young children, obtain assurances from retailers that children’s products, furniture, mattresses, and electronics cases do not contain any chemical in the class of organohalogen flame retardants.…

Amore Beds Helps Hurricane Victims By Donating Cargo Trailer Full Of Premium Mattresses

by todd @ Amore Beds

Amore Beds (AmoreBeds.com), a direct-to-consumer mattress company, is ramping up their charitable giving efforts to assist victims of recent hurricanes across the United States. Amore Beds has already filled one 53’ tractor trailer with new mattresses, all to go to hurricane victims. “With so many people misplaced over the past few weeks due to hurricanes...

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Flame Retardant

Flame Retardant


Mattress Clarity

“Flame retardant” is a term that you will see a lot while you are shopping for a mattress. It refers to a layer of chemicals or natural materials that are used to ensure that the mattress meets flammability standards. There is a lot of controversy over the term because the traditional chemicals that are commonly …

How is Wool Processed? From Sheep to Sheets: Stage 3

by The Shepherd's Dream @ Shepherd's Dream

Lately on our blog, we’ve been exploring the process of wool – from the pastures to the finished product – to help you gain a better understanding of the wool we use to make our organic bedding products. Previously we discussed the first stage of wool processing, Selecting Wool Growers, and the second stage, Shearing. […]

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Pesticides in the bedroom

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

Imagine this: You spend months picking out the perfect mattress. You pay a sum that should have been a deposit on a Ford Mustang. And you take your new investment home for your first night of pure bliss. You wake up the following morning to itchy running eyes, a congested head, a minor wheeze, and […]

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Our Nectar vs. Leesa Bed Comparison for 2018

by Mark Reddick @ The Sleep Advisor

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Pure Grow Wool – Raising the Baaaa-r

by Mariah Bankemper @ SleepLily

Pure Grow wool is SleepLily’s favorite fiber. It is completely natural, non-toxic, and cruelty-free. What’s so great about Pure Grow Wool? Wool can do incredible things, which is why Pure Grow wool is featured in our non-toxic mattresses. Wool has been used all over the world for centuries because of it’s incredible properties. Here are 3 of the... Read more »

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5 Reasons to Avoid Sleep Loss

by AustinNatural @ Austin Natural Mattress

We all neglect sleep sometimes, whether for our jobs or for movie marathons, but many of us don’t fully understand the seriousness of sleep deprivation. Lack of sleep obviously decreases vitality and makes you more irritable, but sleep loss can affect much more than that. Sleep loss can severely harm your memory, health, reasoning skills, and even ability to lose weight. Here are 5 reasons to get a good night’s sleep every night. 1. Sleepiness leads to serious accidents. Chernobyl – what some consider to be the world’s worst nuclear disaster – was caused by lack of sleep. Three Mile...

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Why It’s Important To Sleep On A Chemical-Free Mattress

by Amber Merton @ PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

You spend one-third of your lifetime sleeping in your bed. If you think about it, that’s a lot of time spent snuggling up to your mattress. Your bed should be your sanctuary, allowing you to get the rest your body and mind need, without putting your health at risk. Unfortunately, not all mattresses are healthy to sleep on. Today, all U.S. mattresses must meet federal Read More

Talalay vs. Dunlop Latex

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

Types of Latex: Organic Rubber Latex -Synthetic Latex -Or a Combination of the Two Organic Latex: Organic latex is made from the sap of the rubber tree which is processed (see manufacturing process for Dunlop and Talalay). A mattress made from organic latex does not contain any chemicals, synthetics, pesticides, herbicides, or other man-made products. […]

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Paleo Thai Curry Meatballs

by Jean Choi @ Empowered Sustenance

From Lauren: I’ve admired Jean’s creative and grain-free recipes, and am delighted that she will now be a monthly recipe contributor on Empowered Sustenance. You can learn more about her at the end of this post! For years, I never cooked a curry dish at home because I was intimidated by all the different spices […]

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Winding Down Tips For Better Sleep

by Victoria @ Naturepedic Blog

After a long day of work and errands, there’s nothing better than getting a full night’s sleep. Unfortunately, getting to that point is not always easy. Our surroundings and our minds can have adverse effects on how quickly we fall asleep, and how well we sleep. However, it is possible to effectively wind down at night! Follow some of our winding down tips to achieve stress-free evenings and Respect Your Sleep. 1. Avoid Screen Time With people increasingly relying on technology, screen time has become the mortal enemy of winding down. The screen light manages to keep you awake, and for many, scrolling through social media feeds can bring added stress. Avoid the light and the negative impact the internet can have on your mental health by turning off electronics an hour before bedtime. If it is initially too hard for you to commit to an hour before bed, start slow and work your way up to a full hour.[...]

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Best Non Toxic Mattresses of 2018

Best Non Toxic Mattresses of 2018


Nontoxic Reboot

If you were to only pick one item to switch in your journey for a nontoxic reboot, I would say that you should get a nontoxic mattress. Why? It by far has the most impact out of any other single it…

How is Wool Processed? From Sheep to Sheets: Stage 5

by The Shepherd's Dream @ Shepherd's Dream

At Shepherd’s Dream we work closely with Woolgatherer Carding Mill, located just down the road from us in Montague, California. Woolgatherer supplies all the wool we use to make our natural and organic wool bedding. Over the past several weeks we’ve been exploring how our wool is processed – from the pastures to the ready-to-use […]

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The 6 Best Mattress Picks For Under $1000 – 2018 Edition

by Sarah Cummings @ The Sleep Advisor

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The Best Non-Toxic Mattress on the Market (it feels great and you can afford it)

The Best Non-Toxic Mattress on the Market (it feels great and you can afford it)


SCD Lifestyle

In this article, I review the all-around best non-toxic mattress on the market. But is it safe, comfortable, and affordable? Yes, to all three!

Why do Mattresses Have Toxic Chemicals in Them?

by exampleuser @ SleepLily

Why do mattresses have toxic chemicals in them? It’s a fair question. On a lot of levels it seems improbable – impossible even – that something as important as a mattress could be the source of toxic chemicals in our bedrooms. The mattress is, after all, the place we spend over a third of our... Read more »

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Paleo Pumpkin Brownies

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

From Lauren: Today, Becky from A Calculated Whisk is sharing this gorgeous Paleo Pumpkin Brownie recipe. I asked her to guest post here, so you can have her site as a resource. Becky is a skilled food photographer who shares grain-free, foodie-friendly, creative recipes. She’s also written a cookbook featuring international paleo-ified recipes called Paleo Planet. A […]

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Paleo Green Curry: Easy One-Pot Meal

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Grain free eating incentivizes unusual recipes In the four years that I’ve used a grain-free diet to address my autoimmunity, I’ve explored the unconventional uses of…. Cauliflower in wraps Parsnips in risotto Parsnips in sushi Eggplant in French Toast (yes, really) …and that’s just to name a few! While I’ve incorporated new versions of old favorites in my diet, I haven’t […]

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Paleo Cranberry Sauce (3 Ingredients!)

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Until I began a grain-free lifestyle, I thought homemade cranberry sauce was a role for Martha Stewart. I believed only someone who could fold a fitted sheet was domestically gifted enough to make homemade cranberry sauce. When I cut out refined sugar from my diet, the traditional canned cranberry sauce became off limits.  Fortunately, homemade paleo cranberry sauce requires […]

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Flourless Cardamom Cake with Figs and Pistachios

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Flourless and dairy free looks like this… You may not believe it but this stunning Cardamom Cake is made without any flour, dairy or sugar. As a matter of fact, the only sweetener is an optional drizzle of honey. Well-ripened plantains provide all the sweetness necessary to the cake. This recipe features one of the […]

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10 Ways You Can Give Back and Make a Difference This Holiday Season

by Amber Merton @ PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

As we gather with friends and family during the holidays, we tend to look back on the year, reflect on our blessings and give thanks. This is also a good time to look for ways to give back to others and make a real difference for the holidays. You don’t need to look far to find meaningful ways to give back this holiday season. Here Read More

Olga’s Organics

by Debra Lynn Dadd @ Live Toxic Free

Beautiful makeup made with USDA certified organic plant-based ingredients that you can actually eat, plus natural minerals. The face powder, for example, is made from arrowroot, cacao powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, bentonite clay, ginger and other organic ingredients. Customer reviews are *****. Affordable prices.  

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Eco-Friendly Bedding: Organic Sheets & Mattress Protector

by Julia @ Fair for All Guide

Check out part one to learn about my quest for a flame-retardant-free mattress. Having recently upgraded my mattress from a full size to a queen, I found myself in need of new sheets. Like shopping for a mattress, this was new territory for me; the sheets I had been using were nearly as old as the mattress itself. I looked exclusively for ... [Read more...]

Morning Routine | Ep 13 of #Authentic Alex

by @ Look & Feel Amazing | Alex Fergus Blog

Morning Routine | Ep 13 of #Authentic Alex

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The 10 Best All-Natural and Organic Mattress Sources

The 10 Best All-Natural and Organic Mattress Sources


Apartment Therapy

Buying a new mattress is a big investment, and knowing where to go to find the best options for your health and for the planet—not to mention for a sound night's sleep— is key

Healthy Energy

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

Healthy Energy | The alternative energy drink you need to try.Read More ...

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The Sleep Cure

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

Since sleep is so profoundly important, here are a few tips to help you ensure a resting night of restorative sleep: -Adopt a regular routine at night and make it a priority to stick to it. -Go to bed at the same time week nights and on weekends. -Don?t take naps during the day unless […]

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Cure Anxiety Naturally

by Jessica Hann @ Avocado Green Mattress

Treat Anxiety Naturally | The best essential oils for anxiety.Read More ...

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Do You Sleep on an "Organic" Mattress?

Do You Sleep on an "Organic" Mattress?


Dr. Axe

We spend close to one-third of our lives sleeping, yet for most of us it's on a mattress that turns out to be pretty toxic, let alone often uncomfortable. I wrote up this article all about the common ingredients in most mattresses — caution, it might freak you out — plus how exactly to pick the healthiest bed to your sleep and health go hand-in-hand like they should.

5 Things You Can Do To Be A Conscious and Ethical Consumer This Holiday Season

by Amber Merton @ PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

You have the power to make a meaningful impact on humanity’s greatest challenges, particularly during the holiday season. There are things you can do that will make your purchases better for the planet and humanity, as you shop. Shop Local and Small Businesses There are many benefits to gain when you choose to shop from local and/or small businesses. Local shops and small businesses tend to carry Read More

Why Buy an Organic Mattress?

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

With almost 1/3 of our lives spent in bed, what we sleep on does affect us. Your mattress is a long term investment in your comfort and health. Organic latex mattresses are made of organic latex, organic cotton and organic wool. The components of our organic mattresses, cotton, wool and latex, are cultivated using NO […]

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Aerial fire retardants: It’s raining red

by Raphael Tingley @ Green Science Policy Institute

A wet winter followed by record heat this summer have contributed to one of California’s worst-ever fire seasons. In the month of October alone, thousands of structures have been destroyed in fires in Northern California as more than ten separate wildfires have burned across the state. Firefighters have literally worked around the clock; and over the course of just five days, more than two million gallons of fire retardant were dropped in California in an effort to control the blazes.…

Paleo Plantain Bread (Egg Free, Nut Free)

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Egg free baking with plantains This recipe features a base of plantains and an unexpected ingredient to create a moist, comforting quick bread without eggs. I’ve received countless requests for egg-free baked goods in the last few months, and I can’t remember the last time I posted a recipe and didn’t get the comment, “Can I […]

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Flame Retardant Mattresses - FAQ | SleepLily

Flame Retardant Mattresses - FAQ | SleepLily


SleepLily

Flame Retardant Mattresses – Your questions, answered. Having a fire in the home is a nightmare scenario. In 2015 alone, there were 365,500 house fires an estimated $7 billion dollars in direct property damage. Don’t forget about the destructive emotional cost that comes from having your home and sense of security destroyed by flames. Thankfully,... Read more »

Paleo Parsnip Muffins with Orange + Goji Berries

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Move over, cauliflower… In the paleosphere, you’ll frequently hear the mantra make ALL the things with cauliflower! I lived diligent to that call for years before I realized, quite recently, the glorious versatility of parsnips. Now, I’m making all the thing with parsnips. I’ve make rice-less risotto with parsnips, and also a potato-free topping for Shepherd’s Pie. […]

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The Best Memory Foam Mattress Is Infused With Graphite

by todd @ Amore Beds

Graphite-Infused Memory Foam For The Win The memory foam mattress world has grown immensely over the years. Many mattress makers are still using standard memory foam or various forms of gels in their mattress, but those technologies are over 15 years old.  Newer mattress companies have gotten with the times and utilize the latest in cooling technology.  There...

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3 Steps to Avoid Flame Retardants - Mommy Greenest

3 Steps to Avoid Flame Retardants - Mommy Greenest


Mommy Greenest

When I first learned about flame retardants, I obsessed over all the toxic stuff I’d exposed my kids to. But there are easy ways to protect your family.

Get Some Sleep: Naturally

by AustinNatural @ Austin Natural Mattress

Everyone needs to get a good night of sleep. This is no surprise to anyone I’m willing to bet considering a lack of a good, healthy night of rest is easily to recognize, and when the opposite occurs, easy to bemoan. Getting up after a restless battle of tossing and turning can have the same effect as operating in a nearly intoxicated-like state. Sleep deprivation is often caused by stress from your job, a long day of work, or just your mind struggling to keep the tasks of tomorrow straight in your head. Sleep aids are nothing new and we’ve...

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Do I Need a Box Spring for My Mattress? Your Top Alternatives Revealed

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

If you’re in the market for a mattress and wondering if you need a box spring, then this article is for you… The short answer is no, you don’t need a box spring for your mattress! What you need is a foundation, which doesn’t necessarily have to be a box spring. In fact, you’ll be happier […]

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Best Non Toxic Mattresses of 2018

by Ashley @ Nontoxic Reboot

This post contains affiliate links. Click here to read my affiliate policy. If you were to only pick one item to switch in your journey for a nontoxic reboot, I would say that you should get a nontoxic mattress. Why? It by far has the most impact out of any other single item on reducing […]

Why You Need a Non-Toxic Mattress

by sebomarketing @ Intellibed

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Which Mattress Is Highly Recommended By Chiropractors and Orthopedic Specialists?

by Amber Merton @ PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

Restful sleep is essential for overall health and well being. It plays an important role in your physical health, mental health and quality of life. But, for many Americans, getting a good night’s sleep is a challenge, particularly for those with back pain, and particularly for those whose mattress is working against them, rather than for them. The American Chiropractic Association reports that at any Read More

Buy Natural Organic Mattresses | Natural Latex Mattress & Soy Mattress

Buy Natural Organic Mattresses | Natural Latex Mattress & Soy Mattress


Austin Natural Mattress

Why not buy a natural latex mattress, soy mattress or just an all natural mattress? Typical mattresses have chemicals in them that off-gas harmful vapors.

Easy DIY Natural Skin Scrub Recipe

by Rachel Sarnoff @ Mommy Greenest

My teenaged daughter gave me the best holiday gift last year. In a small recycled jar, she’d mixed together sea salt, grapeseed oil and mint essential oils into a natural skin scrub. This heavenly blend not only turned my shower into a spa, it transformed my skin: When I scrubbed it on and then let […]

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Organic on a Budget

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

Organic on a Budget | Eat organic without breaking the bank.Read More ...

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Organic Mattress Guide • Insteading

Organic Mattress Guide • Insteading


Insteading

Prices for 2016's top organic and eco-friendly mattresses. Read on if you want to sleep without chemicals and synthetic fabrics next to you.

Is Your Mattress Harming Your Health?

Is Your Mattress Harming Your Health?


The Alternative Daily

What constitutes a “safe” mattress? How do you even know where to find a safe mattress without chemical compounds? Here's how to find a safe mattress.

Autoimmune Paleo Hamburger Buns

by Michelle Hoover @ Empowered Sustenance

From Lauren: I’ve heard your requests for egg-free and Autoimmune Paleo recipes. I’m happy to introduce you to Michelle, who will be a regularly sharing AIP-friendly recipes here.  Before I started following an autoimmune protocol diet, I had a serious meat aversion. I refused to eat any type of meat unless it was paired with […]

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Paleo Sushi with Parsnip Rice

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Rice-Free Paleo Sushi Grab your coconut aminos and get ready to roll… it’s time for paleo sushi! You may have seen other paleo sushi recipes calling for the ubiquitous cauliflower rice. On a whim, I rolled up my first batch of homemade sushi with parsnip rice, prepared in a similar manner to my Parsnip Rice Risotto.  […]

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The Power of Napping

by AustinNatural @ Austin Natural Mattress

As most of us know, it’s very difficult to fit in the recommended 8 hours of sleep per night. However, there is a great substitute for this that a lot of us tend to overlook: napping! This little nugget of luxury is something that gets thrown by the wayside upon adulthood. It’s unfortunate since adequate sleep provides so many benefits and even contributes to longevity. Research by NASA shows that naps escalate performance. Their pilots who took 25 minute naps were twice as focused and more attentive than those who didn’t. NASA also found that taking naps enhanced reaction times...

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Top Sleep Apps for 2018

by Victoria @ Naturepedic Blog

It’s no secret that sleep plays a huge role in our physical and mental health. A poor night of sleep can have a huge effect on the rest of your day, or week. Sometimes, we think we got a full night’s sleep, but still feel exhausted the next day. For some of us, we just need help falling asleep. Try one of these top sleep apps to improve your sleep in the new year! 1.) Pillow: iOS This iOS app partners with features on your iPhone to fully track your sleep. More specifically, it uses your phone or Apple Watch to track sleep stages, heart rate and sleep quality. It also uses a smart alarm to gently wake you each morning. Pillow is free, but if you pay $4.99 you can download more features such as exporting sleep sound recordings and detailed sleep statistics. 2.) SleepBot: iOS and Android SleepBot, available for iOS and Android, is a great option if[...]

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Dairy Free Ranch Dressing Recipe

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

My two food groups… When I was a child, I ate primarily two foods groups: foods one ate with ketchup, and foods one at with ranch dressing. Vegetables nearly always fell into the latter food group, and setting the table included bringing out the bottle of Hidden Valley Ranch. Loaded with sugar and MSG, it’s […]

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Watermelon

by Jessica Hann @ Avocado Green Mattress

Watermelon | Four health benefits and two hydrating drink recipes.Read More ...

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The 6 Best Rated Hybrid Beds – 2018 Reviews & Comparisons

by Mark Reddick @ The Sleep Advisor

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Cauliflower Rice Pilaf with Mint and Peas

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Straight-up cauliflower rice does not appeal to me. I love using veggies for grains when possible (even in more unusual dishes like Squash Breakfast Porridge and Bread-Free Stuffing). But I prefer my cauliflower rice heavily doctored, to make it satisfying and flavorful. This recipe uses rich, umami flavors, bright herbs, sweet peas, and crunchy pistachios […]

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6 Health and Nutrition Experts Share Their Favorite Bedtime Snacks

by Marygrace Taylor @ Amerisleep Blog

If you’ve ever polished off a pint of ice cream or a full-size bag of chips after dinner, you know that what you eat before bed can have a major impact on your ability to fall (and stay) asleep. But sleep-friendly snacking is about more than just steering clear of rich, gut-busting fare. Turns out, […]

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Why we carry Naturepedic Organic Crib Mattresses.

by AustinNatural @ Austin Natural Mattress

When Does “No Flame Retardants” NOT Actually Mean “No Flame Retardants”? Many commonly used flame retardant chemicals are being connected to health and developmental issues. Want a mattress without flame retardant chemicals? Get one that’s certified organic from your mattress store. Otherwise, flame retardants will probably be in that mattress, even if greenwashing marketing suggests otherwise, and you’re going to need to guess what they are. It’s not easy to find out what flame retardants are in your mattress. Let me explain with a little compare and contrast. We say “Naturepedic mattresses meet all government flammability standards...

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Finding the Perfect Materials for Non-Toxic Mattress

by exampleuser @ SleepLily

Building the perfect non-toxic mattress starts with finding the safest, most natural materials. Because no matter what other companies do in the manufacturing process, or how many fancy marketing names they create to make their products “sound” more organic, if you don’t start with pure, wholesome materials, you can’t create a truly non-toxic mattress. So when... Read more »

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Turkey BLT Salad with Dairy Free Ranch Dressing

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

I invited Lauren from Wicked Spatula to guest post here, because I want you to discover the wealth of creative recipes on her site! This week is Thanksgiving, which means turkey leftovers… so pull out this recipe on the 25th.  Hi! I’m Lauren, the author and owner behind the health conscious website Wicked Spatula. I write […]

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Here a flame retardant, there a flame retardant, everywhere a flame retardant! - Natural Baby Mama

Here a flame retardant, there a flame retardant, everywhere a flame retardant! - Natural Baby Mama


Natural Baby Mama

My poor baby!  I realized that I have exposed him to way too many flame retardants in his little life.  I was buying products that I thought were good and little did I know that pretty much everything he was touching had flame retardants in it. Some might say what ... Read More

What Is The Best Eco-Friendly Way To Clean Your Mattress?

by Amber Merton @ PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

Is It Important To Clean Your Mattress? You spend one-third of your lifetime sleeping on your mattress, so it’s important to keep it clean and fresh. Cleaning your mattress, in the best eco-friendly way, may seem complicated. However, it’s actually a lot easier than you might think. Many people don’t realize the importance of cleaning their mattresses regularly, even though there may be dirt, dust Read More

Nontoxic Hangers

by Debra Lynn Dadd @ Live Toxic Free

Question from Kate Hi Debra, Do you have any recommendations for nontoxic hangers? Have you found any wood ones with a nontoxic finish?  Can’t seem to find anything! The finishes are all polyurethane finishes and they are generally nickel or chrome plated hooks.  Not sure how you feel about the nickel hooks and if they […]

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Nectar Sleep: ‘The Best Mattress Offers the Best Sleep’

by Organic Newsroom @ Organic Newsroom

Getting good sleep isn’t easy; stress keeps your mind racing, chronic pain makes you body ache, and there’s always too much to do with too little time to do it! Many of us aren’t getting the restorative sleep we need each night. Natural sleep aids like melatonin, magnesium glycinate, and GABA all help but oftentimes fall short […]

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Why Buy a Healthier Mattress? · Dallas Natural Mattress

Why Buy a Healthier Mattress? · Dallas Natural Mattress


Dallas Natural Mattress

Consumers are becoming increasingly smarter about what they put in their bodies: we pay more attention to labels and demand transparency from food companies. So why should the way we sleep be any different? Shouldn’t the place where your family members sleep be a safe one? The Problem with Conventional, Non-Organic Mattresses Mattress regulations changed drastically in 2007 with the introduction of new fire retardant standards. U.S. mattresses are now required to be essentially fire-proof for a short period of time. Most companies meet this requirement by spraying mattresses with chemicals, like formaldehyde, boric acid, and melamine. Non-organic mattresses include...

National Alliance of Safe Pest Control

by Debra Lynn Dadd @ Live Toxic Free

A series of guides that will help you control many common pests in your home. All types of natural pest controls are compared for each pest. All in easy-to-read language.  

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Is Your Mattress Making You Sick? Why You Need a Non-Toxic Mattress & Top 3 To Choose

Is Your Mattress Making You Sick? Why You Need a Non-Toxic Mattress & Top 3 To Choose


Natural Living Ideas

Flame retardant doesn’t necessarily mean fire-proof or less fatal Ironically, if a mattress that’s been doused with flame retardants catches fire, which it can, it gives off higher levels of carbon monoxide, soot, and smoke than it would if it hadn’t been treated – and those things are actually more likely to kill someone in a fire than getting burned. That means that a mattress… [read more]

Fertility and More: How Flame Retardants in Our Homes Affect Our Health

by Emma Rohmann @ Green at Home

Chemical flame retardants are in electronics, children’s pyjamas, car seats, mattresses, carpeting, and most other petrochemical-based materials (i.e. foam, polyester, etc.). Halogenated flame retardants have been around for 40 years, and we are now learning how hazardous they are to our health. In fact, they are found in just about everyone across North America, at […]

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Baby Mattresses & SIDS

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

For the first six months, newborn babies sleep 14-18 hours a day in their crib. SIDS, a terrifying acronym for mothers and fathers alike, is the sudden, unexpected and unexplainable death of a child under the age of 1. Ninety percent of SIDS deaths happen to babies who are under the age of six months. […]

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Eco-Friendly Bedding: Shopping for a Flame-Retardant-Free Mattress

by Julia @ Fair for All Guide

I’ve been vaguely intending to get a new mattress for a couple of years. My old one was somewhere between 20 and 25 years old, first having served as a guest bed for a few years, then as my bed since I was about 10. She was trusty and sturdy but starting to get saggy. ... [Read more...]

Environmental Toxins May Contribute to Aging

by AustinNatural @ Austin Natural Mattress

Chronological age is determined by birth date. Biological age is established by physiological and molecular cells within the individual. The latter is influenced by the exposure of damaging substances in the environment, such as chemicals, cigarette smoke, or even stress (gerontogens). Aging occurs when the body goes through a biological mechanism called senescence. During this process, healthy cells become impaired and they lose their ability to divide. Over a period of time, these impaired cells begin to compile, using resources and releasing hormones with inflammatory characteristics. This majorly contributes to aging and age related diseases. Someday, scientists hope that blood...

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What’s the Best Mattress for Back Pain?

by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

Learn how to find the best mattress for a bad back. Are you trying to find a good mattress for back pain? One of the hardest medical conditions to cure and treat are those relating to chronic back pain, and it’s something that affects millions of people around the world every day. Over and over, […]

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Help Finding a Safe, Natural Mattress

Help Finding a Safe, Natural Mattress


Kitchen Stewardship | Real Food and Natural Living

You don't want to sleep on offgassing chemicals! Readers' tips from three years of looking will help you find the best natural, organic (or not) mattresses for your family.

How is Wool Processed? From Sheep to Sheets: Stage 4

by The Shepherd's Dream @ Shepherd's Dream

In previous blog posts, we discussed the first few stages of processing wool: Selecting Wool Growers, Shearing, and Skirting, Grading & Baling. This process is overseen by Woolgatherer Carding Mill, located just down the road from us in Montague, California. Woolgatherer supplies all the wool we use to make our natural and organic wool bedding. […]

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Latex Mattress Fire Retardant | PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

Latex Mattress Fire Retardant | PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog


PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), on behalf of the U.S. government, established regulations beginning July 1, 2007 that requires all mattresses sold in the United States to meet certain fire retardant standards. The law further requires that mattress labeling includes information indicating that the mattress meets current federal regulations concerning flammability. However, many mattress makers rely on chemical-based fire retardants rather than natural fire barriers that are completely safe for exposure to healthy adults, the elderly, and to children. That's a concern to anyone interested in limiting exposure to potentially toxic petrochemicals. Additionally, a May 2013 US News & World Report Health article reveals that exposure to PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers), which are found in many flame-retardants chemicals, have been linked to hyperactivity and lower IQs in children. This makes fire retardant mattress materials of particular interest to parents of

Find Your Best Mattress Reviews: The Top 10 and Worst 10 Beds of 2018

by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

If you’re shopping for a new bed, learning about the best mattresses of 2018 is a good way to make sure you choose a good one. It’s also helpful to know which ones don’t fare so well in order to avoid the duds. New mattress models come out every year from a growing number of […]

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January 2018: A game of toxic ‘whack-a-mole’

by Raphael Tingley @ Green Science Policy Institute

The Green Science Policy Institute and I wish you a very happy and healthy 2018. This is a big year for us--our tenth anniversary! Hard to believe it has been a decade since the Institute was founded to address the problem of toxic flame retardants in furniture and baby products. We'll be letting you know about some fun events to mark this special occasion. …

Fighting Ocean Plastic Pollution with 5 Gyres

by Rachel Sarnoff @ Mommy Greenest

Hi everyone! Sorry I’ve been so MIA recently, but I have great news! I’m the new Executive Director of the 5 Gyres Institute, a non-profit that’s been fighting ocean plastic pollution for nearly a decade. This is a cause that’s close to my heart. And it’s a fascinating story! The founders, Anna Cummins and Marcus Eriksen, […]

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Mom’s Guide 2018: What's The Best Organic Crib Mattress?

Mom’s Guide 2018: What's The Best Organic Crib Mattress?


MomTricks

Did you know that crib mattresses are sprayed with toxic chemicals? Find out how you can avoid this and find one that's both non-toxic and organic.

Choosing an Organic Kids Mattress

by Jane Sheppard @ Healthy Child

  One of the most important decisions a parent can make is choosing an organic kids mattress. Sleep is critical to your child’s health and well-being, and since kids spend more than one third of their lives in direct exposure to their mattress materials it’s crucial to their health that those mattress materials be safe, …Read More

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Compare Black Friday and Cyber Monday Mattress Sales: Macy’s, Sears, Mattress Firm & More

by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

Are you prepared for the insanity of the 2017 Black Friday mattress sales? Though they can get a little crazy, these sales are a great time to get the most for your money. Mattresses tend to be one of the larger purchases made in households, so getting a good deal can go a long way. […]

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Clean and Healthy New York

Clean and Healthy New York


Clean and Healthy New York

Clean & Healthy NY works for safer chemicals, a sustainable economy & a healthier world by getting toxics out of products, our bodies, children & environment.

Popular Wool Bed Configurations (Part 2): All-Natural Latex Mattress and Wool-Filled Topper

by The Shepherd's Dream @ Shepherd's Dream

Previously, we discussed our most popular layered bed arrangement: the 5” Wool Mattress, 3” Wool Topper, and 4” Latex Pad. This setup showcases our wool bedding and all of its benefits while also providing an element of buoyancy from the layer of latex. This week we’re discussing another popular configuration: the Live & Dream Natural […]

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Why You Should Care About Restorative Sleep

by Jenny Stoddard @ Intellibed

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WOCA Woodcare

by Debra Lynn Dadd @ Live Toxic Free

Quality wood care products from Denmark. “We carry everything you need for all of your wood floor finishing needs, repair, and maintenance. Our website contains all of the information you need for wood floor finishing, furniture restoration, or to maintain your floors to a beautiful shine. All of our Finishing Oils are VOC free, plant […]

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5 Ways to Boost Your Bedtime Routine for Better Health

by Amber Merton @ PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

One of the most important things you can do for good physical health and your overall well-being, is to get an adequate amount of sleep each night. The U.S. National Library of Medicine recommends that school aged children get at least 10 hours of sleep daily; teens between 9 and 10 hours daily; and adults between 7 and 8 hours daily. Establishing a healthy bedtime Read More

October 2017: Brains in danger?

by Raphael Tingley @ Green Science Policy Institute

During these challenging times, we have some uplifting news about the increased awareness and decreased use of two of our Six Classes of chemicals of concern. Please check out the dramatic short videos below for some inspiration. Will Flame Retardants Continue to Harm Future Generations? A precedent-setting notice from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) waspublished last month in the Federal Register warning manufacturers, consumers, and especially pregnant women and children against using the entire class of organohalogen flame retardants in children’s products, furniture, mattresses,…

Aren’t You Required to Have Flame Retardants By Law? | Naturepedic Blog

Aren’t You Required to Have Flame Retardants By Law? | Naturepedic Blog


Naturepedic Blog

In this edition of Ask Naturepedic, customer service answers a common customer question, “Aren’t You Required to Have Flame Retardants By Law?”

What’s Your Favorite Morning Ritual?

by Amber Merton @ PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

Morning routines. They can make or break your day before you’re even out of the bed – especially if something interferes with that first cup of coffee, or someone beats you to the bathroom. A morning ritual; however, is something different. It is deeper. It gives you the opportunity to start the day on a positive note – no matter what the rest of the day Read More

The Best Essential Oil Diffuser That Is Safe and Non Toxic

by Ashley @ Nontoxic Reboot

We all say that we want to breathe in clean, fresh air and that pollution is bad. Despite that, many of us are intentionally bringing air pollutants into our homes.These aren't big, scary pollutants like industrial smoke and urban smog. Rather, they come into our house in pleasant canisters and in packages bedecked with pretty […]

What do you really know about your baby’s crib mattress?

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

Fact: Conventional crib mattresses can contain a toxic mix of chemicals Parents everywhere go to great lengths to buy safe strollers, car seats, cribs and clothing to protect their babies but seldom consider the dangers associated with exposing their infant to toxic chemicals commonly found in crib mattresses. Most conventional crib mattresses are waterproofed with […]

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Safe Sleep On An Amore Beds Flame Retardant Free Mattress

Safe Sleep On An Amore Beds Flame Retardant Free Mattress


Amore Beds

You'll get nothing but safe sleep with our mattresses. No harmful flame retardant chemicals are used on our mattresses. Naturally fire resistant materials.

Find the Best Labor Day Mattress Sale in 2017 from Sears, Macys & More

by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

See what major retailers have in store for Labor Day mattress sale events… This summer holiday seems synonymous with the end of summer, barbecues and a lazy three-day weekend, but as it marks changing seasons it also brings big deals in retail, including Labor Day mattress sale events. As one of the biggest shopping holidays […]

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High Protein Paleo Porridge

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Paleo Porridge, an egg-free breakfast I could post a recipe for scrambled eggs and I would undoubtedly receive comments asking, “I can’t have eggs. Can you please tell me what egg substitute will work here?” Unfortunately, and as I now explain in my recipes, egg substitutes for grain-free recipes present a challenge. In the last […]

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DIY Night Cream

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

DIY Night Cream | An all-natural recipe that won't clog pores.Read More ...

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Giveaway: Soaring Heart Certified Organic Toddler / Travel Pillow

by Natural Baby Mama @ Natural Baby Mama

Soaring Heart is my favorite organic mattress and pillow company.  My kids use this organic toddler pillow and the entire family uses these pillows when we travel.  We own several of their mattresses and toppers as well.  They use the highest quality certified organic material.  They are based out of ...

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Quartz: The US government is finally acknowledging the flame retardants in your furniture and baby products are not just ineffective, but also dangerous

by Raphael Tingley @ Green Science Policy Institute

October 10, 2017

The US agency in charge of protecting consumer safety just took the first step towards banning a class of flame retardants that were, up until very recently, nearly ubiquitous. So ubiquitous—mostly in children’s clothes, baby toys, and upholstered furniture—that the vast majority of the US population has measurable quantities of it in their blood.…

8 Organic Charleston Restaurants Your Whole Family Can Enjoy

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

As an organic company who values sustainability, we care not only about the environment, but also about what we put in our bodies. Because it’s true what experts say about nutrition, you’ll feel much better day-to-day when you’re running on clean sustainable food as your fuel! But as a mattress store in Charleston, which is arguably […]

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4 Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to Toxic Flame Retardants

4 Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to Toxic Flame Retardants


Dr Frank Lipman

Are you worried about flame retardants in your home? Unfortunately, you should be. These chemicals are found in our furniture, electronics, household dust, and even our food—and they are implicated in everything from infertility to autism. By law, flame retardants (often in the form of a group of chemicals known as PBDEs) are added to a variety of items in that most of us use on a daily basis—from the foam in our sofa cushions to the cords for our laptops.

Sleep On It: The Mattress Guide

Sleep On It: The Mattress Guide


NOW Magazine

Daylight saving time putting a dent in your sleep? The slab you're copping your Z's on may be putting a bigger hole in the environment. What's under your sheets?

Organic Wool

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

Sleeping Organic practices sustainable and environmentally conscientious business practices. We use 100% organic wool for our wool mattress toppers and other wool products because it’s comfortable, it’s holistic, and it’s ethical. The organic wool process starts with taking care of the sheep and ends with taking care of you. Wool is an unequivocally comfortable textile […]

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Find the Best Mattress for Hip Pain

by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

Learn about reducing pressure points and how to find the best mattress for hip pain. Are you looking for a good mattress for hip pain? It can be hard to find the information you need to find the right mattress for your body. Here are some pointers to get you on the proper mattress and […]

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Where to Find Flame Retardant–Free Furniture

Where to Find Flame Retardant–Free Furniture


Rodale Wellness

Your couch should be a place to relax, not another reason stress out about toxins.

Are There Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) In Your Mattress?

by Amber Merton @ PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

What Are VOCs? Volatile organic compounds are chemicals that are used, in the manufacturing process, of many items found in our homes. The term “volatile” means that these are chemicals that can easily get into the air that you breathe each day and end up inside of your body. “Organic” means that they are carbon-based. U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) studies have discovered that VOCs Read More

Paleo Taco Salad with Dairy Free Ranch

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Better than Chipotle I’m on a mission to save you the two bucks on guacamole with some Chipotle favorites you can make at home. For example, I shared a recipe for a colorful, veggie-based Burrito Bowl. I love Chipotle’s salads so much that I set out to make a copycat version at home. I’ve used […]

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Why You Should Invest in an Eco-Friendly Mattress

Why You Should Invest in an Eco-Friendly Mattress


Amerisleep Blog

If you’re really serious about living greener, it’s time to start thinking about buying an eco-friendly mattress.

Autoimmune Paleo Pesto Chicken and Spaghetti Squash

by Michelle Hoover @ Empowered Sustenance

From Lauren: This recipe is a contribution from Michelle, who shares an autoimmune-friendly recipe each month. I remember the first time I ever made spaghetti squash. I was in my teens, newly gluten free, and exploring new options. I was preparing my plate when my dad walked in the kitchen and ask, “How are you […]

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Mattress Basics: Be Aware Before You Buy.

by admin @ Amore Beds

Forget The Fluff The mattress industry is a complex and confusing world to some. However, it doesn’t have to be. Once you understand the basics, you can use that knowledge to help you make the right decision when buying your new mattress. You don’t have to fall victim to the mattress scam that companies have...

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PROPER SPINAL ALIGNMENT AND SLEEP POSTURE; THE SECRET TO A BETTER (AND HEALTHIER) NIGHT’S SLEEP.

by Bridger Kanenwisher @ Intellibed

TRADITIONAL MATTRESSES DON’T PROVIDE ADEQUATE SUPPORT. (NO WONDER YOUR BACK HURTS IN THE MORNING) As children, we’re told to sit up and to stand up straight, and for good reason. Proper posture aligns our hips and shoulders, reducing stress on our lower back and unhealthy curvature of the spine. But what happens when we lie…

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Fire retardant barriers do more harm than good | Organic Mattresses

Fire retardant barriers do more harm than good | Organic Mattresses


Happsy.com

At Happsy, we’re not into coating, covering, soaking or wrapping our mattresses in harmful chemicals. We particularly dislike flame retardant chemicals, the culprits behind all sorts of health and developmental issues. So, you might be asking yourself, does the lack of flame retardants make a mattress more flammable? Good question. The answer, by the way, is no. Here’s why: Every mattress sold in the U.S. must pass the exact same federally-mandated flammability standards. Contrary to the marketing claims we’ve read from other mattress companies, there’s nothing in the standards demanding flame retardant chemicals. The standards aren’t concerned with how a mattress passes, only if it passes. No pass? No sale. So, why use fire retardant chemicals? Mattresses that use polyurethane/memory foam are, by definition, petroleum-based and super flammable. How do these mattresses pass the fire safety tests? Chemical barriers, of course. And the problem is, companies don’t need to tell you how they pass flame standards or what chemicals they

How to Cope When Your Partner Has a Different Sleep Routine

by Marygrace Taylor @ Amerisleep Blog

If you’re one of the 70% of U.S. adults who share your sleeping space with a significant other, you know that bedtime isn’t all cuddles and kisses. Nope, sleeping in the same bed with someone else is often an exercise in patience—and compromise. A partner’s buzzsaw-like snoring or restless legs can keep you awake for […]

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More Concern About Bed Bug

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

A USA Today article released recently brought more awareness to an already prevalent growing problem:Bed Bugs. Bed bugs are mostly found in hotel rooms and have been found to travel make it from a hotel room via luggage into your bedroom. The typical concerns with bed bugs are having to have them exterminated and then […]

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What is a Vegan Mattress

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

A vegan is someone who refrains from consuming animal products, whether they be in food, clothing, or household items. You may have never considered the fact that conventional mattresses are manufactured with a variety of animal-based products. However, Sleeping Organic is excited to offer an alternative! Our vegan mattress is made of a natural latex […]

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Our Leesa Bed Review For 2018 – Should You Buy It?

by Jill Thompson @ The Sleep Advisor

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Can Practicing Gratitude Improve Your Sleep Quality?

by Amber Merton @ PlushBeds Green Sleep Blog

Gratitude. It’s a simple word that often gets lost in the shuffle of trying to get through your daily life. When life weighs heavily on you, practicing gratitude can bring about bigger changes and benefits than you realize. According to Psychology Today, there are seven benefits to practicing gratitude that have been scientifically proven. One of the benefits is better sleep. The following are also Read More

Organic Christmas Tree Farms by state

by Natural Baby Mama @ Natural Baby Mama

An organic Christmas tree!?  Really?  Yes!  Most trees are sprayed with toxic chemicals.  If you didn’t read my other post on why we buy an organic Christmas tree (and lead free Christmas lights) click here.  The main driver is I didn’t want to bring a tree into our house that had been sprayed with ...

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Find A Chemical Free Crib Mattress < Moms Clean Air Force

Find A Chemical Free Crib Mattress < Moms Clean Air Force


Moms Clean Air Force

Read about one mother's hunt for a chemical free crib mattress, and find tips for getting a chemical free crib mattress for your child.

Breakfast to Go

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

Breakfast to Go | 13 make-ahead breakfast recipes.Read More ...

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How To Buy A Non-Toxic Mattress (And An Inexpensive Alternative)

How To Buy A Non-Toxic Mattress (And An Inexpensive Alternative)


Mommypotamus

Hey mamas! Boy did you have questions after I posted on a possible link between sheepskins, mattresses and SIDS. Today I’ve compiled the most common ones in Q&A form. If you’re going to skim, make sure to check out question #6 for a confession about what I put my babies to sleep on. Hope you …

Five Spice Paleo Lamb Meatballs

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

When I want a quick protein boost for simple meals, I make a batch of meatballs to add to soups and salads throughout the week. I’ve also enjoyed this meatballs atop my rice-free Parsnip Ristotto… now that is a winning combination! The natural sweetness of the parsnip rice works beautifully with the warming Five Spice blend and […]

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Sapo Company

by Debra Lynn Dadd @ Live Toxic Free

A family owned and operated business that offers 100% Natural & Organic Soaps that are made right here in the USA. “Each bar is made with at least 85% organic ingredients and no artificial colors, fragrances, ingredients or preservatives.” Choose from unscented or mostly non-floral scents such as lemongrass, peppermint, shea honey, thyme, and oatmeal […]

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Our In-Depth DreamCloud Bed Review for 2018

by Sarah Cummings @ The Sleep Advisor

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How to Achieve Better Sleep in the New Year

by admin @ Amore Beds

Better Sleep Is Easier Than You Think Every year millions of people set out to make New Years resolutions. Working out more, eating healthier, saving more money, quit smoking, or falling in love are all common resolutions that people make. However, only 8% of people are actually successful in achieving their New Years resolution. Self-improvement...

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The 5 Highest Rated Firm (Hard) Mattresses in 2018

by Sarah Cummings @ The Sleep Advisor

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What Is An Organic Mattress (And Why Should I Buy One?) - Sleeping Organic

What Is An Organic Mattress (And Why Should I Buy One?) - Sleeping Organic


Sleeping Organic

Many benefits of organic mattresses exist... But in the long run, are there enough positives to make buying one for your bedroom worth it? The answers may...

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