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8 Reasons Why Kids Need Minimalism

by Tracey Black @ Don't Mess with Mama

Kids need minimalism? How does that work? White walls and one toy box with a couple of wooden toys? Not at all. Well maybe for a few families, but most us are really just looking for ways to simplify to give kids the benefits of less stuff and more fun. So why minimalism for kids? […]

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

by Sarah Cummings @ The Sleep Advisor

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Why Everyone Is Suddenly Using Crystal Deodorant (& You Should, Too!)

by Sierra Bright @ Natural Living Ideas

Back in the 1980s, before the term “natural” was cool, a pioneering company known as Crystal developed a natural deodorant from a hunk of French-sourced mineral salt that looks like a crystal and deodorizes without harmful chemicals. While it’s had somewhat of a cult following in the decades since, with healthier, alternative products now all the rage, Crystal deodorants have been thrust into the spotlight… [read more]

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Our In-Depth DreamCloud Bed Review for 2018

by Sarah Cummings @ The Sleep Advisor

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Which Natural Mattress is Right For You? | Mama Natural

Which Natural Mattress is Right For You? | Mama Natural


Mama Natural

So it’s time for us to get a new mattress, and, of course, I’m looking for a natural, “eco-friendly” one. After all, a lot of conventional mattresses are made with harmful chemicals and all sorts of bad stuff and we sleep (and sometimes co-sleep with our kids) on these things for 8 hours a night! …

5 Ways to Green Your Bedroom

5 Ways to Green Your Bedroom


Live Renewed

Because we spend so much time in our bedrooms, it's important to make sure they are safe and non-toxic. Check out these green bedroom ideas, including a non-toxic mattress that's actually affordable!

The Benefits of Sleeping with a Body Pillow

by The Shepherd's Dream @ Shepherd's Dream

Have you ever just wanted to cuddle up with a fluffy, oversized body pillow? That makes at least two of us. Body pillows are beneficial for so many reasons, not the least of which is coziness and comfort. Here are several other reasons why body pillows are an essential part of a good night’s sleep. […]

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Naturepedic Organic Cotton Mattress Review

by Joanie @ Organic Mattresses – The Soft Landing®

I had the chance to give the Naturepedic organic baby mattress a serious run for the money.  My 1 year old has been using it for the last six months and  I can't speak more highly of a mattress!  It is hands-down an excellent choice, not only in safety but in performance and quality. Is […]

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Organic Classic

by GDMAdmin @ The Natural Sleep Collection – Gardner Mattress

Classic Style. Modern Organic.

  • Embraces the distinct style of our Signature Tufted Mattress
  • Organic cotton padding
  • Pre-compressed upholstery for reduced sagging and depressions
  • Organic wool upholstery
  • No chemicals
  • Standard wire springs for firmer rest

Living a chemical free, more organic life is no reason to sacrifice comfort or quality. The Organic Classic Mattress features the same design and hand craftsmanship as our Signature Tufted, but made more naturally. Sleep without anxiety.

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EOS Pillowtop Mattress

by Admin @ Organic Mattress – New Living

*Only available for in-store purchase at our Kirby Location  (6111 Kirby Drive)

Available Sizes

  • Twin (38”x75”x15”)
  • Twin XL (38”x80”x15”)
  • Full (54”x75”x15”)
  • Queen (60”x80”x15”)
  • King (76”x80”x15”)
  • Cal King (72”x84”x15”)

Available Configurations

  • Firm (3" medium latex over 3" firm latex over 8" firm support coils)
  • Cushion-Firm (3" soft latex over 3" medium latex over 8" firm support coils)
  • Plush (3" soft latex over 3" medium latex over 8" plush support coils)
  • Ultra-Plush (3" soft latex over 3" soft latex over 8" plush support coils)

*Please specify preferred configuration in order.

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4 Top Sleep Tips for Brand New Moms

by gardmatuser @ Gardner Mattress

The arrival of a new baby is such an exciting time in your life. You waited 9 months to meet your child, and now they’re here! If this is your first child, you should prepare yourself for some significant changes in your schedule for a season. You should also expect to let some things go while you adjust to the...

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Organic Mattresses - Green Conscience Home

Organic Mattresses - Green Conscience Home


GREEN CONSCIENCE HOME

Organic matresses by Green Conscience Home include latex mattresses and organic, non toxic materials. Learn why an organic mattress can help your health.

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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Tips to Fight Back During Hunger Action Month

by Katy @ Non-toxic Kids

According to a 2014 study by Feeding America, 46.5 million Americans utilize a food bank. Lisa Tomasi, Philanthropy Expert and Founder of e-giving site YouGiveGoods, stresses that while many may feel that a small effort isn’t enough to make a change, every little bit helps someone who is facing hunger. Here are Lisa’s tips for fighting hunger in […]

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Is Stevia Safe or Addictive?

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Why I quit stevia Is stevia addictive? “No it’s not! I use it every day in my very healthy diet and I’m just fine, thankyouverymuch, stevia is not addictive and couldn’t possibly be harmful.” If that is your gut response to the question I’ve just asked, then consider the fact that reactions speak louder than words. […]

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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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00:00 - Awake and Check Temperature with Geratherm thermometer. Read why I do this HERE
01:10 - Sync and Charge Oura Ring. Eead more about this amazing ring HERE and use code FERGUS to save - https://aferg.co/1Uk3XN2
01:25 - Deorderise – With Primal Pit Paste, free of toxins and nasties - https://aferg.co/1TCD8BH
01:40 - Get Morning SunLight – This is crucial for sleep and healthy circadian rhythms. Read more - https://aferg.co/2iYJjZ0
01:50 - Take morning Herbs on an empty stomach
02:14 - In ear Human Charger Light Therapy
03:00 - Red Light Therapy Session – https://aferg.co/2mrsasj
3:40 - Morning Stretches
04:00 - Morning health cocktail
04:25 - Check my Oura Ring Sleep Score and HRV score
06:20 - Morning Walk
06:40 - Water my indoor plants and Garden and Barefoot grounding
07:12 - Make morning smoothie & supplements – https://aferg.co/2yr1Vba
08:30 - Morning Gratitude Journaling
12:12 - Day Planning – https://aferg.co/intel73d3
14:20 Get Started on your day – https://aferg.co/2h0cyXa

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How Often Should I Change Hand Towels?

by Kimberly Button @ Get Green Be Well

In our house, we use hand towels in the bathroom, kitchen and guest bathroom. Cloth hand towels are so much nicer and luxurious than paper hand towels. (They are also more sustainable and less expensive, too.) When cold and flu season starts, though, I always find myself wondering how often should I change hand towels?...

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Naturepedic Quartet Organic Mattress

by Admin @ Organic Mattress – New Living

*Only available for in-store purchase.

Available Sizes:

  • Twin
  • Twin XL
  • Full
  • Queen
  • King
  • Cal. King

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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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Let Natural Cloth Wipe Away Paper Towel Waste

by @ Sophia Ruan Gushee | Detox Your Homes | Toxin Free Living

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Paper towels are handy for cleaning up a milk spill, drying hands, and cleaning the house. Maybe a little too handy.

In 2017, consumers spent $39,203 million on household paper products (paper towels, toilet paper, napkins, tissues, etc). Plus, consumer spending went up by $1,958 million over a two-year period, with spending totaling a lesser $37,245 million in 2015. (1)

Let’s look at it another way.

Americans use 741 pounds of paper each year, on average. Nearly 55 of those pounds are for household paper products such as paper towels, napkins, tissues and toilet paper. (2)

Per year!

That’s a lot of paper products.

As users of so many paper products it’s worth asking, are chemicals found in these products and if so, are there nontoxic alternatives?

Are Chemicals Found in Paper Towels?

Paper products, such as paper towels can contain dyes, inks, fragrances, chlorine bleach, formaldehyde, adhesives, and other chemicals. Here are a few of the specifics:

  • CDFs. Chlorodibenzofurans (CDFs) is a chemical group with over 135 types of chemicals. They may affect the nervous system, respiratory system, and irritate the skin and eyes. CDF has been found in paper towels, coffee filters, milk cartons, and tampons. (3)
  • Triclosan. Triclosan is added to products as an antimicrobial with the intention of reducing, or preventing, bacterial contamination. (4) The chemical can be found in soaps, toothpastes, cosmetics, clothing, toys, furniture, and paper products, such as paper towels or napkins. It can also be found in the bodies of most Americans. Triclosan may be affecting the hormone and reproductive systems, and causing an increased sensitivity to allergens. (5)
  • Formaldehyde. Paper towels have been found to contain formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a chemical in the Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) family, and off-gasses into the air. People can be exposed to formaldehyde through touching products as well. (6) Of course, with paper towel touching (especially when wiping our hands) exposure is pretty common.
  • BPS. Created as an alternative to the toxic chemical BPA (bisphenol A), BPS (bisphenol S) has been found to likely have the same effect on people’s health. (7) Found in urine samples from US subjects, BPS may affect the hormone systems. Products such as newspaper, food paper, and paper towels have been found to have BPS in them. The BPS may have been from the recycling process. (8)

Are There Non Toxic Paper Towels?

There are companies that make paper towels with nontoxic ingredients, such as using peroxide instead of chlorine bleach for whitening. Some companies simply leave ingredients, such as dyes and inks out of products. It’s tough to know for sure though.

Manufacturing companies are not required to list ingredients on paper towels, keeping consumers in the dark about the full list of ingredients used to make the product. The next best thing consumers can do is to choose paper towels that say it does not have dyes, fragrances, or bleach in it.

Another option is to ditch the paper towels (nearly) all together, and use fabric towels instead. Limit use of paper towels to cleaning soiled areas, such as toilets. Instead of using paper towels for dusting and wiping surfaces, use rags (old or new!) for cleaning the house.

Hang hand towels in the kitchen and bathrooms for drying hands after washing. Have one or two extra hand towels hand-y (ha!) when entertaining guests so that towels can be changed if they become too wet. When buying new hand towels, choose towels made from organic, natural fabric and dyes plus those without finishes.

Breaking the habit of using so many paper towels (and other paper products) may take a little getting used to but can be a worthwhile change. There’s a potential to reduce the amount of money that the household is spending on paper products, reduce the amount of chemicals in the home, and reduce the poundage of paper products used per year. An all around win!

 


References

(1) U.S. Dept of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis

(2)  Environmental Working Group - Enviroblog

(3)  ATSDR - CDFs

(4)  U.S. Food and Drug Administration

(5)  Environmental Working Group - Research

(6)  ATSDR - Formaldehyde

(7)  Environmental Health Perspectives

(8)  Pollution Prevention Resource Center

 

 

Toxic Chemicals in Your Everyday Products (THE FACTS & FIGURES)

by Ashley @ Nontoxic Reboot

There are harmful chemicals everywhere. But who would have really known they were in your home? In your everyday personal products? In your baby's toys and furniture? Could our government have really allowed such toxic material to be near our loved ones?Its sad....but true.I have gathered a list of facts, figures, and statistics from all […]

Easy Two Ingredient Turmeric Bombs Fight Inflammation & Much More

by Debbie Wolfe @ Natural Living Ideas

Two ingredients and countless health benefits, these Turmeric Bombs are loaded with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. In one bite you can control arthritis, reduce cholesterol, boost your immunity and improve digestion.  Health Benefits of Turmeric Turmeric is no stranger to the alternative wellness space. This ancient spice is powerfully therapeutic and so much more than just a culinary delight. You might be familiar with its… [read more]

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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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The Best Breast Pump that is Comfortable and Non Toxic

by Ashley @ Nontoxic Reboot

This post contains affiliate links. Click here to read my affiliate policy.New moms feed their babies in a variety of ways, and giving expressed breastmilk is a common approach. If you are choosing to give your baby breastmilk, it's probably because you want the best food possible for your little one. To do that, it's […]

What Is The Best Natural Organic Mattress?

What Is The Best Natural Organic Mattress?


Ben Greenfield Fitness - Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Is your mattress slowly killing you? What is the best natural organic mattress?

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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How to Find a Nontoxic and Sustainable Mattress - Ecocult

How to Find a Nontoxic and Sustainable Mattress - Ecocult


Ecocult

I have something admit. My mattress is not eco-friendly. Well, it is in the sense that I bought it used. Three years ago, I was sleeping on the Ikea mattress I had bought off the girl who lived in my room before me. When a downstairs neighbor had to abruptly move out and sell all his furniture, I picked up a Tempur-Pedic mattress for $300 (! They usually start at $1,600). That mattress is now covered with organic sheets, pillows, and pillow covers. But I never seriously considered getting a new one, even though I know most mattresses contain fire retardants, volatile organic compounds, and formaldehyde which offgas into our air while we sleep on them. Hours a night. Almost every night. For years. In fact, my mattress must be the most toxic thing in my home. And yet, mattresses are expensive. And getting rid of my current mattress would entail throwing it out – because of bed bugs, nobody wants to buy or even take an old mattress. But now that you can recycle your mattress in New York City, I might be ready to switch mine out. But buyer beware: Not all mattress companies who bill themselves as eco-friendly …

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.

35+ Instant Pot Whole30 Recipes

by Tracey Black @ Don't Mess with Mama

Whole30 meals are popular right now. Why? It’s a great way to reset the body by omitting grains, dairy, legumes and added sugar. But you don’t need to slave in the kitchen to make Whole30 recipes for your family. Get your Instant Pot and make these easy and delicious meals in less than an hour. […]

6 Non-Toxic Cookware Brands to Try

6 Non-Toxic Cookware Brands to Try

by Lori @ Groovy Green Living

Years ago I started tossing my old, scratched non-stick pots and pans and slowly began to replace them with safer, non-toxic brands. My switch to non-toxic cookware has been a process. There’s so much information out there to sort through and investing in new pieces can be an expensive undertaking. After years of research and...

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Natural DIY Body Wash

by Grace Furman @ Red and Honey

This natural DIY body wash takes just minutes to mix together, works like a charm, and smells amazing! (Plus, you know exactly what’s in it… and it’s all natural!) We use soap to keep us clean and healthy, however, mainstream soaps themselves can be what make us unwell! Conventional soaps, cleansers, washes, sanitizers, and other […]

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How to Find Safe Furniture + Mattresses for Kids Rooms and the Whole Family

by Laura @ Organic Mattresses – The Soft Landing®

Finding safe furniture for your home can be a daunting task, so we looked far and wide to find manufacturers that meet our high standards to make your job easier. Low-VOC finishes and glues, and no formaldehyde or flame retardants.

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Easy, Non Toxic, DIY Holiday Scent Gifts: Room Spray & Sachet

Easy, Non Toxic, DIY Holiday Scent Gifts: Room Spray & Sachet

by Monica Schrock @ Blog - Non Toxic Revolution

What's better than gifting something you made with your hands? We made some non toxic holiday gifts that you would be proud to give your loved ones this season.

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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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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The 5 Highest Rated Firm (Hard) Mattresses in 2018

by Sarah Cummings @ The Sleep Advisor

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OMI Duo Mattress

by Admin @ Organic Mattress – New Living

*Only available for in-store purchase.

Available Sizes:

  • Twin
  • Twin Set
  • Twin XL
  • Twin XL Set
  • Full
  • Full Set
  • Queen
  • Queen Set
  • E King
  • E King Set
  • Cal King
  • Cal King Set

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Homemade DIY Herbal Hair Rinse

by Tiffany @ Nature Moms Blog

Often times the first introduction to a DIY herbal hair rinse comes after an investigation into shampoo-less methods of washing your hair…also called no poo hair care. Women all over the globe have ditched the conventional shampoo and conditioners found at the local grocery store and they are seeking out healthier, more natural, less chemical […]

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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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9 Female Poets That Empower & Ignite Change With Their Words

9 Female Poets That Empower & Ignite Change With Their Words

by Emily Torres @ The Good Trade

There are countless volumes of poetry written by women who deserve our praise and adoration, but we took some time to select some of the ones most inspiring us at this moment in time. These nine impactful poets range from the late 1800s all the way to the modern digital age, each with a different message that will inspire you to take action in your own life, to ignite social and political change, or to take a stand for the environment we all share. 

Kid’s Quilted Deluxe Organic Cotton Mattress

by Admin @ Organic Mattress – New Living

*Only available for in-store purchase at our Kirby Location  (6111 Kirby Drive)

  • Features a luxuriously quilted organic cotton fabric for a more mature mattress feel. Please note that this side is not waterproof and would require a Waterproof Mattress Protector Pad for full waterproof and dust-mite protection.
  • Features a premium 14.5 gauge steel coil innerspring with alternating coil directions. This provides a strong stable feel that is both comfortable and supportive. 6 gauge border wire adds heavy duty edge support for long lasting durability. Twin: 360 Coils. Full: 528 Coils.

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Join Us For Non Toxic DIY Holiday Gift Making Workshops!

Join Us For Non Toxic DIY Holiday Gift Making Workshops!

by Monica Schrock @ Blog - Non Toxic Revolution

This holiday season we are curating a series of (4) Non-Toxic #DIYHoliday Gift-Making Workshops to educate our community on #nontoxic alternatives for everyday life and Holiday gifts! 

Our Voila Hybrid Mattress Review for 2018

by Sarah Cummings @ The Sleep Advisor

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Non-toxic vs. Organic Mattress Review | Wellness Mama

Non-toxic vs. Organic Mattress Review | Wellness Mama


Wellness Mama®

There are many organic mattress choices but not all are really chemical free and sometimes a non-toxic mattress may be better (& cheaper!)

Keeping it Clean

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

Keeping it Clean | Reducing microplastics in our oceans.Read More ...

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Editor’s Picks: Modern (and Medal-Worthy) Metallics

by Team Y @ Design Necessities

In honor of the forthcoming Olympic games, we wanted to pay tribute to furniture and accessories that we already consider “metal winners” from designers the world over. They will add just the right amount of gold, silver or bronze (or copper) shimmer to your space. La Rosa Brass Fruit Bowl from Alessi While the La […]

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Organic Cloth Diapers 101: The Beginner’s Guide to Cloth Diapering

by The Gentle Nursery @ The Gentle Nursery

Welcome to Organic Cloth Diapers 101! Cloth diapering, especially with high-quality organic cloth diapers, is a great way to reduce your baby’s exposure to harmful chemicals and reduce your carbon footprint and help protect the environment. Even knowing how beneficial it can be, cloth diapering for beginners can still be pretty intimidating. After all, there […]

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How To Find An Affordable Natural Organic Mattress

How To Find An Affordable Natural Organic Mattress


Rodale's Organic Life

4 tips for buying the best non-toxic bedding for a healthier night's sleep.

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.

Tell Albertsons (and all the stores they own) That You're Tired Of Toxic Products!

Tell Albertsons (and all the stores they own) That You're Tired Of Toxic Products!

by Monica Schrock @ Blog - Non Toxic Revolution

A growing body of science has linked exposure to hazardous chemicals, commonly found in some products, to chronic diseases like cancer and asthma. Chemicals that can harm our families shouldn’t be lurking on store shelves. New research shows that Albertsons sells products containing toxic chemicals like formaldehyde-releasers, lead and parabens. Researchers even found harmful chemicals in store brand products, such as sensitive skin body wash and kids’ bubble bath, sold by [STORE’S parent company] Albertsons.

New Report: BPA still in 1/3 of Kroger & Albertsons food cans

New Report: BPA still in 1/3 of Kroger & Albertsons food cans

by Bree Flory @ Blog - Non Toxic Revolution

Some of the largest grocery and dollar stores all around the country still sell products that test positive for BPA, a highly toxic chemical in plastic which is linked to multiple cancers, obesity, endocrine problems and other serious health issues.

Stop Making Health Resolutions and Do This Instead

Stop Making Health Resolutions and Do This Instead

by Alexa @ Simple Roots

First ask yourself, have you ever meet the resolutions you’ve set? Don’t worry if you haven’t, 80% of others haven’t as well and that 20% is most likely a stretch. At least in the way we know resolutions. Today we’re going to uncover why you should stop making health resolutions and what to do instead!...

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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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What I Learned By Being Sick: Kyle’s Healing Story

by Jordan Reasoner @ SCD Lifestyle

Kyle shares how she overcame a lifelong battle with constipation, a severe case of SIBO, and the life-changing lessons she learned along the way.

The New Soma Organic Line-Up

The New Soma Organic Line-Up

by Soma Organic Mattresses @ non toxic – Soma Organic Mattresses

With a new location comes the official launch of our reinvented Soma Organic Mattress Line-up. Customized comforts for each partner are available in 5 different models providing a personalized bed that will leave you feeling rejuvenated every morning after sleeping … Continue reading

How to Buy a Non-Toxic Mattress for a Safe Night's Sleep

How to Buy a Non-Toxic Mattress for a Safe Night's Sleep


Mindful Momma

Learn what to look for in a non-toxic mattress, the best healthy mattress brands, and why conventional mattresses are not smart to sleep on.

How to Afford a Non-Toxic Bed - Get Green Be Well

How to Afford a Non-Toxic Bed - Get Green Be Well


Get Green Be Well

A healthy nights sleep starts with a non-toxic bed. It can be expensive, though. Here's the best tips on how to get an organic or natural mattress for less.

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 …

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!

Non-Toxic Tuesday | How To Choose A Non-Toxic Crib Mattress

Non-Toxic Tuesday | How To Choose A Non-Toxic Crib Mattress


Tierney Cyanne Photography

Welcome to the latest edition of non-toxic Tuesday! I just have to start by saying that I've been SO encouraged lately by how many people have told me that they have started making small, non-toxic changes in their lives thanks to this series! If you follow it and have been able to take something aw

Holistic Health Care for Kids

by Jane Sheppard @ Healthy Child

  Are you interested in holistic health care or functional medicine but have some fears or concerns when it comes to using it for your kids? Let’s look at the myths and fears around holistic health care. First, I’ll explain what holistic medicine is NOT. It’s not an alternative to conventional medicine. It’s not a question of either/or. …Read More

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Everything You’ve Asked Me About Water Filtration

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Want to make your tap water safe? These toxins are nearly ubiquitous in tap water: Chlorine is a toxin used to sanitize water.  Sanitation is necessary but drinking chlorine is not. Fluoride is a neurotoxic chemical banned in Western Europe, and linked to a lower IQ in children in 50 studies. Microorganisms, bacteria and viruses circulate […]

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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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STOP! Don't buy that new TOXIC mattress!

STOP! Don't buy that new TOXIC mattress!


Weed 'em & Reap

Don't buy that conventional mattress. It's toxic! There are cheaper and healthier options that won't pollute your personal environment.

3 Reasons Perfume Stinks for Your Health

by Dr. Frank Lipman @ Dr Frank Lipman

Perfume has become a industrial, virtually plant-free affair, far removed from its nature-bound beginnings. Modern day perfumes and fragrances, be they the ones you spray on, shampoo into your skin or moisturize post-shower, have morphed into vehicles that deliver numerous petroleum-based synthetic toxins into our bodies, making most scents little more than ugly subverters of health, wrapped in pretty packaging.

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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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How To Track Your Cycles for Non-Hormonal Birth Control

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

This post is sponsored by the Natural Cycles app. This app fits my philosophy of honoring the wisdom of our menstrual cycles. This content reflects my story and my opinions, particularly when it comes to avoiding hormonal contraception. The company Natural Cycles is not against hormonal birth control, but is an alternative choice to hormones. […]

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Organic Harmony

by GDMAdmin @ The Natural Sleep Collection – Gardner Mattress

Harmonize in Your Rest.

  • 100% Natural Talalay Latex Mattress
  • 100% organic cotton fabric upholstery
  • Can be one-sided or flippable
  • Pressure Relieving
  • Anti-microbial and anti-mildew

Natural latex often doesn’t provoke latex allergies and will keep common mattress pests at bay even without chemicals. With our devoted hand craftsmanship, you can rest assured of its comfort.

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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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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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What Is the Least Toxic Mattress?

What Is the Least Toxic Mattress?


Wirecutter: Reviews for the Real World

There is no such thing as a nontoxic mattress. And you shouldn’t worry about that, says our science editor.

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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Phosphatidylserine: The Brain Nutrient That Changed My Life

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Medication submerged my personality I empowered myself with nutrition at age 19 in order to eliminate pharmaceutical drugs from my life. At this young age, I had already been on countless drugs to manage my “incurable” disease. I was taking drugs to treat the side effects of those drugs. This medication cocktail made my mind a […]

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Gardner Mattress Innerspring Vs. Pocketed Coil Mattresses

by gardmatuser @ Gardner Mattress

Gardner Mattress can make a unique mattress for the customer’s needs. Innerspring and Pocketed Coil are two of the most popular types of mattresses. Listen or read more to hear from Kirk Forsyth, General Manager at Gardner Mattress, to find out the differences between Innerspring and Pocketed Coil mattresses. Katlyn Graham:  Hello. I’m Katlyn Graham, here with Kirk Forsyth, the...

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Cute Kids Valentine’s Day Treat Poppers Craft

by Chrystal Johnson @ Happy Mothering

Are you looking for a cute Valentine's Day craft for kids as an alternative to traditional cards? These DIY Treat Poppers are fun and easy to make. I love fun […]

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Popular Wool Bed Configurations (Part 4): Understanding the Wool Mattress

by Renée Camila @ Shepherd's Dream

If you follow our blog, then you know we’ve been discussing popular wool bed configurations. Check out our previous posts for some of our more popular setups: wool mattress, topper & latex pad natural latex mattress and wool-filled topper wool mattress, topper & latex padded slats Today we’re diving into the advantages and limitations of […]

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The non-toxic liquid foundation that works so well

by Irina Webb @ I Read Labels For You

I am excited to tell you about this non-toxic liquid foundation that actually works!  When you use it, you do not have to re-apply your makeup during the day, it will hide your wrinkles, and it feels weightless on your … Continued

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OMI Midori

by Admin @ Organic Mattress – New Living

*Available to try by appointment only.

*Only available for in-store purchase.

Available Sizes:

  • Twin
  • Twin Set
  • Twin XL
  • Twin XL Set
  • Full
  • Full Set
  • Queen
  • Queen Set
  • E King
  • E King Set
  • Cal King
  • Cal King Set

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Something is Wrong with Our Kids

by Jane Sheppard @ Healthy Child

  Over half the kids in America are chronically sick with at least one of these conditions: Asthma Allergies Eczema ADD/ADHD Obesity Anxiety Depression Autism Autoimmune disease Learning disabilities Developmental delays The newest data on autism is that 1 in 36 American kids have an autism spectrum disorder. Pediatric disorders that were once rare or non-existent …Read More

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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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Safety First: Natural And Non-Toxic Baby Bedding

Safety First: Natural And Non-Toxic Baby Bedding


Design Necessities

A baby's skin is delicate, so providing not only the softest, but the safest bedding for them is of upmost importance. Here's a guide for your reference:

Paleo White Chicken Chili

by Jean Choi @ Empowered Sustenance

From Lauren: This recipe for Paleo White Chicken Chili is from regular contributor and fellow NTP Jean Choi.  What is it about creamy soups that make us feel instantly warm, cozy and nourished? Packed with veggies and bone broth, and I just don’t know if I could survive winter without a bowl of yummy soup […]

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The Clean Bedroom By Soma

The Clean Bedroom By Soma

by Soma Organic Mattresses @ non toxic – Soma Organic Mattresses

Is your bedroom a haven for toxins? Dust Mites? Allergies? Where Do We Begin? Competitive Society Like Many North Americans today our rapid hamster wheel like lifestyles often mean we are either constantly working, commuting, or have this incessant need … Continue reading

Non-Toxic Baby Toys {How to Buy Safer Toys for Your Baby}

by The Gentle Nursery @ The Gentle Nursery

In an ideal world, all toys would be safe and there would be no need for worry. There would be no toy recalls and no toys with unsafe levels of lead or BPA. Obviously, that’s not the case and most toy manufacturers won’t think twice about using PVC in their toys or paint sourced from […]

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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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5 Healthy & Eco-Friendly Ways To Reduce Plastic In Your Everyday Life

5 Healthy & Eco-Friendly Ways To Reduce Plastic In Your Everyday Life

by Courtney Jay Biebl @ The Good Trade

Plastic does not biodegrade and plastic gives off toxic chemicals that when ingested or worn, can have long lasting consequences. We're beginning the quest to open our minds to alternatives, in both what we use and what we throw away. If we ask more questions and look deeper, we can change our approach to plastic use and chase the negative impact we may have on our environment and ourselves.

The Health Benefits of Cold Showers

by Tiffany @ Nature Moms Blog

Lots of people dread getting into a cold shower. Heck, we let the water run just to avoid any frigid temperatures even though cold showers would waste less water and fuel used to heat the water. But I mean to make a case for cold showers beyond saving planetary resources. You can actually benefit your […]

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How Green Cleaning Can Change Your Home

by Roxanne @ The Holistic Mama

Let's talk about green cleaning. Every home has on average 62 different toxic chemicals present at any one time. This is worrying for obvious reasons, but more so because we spend 90 percent of our time indoors according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This means we are constantly touching, breathing in and ingesting these […]

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BREAKING: Cleaning Products Come Clean on Ingredients in California

BREAKING: Cleaning Products Come Clean on Ingredients in California

by Monica Schrock @ Blog - Non Toxic Revolution

This bill requires cleaning products to bear a label with, and requires manufacturers to include on their websites, a list of all of the product's ingredients (including individual ingredients in dyes, fragrances, and preservatives) in descending order of predominance by weight, except that ingredients that constitute less than 1% of the product can be listed at the end in any order.

How Mattresses and Lower Back Pain Are Related

by gardmatuser @ Gardner Mattress

Do you wake up feeling ready to take on the day or do you wince at the pain that shoots from your lower back? Waking up to pain doesn’t give anyone a good start to a day full of responsibilities. Whether you’re working a rigorous 9 to 5 or are up at the crack of dawn with the kids, you...

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How Posh & Lavish’s Obsessive Engineering Made them One of Our Most Popular Brands

by Admin @ New Living

If you’ve stopped by New Living Healthy Bedroom Store lately, you may have tried Posh & Lavish. It’s one of our newest brands that we carry and one of the most popular. If you haven’t tried out a Posh & Lavish you must! The mattress is cozy and of the highest quality. And their company […]

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Mattress Off-Gassing

Mattress Off-Gassing


Healthy Child

If you can't afford to buy an organic mattress, how do you block the toxic mattress off-gassing from a non-organic mattress that contains unsafe materials.

My Non-Toxic Natural Memory Foam Mattress | Detoxinista

My Non-Toxic Natural Memory Foam Mattress | Detoxinista


Detoxinista

As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, we’ve been sleeping on a new memory foam mattress. I love it! I gotten several questions about it since my last post, so ...

DIY Insect Repellent Spray with Essential Oils

by Grace Furman @ Red and Honey

This DIY insect repellent spray is super quick to make, and works amazingly well. Plus, it’s made with all natural ingredients so that you won’t have to worry about toxic chemicals. In my opinion, the one and only downside to summertime is the mosquitoes. They annoyingly buzz around you until they finally bite, which results […]

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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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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!

Austin Memory Foam Mattress | Memory Foam Mattresses

Austin Memory Foam Mattress | Memory Foam Mattresses


Austin Natural Mattress

You should avoid the harmful chemicals and gasses that are in a traditional memory foam mattress. See benefits of a more natural memory foam mattress here!

The Best Water Filter Pitcher That is Safe and Non Toxic

by Ashley @ Nontoxic Reboot

This post contains affiliate links. Click here to read my affiliate policy.There's nothing quite like a cold glass of ice water to quench your thirst. Not only does it taste refreshing, but it's important for hydration too. In fact, men should consume 13 cups of liquid every day, and women should get 9.So, yes, downing […]

Lacey's Birth Story

Lacey's Birth Story

by Amanda Morgan @ Blog - Healthy Wifestyle

November 22, 2017

I can’t believe my little Lacey is two weeks old. Everyone was right—the first two weeks are difficult. Figuring out how to keep a tiny human alive is no simple task! But alas, we’ve done it, with a little help from my mom and our night nurse. Woohoo!

I don’t even know where to begin when it comes to Lacey’s birth. I would describe the experience as “the plan that went according to plan unexpectedly.” You’ll know exactly what I mean once you read through the post!

If you read my birth plan, you know that I wanted to attempt a natural birth. I was hoping for little intervention and a calm and peaceful birthing experience. Here’s what really went down…

THE WATER BREAKING

My water broke around 5:00am on Wednesday, November 22nd. This was so exciting initially, because I knew in that moment our baby girl would be making her debut without me having to be induced the following Sunday. Lacey was 11 days late, and the clock was running out for her to make her way into this world without intervention.

Being induced isn’t the worst thing in the world, of course, but it wasn’t what I wanted. So my water breaking was a great sign of things to come. I also had decided to do two membrane sweeps—one the Friday prior (my mucous plug fell out the next day) and one the following Monday (my water broke less than 48 hours after this one). Lacey was born Wednesday evening. After trying nearly everything to get things moving, this was the one thing that did work. My doctor did the sweeps in a more gentle manner than most so I wasn’t in too much pain the next day. I would do it again in a heartbeat after seeing the results!

I called my Mom and my doula around 5:30am, and was told to try to get some rest. Yeah, right! I was too excited. I decided not to wake Ryan up knowing it would be a long day, then laid in bed until 6am. My contractions started around that time, but they were super manageable, around 10 minutes apart. I got up, showered, and made cupcakes for the nurses at the hospital. I woke Ryan up and he was so excited. We decided to just hang out and wait for things to evolve on their own.

THE MORNING

My contractions stayed at 10 minutes apart for a few hours. Again, these were pretty manageable—I would have to pause and breathe through them, but I was ready for these types of contractions. As the hours passed, I wondered what was happening. I would have contractions 7 minutes apart, then 20 minutes apart, and so on. They were completely sporadic for most of the morning.

THE AFTERNOON

At one point, I hadn’t had a contraction for 30 minutes. I called my doula because I was getting tired and really wanted to get the train moving. Ryan was also growing anxious, since my doctor said not to wait longer than six hours after my water broke to go to the hospital.

My doula recommended walking up and down the stairs while simultaneously doing lunges, along with cat/cow poses to get things flowing. The first time I walked up the stairs I had a contraction again. Ryan and I walked the stairs several times and alternated between several different positions, but it seemed my contractions were still in a funky 7-30-10 pattern and not making any sense.

Around 4pm, I decided to call the doctor since it was almost 12 hours after my water broke. Naturally, she wanted me to come in but told me not to rush. I decided to lay down while Ryan made himself dinner.

My body said hellllllll no to laying down and as soon as I hit my pillow, I had the worst contraction of the day. Like, debilitating-want-to-poop-and-throw-up-at-the-same-time type of contraction. I walked outside our bedroom and yelled down to Ryan saying, “Well, that’s not happening.” 

THE EVENING

My Mom and Dad arrived and pushed me to go to the hospital. We started getting our things together and the contractions were growing stronger and more nauseating. I would have to completely stop what I was doing and either get on all fours or lean on our kitchen counter during them.

Things went from six to midnight REAL quick.

It was time to drive to the hospital around 5:45pm and from what I can remember, this was one of the worst parts of my labor. Being in the car during contractions is no fun! But we made it. I walked out of the car, went into the hospital and leaned on a poll during a contraction.

The woman at the valet stand just looked at me and said, “I’m not even going to ask how you’re doing!” and proceeded to grab a wheelchair to bring me up to Labor & Delivery.

Things start to get blurry at this point. They checked me as soon as we got there and guess what…I was 8 centimeters dilated! So listen up, ladies—don’t listen to that math they give you to wait until your contractions are 5-1-1 before you go to the hospital (especially if you want the drugs). Every body is different, and in my case, my contractions went all day and weren’t close together until VERY late in the game.

The nurse asked if I had a birth plan, and my Jersey self said, “F*ck the birth plan, give me the drugs!” My husband laughed and said to everyone, “This is the real Amanda, in case anyone was wondering.” It was an entertaining moment for everyone involved.

They hooked me up to some fluids to prep for the epidural. If you’ve had one, you know it takes time to get this situated. So within the 80 minutes it took for them to do this, have me sign the paperwork (which was a pathetic scribble on my part), and get the anesthesiologist in the room, I was 9.5 centimeters dilated. My body was ready to go!

I was doing some crazy moves at this point during the contractions. I would squat and breathe through them as my doula massaged my low back. The pain was so intense.

I remember at least five people surrounding me asking me what I wanted to do, but also suggesting I forgo the drugs because issues could arise from doing the epidural this late in the game. After several minutes, I decided to go at it all natural.

During those squats, I was already making grunting sounds, so my doctor and doula asked if it felt like I needed to push. I didn’t know what that sensation was supposed to feel like, but they checked me one last time and I was 10 centimeters dilated.

The next two hours (maybe a little less) were a total blur. I went from pushing on the toilet, to using the squat bar on the bed, to leaning over the bed. Lacey’s head was coming out, and it was time to really, really push. They had me on my side on the bed, holding up my top leg and pushing through every contraction. She was almost ready to come out, but my doula suggested I switch positions one more time to adjust her. I laid on my back with my legs spread apart, knees towards my armpits. During contractions, Ryan would lift my head up and the nurses would hold my knees.

At this point, I was sweating, exhausted, and could feel EVERYTHING. I was ready to get this baby out. In one contraction, my doctor counted down from 10 several times, and with those breaths, I pushed Lacey out completely with the loudest screams you could ever imagine. It’s funny, because after practicing Hypnobabies for months before her birth, I didn’t use the recordings at all. By the time we got to the hospital, I was in my own zone and the “peace” I longed for was out the window. It didn’t matter, because the experience went exactly as it should’ve.

It was like instant relief after she was born, but mentally, I was slightly traumatized. They put Lacey on my chest, but all I could concentrate on was what was going on “down there.” I pushed the placenta out, and it was time to stitch me up. The local anesthesia barely did anything because all of the nerves were so stimulated, so this part was almost as rough as her birth itself! Within a half hour, it was over, and I could finally concentrate on my baby girl.

I held Lacey and breastfed her for a bit before they took her away to do a few standard procedures like weigh her, Vitamin K shot, etc. We did everything by the book except the Hep B vaccine and her bath. We waited a few days to give her a bath and will be determining what to do about Hep B down the road.

Ryan and I ordered food and my parents came to meet Lacey. It was so amazing seeing my parents with their first grandchild. Those first few moments made that entire day well worth it.

THE AFTERMATH

I had a lot of trouble sleeping initially, both from the pain and the anxiety I was experiencing. Lacey’s birth was amazing but also slightly traumatizing. I had flashbacks at night for the first week! It took me several days to mentally feel normal again—outside of the regular exhaustion every woman experiences post-labor.

There is no right or wrong way to give birth, and it’s so important to listen to your body and do what works best for both you and baby! You can plan as much as you want, but always know that things will never go as planned and deviating is more the norm when it comes to labor and delivery.

As far as breastfeeding is concerned, I feel fortunate because feeding came relatively easily to Lacey and I. This was only after I started using a nipple shield that was provided by the hospital—before this, we struggled for a few days because I have flat nipples (maybe TMI but it’s true!). The shield doesn’t seem to bother her, and the only issue I have with it is the convenience factor. I’m working with a lactation consultant and we’ll be figuring out how to move forward soon.

Lacey is an amazing little girl who is already so alert and has a sweet personality. I can’t wait to share more of her with you!

Thank you so much for reading through this and for being a part of Healthy Wifestyle. I’m thrilled to be able to incorporate more motherhood pieces into my writing for the blog and look forward to your requests!

I’d love to hear your birth story below, or anything you’d like to share as it relates to your own experience or future experience of labor and delivery. Heart you all!

Xoxo,
Amanda

What is the Best Toothpaste That is Safe and Non Toxic?

by Ashley @ Nontoxic Reboot

Everyone loves a healthy smile. That's why most of us are big fans of minty fresh toothpaste that foams in our mouths and leaves us with pleasant breath. If it feels and tastes so good, it must be good for our teeth, right?It might come as a surprise to you, but many of the ingredients […]

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 Tips to Keep Your Sex Life Toxin-Free

5 Tips to Keep Your Sex Life Toxin-Free

by Monica Schrock @ Blog - Non Toxic Revolution

Have you ever considered for a minute that chemical ingredients related to your sex life could be equally as (if not more!) harmful to your long-term health and well-being?

Best Non-Toxic Mattress Brands

Best Non-Toxic Mattress Brands


Healthy Wifestyle

Looking for some insight into the best nontoxic mattress brands? I've tried nearly all of the top brands out there first hand and am so excited to share my take with you. No matter your budget or cushion preference, there's a nontoxic mattress brand out there for you!

Best Organic Kids Mattress | Lifekind Blog - Organic Mattress Products and More

Best Organic Kids Mattress | Lifekind Blog - Organic Mattress Products and More


Lifekind Blog - Organic Mattresses, Bedding and Lifestyle

Kids spend a lot of time on their mattresses especially when they are very young. Sleep is important for healthy development, not to mention their mood. Do you spend the extra time to provide your kids with healthy food to put in their bodies? Don't you want your kids to spend the time that is supposed to rejuventate their minds and bodies in a clean, nontoxic environment?

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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Can a Non Toxic Mattress Save Your Health?

by Alexa @ Simple Roots

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Why the Best Mattress for Healthy Sleep Is Not Organic | The Healthy Home Economist

Why the Best Mattress for Healthy Sleep Is Not Organic | The Healthy Home Economist


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The best mattress for healthy, nontoxic sleep along with durability and state of the art sleep technology is surprisingly not an organic one.

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.

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

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Is Your Mattress a Toxic Time Bomb?

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Natural Remedies for Pregnancy Heartburn (Including My Unexpected Favourite!)

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Our Favorite Non Toxic and Vegan Sunscreens and Other Sun Care Tips

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Flame retardants, which reports claim lead to female reproductive problems , thyroid issues, hormone level changes, and decreased sperm quality, are a common chemical found in many conventional mattresses. 

How to Add More Meatless Meals to Your Meal Plan

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5 Simple Yet Essential Changes to Make at the Grocery Store

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The 10 Best All-Natural and Organic Mattress Sources

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EPA: Don’t let industry write the rules on toxic chemicals

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Our Birth Plan

Our Birth Plan

by Amanda Morgan @ Blog - Healthy Wifestyle

In photo: Breastfeeding Pillow, Boppy // Newborn Onesie, Nordstrom (one similar)

Hello, loves! Thank you for being patient with me over the past few weeks. Blogging has definitely taken a back seat as I prepare for baby, and my schedule is a little off whack.

I’ll also be taking maternity leave until the New Year, so my last blog will be November 7th (unless baby comes before then!).

There are so many pregnancy-related blogs that I had intended on writing, but many of them had been done before. Hospital bag contents, prepping for labor, etc. Instead, I decided to give you the real deal with our actual birth plan, which you can view below.

Labor and delivery are very personal choices. I want you to remember that as you read through what Ryan and I decided as a couple.

It was extremely important to me to understand exactly what I was getting into before labor, so I read plenty of books and did research. I couldn’t be one of those women who just showed up at the hospital with my bags and trusted everyone around me. I knew I needed more control, so I really put in the time and effort to make myself feel comfortable.

I shared a post on Instagram the other day about choices. Many women believe they don’t have a choice when it comes to things that are recommended to them by their doctors during pregnancy or by their nurses in the hospital during delivery. You absolutely have a choice, and should always feel empowered to ask questions and lean on your doctors or midwives for support. If you feel that you are being pushed into something you don’t want to do, then it might be time to look for a new practice.

There have been many instances where I did things differently, but I’ll share two examples. My doctor recommended the gestational diabetes test at 28 weeks and the flu vaccine at some point in my third trimester. I explained I wasn’t comfortable with the flu vaccine (both Ryan and I haven’t gotten it ourselves in over a decade) and I knew the gestational diabetes test would make me sick from all of the sugar at one time (I had passed out once in pregnancy and didn’t feel like going through it again!). She supported both decisions, and for the diabetes test I simply did a finger prick on an empty stomach.

Obviously, these choices won’t work for everyone, but they worked for me and for us. Do your research and follow your intuition!

Below is a summary of our birth plan and brief explanations of why I made certain decisions. I’m totally up for questions or discussions in the comments below the blog, but please be kind. I would never judge anyone’s choices, and I hope mine won’t be judged either! :)

Enjoy darlings, and looking forward to reading your thoughts.

Love,
Amanda

FYI, our doula recommended that we bullet point our birth plan and keep it within one page so it’s actually read. I added a “my notes” section after each stage to explain things further for you. Here ya go!

Baby Morgan Birth Plan

We are planning for a natural birth, but are also open to possibilities knowing that there are things we cannot control in the birthing process. We would appreciate your support in this endeavor and can’t thank you enough!

People in the room and environment

  • We’ll be using Hypnobabies techniques
  • To keep the environment calm during hypnosis, I request low lights, quiet voices, and minimum interruptions
  • My husband Ryan and doula Dawn will be the only people present for labor and delivery (family will be in waiting room)

My notes: I’ve been practicing Hypnobabies for months and am looking forward to seeing how it goes. It’s a home study course that requires time and commitment. I’ll let you know if I believe it’s worth it after all is said and done!

First-stage labor

  • Coconut water during labor for hydration. May have honey and mashed banana in case of low blood sugar
  • Intermittent fetal monitoring is ideal (20 minutes per hour)
  • No routine IV—a saline lock is fine
  • Would like to avoid an amniotomy unless water is not fully broken and labor progression is slow. If this does not work and things are still moving slowly, we may be open to Pitocin after a discussion

My notes: I get low blood sugar if I don’t eat every few hours, so I put this in here even though I realize I’m not “allowed” to eat. I’ve heard the nurses don’t mind what they can’t see (ha!), so if I sneak in a snack here or there, all is fine! I also don’t want to be hooked up to a machine or the bed, so intermittent monitoring is a must—especially since I’m planning to labor naturally and will be moving around a lot. I’d like my water to break on its own, but am letting them know that I’m open to discussion depending on how labor progresses.

Second-stage labor

  • I would rather risk a tear than have an episiotomy
  • If I do end up getting an epidural, we would like to use the peanut ball (may be bringing our own) to avoid any intervention
  • If I require a c-section (even though we would like to avoid this at all costs), I would like my husband to be present during the operation. I would also require my doula or doctor to swab my vagina (a process they now call “seeding”) and place the gauze in a sterile container for immediately after baby is born, and rub said gauze on baby’s skin, mouth, nose, etc. to transfer essential microbiota that would be missed due to a c-section. Lastly, I would like to hold my baby right after the operation before exams.

My notes: I’ve been doing perineal massages since week 37, and am going to have Ryan or my doula hold a warm compress on my perineum as a I begin to push to help with tearing. I would rather tear naturally than be cut surgically, so this is important for them to know. My hospital uses peanut balls to help assist women who have had epidurals—sometimes dilation can stall if you’re simply sitting in the same position, but the peanut ball helps open up the pelvis and change your position to keep the momentum going. You can also ask your partner or nurse to hold your leg up while lying on your side. I got the idea for the last bullet point in a book I read called “Let Them Eat Dirt,” which is all about creating and maintaining a healthy microbiota for baby from birth. This is super important to me if a c-section is deemed necessary and I OK’d it with my doc.

Post-birth

  • No matter what the end result of labor, I would like to hold my baby right after birth skin to skin
  • I would like to wait at least one minute to cut the cord (or until stops pulsating)
  • Please postpone routine newborn procedures until we’ve held the baby for some time, at least an hour (including Vitamin K shot and eye treatment). No vaccinations will be administered at birth (Hep B).
  • I plan on breastfeeding

My notes: Delayed cord clamping is performed by most hospitals these days, but I wanted to make sure they waited at least one minute. I also desire to hold my baby right after birth and don’t want any interventions until we’ve had some bonding time. We decided against the Hep B vaccine but are doing the other procedures (I wasn’t a huge fan of these but Ryan was, so this was compromise for us).

Pastry Chef Follows SCD To Put Her UC In Remission

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Cure Anxiety Naturally

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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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Affordable Non Toxic Mattress | Avocado Green Mattress®

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

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How to Find the Best Mattress for Back Pain

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Organic Luxe

by GDMAdmin @ The Natural Sleep Collection – Gardner Mattress

Natural Sleep is a Natural Luxury. Indulge.

  • Organic cotton padding
  • Pre-compressed upholstery for reduced sagging and depressions
  • Horse hair upholstery creates a unique rich feel

Horse hair is a finer, more luxurious upholstery material for a softer and sleeker feel. Still made without harsh chemicals and pre-compressed to prevent sagging, this mattress is both organic and opulent.

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How To Make Non-Toxic Granite Cleaner

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The Best Essential Oil Diffuser That Is Safe and Non Toxic

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Do You Have Indoor Allergies?

by @ Sophia Ruan Gushee | Detox Your Homes | Toxin Free Living

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Do you sometimes come home after being out of the house all day and experience chronic symptoms: scratchy throat, headache, itchy eyes, or stuffy nose? Could it be an allergic reaction to your indoor environment?

According to the Center for Disease Control, “More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year.”(1) Allergies can lead to a chronic illness, which becomes costly. The Center for Disease Control estimates that “Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion.”(2)

Indoor Allergy Symptoms

Indoor allergies can be hard to distinguish from an illness. For example, allergies and the typical cold or flu share symptoms: fatigue, nasal congestion, headache, fever, and cough. Below explores a few differences though.

Allergies

Allergic reactions involve the “release of IgE (immunoglobulin E) antibodies, histamine, and other chemicals [released by] the immune system.”(3)

Symptoms that are different from a cold or flu are:(4)

  • wheezing
  • shortness of breath
  • rash
  • nausea
  • vomiting

Sometimes the chronic condition, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), can be confused with allergic reactions since they, too, share similar symptoms. However, since MCS does not involve the release of IgE antibodies or histamines, it is not considered an allergic reaction.(5)

Cold/Flu

Symptoms that are different from allergies are:(6)

  • sore throat
  • muscle or body aches
  • discolored mucus (yellow or green)

4 Typical Indoor Allergy Causes

1. Dust

Household dust is made up of particles that fall off of pets, people, and objects. It includes pet dander, bug parts, dead skin cells (from you and me), clothing lint, mold spores, bath towel fuzz, plastic bits from computers and electronics, and chemicals that comprise our household items (e.g. pesticides on fur, chemical cleaners, and fire retardants in electronics).

2. Chemicals

Chemicals in phthalates, surfactants/sulfates and VOCs may cause or trigger allergic reactions.(7) Examples of how these chemicals enter our home include:

  • Phthalates: caulk, plastic food containers, pesticides, textiles, upholstery, and children’s toys
  • Surfactants/sulfates: adhesives used in furniture, leather, paints, and textiles
  • VOCs: candles, synthetic essential oils, cleaning products, air fresheners, composite wood, furniture, and flooring

3. Mold

Mold is found indoors and outdoors in various amounts. It can enter your house from open windows and doors, heating and cooling systems, and be tracked in on clothing, shoes, pets, and people.(8)

4. Dust mites

Dust mites are tiny little arthropods that are similar to spiders. They eat the dried skin that humans shed every day. People can be allergic to the dust mite, their waste, and their deceased bodies, all of which can be found in couches, carpeting, dust, stuffed toys, pillows,, and bedding.(9)

Do You Have Indoor Allergies?

Indoor allergies can be diagnosed in two primary ways: by allergy testing, or by paying attention to patterns.  

Allergy Testing

Allergists can test for reactions to pet dander, mold, dust mites and even some chemicals (like formaldehyde). The testing is typically done one of two ways: skin test and blood test.

  • Skin test: The skin test is the most common allergy test used. It’s relatively painless, affordable, and shows results in 20 minutes.(10)
  • Blood test: The blood test requires drawing and analyzing blood. It takes longer to get results.(11)

Patterns

There are typically patterns that develop with allergic reactions. For example, when you pet an animal your nose gets stuffy. Or when you spend time in your house during nights and weekends, you have a frequent headaches. These patterns could hint at allergy triggers.

3 Tips for Indoor Allergies

You can follow these general guidelines when considering how to reduce indoor allergens. However, start with your trusted medical professional, who can provide individualized health care that takes your entire health (history, current illnesses, specific symptoms, etc) into consideration.

1. Consult an Allergist and/or Environmental Medicine Doctor

Indoor allergies can be caused by a combination of factors. Traditional allergists consider factors such as dust, dust mites, pets whereas traditional Environmental Medicine professionals consider the “clinical aspects of humans and their environment.”(12) The American Academy of Environmental Medicine (https://www.aaemonline.org/aboutus.php) is one tool available to find physicians and other environmental medicine professionals.

2. Avoid allergens

The most effective way to stop allergic reactions without medication is to avoid the allergen. For example, if flowers are causing an allergic reaction, avoid bringing fresh flowers into the house. Similarly, if chemicals are causing an allergic reaction, avoid buying products such as air fresheners, paints and finishes with high amounts of VOCs, synthetic materials, and other chemicals that could be harmful to health.

3. Control the indoor environment

Keep your house dusted and cleaned to help reduce allergy triggers such as mold, dust, dust mites, and chemicals that can stick to dust, clothes, drapes, furniture, bedding and other materials. Fully clean your home with a HEPA vacuum or damp rag at least once per week to minimize dust.

 


References

 

(1)(2) Center for Disease Control - Allergies

(3)(5) Johns Hopkins Medicine

(4) American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

(6) Center for Disease Control - Flu

(7) A to Z of D-Toxing, Works Cited Part 2

(8) Center for Disease Control - Mold

(9) Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

(10)(11) American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology

(12) American Academy of Environmental Medicine

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Lead emissions at 20,000 U.S. airports threaten community health

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Popular Wool Bed Configurations (Part 1): All-Natural Wool Mattress, Topper & Latex Pad

by The Shepherd's Dream @ Shepherd's Dream

One of the advantages of all natural wool bedding is its versatility. Wool bedding greatly benefits from a layered approach which, in turn, provides many options for optimizing the bedding experience to the individual – rather than the other way around. Understanding the advantages of the different layers helps to identify which choices are best […]

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Can a Non Toxic Mattress Save Your Health? - Simple Roots

Can a Non Toxic Mattress Save Your Health? - Simple Roots


Simple Roots

Can a non toxic mattress save your health? You'll find out inside this article why you mattress could be slowly killing you and what to do to stop it!

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.

Where to Get Good Coffee in Granada, Nicaragua

by Abigail Davidson @ Ecocult

A decade ago, you would have had a difficult time finding high quality coffee in Nicaragua. Coffee farmers could make so much more money by exporting it that none of the good stuff stayed in the country. In recent years, however, there has been a growing community of people who want to keep some of their amazing coffee to enjoy themselves -- and I don't blame them one bit! Here are a few places where you can get your hands on some of the good stuff.

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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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Autoimmune Paleo “Cheese” Crackers Recipe

by Michelle Hoover @ Empowered Sustenance

From Lauren: This week’s recipe is from Michelle, who is regularly contributing Autoimmune Paleo recipes. I heard your many requests for egg-free recipes. Since I’m not an expert in egg-free baking, Michelle is coming to the rescue.  There are few things more nostalgic to me than cheese crackers. Extra points if they’re shaped like cute […]

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The Best Food For Your Dog!

The Best Food For Your Dog!

by Bree Flory @ Blog - Non Toxic Revolution

Most commercial pet food is feed-grade rather than human-grade. Feed-grade is less regulated and lower quality than human-grade. So, even if companies claim that their products are healthy, they may still use subpar ingredients.

Your Guide To Sustainably Farmed Flowers For Valentine’s Day

Your Guide To Sustainably Farmed Flowers For Valentine’s Day

by Katherine Oakes @ The Good Trade

Opt out of the traditional bouquet of roses this year and instead choose sustainably-grown flowers for your Valentine's sweetheart. By choosing fair trade, organic and sustainably-grown bouquets, you'll be making less of a negative impact on the planet and a very positive impact on your loved ones. Here's our guide to what to look for and where to shop!

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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OMI Cascade Mattress

by Admin @ Organic Mattress – New Living

*Only available for in-store purchase.

Available Sizes:

    • Twin
    • Twin Set
    • Twin XL
    • Twin XL Set
    • Full
    • Full Set
    • Queen
    • Queen Set
    • E King
    • E King Set
    • Cal King
    • Cal King Set

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9 Natural & Painless Ways To Stop Overeating

by Sierra Bright @ Natural Living Ideas

There are many things that can contribute to overeating, from stress and the pressure of demands to hormones, lack of sleep and more. All of those things can add up to going crazy at the buffet, or gorging on a gallon of ice cream at home. In the short term, it can make you feel uncomfortably full, but do this too often, and there’s little… [read more]

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How to Reduce Back Pain During Sleep

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

Are you one of the 80% of people who experiences back pain from time to time? Back pain has reached nearly epidemic proportions, with nearly […]

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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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Natural Air Fresheners

by @ Sophia Ruan Gushee | Detox Your Homes | Toxin Free Living

Air fresheners have popped up everywhere—in home kitchens, personal vehicles, restaurant bathrooms, hotel lobbies, taxi cabs, and retail clothing stores.

Why are they used so frequently? To mask odors, or to enhance ambiance.

These air fresheners come as sprays and aerosols, plug-ins, scented candles, gels, reed defuses, potpourri, scented paper, and essential oils.  

While noses may enjoy the scent, bodies may not.

Health Effects

Standard air fresheners are made from a mix of chemicals that may harm our bodies. That chemical cocktail usually includes one (or more) of these ingredients:

  • Phthalates. Phthalates help fragrances last longer. However, they may also contribute to hormone disruption, liver and kidney abnormalities, cancer, birth defects, infertility, obesity, endometriosis, development abnormalities, allergies, and asthma.(1)
  • Solvents. Solvents can enhance a product's performance (like paint), prevent clumping, and dry quickly. They may also be toxic to the nervous system; damage the liver, kidneys and reproductive system; and contribute to cancer and dermatitis.(2)
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). VOCs also serve a purpose, like help paints dry more quickly. Health effects from VOCs can be short- and/or long-term, ranging from dizziness and headaches to liver and kidney damage.(3)

Natural Air Fresheners

Consider freshening air without the synthetic chemicals! Before purchasing (or making) an air freshener, identify the purpose: Is it to mask odor, or to enhance ambiance?

Addressing Odors

Remove offending odors. For example, if the kitchen garbage can smells like rotten food, then wash the garbage can with nontoxic soap and warm water to remove the rotting food particles that may be stuck to the can.

Or, if laundry is the offender, wash offensive smelling laundry with nontoxic, fragrance-free soap and baking soda; and rinse with vinegar to remove bacterial-causing odors. For fragrance, you can store the clean clothes near a diffuser of essential oils, or spray clean laundry with diluted 100% pure essential oils.

Enhancing Ambiance

Freshening air for ambiance can be achieved with natural ingredients! Look for air fresheners that are made from all-natural ingredients, such as baking soda, 100% pure essential oils (vs. synthetic essential oils), and natural citrus (such as orange or lemon).

Making Your Own Air Fresheners

Air fresheners can be made using ingredients found in most homes. The DIY solutions below are easy, and can be created within minutes.

  • Scented Simmer. In a small pot, add water, citrus peel, cinnamon, clove, herbs, or flower petals. Simmer on low heat(4). Done! Relax and enjoy the smell.
  • Smudging. Increasingly, people are "smudging," or clearing energy at home by burning sage (with windows open), Palo Santo, or even cinnamon.
  • Vinegar Bowl. Fill a small bowl with vinegar, and place it in the area that has an undesirable smell. That’s it! The smell of vinegar will dissipate. If there is a smelly spot that needs cleaning, use vinegar and water solution to wipe it up.(5)
  • Baking Soda Jar. Leaving baking soda in a box might be effective in absorbing odors, but the box gives an undesirable look. Instead, pour baking soda into a colored Mason jar or decorative container. Leave the lid off so that the baking soda can best absorb the odors.(6)
  • Good Old Fashion Fresh Air. Open windows to air out odors. Fresh air, especially with a cross-breeze, helps dilute odors, blowing the ‘stinky air’ outside. Plus, it doesn’t cost a thing!(7)

In Summary

Whether you’re masking odors, or adding scent for ambiance, consider choosing air fresheners made of all-natural ingredients.

  1. Remove sources of odor by cleaning them with natural cleaners, or eliminating them from the home completely.
  2. Use ingredients that Mother Nature creates, such as water, citrus, spices, herbs, and flower petals.
  3. Consider vinegar, baking soda, and opening windows.

Choose ingredients that your nose and body both enjoy!

 


References

(1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(6)(7) A to Z of D-Toxing, Works Cited Part 2

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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Toxic Flame Retardants: It’s Time for an Evacuation Plan

by The Soft Landing @ Organic Mattresses – The Soft Landing®

These chemicals are full-fledged members of the endocrine disruptor family. They have routinely been added to consumer products for over 30 years in an effort to reduce fire-related injury and property damage.

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What Chemicals are In Your Mattress?

by Admin @ New Living

We think of our home a sanctuary. It’s a comfortable place where we are safe. But unfortunately toxins can lurk all around us in hidden places. Bedding, mattresses, sofas, and household cleaners and paints may be a hidden place for these chemicals. Here is a list of the chemicals that can be found in common […]

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13 Eco-Conscious Athletic Wear Brands To Keep You Moving

13 Eco-Conscious Athletic Wear Brands To Keep You Moving

by Staff Guide @ The Good Trade

Here at The Good Trade, we're always on the lookout for ethical fashion companies that employ responsible labor standards and environmental practices. With fair-trade and ethical labor practices, natural and recycled fabrics, USA made and limited and conscious production, these brands are doing their part to provide consumers with high performance activewear while protecting both people and planet.

A Natural and Non-Toxic Mattress From Avocado Green Mattress | Garden Betty

A Natural and Non-Toxic Mattress From Avocado Green Mattress | Garden Betty


Garden Betty

A hands-on review of a safe, healthy, and natural mattress with no synthetic materials or VOCs. Avocado Green mattresses and pillows are made in the USA.

Strategies for Reducing New Carpet Odor

by @ Sophia Ruan Gushee | Detox Your Homes | Toxin Free Living

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

I was in junior high when my parents last installed new carpet. Well, at least, that was the last time I lived there. My sisters and I were on summer break, and so excited to get rid of the worn out carpeting that the previous owners had left behind.

Giddy with excitement, the three of us sat on the couch outside of the living room, watching the installers lay carpet and secure it with tack strips. After a short time, we retreated upstairs. I remember feeling dizzy and nauseous as we left our post.

That was quite some time ago.

Even after all these years, I vividly remember that new carpet smell.  It was so potent.

What I didn’t know back then is that the ‘new carpet smell’ was created by chemicals off-gassing into the air.

Chemicals found in carpet.

Standard carpeting is made from synthetic fibers, dyes, and finishes. Chemicals that are commonly used to make and/or protect carpeting include:

  • PBDEs
  • PFCs
  • Flame Retardants
  • Preservatives such as formaldehyde and sodium benzoate
  • Solvents including Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
  • Surfactants/Sulfates

In addition, when chemicals mix, they may produce other toxic fumes that could be harmful to health. This is known as the chemical cocktail effect.  As an example, think of bleach and ammonia. When chlorine bleach is mixed with ammonia, it creates additional toxic gases called chloramines. (1)

These types of chemicals can also be found in the foam padding under carpeting, as well as in the adhesives during installation.

How do you get rid of new carpet fumes?

Getting rid of new carpet fumes can take some time, but planning in advance helps. Below are three tips.

1. Don’t bring them home.

The most effective way to have less carpet odor in the home is to not bring them home. Carpets and padding made from natural materials—such as organic wool or cotton—typically has fewer chemicals than synthetic carpeting and padding, which is made from several chemicals.  When installing carpeting, consider non-adhesive installation methods where possible. If adhesives are needed, choose adhesives that are lower in VOCs.

2. Air purifiers with carbon filters.

Investing in an air purifier may reduce the amount of new carpet fumes circulating in the home. Air purifiers come in many variations. Opt for one that has a carbon filter or “activated charcoal.” Please know the type of charcoal we’re talking about here is not the same as the charcoal used to grill. It’s a special type of charcoal (or carbon filter) meant to remove chemicals from the air.

3. Fresh air circulation.

Increase the amount of fresh air in the house. Open windows and larger doors such as a patio door to let the fresh air in. If possible, get a cross breeze by opening windows and doors opposite of each other to increase circulation. Turning on a fan will help circulate the fresh air as well.

The popular new carpet smell is familiar to anyone that has had new standard carpet installed. The smell can be stuck in memory for decades to come, and the health effects may stick around as well.

Consider installing solid surface flooring—such as tile or solid hardwood flooring—with area rugs instead of a fully carpeted floor. If carpet is non-negotiable, consider natural carpets with fewer VOCs, and padding made from natural materials, like cotton. Use installation methods that don’t require adhesives, if possible. If adhesives are required, choose those with fewer VOCs and overall fewer chemicals.

 


References

(1)  Washington State Department of Health

12 Toxic Hormone-Altering Chemicals And How To Avoid Them

12 Toxic Hormone-Altering Chemicals And How To Avoid Them

by Monica Schrock @ Blog - Non Toxic Revolution

There is no end to the tricks that endocrine disruptors can play on our bodies. Here are 12 of the worst hormone disruptors, how they do their dirty deeds, and some tips on how to avoid them.

3 Ways to Detox Hair for Healthy, Natural Volume

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Have you ever had a bad hair day… …that lasted a year? I have. Years ago, when I threw out all the toxic body care products from my bathroom, I was determined to find a hair care line that met my new ingredient standards. I started with DIY hair care, and walked around with my hair displaying […]

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30 Day Declutter Plan for a Healthy Home

by Kimberly Button @ Get Green Be Well

Want to declutter your life? Wondering how to organize your home quickly? Wish you had less stress in your house? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you probably need a 30 Day Declutter Plan. Why Is Clutter Bad? Clutter is bad for your home in so many ways. You probably already...

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Let’s Celebrate! We’ve Created the First Certified Non-Toxic Sofa in the US

by Admin @ New Living

We’ve got big news that we are so excited to share! Our very own Tilly Sofa is officially the first certified non-toxic sofa in the USA! At New Living, we care about health and not only feature organic and natural mattresses from lots of health conscious brands, we also create pieces with our partners HTX […]

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Off-Gassing 101 – How to Keep Toxins Out of Your Home & Nursery

by exampleuser @ SleepLily

Choosing the right furniture and decorations are critical to preventing off-gassing chemicals in your new nursery Getting ready for your new baby is exciting. You want to bring baby home to the perfect nursery and so you get to work painting the walls, laying down new carpet, and picking out furniture. When everything is all done,... Read more »

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Time to Buy a Bed? Why You Need a Non-Toxic Mattress

Time to Buy a Bed? Why You Need a Non-Toxic Mattress


Don't Mess with Mama

Find out why I recommend a non-toxic mattress over organic, memory foam and conventional bed mattresses. No off-gasssing, no flame retardants, no chemicals.

Burn 600 Calories Sitting, and 6 other Infrared Sauna Benefits

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Effortlessly burn fat and detox, while just sitting I’ve never titled a post or newsletter with terms like melt the fat! or burn the calories! or get the six-pack! I prioritize the health of my body over aesthetics or athletic performance. Those, I believe, arise as side effects of  a healthy body. But I thought you would be […]

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Trash These Toxic Beauty Products Fast | 5 Easy and Clean Beauty Swaps

by 80% Clean @ 80% Clean_Clean Living_Clean Eating

We all know that we should switch out all of our beauty products and cosmetics to cleaner versions, but the whole idea of finding clean products that work just as well as the conventional ones can be an overwhelming idea to say the least. If you don’t have the time, money or gumption to change […]

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Best Pregnancy Books

Best Pregnancy Books

by Amanda Morgan @ Blog - Healthy Wifestyle

The to-do list once you find out you're pregnant can seem never-ending. I promise, it doesn't have to be that way! Here's my list for the best pregnancy books, including honorable mentions and every book I've read or plan on reading. There are countless books on pregnancy, but I promise these are worth your while!

Naturepedic Concerto Organic Mattress

by Admin @ Organic Mattress – New Living

*Only available for in-store purchase.

Available Sizes:

  • Twin
  • Twin XL
  • Full
  • Queen
  • King
  • Cal. King

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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…

The Coolest Mattress in Austin: Pure Latex Bliss

by AustinNatural @ Austin Natural Mattress

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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Is Your Mattress Affecting Your Job?

by gardmatuser @ Gardner Mattress

When you’re well rested you feel like you can take on the world. However, if you’re feeling groggy in the morning and sluggish at work, your professional life is likely to be affected. Are You Waking Up Feeling Tired? Starting your day feeling exhausted isn’t a great way to begin the day. In fact, scientific evidence shows that sleep deprivation...

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Fight Fear and Overcome Anxiety with Alli Worthington

by Alexa @ Simple Roots

Fight fear and overcome anxiety with this no-nonsense approach that will encourage you how to cut through the daily clutter of life and step out in fierce faith. Expert Alli Worthington gives all the advice we need to overcome fear and live fiercely.  I used to think fear and worry were something you were just...

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The Allegra Organic Mattress From Green Sleep

The Allegra Organic Mattress From Green Sleep

by Soma Organic Mattresses @ non toxic – Soma Organic Mattresses

Soma Sleep And Wellness proudly presents the Allegra Sleep system from Green Sleep which is composed of a traditional Bonnell coil spring and surrounded by pure layers of natural rubber. The mattress provides a firm supports to keep your body … Continue reading

A Day in the Life of a GAPS Family

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

From Lauren: Today’s post comes from my friend Melanie Christner, NTP, a gifted practitioner and creator of the GAPS Class. Scroll to the bottom of the post to learn about this resource for healing.  Sometimes the only way to wrap your head around a new idea/change…is to see it. Many families are contemplating the traditional-foods-based […]

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DIY Cream Blush And Lip Tint Recipes

DIY Cream Blush And Lip Tint Recipes

by Heather @ Mommypotamus

If you love the fresh, dewy glow of cream blush but not the slew of parabens and phthalates that are used to achieve it, I think you’ll love these simple DIY cream blush and lip tint recipes. They create a dewy finish that makes skin glow, and are made with 100% non-toxic, natural and/or organic ingredients. Also, […]

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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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Vote for healthy families this November!

by Katy @ Non-toxic Kids

I remember how nervous I was when I had my first daughter. I worried that I would hold her wrong, that I would trip and drop her, that the house wasn’t safe for some reason, that something would happen to this fragile, beautiful little being that I loved so much I thought my heart would […]

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Weekend Reading: Everything We Knew About Non-Toxic Beauty Might Be Wrong

by Alden Wicker @ Ecocult

Hello from Panama! We just got back from our days deep in the jungle at the eco village Kalu Yala. I have much to say about it, but I must gather my thoughts. In the meantime, here is all the juicy news from the world of sustainability: Fashion The fashion label GANT, which has some sustainable pieces like organic cotton sweatshirts and lyocell blouses, announced a partnership with Waterkeeper Alliance this week. They’re starting with helping Riverkeeper expand their plastic collections in Costa Rica. | EcoCult inbox Knitted sneakers (and consumers’ love of natural materials) are fueling the record high price of wool. | The Business of Fashion In just four days, top fashion CEOs earn a garment worker’s lifetime pay. | Quartz How responsible is your cashmere, really? | Fashionista Kering and H&M were crowned the most sustainable fashion firms. | Retail Gazette  Why people forget that their jeans were made with child labor. | Moneyish Travel Tara Nolan at The Conscious Connoisseur wrote about 8 eco-conscious destinations for mindbodygreen, and she was nice enough to include my recommendation to visit Oaxaca! | mindbodygreen  Don’t you dare show up in a developing country and ask for handouts. It’s not clever or cool. | Quartz Hong […]

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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.

Lead emissions at 20,000 U.S. airports threaten community health

by Katy @ Non-toxic Kids

We at Non-Toxic Kids are troubled by a new report from Friends of the Earth and the Center for Environmental Health. The report documents how small airplanes at 20,000 U.S. airports still emit toxic lead. Aviation fuel currently accounts for 50 percent of all airborne lead emissions and the Environmental Protection Agency has said there is […]

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6 Kinds of Sheep’s Milk Cheese You Should Try Today

by DaNelle Wolford @ Weed 'em & Reap

Sheep’s milk cheese? Is that a thing? Although sheep’s milk seems rare and hard to find, sheep cheeses are available in almost every grocery store. You may have already eaten sheep’s cheese without knowing it, as some of the most famous imported cheeses are (or, at least, can be) made from sheep milk: Feta (Greece, Italy, and France), Ricotta and Pecorino Romano (Italy) and Roquefort (France). Increasingly, you may encounter

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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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Should You Invest in a Non-Toxic Mattress for Your Child? - The Holistic Mama

Should You Invest in a Non-Toxic Mattress for Your Child? - The Holistic Mama


The Holistic Mama

      Most naturally minded parents have at least considered purchasing a non-toxic mattress for their child. It is a topic that has become pretty well known in the last few years. The reality is, it's a big purchase and no one wants to waste money on gimmicks or kids product trends so you may ask yourself …

The Best Non-Toxic Lipstick You’ll Love

by Irina Webb @ I Read Labels For You

Because lipstick goes onto our lips and we ingest small amounts of it, I am very picky about which lip products I use.  After reading ingredients and asking questions of numerous manufacturers of makeup products made with natural and organic … Continued

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

by Jill Thompson @ The Sleep Advisor

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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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WTF?! is with Toxic Mattresses?

WTF?! is with Toxic Mattresses?


Non Toxic Revolution

Flame retardants, which reports claim lead to female reproductive problems, thyroid issues, hormone level changes, and decreased sperm quality, are a common chemical found in many conventional mattresses. 

Introducing The Hypnos Mattress Collection

Introducing The Hypnos Mattress Collection

by Soma Organic Mattresses @ non toxic – Soma Organic Mattresses

In Greek Mythology Hypnos was the ancient Greek God of Sleep. (Son of Nyx, God of Night.) He dwelt in a cavern in the land of Cimmerians surrounded by his sons who were the bringer of dreams. With a healthy … Continue reading

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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5 Toxic Effects of Botox and Cosmetic Surgery

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

This article focuses on the effects of cosmetic surgeries primarily aimed at women. I understand that women get plastic surgery for a variety of reasons. My goal is to provide information so women can make well-informed choices about their body. I also aim to identify the unquestioned beliefs that allow the cosmetic surgery industry to […]

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How Non-Stick Cookware Can Be Toxic & How To Avoid It

How Non-Stick Cookware Can Be Toxic & How To Avoid It

by Bree Flory @ Blog - Non Toxic Revolution

Have you ever wondered about the components of non-stick pans that make them, well, non-stick? As it turns out, it’s a combination of chemicals which release toxic gasses and particles into the air WHEN HEATED.

The Best Protein Powder: A Review & Buyer’s Guide

by Organic Newsroom @ Organic Newsroom

Protein powder is a wildly popular class of supplements that offer a wide array of essential and non-essential amino acids. The best protein powder supplements have been shown to offer many health benefits and can help maintain a balanced nutritional diet. These products have began to challenge the long-held notion that whey protein powder is the superior choice, and are […]

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The Best Food Storage Containers That Are Safe and Non Toxic

by Ashley @ Nontoxic Reboot

Leftovers: They're pretty much a fact of life. So what do you do with them? Your grandma probably stored hers in Tupperware bowls or reused plastic packaging like margarine tubs and cottage cheese containers.What your grandma didn't know, however, is that those plastic items aren't the best food storage containers. Sure, they're reasonably priced and […]

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]

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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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 …

Watermelon

by Jessica Hann @ Avocado Green Mattress

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

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Can You Fit Natural Products in Your Budget?

by Emma Rohmann @ Green at Home

The number one struggle I hear from members of my Green Product Forum about making the switch to healthier, greener, more natural products is time and money. OK, that’s two struggles. But they are more often than not connected. It’s not surprising. Green products are notoriously more expensive than their conventional counterparts, at least when […]

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Get Your Dream On Without Toxins » Nature Moms

Get Your Dream On Without Toxins » Nature Moms


Nature Moms Blog

When I think of what I want my bedroom to be, I think about a serene and tranquil place that I can retire to after an exhausting, activity filled day. I think the bedroom should be a place of calm and relaxation…a place to unwind and think quietly about anything that is on my mind....

Protect Your Child from Chemical Fumes with Mattress Wrapping

by Joanie @ Organic Mattresses – The Soft Landing®

I always recommend making a safe, natural mattress one of your top purchasing priorities. But what if you simply can't afford to make the investment right now? I say start saving up and wrap your mattress in the meantime.

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Can a Bed with an Adjustable Base Help Ease Sleep Apnea Symptoms?

by gardmatuser @ Gardner Mattress

Over 22 million people in the United States suffer from sleep apnea and nearly 80% of cases remain undiagnosed. Sleep apnea leads to restless nights and can be linked to serious health issues. In addition to conventional treatments such as CPAP machines or surgery, you may want to consider a bed with an adjustable base. Raising Your Head Reduces Throat...

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Sleep and Relationships: How More Rest Makes Happier Couples

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

From emotional blowouts to a lower libido, a lack of sleep hurts often spells trouble for relationships. This article explain what happens to couples’ communication […]

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Soma Organic Mattresses Places the Focus On Health

Soma Organic Mattresses Places the Focus On Health

by Soma Organic Mattresses @ non toxic – Soma Organic Mattresses

As our Soma Organic brand and name awareness has grown over the past 5-6 years so has the diverseness of our clientele. Everything from disgruntled conventional mattress consumers, tree huggers, vegan lifestyle, eco-green, back problems, sleep disorders and so on. … Continue reading

Is Caffeine Harming Your Hormones?

by Alexa @ Simple Roots

The scoop about caffeine and your hormones. Everything you need to know and why you should consider this painless caffeine detox.  Coffee, the word everyone loves but never wants to talk about. And by “talk about,” I meant the relationship between coffee or better said, caffeine and hormones. I apologize in advance for going there....

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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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Hey T.J. Maxx, We Want Safer Products

Hey T.J. Maxx, We Want Safer Products

by Lori @ Groovy Green Living

As many of you know, I’ve been working with Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families for many years on their Mind the Store Campaign. This is a national effort to protect families from toxic chemicals. I’ve visited Walgreens, Costco and devoted plenty of blog posts to this campaign. I’m often asked why I take the time to...

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5 Eco-Friendly Decorating Ideas that Won’t Break the Bank

by 80% Clean @ 80% Clean_Clean Living_Clean Eating

I like having my house look well put together and decorated, and I even like to take on the occasional craft project now and then. What I don’t like is using a bunch of toxic chemicals or products to get the job done and spending a fortune to do it. I also don’t like all […]

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Flourless Plantain Cake Recipe

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

I discovered the alchemy of baking when I was 6. After diligently petitioning Santa in numerous letters, I received an Easy Bake Oven. When I pulled my first cake out of the pink plastic box, I felt as If I had participated in the birth of something radiant and sacred.  A few years later, when I grew tall enough to […]

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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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See You In 2018!

See You In 2018!

by Amanda Morgan @ Blog - Healthy Wifestyle

Well, I’m officially 41 weeks pregnant, writing what will be my last blog of 2017. So crazy!

Don’t worry, I’ll still be hanging out on Instagram, but my maternity leave will be from blog writing and my nutrition clients as I ease into motherhood over the next several months. I plan on coming back around February—make sure you’re following me on Instagram so you can see when I’m back in action!

This year was full of ups and downs, highs and lows, and some of the most exciting times I’ve ever experienced.

Interestingly enough, many of those exciting times were simultaneously the most challenging, and a vast majority of them had to do with pregnancy.

I’ve been pregnant for most of 2017 (total cliché but our conception date was right around Valentine’s Day!), so this year was all about the little babe I’ve been growing in my belly.

Prior to getting pregnant, I’d really been struggling with what my next move would be in my business. I wanted to step back from coaching nutrition clients virtually since I didn’t feel as connected when coaching this way compared to doing it in person. I decided to keep my virtual programs open (check out Eat Your Way Thin here and Food or Fiction here) and focus more on in-person coaching, all while still having an avenue to connect virtually that felt more authentic and real. Alas, Healthy Wifestyle was born and I’ve been loving the new community that’s come this way over the past year.

I was also searching for another outlet for my business, which is where the yoga sculpt teacher training I did back in January came in. This was a total game changer for me, and even though I was only able to teach a few classes, I’m so excited to jumpstart this in the New Year! If you’re local, come find me at Oxygen Fitness and Halo Studios in New Canaan starting in February.

And then, there was the whole “I want to start a family” versus the “I want to be a badass business woman” argument that was constantly circling in my mind. I really didn’t think I could do both simultaneously, despite watching many friends and colleagues conquer it all with ease. This held me back from starting a family for months—even though Ryan won’t outright say it, he was ready to start a family long before I was.

Mother Nature didn’t give us much of a choice, though, since my pregnancy was a total surprise. I certainly am grateful and wouldn’t have it any other way, especially considering the amount of infertility going on all around us. I feel very fortunate to have had that decision made for me.

Everything changed with my pregnancy. I stopped caring so much about my business and putting all of my eggs in one basket, and realized that there was a role I was clearly meant to play above all else: MOM.

Pregnancy hasn’t been easy for me, and not gonna lie—I envy those women who seem to love being pregnant and feel great all the time. In my case, something “weird” seemed to happen every month that none of my friends had experienced (like extreme belly button pain with growth of baby and veins in weird places to name a few). But I know every hardship will be worth it once I see this little baby’s face, so I’ve done my best to remain positive and remember that my journey is my own!

I’ve gone from a business and success-hungry woman who was trying to prove herself constantly to a chilled out mama-to-be who truly enjoys her work and can’t wait to see what the future holds. I took my own advice for once and remembered that my uniqueness is what will make magical things happen in my own life and in my family’s life. It’s no surprise that I got pregnant while I was in San Diego doing a yoga training. San Diego is my happy place, and I was at peace with myself at that moment in time.

I could go on and on about this year, but let’s save it all for my reflections once the New Year hits and I’ve got our baby girl in my arms. I’m so excited to be a Mom!

I want to thank you guys for being here and for supporting me as I’ve built Healthy Wifestyle—it’s been so amazing connecting with you both here and on Instagram and truly makes my day. Your messages, comments, DMs—all of it pushes me to do what I do, and I couldn’t be more grateful for you!

We’ll be announcing the baby’s birth on Instagram, so stay tuned! Until then, love you lots, and cheers to a happy and fun-filled end to 2017.

Hugs,
Amanda

The 6 Best Rated Hybrid Beds – 2018 Reviews & Comparisons

by Mark Reddick @ The Sleep Advisor

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DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub with Groundwork Coffee Organic Grounds!

DIY Coffee Sugar Scrub with Groundwork Coffee Organic Grounds!

by Monica Schrock @ Blog - Non Toxic Revolution

What's better than gifting something you made with your hands? We made some non toxic holiday coffee scrubs with organic Groundwork Coffee!

Come on, Costco!

by Katy @ Non-toxic Kids

We love that Costco pays its workers a more livable wage. We also love that we can often find natural and organic brands at the store, buy in bulk, and yes, grab a random shirt or book that was clearly NOT on the list while we are at it. So while other retailers like Target […]

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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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WTF?! is This I Hear About Cell Phone Toxicity?

WTF?! is This I Hear About Cell Phone Toxicity?

by Bree Flory @ Blog - Non Toxic Revolution

The FCC hasn’t updated their cell phone radiation standards in 17 years! This concerns folks due to speculation regarding cell phone radiation and possible links to brain cancer. 

3 Ways Traditional Herbalism Surpasses Conventional Medicine

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

I am beyond delighted to share this post from my sister, who has a background in permaculture, horticulture, and herbalism. Joy opened my eyes to traditional herbalism, and I invited her to share how herbalism can profoundly shift our mindset about healing. Do you have questions about herbalism and plant healing? Leave them in the […]

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Choosing an Affordable Non-Toxic Mattress: What You Need to Know Before You Go Shopping - 80% Clean_Clean Living_Clean Eating

Choosing an Affordable Non-Toxic Mattress: What You Need to Know Before You Go Shopping - 80% Clean_Clean Living_Clean Eating


80% Clean_Clean Living_Clean Eating

Need a new mattress and want something safe and natural without spending a fortune? Consider an affordable non-toxic mattress from one of these brands.

The Benefits of Gratitude & Our Holiday Traditions

by The Elevays Team @ Elevays

Would you like to experience more joy? How about better sleep? Does less stress sound good to you? Believe it or not, you have the ability to create this kind of change in your life ...

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Best Mattress Reviews of 2018 – Yearly Report

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

If you plan on buying a new bed soon, you might be curious to know who has the best mattresses, and which ones to avoid. […]

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Vote for healthy families this November!

by Katy @ Non-toxic Kids

I remember how nervous I was when I had my first daughter. I worried that I would hold her wrong, that I would trip and drop her, that the house wasn’t safe for some reason, that something would happen to this fragile, beautiful little being that I loved so much I thought my heart would […]

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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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Nontoxic Window Curtains: Tips to find the best ones for your home

by @ Sophia Ruan Gushee | Detox Your Homes | Toxin Free Living

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

When detoxing the home, details—such as the materials and maintenance of curtains—can impact your health.

Similar to table runners, furniture fabrics, bathroom towels and other types of textiles, curtains can be made from natural materials or synthetic chemicals. Curtains made from natural materials are healthier since they contain fewer chemicals.

Healthier textiles are made from natural sources, like plants and even animals. Examples include cotton, hemp, wool, bamboo, and silk.

Nontoxic Window Curtains

To select nontoxic window curtains, we should assess the textiles, dyes, and fabric finishes. Chemicals often found in each of these components include chlorine, formaldehyde, pesticides, and PFCs. They may contribute to health issues, like asthma and cancer.

Below are tips for choosing natural materials, dyes and finishes.

MATERIALS

  • Cotton. Made from cottonseed, cotton is a popular and affordable nontoxic curtain material. Buying conventional cotton contributes to practices that pollute our environment with pesticides. These pesticides are absorbed by the cotton plant and cottonseed that are used to make cotton fabrics. There is conflicting evidence as to how much pesticide remains in cotton fabric and whether that amount is significant enough to threaten human health. I think it's hard to generalize since cotton is grown and manufactured from such diverse practices that it's safer to buy organic cotton for items that have frequent contact with your skin (like pajamas). 
  • Organic Cotton. Organic cotton is grown without pesticides. It is considered one of the least toxic materials. Organic cotton curtains are getting easier to find and are carried by several popular mainstream stores. 
  • Silk. Silk is the fiber that the silkworm weaves for its cocoon. Silk curtains can dress up a room, giving a shimmery look without added chemicals.
  • Linen. Made from the flax plant, linen is sometimes used to make sheer curtains that give privacy while allowing the sunlight to shine through. 

DYES

Naturally-colored materials can be labeled as “color grown,” or list the dye source as clay, spices, nuts, roots, tree bark, and plant parts.(1) Dyes labeled as “low-impact dye” are made from synthetic materials (chemicals), but are considered by some to be better than standard dyes. There are varying views about low-impact dyes and their effect on health.

FINISHES 

Curtains come with a variety of finishes that may or may not be listed on the label. If you see words like “easy care,” “protected,” or “wrinkle-resistant,” there may be chemical finishes added. Avoid curtains that contain finishes.

3RD PARTY CERTIFICATIONS

Opt for window curtains that have been certified by a credible third-party. Here are a few to look for:

  • GOTS Certified as “organic.” The GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) considers the material fiber, dye, finish, added notions (buttons, zippers, etc), tag, and packaging material when certifying textiles. Look for the GOTS organic certification for products that are 95-100 percent organic. Be aware that GOTS also has a certification for products “made with organic,” which allow for 30 percent of materials to be non-organic. However, these products must state “made with” instead of solely stating “organic”. (2)
  • Oeko-Tex Standard 100. This is a certification accepted and used worldwide. Material fiber, dye, finish, and notions are considered when certifying textiles. There are four classifications with varying criteria for certification. Curtains fall into Product Class IV, which has less strict requirements than Product Class I.(3)
  • USDA Organic. The U.S. Department of Agriculture certifies raw natural fibers (cotton, wool, flax). USDA organic certification only considers the fiber; it does not consider dye, finish, or notions. (4)

Maintenance

In addition to choosing nontoxic curtains, maintenance and cleaning of curtains can help create a healthier home.

Curtains attract dust, mold, and chemicals that are floating in the air. Dust contains dead cells, bug parts, mold spores, pet dander, and particles from clothing, curtains, furniture, and other household products. In addition, chemicals such as flame retardants and SVOCs, absorb onto (attach reversibly to, without bonding) (5) indoor surfaces such as dust.

Below are three curtain maintenance tips to help detox your home.

  1. House dust has been found to cause allergy (6) and asthma reactions.(7) Vacuuming (with a HEPA filter) your home and curtains often is one strategy for controlling allergy and asthma.
  2. Buy curtains you can wash easily. Wash curtains every week to two weeks in order to keep dust to a minimum.
  3. Avoid “dry clean only” curtains. The dry cleaning solution is a mix of chemicals that may be causing health conditions, including asthma. (8)

Summary

Replacing synthetic curtains with natural curtains is one way of detoxing your living room, playroom, bedroom, and kitchen curtains. In summary:

  1. Consider choosing curtains made from natural materials, natural dyes and those that do not have added finishes.
  2. Choose curtains that are washable to easily clean them weekly or bi-weekly in the washing machine instead of having them dry cleaned.

 


References

(1)  U.S. Department of Agriculture

(2) GOTS

(3) Oeko-Tex

(4) USDA Organic

(5) Berkley Lab

(6) Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America – Indoor Air Quality

(7) Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America - Asthma

(8) American Lung Association

6 Must-Follow Mommas & their Top Tips for Non-Toxic Living

by exampleuser @ SleepLily

Here at SleepLily, we know that there are just too many blogs to read through to find content that is relevant for you and your little one. As avid mommy blog readers, we did the hard part for you. Below are 6 Mama’s you must be following and their helpful tips for you. The blogs... Read more »

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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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Organic Ergo

by GDMAdmin @ The Natural Sleep Collection – Gardner Mattress

Organic. Therefore Healthy.

  • Organic cotton padding
  • Organic wool upholstery
  • Pre-compressed upholstery for reduced sagging and depressions
  • Pocketed coils for softer sleep.

We’ve remade our Soft Support pocketed coil style mattress with a chemical free life in mind. No need to fear motion transfer, sagging, or hazardous side effects. Just gentle sleep on a gentle mattress.

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9 Sleep Disorders that Seem Spooky

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

A high-pitched scream breaks the silence of the night. A zombie stalks the streets as the clock strikes midnight. You wake unable to move away […]

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Top Chemicals Found in the Home

by @ Sophia Ruan Gushee | Detox Your Homes | Toxin Free Living

by Angela Cummings and Sophia Ruan Gushée

 

Chemicals, chemicals here and there. Chemicals, chemicals everywhere!  

It’s true. They’re all around us, which can be overwhelming at times.

How do you choose which chemicals to tackle first? Based on the book A to Z of D-Toxing: The Ultimate Guide to Reducing Our Toxic Exposures by Sophia Gushée, the top 10 chemicals (or families of chemicals) of concern and their health effects are described below. This list of common household chemicals can be used to learn, focus efforts, and strategize which chemicals to avoid.

Take a room-by-room tour of places where chemicals may be in your home.

1. KITCHEN

Cabinets & Shelves

Kitchen cabinets consume large amounts of wall space, holding dishes and packaged foods. Their beauty is one of the main focuses of a kitchen and can be seen by all.

What can’t be seen are the chemicals used to make those chemicals and shelves. Cabinets and shelves can contain chemicals from a family of chemicals known as solvents. Solvents are often used to make composite wood, paints, stains, and finishes.

  • Chemicals. Solvents are used to create solutions, minimize clumping, and increase dry times. They are often used in adhesives and resins that bind wood dust when making composite wood. Solvents may affect the nervous, reproductive, development, liver, kidney, and respiratory systems. They may also cause cancer.
  • Tips. Cabinets and shelves made from solid hardwood and finished with natural nontoxic paints, stains, and finishes are preferable. As a standard cabinet-building practice today, plywood is typically used to build the cabinet box (framework) and for the back panel (which holds the cabinets square and sturdy). Cabinet faces and doors (the part we see most) are typically made from composite wood, but is often available in solid hardwood. For the most nontoxic cabinets, cabinets made entirely of solid hardwood is ideal but is also expensive. When considering how to prioritize your budget, solid wood may not be a worthwhile option so choose composite woods that are free of formaldehyde. Focusing on which stains, adhesives, and paints you use are more affordable ways to detox your wood products.

Electronics

Electronics are everywhere: Computer stations for working, tablet devices displaying recipes, and “smart appliances” to remotely control settings and inform you when your steak is ready! Electronic devices heat up when in use. In order to minimize (and hopefully avoid) a fire hazard, chemical flame retardants are added to electronics.

  • Chemicals. Chemical flame retardants have been linked to health conditions that involve the immune, endocrine, reproductive, developmental and nervous systems. They also may contribute cancer.
  • Tips. Minimize the amount of electronics in your home. Since flame retardants are required by law to be added to electronics, the best way to minimize exposure from electronics is to minimize how much you have at home. As a bonus, this will help minimize electromagnetic fields.

2. LIVING ROOM

Furniture

There are many parts to furniture: the structure, padding, covering, and finishes that require different types of material. For example, furniture structure can be made from wood varieties, metal, and plastic, while padding can be made from foam, latex, cotton, or wool. Coverings can be made from leather varieties, synthetic materials, and have various fabric finishes; while wood finishes could be in the form of paint, stains, and sealants. In any style of furniture, there can be chemicals classified as volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

  • Chemicals. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) fall within the solvent chemical family. VOCs can affect health both in the short-term and long-term. The impact can range from irritation of the eyes and respiratory system to dizziness and nausea to cognitive inabilities. Long-term effects can include damage to organ systems (such as the liver and kidneys), and the nervous system. VOCs may also contribute to cancer.
  • Tips. Furniture made from natural materials—such as hardwood, cotton, and wool—typically have fewer VOCs than furniture made from synthetic materials, like composite woods, foam, and polyester. If the furniture has a paint, stain, or sealant, choose zero- or low-VOC products.

Drapes, Blankets & Coverings

Stain repellent fabric can be found in furniture coverings, drapes, and blankets, making them easily cleanable when liquid is spilled or splashed onto them. One of the chemicals used to create a stain repellent is in the nanoparticle family. Antimicrobials are also in this family of chemicals.

  • Chemicals. Nanoparticles that have been tested on animals have resulted in behavior, metabolism, inflammation, damage to cell structure, development issues, and neurological damage. The effect on humans is unknown but thought to easily affect the human brain and organs since their minuscule size could more easily travel into the body.
  • Tips. Manufacturers are not required to include nanoparticles on labels, making it tough for consumers to avoid. Initial tips for avoiding them are twofold: avoid sprays and powders with nanoparticles (or minimize sprays and powders in general), and avoid applying creams with nanoparticles over cuts (or avoid applying creams, lotions, etc. over open wounds as a general rule).

3. BATHROOM

Soaps, Toothpastes, Shaving Creams & Other Personal Care Items

Personal care items—such as soaps, toothpastes, shaving creams, and facial scrubs—often contain tiny plastic pieces called microbeads. They’ve been used to give a little abrasion to otherwise smooth products to help exfoliate and give texture.

  • Chemicals. Microbeads added to products is a relatively new fad so the health effects are not fully known yet, but dentists suspect that microbeads may be contributing to dental-related diseases. The tiny pieces of plastic can get stuck in the gums and between teeth, and trap bacteria. The environmental impact may be significant and lead to an impact on human health. Water treatment equipment is not able to catch such small plastic particles,, causing the microbeads to end up in lakes. The microbeads look like fish eggs, which may be eaten by fish and other lake-residing animals. And humans could be eating those fish. (1)
  • Tips. Exfoliate with natural products—like salt, sugar, or ground nut shells—that can be easily added to nontoxic soaps to give a similar lightly-abrasive texture to your cleaners. Loofah sponges are another natural alternative. Be sure to dry the sponge completely so that it doesn’t mold.

Cosmetics & Hair Styling

Beauty products such as cosmetics and hair styling gels and sprays make us look marvelous on the outside, but may harm our insides. Petroleum distillates are one of several chemicals found in personal care products, such as lip balms, mascaras and hair products.

  • Chemicals. Petroleum distillates are made from crude oil (the same oil used to make gasoline and kerosene) that has been distilled, processed, and refined. They  accumulate in bodies and may contribute to cancer. It has been prohibited or restricted in the European Union, but is still used in the U.S.
  • Tips. Petroleum distillates are required to be listed on product labels, making it easier to spot products that contain it. The complexity comes in the number of names for petroleum distillates. Here are a few names that are more commonly known: petroleum, petroleum jelly, mineral oil, mineral spirits, kerosene, white spirits. Choose cosmetics and hair sprays that don’t contain these ingredients. Look for cosmetics, hair styling, and other personal care products that are made from natural ingredients.

4. NURSERY

Children’s Stuff

Little babies urinate approximately 20 times per day and need their diaper changed every 2-3 hours.(2) That means their little butts are wiped 8-12 times per day. Those baby wipes commonly contain chemicals, including glycols.

  • Chemicals. Glycols are a type of alcohol that is used to clean the skin and prevent moisture loss. They have been found to cause dermatitis (skin condition), birth defects, and damage the reproductive and kidney systems.
  • Tips. Wipe little butts with organic, reusable, cotton cloths (wash cloth or cloth diaper), damp paper towel, toilet paper, or cotton balls. If standard wipes are used, select those that are unbleached, chlorine-free, alcohol-free, paraben-free, and fragrance-free.

Toys

Children’s toys, such as bath toys and sponges, sometimes have antibacterial chemicals—such as triclosan—added to them to keep the toy from molding. Some toy manufacturers and distributors suggest cleaning the toy with antibacterial soap. While well-intended, the chemicals used to create antibacterial products may be harmful to health.

  • Chemicals. Triclosan is an antibacterial and disinfectant. It may be affecting health by disrupting thyroid and other hormones, and doing harm to the liver and immune system. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulates the use of triclosan (and other antimicrobials) as a pesticide in products like counter cleaners, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates triclosan (and other antimicrobials) as drugs and antiseptic products such as hand cleaners.(3)
  • Tips. Avoid cleaning toys with antibacterial soaps or sprays. Toys that are labeled “antibacterial” may contain triclosan or other chemicals linked to health conditions. Third-party organizations such as HealthStuff (https://www.ecocenter.org/healthy-stuff) has a searchable database and develops reports advising of healthier products, including children’s toys.  

5. WHOLE HOUSE

Cleaning Products

Cleaning products made from chemicals have gained attention in mainstream media over the past few years and continues to be a concern for many. Used on counters, floors, bathtubs, sinks, windows, and a host of other surfaces that we encounter several times per day, cleaning products often contain preservatives (such as formaldehyde and sodium benzoate). The cleaning products used in a home can be isolated to a single room (such as bathroom toilet cleaner) to the entire house (a multipurpose cleaner).

  • Chemicals. Preservatives can cause short-term and long-term health conditions. They have been linked to cancer, behavior disorders, menstrual cycle disruption, and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat and skin.
  • Tips. Use cleaning products made from natural ingredients—such as vinegar, water, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and castile soap. Instead of buying pre-mixed cleaners, make your own!

Air Fresheners

Air fresheners typically contain synthetic fragrances, which are made from any number of chemicals. Inerts are one type of chemical that can be found in synthetic fragrances. The word “inert” means “lacking a usual or anticipated chemical or biological action”(4), giving the impression that these chemicals are not harmful. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

  • Chemicals. Inerts have not been studied for their health effects. However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency allows 1,400 chemicals to be called inert, 40 of which are known to cause cancer or nervous system toxicity, and another 64 of which are potentially toxic.
  • Tips. Instead of standard air fresheners, use organic essential oils that are made from natural sources instead of synthetic chemicals. Simmering water on the stove, and adding lemon, cinnamon or other spice is another healthier alternative to synthetic air fresheners.

Chemicals are found throughout our homes. The 10 chemicals identified above are categories that are commonly found in households. Make changes room-by-room to rid these common household chemicals and unburden your body.

 


References

(1)  National Public Radio

(2) American Pregnancy Association

(3) National Pesticide Information Center

(4) Merriam-Webster Dictionary

13 Healthy Ways To Fight The Flu, Without Getting A Flu Shot

by Dr. Frank Lipman @ Dr Frank Lipman

Though the flu season rages on, I’m not a fan of flu shots. I don’t get them and rarely recommend them to anyone (with the possible exception of the very elderly or frail). The effectiveness of flu shots on otherwise healthy people is questionable, their ingredients include plenty of toxins, and the flu viruses in the shots aim to protect against mutate so quickly that the strain you were vaccinated against probably won’t be the one that makes you sick. Flu vaccines are, at best, hit or miss, and certainly not the cure all they’re made out to be.

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Come on, Costco!

by Katy @ Non-toxic Kids

We love that Costco pays its workers a more livable wage. We also love that we can often find natural and organic brands at the store, buy in bulk, and yes, grab a random shirt or book that was clearly NOT on the list while we are at it. So while other retailers like Target […]

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Cauliflower Rice Buddha Bowls

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

From Lauren: Today’s guest post is shared by my dear friend Kari at Whole Life, Full Soul. You may remember her gorgeous Paleo Blondies she shared here. Kari is not only a talented cook and photographer, she is a strong and compassionate soul. One of my favorite way to spend an afternoon is with Kari, recipe […]

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Naturepedic Chorus Organic Mattress

by Admin @ Organic Mattress – New Living

*Only available for in-store purchase at our Kirby Location (6111 Kirby Drive)

Available Sizes:

    • Twin
    • Twin XL
    • Full
    • Queen
    • King
    • Cal King

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Tufted Mattress 101

by gardmatuser @ Gardner Mattress

Mattresses greatly vary in their materials and make. As you browse through mattress options, you’ll find yourself knee-deep in terms that relate to mattresses like softness, support, innerspring, memory foam, tufted, non-tufted, and many other attributes that define the product. On this list, hand tufting is an incredibly desirable feature. Here’s why. What is Tufting? Tufting is the process of...

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Does Stress Affect Your Sleep Cycle?

by gardmatuser @ Gardner Mattress

Whether you’re a student or working back-to-back shifts at work, juggling multiple responsibilities can make you feel overwhelmed. Sometimes deadlines, children’s tantrums, and social events can snowball to a critical mass, negatively affecting your health. In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, stress can affect your health these ways and more: Decreasing your energy level Reducing your attention span Triggering...

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What is Natural Latex and What is a Natural Latex Mattress?

by Admin @ New Living

When most people think of latex, they think of synthetic latex. Synthetic latex, is completely man made from petrochemicals. It can be commonly found in rubber gloves, condoms, balloons, band-aids, medical equipment and surgical devices just to name a few. Some people can develop allergies to synthetic latex after just a few exposures. These allergic reactions […]

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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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Is GreenPan Non-Stick Cookware Safe?

by Irina Webb @ I Read Labels For You

Many of you have asked me about the safety of GreenPan non-stick cookware, so I looked into it.  One of my blog readers emailed me a GreenPan non-stick cookware test report that she had received from GreenPan, and I contacted … Continued

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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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11 Best Natural, Eco Friendly & Organic Mattresses You Can Buy Online

11 Best Natural, Eco Friendly & Organic Mattresses You Can Buy Online


The Good Trade

A good night’s sleep shouldn’t be elusive. Studies show that we spend nearly a third of our lives sleeping, and yet the average mattress contains a cocktail of toxic chemicals and flame retardants that can lead to long term diseases, skin irritations and respiratory problems. Comfort and quality are

Instant Pot Taco Meat

by Tracey Black @ Don't Mess with Mama

One of my favorite dishes to make for my family is tacos. We eat it at least once a week on Taco Tuesday, of course. And really there’s no reason not to because I have the easiest recipe to make it. This Instant Pot Taco Meat recipe is made with ground beef (substitute ground turkey […]

Crunchi Non-Toxic Makeup Review

by Irina Webb @ I Read Labels For You

Last updated on February 7th, 2018Over the course of a couple years now I have been searching for non-toxic makeup brands that are transparent enough to welcome my questions, meet my strict standards, and make products that actually work well, … Continued

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Gardner Mattress: The Unique Process of Manufacturing a Gardner Mattress

by gardmatuser @ Gardner Mattress

Gardner mattresses are uniquely created to provide customers with a superior, restful sleep. Natural materials and tufting by hand make Gardner mattresses a great option for those looking to avoid unnatural materials and uncomfortable sagging. Listen or read more to hear from Kirk Forsyth, General Manager at Gardner Mattress, to find out why Gardner mattresses are so special. Katlyn Graham:...

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Why You Need a Non-Toxic Mattress

by sebomarketing @ Intellibed

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Is Your Mattress Toxic

Is Your Mattress Toxic


Kelly the Kitchen Kop

Is Your Mattress Toxic? Read one girl's story of illness, how she figured out that it was her MATTRESS, and then how she was able to get better again...

Alan Bell’s Story: Healing Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Note from Lauren: When I received Alan’s book, Poisoned, I read it in just a few sittings.  I’m regularly sent books for publicity consideration, and rarely do I feel so gripped by a review book that I can’t put it down. Alan’s story left me stunned with his journey, and horrified that the toxic materials in an office building could […]

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Is Your Mattress Toxic? - Happy Mothering

Is Your Mattress Toxic? - Happy Mothering


Happy Mothering

When I first started on my natural living journey, I would have never imagined that mattresses could be a source of toxins in my home. I would have assumed that …

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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Tips to Fight Back During Hunger Action Month

by Katy @ Non-toxic Kids

According to a 2014 study by Feeding America, 46.5 million Americans utilize a food bank. Lisa Tomasi, Philanthropy Expert and Founder of e-giving site YouGiveGoods, stresses that while many may feel that a small effort isn’t enough to make a change, every little bit helps someone who is facing hunger. Here are Lisa’s tips for fighting hunger in […]

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The 21 Easiest Weeknight Dinner Ideas That Are Healthy

by Alexa @ Simple Roots

This is THE list of the 21 easiest weeknight dinners that are healthy! Because who has time to spend endless hours in the kitchen? With three kids in school {<-how and when did this happen?} I’m totally catching on to the fact that if it isn’t quick and simple it isn’t going to happen. When...

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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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6 Toxic Chemicals You Won’t Find Lurking in a Truly Organic Mattress

by Laura @ Organic Mattresses – The Soft Landing®

Making sure our many sleeping hours are spent in close contact with a truly non-toxic mattress is a huge priority for many of us who are trying to reduce our risk of developing cancer through exposure to innumerable toxic chemicals present in everyday products. But shopping for a new mattress can be an intimidating experience. It seems like there are […]

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A Simple Guide to Vegan Protein (You probably already get enough!)

A Simple Guide to Vegan Protein (You probably already get enough!)

by Bree Flory @ Blog - Non Toxic Revolution

A big misconception about protein is the notion of “complete” and “incomplete” proteins. For some reason, “complete” has become a synonym for meat and “incomplete” one for plant-based, but that’s not accurate!

10 Interesting Facts You May Not Know About Mattresses

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

Change the way you look at your mattress with these ten odd and fun factoids. If you’re like most people, you probably don’t give your […]

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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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How to Find the Most Comfortable Mattress

by Sleep Junkie @ Sleep Junkie

What’s The Most Comfortable Mattress Type? So you want to know what the most comfortable mattress is? The quick answer: The mattress that best suits your needs will prove to be the most comfortable. This isn’t a cop-out, it’s just the quick answer. The truth is, there is no magic mattress that is best for […]

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EOS Classic Mattress

by Admin @ Organic Mattress – New Living

*Only available for in-store purchase at our Kirby Location  (6111 Kirby Drive)

Available Sizes

  • Twin (38”x75”x12”)
  • Twin XL (38”x80”x12”)
  • Full (54”x75”x12”)
  • Queen (60”x80”x12”)
  • King (76”x80”x12”)
  • Cal King (72”x84”x12”)

Available Configurations

  • Extra-Firm (3" firm latex over 8" firm support coils)
  • Firm (3" medium latex over 8" firm support coils)
  • Cushion-Firm (3" soft latex over 8" firm support coils)
  • Plush (3" soft latex over 8" plush support coils)

*Please specify preferred configuration in order.

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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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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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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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Are You a Super Sleeper or Sleep-Deprived?

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

Have you ever heard someone boast about being able to function normally on very little rest, or hear the phrase “super sleeper”? Before you get […]

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Find Your Brave (fight for children’s health)

by Katy @ Non-toxic Kids

(Edited version originally posted at Moms Clean Air Force) This is difficult time for our country. Our nation is in turmoil and our democracy is at risk. The news is one constant sea of trouble– pulling many of us under. It is hard to do anything else but watch. It is hard to know where […]

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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 […]

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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9 Winter Blues-Busters and Mood Lifters

by Dr. Frank Lipman @ Dr Frank Lipman

The winter blahs and blues. Just about all of us get them at some point – be it for a few moments, weeks or worse, a few months. No doubt, it’s not easy to remain mentally and physically buoyant when winter’s icy temps, grey skies and darkness collide. Even the sunniest souls among us can get pushed to the brink, but, fortunately, there are ways to make the dark days seem a little less so. Here are a few of Team Be Well’s best blues-beaters to help you take on winter and emerge victorious—and ready for spring:

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Breakfast to Go

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

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

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Is Your Mattress Toxic? Hidden Dangers in Your Sleeping Environment - Red and Honey

Is Your Mattress Toxic? Hidden Dangers in Your Sleeping Environment - Red and Honey


Red and Honey

We spend about a third of our lives in bed. All the more reason to find the safest, most non-toxic mattress, like these healthier options.

Screen Time

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

Screen Time | How it's affecting your sleep schedule.Read More ...

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What Is Mattress Tufting?

by gardmatuser @ Gardner Mattress

If you’re shopping for a mattress, you’re going to bump into a lot of jargon. You may see words such as coils, foam, firm, soft, quilted, and tufted. With so many different concepts swirling around, it can be hard to know what’s what. To help you become a more informed shopper, here’s a look at what tufted means. What Is...

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An Exhaustive Guide to PVC-free Mattress Covers

by Laura @ Organic Mattresses – The Soft Landing®

We searched for PVC-free mattress covers to help reduce off-gassing from VOC's in mattress and we also delved into the safety of polyurethane since it's a commonly used material too.

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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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Paleo Green Bean Casserole

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Traditional Green Bean Casserole requires a complete makeover job to make it paleo-friendly… or rather, human-being-friendly. After all, there are very few items of actual, recognizable, pronounceable foods in the popular Campbell’s Mushroom Soup and French’s French Fried Onions. Take a look: Cream of Mushroom Soup contains  Mushrooms, Vegetable Oil (Corn, Cottonseed, Canola, and/or Soybean), Modified […]

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Best Organic Mattress Savvy Shoppers Buyers Guide

Best Organic Mattress Savvy Shoppers Buyers Guide


Better Bed Solutions

False claims. Misleading information. Be a savvy not stupid shopper when searching for the best organic mattress to improve your health and sleep quality.

The Complete Guide to Non Toxic Mattresses

The Complete Guide to Non Toxic Mattresses


Elevays

You spend a third of your life in your bed. There are major bonuses to sleeping on a non toxic mattress. Find out what they are in this article.

Non-Toxic Mattress Shopping Guide | I Read Labels For You

Non-Toxic Mattress Shopping Guide | I Read Labels For You


I Read Labels For You

Do you know that most conventional mattresses are made fully from petroleum materials? Learn what questions to ask when looking for a non-toxic mattress.

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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Find Your Brave (fight for children’s health)

by Katy @ Non-toxic Kids

(Edited version originally posted at Moms Clean Air Force) This is difficult time for our country. Our nation is in turmoil and our democracy is at risk. The news is one constant sea of trouble– pulling many of us under. It is hard to do anything else but watch. It is hard to know where […]

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What to Avoid When Buying a Non-toxic Mattress

What to Avoid When Buying a Non-toxic Mattress


Dr Frank Lipman

If you're in the market for a non-toxic mattress--whether it's for a crib or a California king--here is what I suggest you avoid:

The Ultimate Non-Toxic Baby Registry Checklist {2018 Edition}

by The Gentle Nursery @ The Gentle Nursery

Hi mama, and welcome to the Ultimate Non-Toxic Baby Registry Checklist! Putting together your baby registry is a process in and of itself, and it can be really fun and exciting. It can also easily consume weeks or even months of your pregnancy. I want to make it easier for you. My goal is to help you […]

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Best-Rated Memory Foam Mattresses for 2018

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

Compare the current top-rated memory foam mattresses and get tips for picking the right bed. Over a year ago, we conducted an in-depth analysis of […]

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8 Easy Ways to Make Your Mattress Last Longer

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

See how to protect your investment and get the most out of your mattress. The average person spends anywhere from $500 to $3000 or more […]

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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.

The Green at Home 2017 Gift Guide

by Emma Rohmann @ Green at Home

Sometimes the pressure of the holidays can make it seem easier to fall back into regular shopping patterns… the big box stores, the impulse buys, the waste. It does seem easier. But there are so many great green options for gift-giving that won’t have you giving up your priorities. If you’re just getting started, start […]

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New Year, New Deodorant

New Year, New Deodorant

by Monica Schrock @ Blog - Non Toxic Revolution

Revolutions, not resolutions! Make this one change to jump start a non toxic 2018.

Ask An Expert: How Do I Choose the Right Sofa Size?

by Nate Sverlow @ Design Necessities

Q: I’m redesigning my home, and I need to find the best furniture setup for my space. I keep going back and forth between a regular sofa and a sectional, but can’t settle on either. Are there any rules-of-thumb about sofas and sectionals that can help me make my decision? A. To help differentiate between […]

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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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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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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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Bedroom Pet Peeves

by MI_Admin @ Mattress Inquirer

There are a lot of things that could be keeping you up at night. While some can have a bigger impact on the quality of […]

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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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The Back to School Non-Toxic Lunch Box Guide

by 80% Clean @ 80% Clean_Clean Living_Clean Eating

I’m guessing that most people don’t think too much about the actual lunch box that their kids use, other than the fact that their kids like the character on the front. As long as it holds their food and it makes it from point A to point B, you’re good, right? Well, there is growing […]

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Naturepedic Essentials Organic Mattress

by Admin @ Organic Mattress – New Living

*Only available for in-store purchase.

Available Sizes:

  • Twin
  • Twin XL
  • Full
  • Queen
  • King
  • Cal. King

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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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How to Choose Green Cleaners on a Budget (That Work!)

by Emma Rohmann @ Green at Home

It’s no secret that off-the-shelf green cleaning products are often more expensive than their conventional counterparts. Sometimes, many times more expensive. Some think it’s all a big conspiracy – that there’s no reason these products have to cost so much and that companies are just profiting off naïve shoppers. I agree that there’s a conspiracy, […]

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Is It Really Worth It to Buy an Organic Mattress?

Is It Really Worth It to Buy an Organic Mattress?


Ted & Stacey's Mattress Guides & Reviews

In an attempt to live a healthier life, more and more people are turning to natural food. Can an organic mattress help you live better as well? Read on...

What’s an “Organic” Mattress, Anyway?

What’s an “Organic” Mattress, Anyway?


EWG

Shoppers searching for a mattress want the safest option they can afford. Attracted by labels claiming that products are “eco-friendly,” “natural,” “certified” or “organic,” many are willing to pay more for them. But what do the labels really mean?

DIY Corner Floating Shelf

by DaNelle Wolford @ Weed 'em & Reap

DIY projects. Just the thing to test the strength of a marriage. And ours was definitely tested with this DIY corner floating shelf. I’ve often wondered how people like Chip & Joanna Gaines can pull the endless-project-ness off.  Oh, that’s right. They have a crew of 30 experts to help them. Alas, we do not. But what we do have is an idea-producing gal and an shortcut-engineering dude — so you

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Safer, Greener, Healthier Mattresses: Naturepedic! - Non-toxic Kids

Safer, Greener, Healthier Mattresses: Naturepedic! - Non-toxic Kids


Non-toxic Kids

Get ready to lose sleep. You might have heard that conventional mattresses give off a slew of toxic chemicals. Flame retardants chemicals, PBDEs, phthalates (which have been recently banned for use in children’s products), PVC/vinyl, polyurethane foam, boric acid, and others are in conventional mattresses, including crib mattresses.  These chemicals have been associated with numerous …

The Geoethic Collection From Magniflex

The Geoethic Collection From Magniflex

by Soma Organic Mattresses @ non toxic – Soma Organic Mattresses

Magniflex developed the Geoethic collection with the relationship between nature and man in mind. With manufacturing pillows and mattresses in a more natural way not only is the well-being of their customers guaranteed but the least impact on the environment … Continue reading

5 Unquestioned Myths We Often Believe About Healing

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

How we forget to trust our body A devastation occurs when we face an ongoing or severe health challenge: we forget how to trust our body. I struggled for five years with a severe autoimmune disease, and my worsening symptoms were extremely painful and inconvenient. I felt helpless, as if my wellbeing had been hijacked […]

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Home Trends from 2018 KBIS

by Kimberly Button @ Get Green Be Well

I just wrapped up an epic visit to the 2018 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) along with the International Builders Show (IBS) in Orlando, Florida. It was an overwhelming experience, to say the least, but what I’m thrilled to have walked away with are ideas (and confirmation of my own trend picks) for the...

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Should You Buy a Bed with an Adjustable Base?

by gardmatuser @ Gardner Mattress

If you’ve been looking for a more comfortable way to sleep, you should consider both the quality of your mattress and your sleeping position. Sleeping on a bed with an adjustable base can provide you with health benefits and unequaled comfort. These kinds of bases allow you to sit upright or sleep with your legs raised. While they’re ideal for...

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How is a Conventional Mattress Damaging to your Health?

How is a Conventional Mattress Damaging to your Health?


Shepherd's Dream

Conventional mattresses are made with carcinogenic chemicals and pesticides that are damaging to your health and harmful to the environment...

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