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5 Ways I Made 2017 A Year of Transformation

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

I’m moving into 2018 feeling a bit bruised but expansively joyful. 2017 presented me with huge opportunities for mental, emotional, and spiritual growth. I know I’m not alone in this experience, as 2017 was a turbo-charged emotional rollercoaster for many others in my life. In this post, I’m sharing five tools and practices I used […]

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Wallingford Firm Latex Mattress

by blake @ Natural & Organic Mattresses – Bedrooms & More

For a pure and simple concept at a good value, look no further than the Wallingford Firm. It has a simple, all-botanical latex core for comfort and breathability. The 100% cotton cover is zipper-removable for easy washing.

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Organic on a Budget

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

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

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Healthy Brown Sugar Scrub for Dry Winter Skin

by Laura @ The Soft Landing®

We're bombarded with mind-boggling lists of chemical ingredients in skin care which leaves us groaning. This simple brown sugar body scrub is the solution!

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Butternut and Sesame Green Beans

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

It happens to the best of us… …even food bloggers. Our vegetables, sometimes, get BORING. I finally got sick of my thai vegetable curry, which I put on replay for months. With that way of dressing up veggies temporarily out of commission, I went to my own Paleo Flavor Boosters post for new ideas. But Herbamare […]

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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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Sleep and Health

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

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Healing Green Spring Soup with Lemon Dill Pesto

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Green spring cravings The turn of the weather and vibrant abundance at the farmer’s market correlates with my transition to lighter meals. I crave salads, I crave light soups, and I crave green. This spring soup features the seasonal asparagus and zucchini, which seem to flood the stalls at my farmer’s market. I whipped up a […]

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Bad Headaches? It Could Be Your Mattress

by Ali Long @ Mattress World Northwest

Tension headaches, cluster headaches and migraines can be debilitating. Depending on the type, headaches may be characterized by a dull throbbing all over the head, a piercing pain behind the eyes, or an intense throbbing accompanied by nausea and visual disturbances. Most people experience this malady at one time or another, but those that suffer […]

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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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Another Tempurpedic customer converts to a Natural Latex & Organic Mattress

by admin @ Green Dwellers

Ten Things They Don’t Tell You About Homesteading

by DaNelle Wolford @ Weed 'em & Reap

Oh, homesteading. You crafty little bugger. You’ve got my heart, but you’ve also got my blood, sweat, & tears.  As a seasoned homesteader, I thought I’d share some things most people don’t talk about when it comes to homesteading. Because you need a farmy friend to tell you the truth. So that’s what I’m’a gonna do. Whether you’ve been homesteading for a while, or you’re itchin’ to start farming on

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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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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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Egg Free Paleo Waffles

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

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

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Pebble Certi-Pur Non Toxic Foam and Natural Latex Twin Mattress - Walmart.com

Pebble Certi-Pur Non Toxic Foam and Natural Latex Twin Mattress - Walmart.com


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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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Ketogenic Diet Review: What Went Wrong, What Went Right

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

WARNING: Long post ahead… I won’t be offended if you skim it. But if you want to understand my experience of keto, and avoid misinterpreting sections here, you’ll need to read the whole thing. I tried the ketogenic diet for 2 1/2 months. I was a hot mess. If you watched my Instagram stories during […]

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Kid’s Snow Boots – Our Top 5 Faves

by Kristen Toshner @ Lucie's List

Earlier in the season, we gave you guys the rundown on our fave rain boots. Many of you asked for our top kid’s snow boot picks as well, so here ’tis! Favorite Kid’s Snow Boots Target Cat & Jack Girl’s...

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Chocolate Sweet Potato Pudding Recipe

by Jean Choi @ Empowered Sustenance

From Lauren: Today’s recipe is from Jean Choi, who contributes a creative recipe each month. Chocolate pudding used to be one of my favorite after-school snacks when growing up. Nothing beat that velvety chocolatey texture and flavor. Back then, I use to get the kind that came sealed in little plastic cups. God knows what […]

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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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Why You Should Care About Restorative Sleep

by Jenny Stoddard @ Intellibed

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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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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 […]

3 Small Business Green Savings

by @ Green Home Library

If you're a small business owner you know what it takes to keep afloat. You don’t have the luxury of Big Corp money pouring in to fund frivolous decisions, your business needs every penny in the right place, at the right time, all the time. This is why going green can sometimes be a challenge for small businesses. It requires switching a variety of choices that have been set in place to keep your company running at an even pace.

Changing a workable format is a risky venture but when it comes to going green, the numbers speak for themselves. These small business green savings show how you can integrate green products and green practices that just may, eventually, increase your bottom line.

B2B Reach Out

Business to business communication can be essential as a green money saving tip for small businesses. By reaching out to adjoining companies there is the possibility of working together for a variety of incentives.

European marketing company Imfuna reports that,

“By making environmental friendliness a priority of your business partnerships, you not only encourage other companies to reduce their carbon footprint, but also to reduce their own expenditures; and when companies with which you partner save money, those cost savings are passed along to you.”

Talk to your counterparts about:

  • Combine supplies - Combining green purchases, like industrial cleaning supplies in bulk, can make starting off together financially more feasible.
  • Patriotism - Joining with your suppliers, vendors and B2B neighbors to purchase and show USA made support can be a huge win, particularly when it comes to solar installations and wind power.
  • Beautification - When businesses band together in the name of the environment they must walk the walk, and it will show. Whether outdoor shopping or indoor building office space, the surroundings of your small business should have basic upkeep that you probably pay for, however, there are additional options.

You can work with other small businesses to install green extras such as:

  • Composting bins - Can be sold to local farms for profit.
  • LED public lighting - Saves everyone money on electric bills.
  • Solar powered garbage compactors - Saves on excess garbage costs and fossils fuel use.

Scale Down

Obtaining larger space may be a misstep when it comes to keeping your small business green. Lowering your carbon footprint means less consumption, yet startups and small thriving ventures  are often pressured to expand for more money and stature.

It may seem anti-business but keeping your company at a manageable level that embraces green practices, such as energy efficient lighting, wind or solar power, recycling and more, is a green money saving move. With less overhead you use less energy, create less waste and, if managed well, can increase profits on a low carbon footprint.

Happy Employees

Whether working at a zoo, an office, or any small business, employees that see how you run your company are apt to follow your lead. Moreover, if that lead is a positive message, like Eco-friendly practices, money saving benefits could very well follow.

CNBC reported that,

“A study by UCLA and the University of Paris -Dauphine found that employees at Eco-friendly companies are 16 percent more productive than average.

Professor Magali Delmas, an environmental economist at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and the UCLA Anderson School of Management commented on the study,

“Adopting green practices isn't just good for the environment, It's good for your employees and it's good for your bottom line. Employees in such green firms are more motivated, receive more training, and benefit from better interpersonal relationships. The employees at green companies are therefore more productive than employees in more conventional firms.”

 

As more small businesses, consumers and Big Corp. embrace the green movement, cost is finally coming around to a more conventional playing field. These small business green ideas show how jumping on the Eco-friendly band wagon can be good on all fronts.

How to Find a Healthy, Non-Toxic, Low or Zero VOC Bed Frame for your Organic Bedroom

How to Find a Healthy, Non-Toxic, Low or Zero VOC Bed Frame for your Organic Bedroom


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Low VOC, zero VOC, non-toxic and low outgassing healthy organic bed frame. How to find them and information on VOC.

How To Make A Superfood Spirulina Face Mask For Blemish Free Skin

by Jamie Larrison @ Natural Living Ideas

Being green in the face usually isn’t a positive thing, but when you use this nourishing spirulina face mask it is. It’s packed with raw food nutrition to keep your skin glowing and fresh. It’s great for all skin types, from acne prone to dry. It’s quick and easy to whip up, making it the perfect weekday mask for some extra pampering! Spirulina This green… [read more]

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Best Mattress for Kids | Kids Mattress | Avocado Green

Best Mattress for Kids | Kids Mattress | Avocado Green


Avocado Green Mattress

Our Natural Mattress Buyers Guide will help parents find the best mattress for kids – made with natural and organic materials, eco-friendly, and healthy.

How To Get Extreme “Okinawan” Strength, 3 Ways To Fix Low Back Pain & The Best Core Exercises With Stu McGill

by Ben Greenfield @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode. Are crunches really all that bad? How can you

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Baba Ganoush Recipe

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Baba ganoush, and paleo-friendly dips Before I began a grain-free diet to address my autoimmune disease, I relied on hummus and carrot sticks for many travel-friendly lunches. As my new diet excluded legumes, however, hummus was no longer an option. I couldn’t go long without a staple dip recipe, because I needed something for picnics and easy appetizers. […]

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5 Best Essential Oil Diffusers Of 2017 – We Reveal The Best

by Sierra Bright @ Natural Living Ideas

In a hurry? If you don’t have time to read our in depth guide to each essential oil diffuser but simply want to know our pick of the best – then the answer is the AromaFuse Essential Oil Diffuser from Plant Therapy available here. With its super long runtime, whisper quiet operation and one year warranty, it won this years pick as “Best Essential Oil… [read more]

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Instead of Supplements, Strengthen Your “Digestion Muscle”

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

If your chronic digestive problems have led to cull through alternative health websites and wellness books, you may have heard the name Dr. Datis Kharrazian. He is one of the leading educators on brain and gut health, the author of bestselling books, and the developer of a line of cutting-edge supplements used by holistic practitioners. “If a […]

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Peach Basil Sorbet Recipe

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Peach Basil Sorbet inspired by a lost manuscript… My mom recently emailed me the contents of an old thumb drive. She told me, “I found this thumb drive cleaning out a drawer. It has the cookbooks you wrote in when you were 10 and 11, do you remember those? And do you remember the way you would act […]

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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…

My Autoimmune Condition Recovery

by Irina Webb @ I Read Labels For You

As you might know, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (a type of autoimmune condition) in 2010, and before I discovered functional medicine, I thought that I would be taking a thyroid medication for the rest of my life. With … Continued

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Is Food Combining Healthy? (Myths vs. How Your Body Works)

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Is food combining healthy? Buying and preparing nutrient-dense foods is a lifestyle challenge in itself. Pair that with the practice of food combining and you’ve got a complicated mealtime dance. Over the years, I’ve been emailed and messaged with this question: Is food combining really worth the effort? The movement of food combining purports that certain food groups […]

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Paleo Cinnamon Roll Bars

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

My spirits rose sky high this week, after receiving your outpouring of encouragement from my post 6 Things I Would Tell My Old Self About Healing Chronic Disease. When I hit “Publish” on that post, I felt like I had leaped into new territory, and I didn’t know where I – or the post – would […]

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Paleo Burrito Bowl

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

DIY Chipotle! Imagine a Chipotle meal where you don’t have to hear, “The guacamole is $2 extra, okay?” This is my kind of meal, as I prefer to stuff my face with guacamole without being reminded of the price of avocados. This is my current go-to lunch. I keep a big batch of the chicken in […]

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Target Up & Up Sensitive Skin Baby Wipes Ingredients

by Irina Webb @ I Read Labels For You

Target Up & Up Sensitive Skin Baby Wipes contain a formaldehyde-releasing preservative called 2-Bromo-2-Nitropropane-1,3-Diol, which may cause contact allergy in some babies.  The typical symptoms of contact allergy include redness, swelling, itching, and fluid-filled blisters.   Why are there preservatives … Continued

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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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Watermelon

by Jessica Hann @ Avocado Green Mattress

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

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Staying Comfortable while Traveling

by Kathryn Michael @ Bedrooms & More

Summer is quickly coming to an end, and the colder seasons are on their way. You know what that means, right? Lots of holiday travel! The best kind of travel, in my opinion. Mainly because tons of delicious food is involved. Staying comfortable during those long flights and hours on the road can be tough. […]

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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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5 Reasons Why We’re All Wrong About Snacking

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Is snacking bad? Motivated by an article I recently read, I decided it was time to clean up and publish this post which as has collected dust in my Drafts folder for a month. The HuffPost article titled Have American Parents Got It All Backwards? compared the mealtime habits of Americans to Koreans: In Korea, eating is […]

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The Best Essential Oil Diffuser That Is Safe and Non Toxic

by Ashley @ Nontoxic Reboot

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

Talalay vs. Dunlop Latex

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

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

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

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


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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

5 Simple Steps You Can Take To Live Longer, Banish Blood Sugar Swings & Massively Enhance Energy Levels.

by Ashley Broas @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Yeah, yeah, I know it's risky to begin a blog post with a big scary phrase, but I'm going to

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Phosphatidylserine: Promotes Long Term Brain Health

by Organic Newsroom @ Organic Newsroom

Phosphatidylserine is a fatty compound heavily involved in maintaining the health of cellular membranes. Phosphatidylserine plays an integral role in maintaining healthy brain cells as we age, and has shown potential as an effective Alzheimer’s treatment and preventative. In addition to the brain boosting benefits of Phosphatidylserine, it has also shown the ability to help boost overall […]

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Top 4 Things You’ll Love About Your New Memory Foam Mattress

by Jacky Gale @ Mattress World Northwest

Many satisfied Mattress World Northwest customers regard memory foam as essential for a good night’s sleep. Originally developed by NASA chemists, memory foam is a blend of polyurethane and a few other ingredients to improve its support capabilities. Today, as the material has become more common and its cost has decreased, you can find memory […]

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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 […]

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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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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How much does a Goat Cost?

by DaNelle Wolford @ Weed 'em & Reap

Goat life. There ain’t nothin’ like it. Sure goats are mischievous, but their cuddly, playful nature can win over anybody. So, the question is, how much does a goat cost, and will one fit easily into your life? Goats are hilarious, and trust me, after you see the cost breakdown I think you’ll be ready to start your goat-shopping adventure. Purpose vs. Play Traditionally, people have owned goats for a purpose

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The Importance of Meeting other Moms

by Marissa Bader @ Lucie's List

Okay, Moms. I get it. The LAST thing you want to do is get yourself dressed (dressed? In actual clothes?! What are those??) and leave your house with your 7-week-old. But hear me out, because I’m going to tell you...

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Organic Mattress under $1000 - Organic Housewife

Organic Mattress under $1000 - Organic Housewife


Organic Housewife

THE single most common question I get is “What is the safest organic mattress?”.  That is an excellent question but it also carries a hefty price tag of at least $3,000.  If a mattress you are considering costs less, there is probably a reason.  Some or several components are either toxic, known to off-gas or are soaked in carcinogenic flame retardants.  To read why conventional mattresses are toxic and an incredibly budget friendly solution for an inexpensive, solid wood crib bed frame and an all organic crib mattress and/or toddler bed, click here! A cheap, budget friendly twin/queen/king size certified organic mattress for under $1,000?  It simply does not exist in the marketplace.  However, if you get creative, my process can be repeated for a twin size bed and even an adult size bed with slight modifications. $600 Twin size organic latex mattress OR $800 Queen or King size organic latex mattress The reality is, kids like to snuggle with mom, so the adult bed should probably also be organic and non-toxic!  This is the ‘interior’ of the $3,799 Savvy Rest Serenity king size mattress that I have in my home, it consists of a cotton/wool ‘case’ with a zipper closure and three layers …

Easy New Year Resolutions

by @ Green Home Library

You probably know that most New Year’s resolutions never make it to spring. However, if it is an easy fix that you can incorporate into your busy life, it usually lasts longer. When it comes to the planet, there is no better way to practice some simple adjustments for a green impact no matter how insignificant you may think it might seem.

These easy Eco-friendly New Year’s resolutions give some practical options to simply do your part without a lot of fuss. You can keep it at this level or use it to propel you deeper onto a green path that continues to support a clean environment for you as well as future generations.

Bottled Water Reversal

There is no reason to purchase, let alone produce, plastic bottled water anymore. By now most people are educated on the ravages this product is having on our oceans, land and even air quality. Not to mention the approximately twenty-million barrels of oil per year used to make these bottles. Yet, the greed machine continues produce bottled water taking advantage of an assumed uneducated public.

It is time to stand up to poor manufacturing; poisoning your planet and your body. Stopping your  consumption of bottled water and switching to a recycled steel, plastic, aluminum, glass or wood water bottle is a simple step you can take. Simply fill with clean water from an at-home filtration system or tap (many cities and states are proud of a clean, safe municipal water record) and take it wherever you go.

If carrying around a personal water bottle is out of the question, at least use them at home rather than fill your fridge with evil plastic waste. When on the road, look for more friendly packaging such as boxed water options or compostable bottles.

Paperless Towels

Another perverse depletion of natural resources is lumber used for the manufacturing of paper towels. Over fifteen billion pounds of these one-wipe wastes are found in landfills daily. Instead, using cotton cloths in place of paper towels saves trees and gets the job done at the same time.

Some argue that the water used to launder cotton cloths is a greater Eco-threat than felled trees which are replanted. However, the technological Eco-friendly upgrades to appliances such as washers and driers save more water and electricity than ever before. Add in non-toxic cleaning supplies and your cotton cloth replacements easily remedy the environmental atrocities of paper towel production.

Fix Phantom Power and Old Bulbs

Make this year your Eco-experiment by eliminating phantom power. Phantom power is the constant electrical drain on your home appliances even when they are shut off. The National Resource Defense Council put out this list in 2015 to give the homeowner an idea of the accumulated financial waste due to phantom power:

Annual cost of “phantom power”

  • Water recirculation pump - $93
  • Desktop computer - $49
  • TV - $38
  • Cable set-top box - $30
  • Audio receiver/stereo - $22
  • Printer - $11
  • Furnace - $8
  • Coffee maker - $6
  • Dryer - $4
  • GFCI outlets - $1 each

You can easily save money and energy by implementing simple home improvement fixes such as:

  • Installing smart power strips
  • Unplugging appliances until needed
  • Installing a digital power timer
  • Adjusting appliance settings such as shutting off power hogging “quick start” options

In addition, swapping out incandescent lightbulbs and replacing with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and/or light emitting diodes (LEDs) can also save money as well as reduce significant energy waste. The US Department of Energy estimates that, “green lightbulbs” can save upwards of 65%-80% energy usage as compared to incandescent bulbs.

 

Try these Eco-friendly New Year’s resolutions to start of your year with an Eco-bang. They are simple ways to save money and the planet all at once without you exerting yourself all that much. Then, when you realize how much extra energy you have you can join an activist association and travel the world fighting the good fight, or just go to work and be happy you're doing your part.

 

How to Prevent and Treat the Flu and other Viruses

by Jane Sheppard @ Healthy Child

  Are you worried about getting the flu? The press is spreading fear around like they do every year. Did you know that out of the hundreds of thousands of respiratory samples taken from patients in the US every year, only a small percentage show the presence of a flu virus? Most people diagnosed with …Read More

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Health Benefits of Using a Natural Mattress

by Dennis Hornick @ Organic Mattress Store

Did you know that “going organic” isn’t just limited to the food you eat? You can incorporate other organic products into your lifestyle as well. One important way to go organic is by choosing a natural mattress. Since you spend as much of a third of your life in bed,... Keep Reading

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Healthy Sugar Alternatives for Kids

by Jane Sheppard @ Healthy Child

    Children love sweet foods, and we like to delight our kids with special treats. But too much sugar depresses the immune system, making your child more susceptible to getting sick. Sugar causes spikes in blood sugar levels, which can create imbalances leading to chronic health problems. It can also affect behavior, attention, and …Read More

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A Love Letter From Your Body

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Dear You, This is to tell you what you often forget: I’m on your side. As long as our heart is beating, I’m here with you and for you. I know we’ve shared dark times together. Perhaps you believed I turned against you, through disease or addiction or depression. I was not sabotaging you, but […]

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How I Nursed Three Kids Without Going (Too) Crazy

by Colleen Webb @ Gimme the Good Stuff

Until recently, I was nursing three kids: a newborn, a two-year-old, and a four-year-old. When other women hear this, the most common thing they say is, “Oh my gosh, I…
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Four Simple Steps To Remember All The Influential, Inspirational & Important Sections Of Books That You Read.

by Marge Aberásturi @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

I’m asked how I actually keep track of all the books that I read, and how I constantly keep top-of-mind

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Holiday Gift Guide: Cozy Gifts for The Whole Fam

by Kristen Toshner @ Lucie's List

Cozy Gifts for the Family Cozy gifts are my absolute favorite gifts to give. They are the items you didn’t know you needed or wanted, but once you have ’em, you can’t live without them (see Lip Mask, below). Here...

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More Concern About Bed Bug

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

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

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379: Biohacking Addiction, Training For Power & Endurance At The Same Time, Drinking Water On Airplanes & More!

by Brock @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode. Feb 1, 2018 Podcast: 379 – How To Increase Power

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ThredUp Goody Box Review: What Is Inside?

by Kimberly Button @ Get Green Be Well

The online secondhand clothing store, thredUp, has just created a new product for clothes shopping from home. The thredUp Goody Box is a way of receiving secondhand clothing right to your door and selecting what you like and don’t like without shipping fees or commitment to keep the clothes. This sustainable fashion alternative might not...

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Synthetic vs. Natural Latex

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

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

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Health Benefits of an Organic Wool Pillowtop

by Dennis Hornick @ Organic Mattress Store

Choosing the right mattress is one of the most important keys to getting a good night of sleep. That, in turn, can help you stay healthier and feel more rested during the day. Organic mattresses are designed with your comfort and safety in mind, and are prized as a healthy alternative to... Keep Reading

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Why It’s Actually Awesome That Hawaii Is So Ridiculously Expensive

by Alden Wicker @ Ecocult

At first, I was frustrated by the high price of everything on Hawaii. In fact, I almost felt dumb for visiting. Basic resort rooms at $300 a night. Paying an extra $350 on top of the $700 plane tickets for one Economy Comfort seat (and sitting separately from him in a cheaper seat) just so my new 6’5″ husband could walk when he got off the 12-hour flight. The $175 grocery bill for a week of breakfast and bagged lunches. Ouch! Why visit Hawaii when you could get the same tropical vibes for a third of the price in Mexico or Thailand? But midway through our trip, something switched. We found pristine, empty beaches in Hana, ate locally caught seafood and locally grown chocolate and coffee, and hiked for seven hours in Haleakala’s crater without seeing more than ten other people. And it struck me: Hawaii is an example of accidental environmentalism. You see, there is a term called “externalities.” When it comes to the environment and the economy, it means all the stuff that is damaged as a side effect of economic development: pollution, overfishing, deforestation, asthma, climate change…. every ecosystem damage you can think of. The very basic […]

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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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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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What is a Vegan Mattress

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

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

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Review: If You Visit Tulum, You Can’t Miss This Tour of the Sian Ka’an Bio Reserve

by Alden Wicker @ Ecocult

You might think the only thing to do in Tulum is party and drink cocktails on the beach. But you absolutely cannot leave Quintana Roo without seeing the second longest barrier reef in the world in the Sian Ka'an bioreserve. Here's the best way to visit.

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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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How to Boost Your Child’s Immune System

by Jane Sheppard @ Healthy Child

  Your children are constantly exposed to germs that could possibly make them sick. People talk about a cold or a flu “going around” as if it were making the rounds infecting every child in its path. This is never the case. Exposure to viruses does not mean your child will get sick. The reality …Read More

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Week Of Outfits Series: A Week Of Intentional Outfits With Allison Karaba Of The Thoughtful Closet

Week Of Outfits Series: A Week Of Intentional Outfits With Allison Karaba Of The Thoughtful Closet

by Guest Contributor @ The Good Trade

The Good Trade's Week of Outfit Series highlights women that have personally inspired us to shop and live with intention! Each woman takes her own unique approach slow fashion and demonstrates how beautifully sustainable fashion can come to life. Today we're excited to share a week of outfits from Allison Karaba, the conscious blogger behind The Thoughtful Closet!

Why You Need a Non-Toxic Mattress

by sebomarketing @ Intellibed

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Healthy Food for Kids – What You Need to Know

by Jane Sheppard @ Healthy Child

  What do you need to know to provide healthy food for your kids? Here’s an important new finding: After reducing GMOs in their diets, 3,256 people reported improvements in 28 health conditions. Amazingly, many of these conditions were “nearly” or “completely” resolved. Jeffrey Smith, executive director of The Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), summarizes …Read More

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How to Flip a Latex Mattress

by Micah @ Bedrooms & More

Flipping your Latex Mattress is Easy Don’t let the prospect of flipping a mattress stop you from making a smart purchase. Flipping a latex mattress is easy. In the videos we demonstrate the easiest way to turn a mattress without straining yourself. So whether you are flying solo or working with a partner, don’t flip […]

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Why Organic

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

Going organic helps you avoid toxic and synthetic chemicals that are detrimental to human health and to the health of the environment. Going organic helps fight climate change, prevents damage to valuable water resources, promotes diversity and reduces your carbon footprint. According to Organicitsworthit.org, Organic is the most heavily regulated and closely monitored system in […]

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Use an Air Purifier for Smoke from Wildfires

by Jane Sheppard @ Healthy Child

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

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[Transcript] – Why You Get Hungry & What To Do About It: How To Defy Overeating, Conquer The Buffet, Stop Cravings In Their Tracks & Much More!

by bgreenfieldva @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Podcast from:  https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/podcast/fat-loss-podcasts/the-hungry-brain-outsmarting-the-instincts-that-make-us-overeat/ [00:00] Introduction/Oak/CrossPolitics [05:44] About Stephan Guyenet [07:45] Why What Stephan Presents in his Book is Absent From

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20 Planet Saving Items That Pay For Themselves Tenfold

by Lindsay Sheehan @ Natural Living Ideas

There’s a high cost for living in a throwaway culture. The never-ending appetite to consume and toss away only to consume again is not only expensive in the long run, it drains the earth of finite resources and creates environmental and ecological disasters like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The glut of cheap, disposable goods may be a thing of convenience for the end user… [read more]

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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! …

Bacon Quiche with Spaghetti Squash Crust

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

  This quiche makes a classy and simple breakfast, brunch, or dinner. It also makes an easy portable meal, if you pack a lunch for work, and you can enjoy it without re-heating. Also, it’s a hearty breakfast that meets all my Reset Your Breakfast guidelines. How to make a spaghetti squash crust This spaghetti […]

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Mitigating and Eliminating EMFs – A Mom’s Guide (part 1)

by Anele @ Organic Housewife

There is always a list in the back of my head with what I need to do…  Next steps at detoxifying our lives.  One of the things on my list was EMF remediation.  I knew it was a can of worms but I did not know just how complicated it would be.  Initial research made my head spin and I got nowhere fast.  Months and then years went by with me picking up this task but never finishing as it was just too complex.  Determined, I did some brief googling and came across Ray Pealer of EMR Safety.  It turned out that he serviced my area so I made a call.  Our lives will never be the same.   Ray came over with over $7,000 in professional grade equipment and spent the day getting the EMFs out of my house.  When we first sat down, I asked him about a picture of a ‘before’ and ‘after’ he had on his website and if it was even possible to achieve such an effect.  I was doubtful – we are fairly modern people, my husband works in technology sector so giving up these modern conveniences was not an option.   Ray reassured me that […]

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6 Ways to Troubleshoot the Ketogenic Diet

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Recently, I shared my own experience with the ketogenic diet, which triggered a significant healing reaction for me.  I was grateful to trouble-shoot the following areas of challenge. Awareness and supplemental support for the following trouble spots will improve your success on a ketogenic diet. Ketogenic Diet Success Checklist The following factors determine the success of […]

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You Want a 2-sided Mattress. Here’s Why:

by Kathryn Michael @ Bedrooms & More

An Innovation for the Mattress Industry The mattress industry has seen many changes over the past twenty years, but none as impactful as the formerly standard 2-sided mattress being replaced by the “invention” of its 1-sided counterpart. We have Simmons to thank for this historic leap backwards. They introduced the concept in 2000. Some call […]

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Why Your Hand Sanitizer Doesn’t Stop the Flu (and Might Make You Sick)

by Maia James @ Gimme the Good Stuff

Despite my longtime annoyance with Purell-toting moms, once I had my own children I found myself–to my horror–becoming something of a germaphobe. When my sons are sick, we all suffer–they…
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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 […]

Paleo Sushi with Parsnip Rice

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

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

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Seven Overlooked Hair Loss Causes and What to Do Today

by Irina Webb @ I Read Labels For You

Here you will learn about seven overlooked hair loss causes and practical solutions you can start implementing today.   A few months ago, I panicked.  I had been losing more and more hair for some time.  When I washed it, … Continued

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10 More Essential Oil Myths Every Oil User Must Know

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

One of the leading essential oil educators, Jimm Harrison, has been my mentor and instructor in aromatherapy. Jimm created and teaches the aromatherapy program for Bastyr University, one of the most well-known naturopathic universities. He teaches across the globe, is the author of Aromatherapy: Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils for Esthetics, and has 30 years of experience […]

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How to Kill Dust Mites Naturally with Cold

by Kimberly Button @ Get Green Be Well

If you’ve got allergies or asthma, you probably are wondering how to kill dust mites naturally. The tiny insects create allergens that can cause health problems for kids and adults. Dust mites can be somewhat difficult to kill. The good news is, you can naturally kill dust mites with cold temperatures. Do You Have Dust...

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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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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


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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]

Pesticides in the bedroom

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

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

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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.

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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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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5 Myths About Latex Mattresses

by Sarah Klein @ Mattress World Northwest

Latex mattresses get a bad rap. Consumers who are uneducated about natural latex mattresses may have misconceptions about latex in particular, given its associations (latex hospital gloves, latex condoms, etc.), and latex mattresses in general. Even the word “latex” sounds synthetic – closer to the word “plastic” than “natural,” which may be the source of […]

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How To Make A Paleo Thanksgiving

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

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

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Holiday Gift Guide: For Her

by Kristen Toshner @ Lucie's List

Best Gifts for Her: 2017 Here’s a list of my fave gifts for all the best gals in your life. From your BFF to your MIL, I’ve got you covered. So sit back, relax, and enjoy – 01. For your...

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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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5 Natural Ways To Help Your Child Focus and Thrive at School

by Laura @ The Soft Landing®

We strive to meet the individual needs of each of our kids in order to be successful in school, and we've found several effective ways to help your child focus and thrive too.

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Spanish Rice in the Rice Cooker

by DaNelle Wolford @ Weed 'em & Reap

Living in Arizona has its benefits. We arguably have the most authentic Mexican cuisine this side of the border. Here in Arizona you’re not gonna find “Tex-Mex wanna-be” recipes. Nope, here you’ll find amazing flavor that is as authentic as they come. Well, as authentic as us Americans can make it 😉 One of the best adaptations I’ve discovered is how to make Spanish rice in a rice cooker. Rice

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Paleo Bacon Cauliflower Soup

by Jean Choi @ Empowered Sustenance

Today’s post is another contribution from Jean. Enjoy this ultra-comforting bacon cauliflower soup!  Now that Fall is officially here, I’ve been upping my soup intake exponentially since a month ago and I don’t hate it at all. I love how grounding and comforting a warm bowl of soup is and it’s a great way to […]

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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?

13 Fair Trade Chocolate Companies For Your Conscious Valentine

13 Fair Trade Chocolate Companies For Your Conscious Valentine

by Staff Guide @ The Good Trade

We agree with the Fair Trade chocolate brands below that chocolate should be oh so much more than candy. This playful, nutrient dense treat is the perfect pick-me-up and superfood recharge. These Fair Trade Chocolate brands have also made it an integral part of their mission to develop lasting, mutually beneficial partnerships by employing Fair Trade and Direct Trade practices with the farmers who cultivate their cocoa crops.

Haleakala Pillowtop Innerspring Mattress

by blake @ Natural & Organic Mattresses – Bedrooms & More

The Haleakala Pillow Top is a 2-sided pocketed coil mattress featuring Botanicore™, our all-botanical latex, on both sides for durability and plush comfort.  This new model, released in late 2015, has quickly become a customer favorite.

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An Open Letter to Skeptics of Alternative Medicine

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

I wrote this letter following a discussion I had at a recent nutrition conference. I was exhibiting for my company Meo Energetics, and I had the opportunity to meet and talk to some of the speakers in the exhibiting hall. I met ones speaker whose work I’ve admired for years. He was as authentic and articulate […]

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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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[Transcript] – Exoskeletons For Human Performance, Will Robots Rule The World, Ketosis For Muscle Gain & Much More.

by bgreenfieldva @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Podcast from:  https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/podcast/anti-aging-podcasts/the-ken-ford-podcast/ [00:00] Introduction/Molekule.com [02:38] Human Charger [05:19] About Ken Ford [09:17] IHMC/How Ken is Developing an Exoskeleton for

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Conventional food. What’s in it?

by Anele @ Organic Housewife

A few weeks ago I took my son to a classmate’s birthday party.  They had the most gorgeous cake – a cosmos theme.  Rich navy blue universe with realistic red Mars, brown Jupiter, green Uranus, blue Neptune; the moon, the sun and even a beige Saturn with its belts.  The most beautiful cake I have ever seen.  Truly. That morning, before the party, I was at home baking cupcakes.  With some delicious homemade frosting on top, I placed them into a to-go container so I could ask to substitute for the “blue” cake.  Well, several hours later, turned out I was right.  That cake was very blue… I am often met with raised eyebrows.   Most people do not think about what they are eating.  We all know organic is better, but just how much?  Turns out quite a bit. So what exactly is in conventional food?  Prepare to be shocked.  Processed foods: This is a short list, for a more comprehensive list click here. Preservatives – increase shelf life.  Linked to anything from hyperactivity in children, neurological disorders to cancer.  Sodium benzoate, benzoic acid, calcium propionate, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite, calcium sorbate, potassium sorbate, propyl gallate, sulfur dioxide, bisulfite, TBHQ, BHA, […]

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Are quaternary ammonium compounds (quats) safe?

by Irina Webb @ I Read Labels For You

There is a secret I learned while reading numerous shampoo/conditioner labels.  I’d like to share it with you today because it will help you choose the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair type without even trying them.  Hint:  We … Continued

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Terra Organic Cotton Wool Innerspring Mattress

by blake @ Natural & Organic Mattresses – Bedrooms & More

The Terra Organic Cotton Wool Innerspring Mattress is appropriate for kids and adults alike. It’s even bunk bed-compatible. Featuring non-toxic, chemical-free, certified organic cotton and natural wool for a breathable sleeping environment.

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About Our Natural & Organic Latex

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

100% Natural latex is better for your body, and for the earth! Our 100% Natural Latex products are created from milk sap from South East Asian rubber trees. The inherent properties of latex create a breathable, elastic surface that molds to the body and relieves pressure. 100% Natural latex is hypoallergenic, and naturally resistant to […]

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Paleo Avocado Toast

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

  Yes, avocado toast is a fad… …and it is one you don’t want to miss. After seeing avocado toast pop up in every corner of the internet universe, I had a bad case of avocado toast FOMO. (That’s Fear Of Missing Out. It usually refers to missing out of parties and social engagements. For me, […]

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Why You Get Hungry & What To Do About It: How To Defy Overeating, Conquer The Buffet, Stop Cravings In Their Tracks & Much More!

by Ben Greenfield @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode. Although most of us strive to eat well and

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10 Easy DIY Christmas Gifts

by Laura @ The Soft Landing®

Looking for unique and useful DIY Christmas gifts for your family and friends this year? We've got you covered with our top 10 easy ideas!

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Tips for Buying a Royal-Pedic Inner-Spring Mattress

by Dennis Hornick @ Organic Mattress Store

Royal-Pedic is a 71-year-old luxury organic mattress company, renowned the world over for quality and comfort that lasts for generations. They have created a pair of firm inner-spring mattresses exclusive to The Organic Mattress Store. Both beds are hand-crafted in the United States, using only the finest organic materials—Certified Organic... Keep Reading

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The Case Against Sugar: Is Gary Taubes Full Of Sweet Lies & Deception, Or Is Sugar Really Making Us Fat?

by Ben Greenfield @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode. My guest on today's podcast – Gary Taubes –

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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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How to Choose the Right Natural Wool Pillow Top

by Dennis Hornick @ Organic Mattress Store

Choosing the right pillow top mattress can take some time, because there are lots of different options to choose from. It’s best if you can try them out yourself to find out what it feels like to you, since mattress preferences are very personal. Additionally, you should consider these 5... Keep Reading

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Another Tempurpedic customer converted to a Natural Latex & Organic Mattress

by Anjni Rabadia @ Green Dwellers

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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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Why We Switched to Non-Toxic Mattresses from My Green Mattress - Mom Saves Money

Why We Switched to Non-Toxic Mattresses from My Green Mattress - Mom Saves Money


Mom Saves Money

Find out why we switched to non-toxic mattresses from My Green Mattress for our kids.

[Transcript] – The Case Against Sugar: Is Gary Taubes Full Of Sweet Lies & Deception, Or Is Sugar Really Making Us Fat?

by bgreenfieldva @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Podcast from:  https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/podcast/nutrition-podcasts/the-case-against-sugar-gary-taubes/ [0:00] Introduction [0:33] Wild Mountain Paleo/Purathrive [07:35] The Difference Between Glucose and Fructose and How It’s Related

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Autoimmune Paleo Pumpkin Granola

by Michelle Hoover @ Empowered Sustenance

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

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Stop Sleeping Hot

by Kathryn Michael @ Bedrooms & More

We’re smack in the middle of another Seattle summer, and the temperature keeps rising. Most of us don’t have air conditioning in the home, so it’s vital we know how to keep cool at night. If you struggle to get a good night’s sleep this time of year, you’re not alone. Below we’ve listed off […]

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MORGONGÅVA Natural latex mattress - Twin  - IKEA

MORGONGÅVA Natural latex mattress - Twin - IKEA


IKEA US/EN

IKEA - MORGONGÅVA, Natural latex mattress, Twin, , Natural latex helps you to fully relax by contouring your body shape to relieve pressure and provide precise support.Natural materials like wool and cotton help air flow through the mattress to make sure you don’t get too warm or cold.Comfort zones give very precise support and relieve pressure on your shoulders and hips.A generous layer of soft filling adds support and comfort.25-year Limited Warranty. Read about the terms in the Limited Warranty brochure.

Cauliflower Rice Pilaf with Mint and Peas

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

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

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25 Genius Ways to Use Veggies, not Grains

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

No bread? No problem! I’ve followed a grain free lifestyle for for years now, to successfully address an autoimmune disease. The avoidance of medication and surgery is motivation enough for me to maintain my eating habits, but the inventive and delicious food that I enjoy would provide motivation of itself. A grain free diet has both nourished my body and […]

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Paleo Thai Curry Meatballs

by Jean Choi @ Empowered Sustenance

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

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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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No Bake Paleo Lime Bars

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

A couple of other recipes are waiting in the Drafts folder of Empowered Sustenance, waiting eagerly to be shared, but these paleo lime bars immediately jumped to the top of the queue when I made them a few days ago. The recipe refuses to wait its turn, in proper order, because it is that good. I’ve experimented […]

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Find the Right Small Bedroom Storage Solutions for Your Home

by Douglas Belleville @ STLBeds

Almost every home could use more storage, especially in small bedrooms. While we all aim to declutter, which is helpful, and we know buying only the things we know we’ll use is wise, let’s be honest. We all have stuff. We have heirlooms, collections, books we love, seasonal decor, and tools or supplies we use…

The Weekly Roundup: Your Go-To Guide For Everything You May Have Missed This Week & More! 1/6 – 1/12

by Erin @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Welcome to my Weekly Roundup! In one convenient post, you're about to discover the most important things I've noticed this

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What Is the Best Time to Go to Sleep?

by admin @ Mattress World Northwest

There are few words that are inseparable as “elusive” and “sleep.” Despite all the advances in science, the question of when it’s best to turn in is still debated across the world.  Most people tend to sleep during the hours that are most practical for their professional and personal lives. Their alarm clock goes off […]

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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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Health and Wellness Week on Ibotta!

by Kimberly Button @ Get Green Be Well

With the beginning of the New Year comes a lot of great opportunities to save money on health and wellness items. So I’m glad to tell you that my Number One favorite money-saving app, Ibotta, is partnering with my favorite health and wellness website, Vitacost (along with other stores, too, look at the list below)...

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The 10 Best All-Natural and Organic Mattress Sources

The 10 Best All-Natural and Organic Mattress Sources


Apartment Therapy

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

Dairy Free Ranch Dressing Recipe

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

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

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Holiday Gift Guide: Luxe Gifts

by Kristen Toshner @ Lucie's List

We’ve all been there. You need to buy that one special gift to really wow that one special person. This gift is a surprise that is absolutely nothing near a “need” and you’re praying your gifting efforts are completely surpassing...

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The Essential Paleo Casserole Recipe

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

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

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17 Pygmy Goats That Will Melt Your Heart

by DaNelle Wolford @ Weed 'em & Reap

  (photo credit: kysme photography) You know what’s better than baby goats? Pygmy baby goats. Pygmy goats are the tiniest goats in the world and their fluffiness will melt your little heart. Pygmy goats actually originate from Africa, where they were primarily bred for meat. But we’re not going to talk about that, are we? Nope. That’s because Pygmy goats make the best pets as well. And trust me, once

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Cure Anxiety Naturally

by Jessica Hann @ Avocado Green Mattress

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

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Mitigating and Eliminating Radiofrequency (WiFi) EMFs – A Mom’s Guide (part 2)

by Anele @ Organic Housewife

RFR Radiofrequency radiation The most famous EMF…  If someone is talking about EMFs, they are generally referring to radiofrequency (RF) radiation.  Radiofrequency radiation comes from all wireless devices.  Depending on the signal strength, the fields will penetrate walls and people.  Check here to see if you are near a cell tower or an antenna. Very important – even if the device is not actually connected to WiFi but the WiFi is not ‘disabled’, that device IS most likely constantly sending out a signal looking to connect.  All ‘smart’ devices need to have the WiFi manually ‘disabled’.  I purchased Acoustimeter Am 10 to help me determine which hidden devices emit RF radiation and help me decide which to keep, which to hard-wire and which we could live without. Items that may emit radiofrequency or WiFi radiation: WiFi Router and your neighbors WiFi Router Wireless Modems DECT technology cordless phone (I now have this phone.  I have tested it with my meter, it does not transmit any RF) Baby monitor Smart TV (Apple TV and others) Smart/Wireless Thermostat Smart/Wireless Security System Wireless Printers Digital alarm clocks (if it automatically updates to daylight savings time, it is a ‘smart’ device) Bluetooth devices (keyboards, speakers, computer […]

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Is That Rash Really Eczema or Contact Dermatitis?

by The Soft Landing @ The Soft Landing®

Is that rash really eczema? Try this simple test to make sure it's not just a case of contact dermatitis caused by irritants in skin care or laundry detergent or fabric softener.

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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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Green Business Spawns More Green Jobs

by @ Green Home Library

They said it would happen and now it is coming to fruition. Starting with small business ventures and then catching the eye of Big Corp., green entrepreneurship and activist movements have begun spawning more green jobs in America and throughout the globe.

Although the current administration is supporting coal production, the need is no longer there. Since mechanization, coal industry jobs have diminished putting many out of work. The average number of employees at US coal mines dropped by 12% in 2015, according to the Energy Information Administration.

However, there is more demand elsewhere to put workers back on the map in the green sector. According to The Department of Energy's Energy and Employment Report it is predicted that green energy employment will have a 9% growth rate over the next 12 months — higher than any other energy sector.

Currently, Europe and Asia are taking the helm as the US trails, but hangs on to, green sector job growth until hopefully the White House comes to its senses, or succumbs to change.

They’re Blowing in the Wind

That’s right, wind energy jobs have increased from 3.4 million in 2011 to just over 4 million in 2017 according to a report published by the Environmental Defense Fund's Climate Corps program.

Business Insider writes,

“The report estimates that solar and wind jobs are growing at a rate 12 times as fast as the rest of the US economy and suggests that 46% of large firms have hired additional workers to address issues of sustainability over the past two years.”

If you have a small business, look into a wind energy choices from your local electric company. It is required in most states for the consumer to be able to choose their electricity source.

Smart Cities

With the steady growth of smart technology and smart homes, smart cities are on the parallel. Europe has recently reported of a “green jobs for a greener future” initiative citing several urban applications that will inevitably take over many conventional careers.

Some of these include:

  • Municipality - “We have identified, especially from the municipalities side, that there is a need to create new skilled jobs for the creation of specific cross-department teams to work on defining action plans for cities, supporting the design of solutions and an understanding of the needs," says Miguel Garcia, from the REMOURBAN project, which is pioneering new approaches to urban regeneration in the Spanish city of Valladolid, Nottingham in England, and Tepebasi/Eskisehir in Turkey.” (reported by Phys.Org)
  • Building Retrofit - Perfect for green small business startup jobs, retrofitting buildings with clean energy options and fixes has risen in demand due to money saving incentives.
  • Electric Car Infrastructure - As the alternative energy infrastructure rises in demand, more people are becoming electric car charging station installers and maintenance workers.
  • Solar Installation - As solar technology falls in price more commercial and residential installations have been sought after.

Cleanup

It's unfortunate that many will profit from man’s decades long environmental abuse, yet that is exactly what is happening. Certain sectors, small businesses, local organizations and even Big Corp. have finally wrapped their heads around the lucrative potential for green beautification, waterway cleanup, non-toxic cleaning, pure air initiatives and so much more.

One example that was originally considered a job killer is a mandate to cut pollution flowing into the Chesapeake Bay by 25 percent by 2025. A study of potential cleanup for 6 bay states that includesDelaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, Virginia and West Virginia stated,

“If history is any guide, environmental regulations will once again nourish job creation, not bury it,

 

As more small businesses go green it will inevitably lead the way for business to business and consumer to business green job increase. Add in activist movements and environmental cleanup for more job opportunities and, regardless of antiquated, bottom line only thinkers, more people will see and reap the job benefits of Eco-friendly opportunities.

Organic Mattress in St Louis

Organic Mattress in St Louis


STLBeds

Looking for an Organic Mattress in St Louis STL Beds has them on display to try with many models and the best prices available.

Pebble Twin Mattress - Kids

Pebble Twin Mattress - Kids


Nook Sleep Systems

The Pebble Twin Mattress is ideal for big kids, college students and your overnight visitors. Plus it's non-toxic and breathable.

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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The Resurgence Of The Kettlebell: How An Old-School Tool For Strongmen Became A Must-Have Piece Of Equipment For Athletes And The Average Person.

by Ashley Broas @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Walk into any gym in the country and the chances are good that you will see treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary

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Pure Grow Wool – Puddle Pad Twin

by Mariah Bankemper @ Products – SleepLily

Protect the purity of your new crib mattress safely and naturally. Moisture resistant & washable.

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Green Moving and Storage Options

by @ Green Home Library

Whether you are moving to another location, cleaning out your home, or setting up a storage option there are a variety of ways to keep it Eco-friendly. Before you dive into things like cardboard, plastic, and tape, give some thought to the many ways you can approach your task with as low a carbon footprint as you can.

Boxing Day

Re-using boxes for storage and moving means keeping them out of the landfill and one less bunch of new boxes purchased.

According to a 2014 report posted by B2B Community, corrugated cardboard was considered as having the best track record of any packing material. At the time of this report, it was rated that in 1993 55% of corrugated cardboard was recycled and in 2011 the number rose to 91%.

Recycling one ton of cardboard saves 9 cubic yards of landfill space, 700 gallons of water, and 46 gallons of water. Even though you won’t be using one ton of cardboard, you will be part of all the people that jump on board and eventually do hit these numbers.

Reusable boxes should be clean, as thick as possible and undamaged. They can be found at places like:

  • Supermarkets
  • Liquor stores
  • Warehouses
  • Bookstores
  • Starbucks
  • Craigslist free stuff section

Collect the News

Tons of newspapers are discarded everyday. If you need to pack and store items, newspaper is one of the best materials. It is readily available, protective when bunched in bulk (particularly for kitchen and dining items), and best of all it’s free when a day old.

Collect piles of newspaper and use generously to avoid wasteful and Eco-unfriendly plastic, styrofoam, or other packing material.

Pick a Green Team

For a moving company or storage space, do your green research. Many of these companies may sound good on the surface but you should find out what kind of green track record they have.

Some questions to ask include:

  • Do you use recycled materials?
  • Are your moving trucks Eco-friendly? (ie: electric, biodiesel, hybrid)
  • Does your storage space include green additions such as energy efficient lighting, heating, air-conditioning or insulation?
  • Do you use any green power options like wind, hydro or solar sourcing?
  • Do you use photocells or motion sensors? (devices to detect movement or natural light and turn on interior lights accordingly)

Rent It All

Before you run around sifting through supermarket dumpsters for usable moving boxes or spill out the Legos to fill another plastic bin, some companies are offering a greener way.

If you don’t mind spending the extra money you may be able to utilize organizations that will rent you an entire moving or storage kit. This is everything from boxes, tape and markers to wardrobe holders, rolling closets and customized packing units. You can even go a step further and pay for a team to do all the packing while you delegate.

Although more expensive, renting these services reduces waste, limits fossil fuel use and decreases excess personal energy.

 

Nowadays there are many companies in this industry offering green choices that are worth the effort. No longer does it need to be a time of stress and waste when the stress is hard enough to deal with. Try these green moving and storage options so your project is a clean, Eco-friendly experience.

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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5 Quick and Natural Ways to Beat Heartburn

by Laura @ The Soft Landing®

Are you a heartburn sufferer? Suppressing stomach acid with antacids isn't always the best way to treat it, so reach for these 5 quick and natural ways to beat heartburn instead!

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What are Bamboo Pillows Really Made of?

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

Bamboo pillows, bamboo sheets… Bamboo has recently taken over the bedding market, but why? In particular, bamboo pillow products seem to be the new rage   They’re advertised as a natural luxury-class pillow yielding a miracle sleep, but are these pillows truly a cool, healthy, sustainable, comfortable alternative to conventional pillows? To answer this question, we […]

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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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Essential Oils Guide (THE ULTIMATE LIST OF BENEFITS, USES, RECIPES, & MORE)

by Ashley @ Nontoxic Reboot

What if you could keep your home clean and your family healthy without relying on strange manufactured chemicals?With essential oils, you can!Ahead, in this essential oils guide, get answers to your essential oil questions, such as:Do essential oils work?What are essential oils good for?What do I need to know about how to dilute essential oils?What […]

Online Event: Detoxifying Your Home in the New Year

by Maia James @ Gimme the Good Stuff

This is a rare opportuity to personally interact with Maia as she helps you detoxify your home in the New Year. Each Thursday in February, Maia will make a brief…
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Sneak Peak and Q&A

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

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


Exoskeletons For Human Performance, Will Robots Rule The World, Ketosis For Muscle Gain & Much More.

by Ben Greenfield @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode. Meet Kenneth Ford, an incredibly well-read, highly accomplished and

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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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Unscientific, unmeasurable, unregulated? Count me in.

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

I received the following email from a reader, in response to my work with an energy medicine company. I considered Spamming this comment immediately, primarily because the writer’s condescending and accusatory tone turned my stomach. Instead, I slept on it and woke up the next day with gratitude for E. She took the time to […]

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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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How to Learn The Language of The Body

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

The answers for healing are within the body We’re facing an enormous challenge: the Western diet has failed us, and now Western medicine is failing us. The only person who has the answers for our health is our own body.  It’s time we start asking our own body “What are my symptoms telling me? What […]

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Naturepedic Organic Twin Mattress for Kids - Review

Naturepedic Organic Twin Mattress for Kids - Review


Change-Diapers.com, Kids & Cloth Diapers & Going Green

I received a complimentary product for review purposes. All opinions are my own. Post contains affiliate link. Naturepedic isn’t a new name in our home. It’s been nearly two years since I published my Naturepedic Organic Crib Mattress review. When my resistant-to-change 4-year old was finally ready to move out of his toddler bed into …

Antidepressants: The New Tobacco?

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

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

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Nature is Good Medicine for Kids

by Jane Sheppard @ Healthy Child

Being in nature has proven benefits to the health and wellness of your whole family. Especially if you practice Shinrun Yoku (or Forest Bathing), which is a way to immerse all of your senses while walking in forests and other naturally healing environments. This weekend I had a wonderful experience of Forest Bathing. As I walked …Read More

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Thanks for Signing Up

by Corinna @ The Natural Sleep Store

Thanks for signing up for our newsletter! You're almost done, just click the link in the email we just sent you. Our Best Sellers Naturesoft Organic Flannel SheetsThe Naturesoft Organic Flannel Sheets are made from a 165 gsm flannel and are a natural color. Made from GOTS ...Read More$82.00 – $112.00Select optionsSale Nomad Furniture Bed […]

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Five Spice Paleo Lamb Meatballs

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

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

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Woodland Park Plush Latex Mattress

by blake @ Natural & Organic Mattresses – Bedrooms & More

The Woodland Park Plush has nearly 10” of all botanical latex fully encased in wool and organic cotton. This creates a very breathable surface, allowing for abundant customization of the surface feel.

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Waterbed Terminology Explained: Simple Word Guidance for You

by Douglas Belleville @ STLBeds

Many people decide to ditch their mattress and box spring to return to a waterbed for its natural comfort and contouring to your body. This may seem like an easy task; however, the market has evolved to include many new items. Learning the waterbed terminology will help you to make decisions on a new waterbed.…

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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Lennox Ultra-Low NOx Gas Furnaces

by Janelle Sorensen @ Elemental Green

The Sleep Envelope

by blake @ Bedrooms & More

The “sleep envelope” was introduced to us around twenty years ago. It’s the idea that not one single element of your bed is the key to a good night’s sleep, but rather that every piece works together to create the perfect environment to catch some shut eye. We must admit, we were skeptical at first. […]

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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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Mattresses


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8 Beautiful Spots to Catch The Sunrise in Charleston, SC

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

Yes, we all love sunsets, but there’s something special and different about watching a Charleston sunrise that you just can’t get from sunsets. It’s not only feeling of accomplishment from getting up early, but it’s the opportunity to take time for yourself to set your intentions for the day. With the summer months quickly approaching, the […]

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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 …

Healthy Energy

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

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

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Acacia Phillipe Bedroom Set

by Kathryn Michael @ Bedrooms & More

We stock products that are popular for all the right reasons We’re always excited when a product is impossible to keep in stock. So many of our bedding lines have their own following. For example, we’re one of the only stores in the area promoting washable wool as a superior material to down; we don’t […]

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How to Find the Best Mattress for Back Pain

by sebomarketing @ Intellibed

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Easy Peasy Paleo Ketchup Recipe

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

I never tried making paleo ketchup because I thought it would be impossible to replicate the true flavor of the refined-sugar-laden original. I had perused a few recipes for paleo ketchup and gave it a pass. “Tomato paste flavored with apple cider vinegar?” I thought. “No thanks, I’ll just have my sweet potato fries plain. […]

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Paleo Chicken Apple Meatballs with Fig Bacon Jam

by Michelle Hoover @ Empowered Sustenance

This week’s recipe is from contributor Michelle, who shares her recipes created for the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol. It’s finally fall! Or so the calendar tells me. Truthfully, I don’t know the difference in Dallas, TX at this point. Our summer tends to extend into mid to late October, and it’s still in the 90’s as […]

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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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Autoimmune Paleo Pesto Chicken and Spaghetti Squash

by Michelle Hoover @ Empowered Sustenance

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

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Paleo Zucchini Tater Tots

by Jean Choi @ Empowered Sustenance

From Lauren: This week’s recipe for Paleo Zucchini Tots is another contribution from the creative Jean Choi. The first time I had tater tots was when I was in middle school. I grew up in a Korean-American household eating mostly Korean dishes, so there were certain foods that I didn’t know about until I got […]

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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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[Transcript] – How To Reverse The Damage From Cell Phone Radiation, Hidden Sources Of EMF, The Best Way To Measure Your EMF Exposure & Much More With Dr. Joseph Mercola!

by bgreenfieldva @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Podcast from:  https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/podcast/lifestyle-podcasts/dr-mercola-emf-recommendations/ [00:00] Introduction [00:47] eHarmony/GAINSWave [04:54] About Dr. Joseph Mercola [06:46] Does Dr. Mercola Only Talk On His Smart

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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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Review: Glamping at the Romantic, Eco-Friendly Prana Boutique Hotel in Tulum

by Alden Wicker @ Ecocult

With so many supposedly "eco" hotels in Tulum that are greenwashing and even actively harming the local ecosystems, we were careful to choose a hotel that was both luxurious and truly sustainable.

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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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Have Your Earth-Friendly Baby Wipes Been Greenwashed?

by Laura @ The Soft Landing®

Have your earth-friendly baby wipes been greenwashed? It's come to our attention that two brands are using questionable ingredients and advertisements. Learn what you can do about it!

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Do You Sleep on an "Organic" Mattress?

Do You Sleep on an "Organic" Mattress?


Dr. Axe

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

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 […]

Paleo Peppermint Patties (Just Four Ingredients!)

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

One of the earliest recipes I mastered, at age 5, was a peppermint candy recipe made by mixing powdered sugar, butter, and peppermint extract. I remember turning the batter pink with a few drops of food coloring, and then rolling the candies into balls and scoring each ball with a fork. This version of paleo peppermint […]

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Post Holiday Eco-Solutions

by @ Green Home Library

When the holidays are over, you have an opportunity to utilize some post holiday Eco-solutions rather than add to the continual waste around you. These are ways to harness various resources from your holiday leftovers for the betterment of your community and the planet.

Scrape the Scraps

If you have a composting system setup, after holiday meal scraps are perfect to add. If you don’t, now is the best time to start one. Plus, if you use compostable products for your holiday event, this is yet another opportunity to drastically reduce your garbage footprint.

No compost, no problem. Pack up those leftovers and donate to a homeless shelter or make a soup out of the scraps and help feed the needy.

Scoop the Paper

Wrapping paper that can be salvaged, folded and stored will save you time, money and unnecessary waste when your next present needs to be wrapped.

Scoop up as much used wrapping paper as you can and toss it in a pile until you can go through it. Cut in squares and place in a box under your bed or in a back closet for a treasure trove of recycled-upcycled designs that would otherwise end up in a landfill. You can do the same with empty boxes and if storage is a problem, gently pull them apart and store flat with wrapping paper. When needed, simply glue, tape or staple corners back together and you have a free gift box ready to go.

Tree to Earth

If you celebrate the holiday with a real Christmas tree then it is your responsibility to put your tree back into the earth. With over 10 million Christmas trees ending up in landfills each year, recycling yours is essential. Sure, if a tree is in a landfill, just like many compostable products, it will eventually biodegrade. However, it is the release of methane gas from these and other biological landfill waste that has become a huge problem for global warming.

Recycled trees can be used for many things including landscaping mulch or stream bank stabilization. Some businesses that sell trees offer recycling incentives. You can also contact the National Christmas Tree Association or check your local listings for a Christmas tree recycling program near you.

E-Waste

With holiday gifts comes holiday waste and electronics are at the top of the list. The amount of e-waste that is produced has become a serious problem due to the degenerating toxicity from these devices.

Small Footprint Family reports that,

“Each year, 130 million cell phones are thrown out, weighing approximately 65,000 tons. Recycling your old phone prevents hazardous elements like mercury, cadmium and lead from ending up in our landfills.”

Before dumping your old cell phone, tablet, computer or other used electronic device look into energy efficient programs near you or afar able to recycle and re-use rare earth metals and other components. Some organizations will even send you a prepaid mailing envelope to ship your e-waste to their company while paying you for it at the same time.

Digital Thank You’s

Once all the dust settles, you may want to send out some thank you notes. Yes, it’s nice to receive a handwritten note in a mailed envelope however, practically speaking, it wastes paper.

There are hundreds of digital ‘thank you’ sites offering a variety of graphics and delivery options to make your digital thank you just as special as a handwritten one. Some even include picture uploads so you can send images of the baby and kids, pets, grandparents and more.

 

Post holiday Eco-solutions are easy and smart. All it takes is a little wherewithal to gather up the loose ends so your after holiday carbon footprint is significantly reduced.

Pure Bliss – Non-Toxic Mattress for Kids

by exampleuser @ Products – SleepLily

Our Premium Non-Toxic Mattress for Children. 100% Pure Natural Latex w/Organic Cotton & PureGrow Wool. No flame-retardants, VOCs, or harmful chemicals.

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10 Incredible Health Benefits Of Gotu Kola

by Sierra Bright @ Natural Living Ideas

Gotu kola may not be all that well known to westerners, but it enjoys legendary status in Asia, where it’s sometimes referred to as the “fountain of life,” thanks to the story of an herbalist who was said to have extended his life by more than 200 years by taking it daily. This plant that comes from Asian wetlands, contains a high concentration of unique… [read more]

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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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An Exhaustive Guide to PVC-free Mattress Covers

An Exhaustive Guide to PVC-free Mattress Covers


The Soft Landing®

We searched for PVC-free mattress covers to help reduce off-gassing from VOC's & delved into the safety of polyurethane since it's commonly used too

The Advantages of Organic Innerspring Cross-Section Mattresses

by Dennis Hornick @ Organic Mattress Store

There is an organic revolution happening across the United States. One such area you may not have considered is investing in an organic mattress! To pique your curiosity, here are some key advantages of organic mattresses over the alternative. Avoid Toxicity from Your Mattresses There is a growing sensitivity from... Keep Reading

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Episode #379 – Full Transcript

by bgreenfieldva @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Podcast from:  https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/podcast/biohacking-podcasts/379-biohacking-addiction-training-power-endurance-time-drinking-water-airplanes/ [0:00:00] Introduction [0:04:25] News Flashes – High-Intensity Interval Power Training [07:41] Hyperventilating for 30 Seconds Prior to

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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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Organic Wool

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

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

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$229 All Organic Crib OR $209 All Organic Toddler Bed

by Anele @ Organic Housewife

I am talking about a cheap, truly non-toxic, solid wood bed frame and all certified organic mattress.  Yes it can be done on the tightest of budgets! $229 untreated, solid wood Crib AND a organic latex mattress OR $209 untreated, solid wood Toddler Bed AND a organic latex mattress One of the first and most common questions is “What is the best organic baby mattress?” An organic crib and mattress usually has a steep price tag.  I would know, I paid $800 for my solid-wood crib with a custom, zero VOC, non-toxic stain and $550 for a certified organic mattress.  I cringe even as I type it.  That is A LOT of money.  I wish I knew then what I know now. I just came back from an extended trip.  We stayed with relatives and had to get something for my young daughter to sleep in.  Without compromising on safety and toxicity, I put together a $229 all organic crib.  Yes, you read right, a solid wood crib with a GOLS certified latex mattress. The cheaper organic versions are usually made with coils that interfere with earths magnetic fields and in-home electric EMFs and really mess with our bodies.  Knowing EMF concerns I would […]

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Treating and healing eczema naturally – The Diet connection

by Anele @ Organic Housewife

Our beginning was rough.  I was on a round of antibiotics around 14 weeks gestation because my obstetrician found Strep B in my urine and two rounds of antibiotics at birth. The gut bacteria and the vaginal flora were sterilized and my child was deprived of critical bacteria that should have colonized his skin and his gut.  During the first week of life my sweet child had terrible diarrhea and around four months of age the eczema saga has begun. I grew up with conventional medicine and that was the only way I knew so that is where I turned.  I saw the head of pediatric allergy department for a world-renowned major hospital; one of four licensed pediatric dermatologists in my state and two pediatricians.  Doctors said the eczema was genetic and there was nothing that can be done.  Genetic, even though there was zero history of eczema on either side of our families. I was given topical steroid creams and was instructed to apply to affected areas.  At one point of time, I would have applied that steroid cream from hairline to the toes.  It was unacceptable.  So I found other answers and ways.  Turns out I even cheated and unknowingly […]

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This is Why You’ll Fall in Love with Nigerian Dwarf Goats

by DaNelle Wolford @ Weed 'em & Reap

They’re adorable, they’re naughty, and odds are you’ll be taking one home soon. Nigerian Dwarf goats are the puppies of the goat world, and they’re becoming the goat to get. With their small, furry bodies and zest for jumping on everything, they’re pretty much irresistible. So, where does this breed originate from and why are they rising in popularity? Well, that’s where I (the Nigerian Dwarf goat expert) comes in.

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Coconut Milk Panna Cotta with Orange and Mint

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

I was in charge of bringing dessert to the dinner gathering… …probably because I was the food blogger with all the lovely desserts in my Recipes archive. But I had been testing recipes the whole day before, and I didn’t have want to make a complex ordeal. I asked myself, “What feels celebratory and looks beautiful, […]

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The Organic Mattress Smackdown

The Organic Mattress Smackdown


Lucie's List

Updated November 2017 Each state has flammability requirements for clothing and furnishings. These requirements are a throw back to a time when lots of people smoked inside their older, highly-flammable wooden houses. The mortality rate due to fire was quite high,...

3 Reasons Why A Restricted Diet is NOT Restricting

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Have you said or thought the following? “I know that changing my diet would help me feel better, but it’s not practical for my life.” “I’ve tried taking X, Y, or Z out of my diet, and felt a little bit better. But it wasn’t worth the effort.” The reasons you give to avoid or […]

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Importance of Green Baby Bedding

by @ Green Home Library

You have been living in progressive times with technological, medical and industrial advances happening practically daily. Yet, with all this forward movement, when it comes to pollution, health, and safety, some free-enterprise ventures remain off course.

Serious health risks are now connected to the toxins from many plastic products which, studies are confirming, have continuously leached into our lives creating accumulative effects linked to disease. Now, plastic toxin exposure is showing to be a threat to our children which is why the importance of green baby bedding is an essential protective first step.

Off-Gassing Risks

When home improvement materials such as paints and plastics are manufactured, the risk of dangerous fumes subtly emitting from some of these products should be concerning. These off-gassed fumes are volatile organic compounds or VOC’s such as PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers), phthalates and phthalate alternatives. Breathing VOC’s could cause the body to embed toxic residue in muscles and other tissue. Due to an underdeveloped immune system and fragile state, new and existing data show that infants are the most vulnerable groups for contracting these off-gassed toxic emissions.

In a study by researchers at the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, published in Environmental Science & Technology (12/16/14), the abstract states,

“In infant sleep micro-environments, an increase in the temperature of the mattress can cause a significant increase in emission of phthalates from the mattress cover and make the concentration in the infant's breathing zone about four times higher than that in the bulk room air, resulting in potentially high exposure.”

Phthalates and phthalate alternatives are linked to causing disorders of hormonal regulation which may include health conditions such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Early puberty
  • Infertility
  • ADHD
  • Cancer

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) interviewed Dr. Brandon E. Boor, an assistant professor of civil engineering at Purdue University who commented that,

“We need innovative research to come up with manufacturing practices and ingredients that put children’s health first and ensure that we don’t end up with a new toxic chemical.There is now a real movement on the state and federal level to reduce Americans' exposure to flame retardants in furniture, foam and other items, because research shows that these chemicals accumulate in the bodies of people, increase the risk of cancer and can harm hormones”

Off-the-Grid

Mainstream consumerism is continuously bombarded with slick advertising and many manipulated words such as “natural” and “safe.” In reality, most people have no idea that many products they trustingly purchase are ticking time bombs of off-gassing exposure.

When it comes to merchandise for baby and kids, thinking twice about utilizing “off-the-grid” manufacturers, especially for crib mattresses and bedding, could be life saving.

Off-the-grid products come from unconventional companies that offer a variety of alternative options beyond the possible dangers associated with mainstream choices. These might include materials like:

  • Hemp
  • Bamboo
  • Organic cotton
  • All-natural green tea
  • Organic Merino wool

Many green crib mattresses are also made in the USA and meet the same fire safety standards as synthetic choices. Be sure and ask questions when purchasing a green crib mattress such as:

  • Is it organic?
  • Has flame retardant been added to this material?
  • Is this material a good deterrent for mites, bedbugs, etc.?
  • Are there any levels or citations that confirm the authenticity and safety of this mattress?

 

Baby furniture, bedding and blankets do not need to be a danger zone for your child. The importance of green baby bedding is imperative and can only start with you. It offers peace mind that your child is starting out on the right foot before they can even walk.

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.

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?

The 3 Best Digestive Supplements that Test Well For Everyone

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Are DIY supplement protocols a good idea?  I remember when I first began self-experimentation with digestive supplements. Five and a half years ago, I jumped into the Specific Carbohydrate Diet to address my autoimmune disease. As I began to experience dramatic shifts with my new diet,  I wanted to support my recovery in all ways […]

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5 “Healthy” Habits to Ditch If You’re Having Acne on Paleo

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

From Lauren: today’s post is shared by Amie Tollefsrud, a nutritional therapist and who runs Rebelle Nutrition. Amie and I have both used nutrition to heal our severe acne, and we share a passion for supporting others in doing the same.  Are you eating paleo, but still having acne? Despite the fact I am now a real-food […]

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Organic Cotton

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

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

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The Best Probiotics: Insider Insight From Klaire Labs

by Organic Newsroom @ Organic Newsroom

Probiotics are powerful supplements that are quickly becoming recognized as being able to offer many health benefits. To ensure you are using the best probiotic possible, it’s important to consider several important factors. These considerations include how many good bacteria (CFU) were present at time of manufacture, was the probiotic kept refrigerated and was it shipped refrigerated? To help offer […]

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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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Organic Mattresses Inc. Home

Organic Mattresses Inc. Home


OMI - Certified Organic Mattresses and Bedding, Made in America

Certified organic mattresses and bedding made in the USA

The Best Healthy and Sustainable Restaurants in Granada, Nicaragua

by Abigail Davidson @ Ecocult

Eating healthy and sustainable in Granada, Nicaragua isn't difficult... if you know where to go. Whether you're looking for a grocery store or a restaurant, here are the best eco-friendly spots to eat.

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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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Baby Mattresses & SIDS

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

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

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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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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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21 Gluten-free + Dairy-free Christmas Menu Ideas

by The Soft Landing @ The Soft Landing®

I try to eat healthy all year and don’t like to make an exception for the holidays, so this deliciously dairy-free + gluten-free Christmas menu is perfect!

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A Day in the Life on our Urban Farm

by DaNelle Wolford @ Weed 'em & Reap

Seven years ago we were newbies at urban farming… We didn’t know how to grow anything and, truth be told, I was a teensy bit afraid of chickens. I had always been interested in urban farming, but it wasn’t until I was married and had kids of my own that I took my farming dream seriously. At the time my dream developed we were living in a small condo, and

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Bioperine: Powerful Synergistic Compound

by Organic Newsroom @ Organic Newsroom

Bioperine is the trademarked name for a powerful black pepper extract named piperine. This potent natural compound is manufactured by Sabinsa and now commonly found in many supplements such as curcumin, coq10, and resveratrol. Bioperine has been shown to increase the overall bioavailability of these compounds by as much as 20 fold. This remarkable herbal extract is […]

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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.

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

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

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

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10-Minute Thai Red Curry Soup

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

A while ago, I shared my One-Pot Green Curry. That recipe has held the position as my go-to for a simple supper. It also converted me to all things curry, and let me to create this simple curry soup. I’ve relied on this vegetable-laden dish to bring warmth, color, and comfort to the grey Seattle January… and grey Seattle February to come. […]

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How to Use Vinegar to Clean Your Toilet

by Kimberly Button @ Get Green Be Well

The next time you notice a ring around your toilet, don’t reach for a bottle of smelly chemical cleaner. Instead, look to your pantry. Because you can use vinegar to clean your toilet! That’s right. This pantry staple that costs just pennies per use is an all-star in the cleaning world. Even on toilets. How...

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High Protein Paleo Porridge

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

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

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Non-toxic Mattress Guide | Gimme the Good Stuff

Non-toxic Mattress Guide | Gimme the Good Stuff


Gimme the Good Stuff

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

8 Organic Charleston Restaurants Your Whole Family Can Enjoy

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

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

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23 Eco-Friendly Things to Do in Granada, Nicaragua

by Abigail Davidson @ Ecocult

Granada, Nicaragua may not be the first place you think of when it comes to sustainable travel. But in actuality, the Central American country is filled with eco-friendly hotels, restaurants, and excursions for the conscious traveler or nomad. I recently lived in Granada for a month and absolutely loved its beauty and character. The colonial charm of the small city combined with the lush greenery and fresh water surrounding is hard not to fall in love with!

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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.

The Different Types of Mattresses: Shop Only the Best One that Suits You

by Douglas Belleville @ STLBeds

Mattresses come in all sizes, shapes, and styles, which can make shopping for one quite a task. It is easier to choose one when you learn the differences between each type. Guide to Better Understand the Different Types of Mattresses Firmness vs. Softness All of the extra layers that are sewn onto the top of…

Grain Free Savory Porridge

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

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

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The Weekly Roundup: Your Go-To Guide For Everything You May Have Missed This Week & More! 1/20 – 1/26

by Erin @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Welcome to my Weekly Roundup! In one convenient post, you're about to discover the most important things I've noticed this

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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.

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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Customize Your Organic Mattress

by Corinna @ The Natural Sleep Store

Three firmness options are available for each layer of latex: "soft," "medium," or "firm." You can then decide whether you'd like solid layers of latex, or whether you'd like it split down the center to allow for different firmnesses on each side of the mattress. The latex is wrapped in an organic cotton and organic […]

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How to Clean Your Washing Machine

by Kimberly Button @ Get Green Be Well

It’s ironic, right? You put clothes and towels and sheets into a washing machine to get CLEAN. But what happens if you’re washing machine is the reason your stuff is coming out DIRTY? It’s a real problem – and one that’s not visible to the naked eye. That’s why you need to know how to...

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POPs, Those Toxic, Manmade Persistent Organic Pollutants

by @ Green Home Library

But This Time It’s Nature Doing the Dirty Work!

In the late 1970s, the U.S. government banned a group of manmade chemical compounds known as PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) thanks to scientific evidence that they caused harm to both people and animals.

This group of toxins, along with DDT, PCBs, and PBDEs, are all classified as POPs, or persistent organic pollutants – chemicals with such serious side effects that nations around the globe joined to ban them in 2004 in what is known as the Stockholm Convention.

Nature Makes POPs, Too

It was a magnificent effort, but one that Nature herself may be undermining. According to some scientists, certain bacteria, fungi, plants and waterborne organisms may now be making their own, counterfeit versions of PCBs, PBDEs, and other banned compounds.

Scientists don’t yet know whether their production is part of a natural process or some response to the chemicals we have already introduced into earth’s biosphere. The most burning question, however, may be why Nature is reproducing these POPs?

Take a group of chemicals called organohalogens, which are being found in seabird eggs along both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, according to researcher Sheryl Tittlemier of Carleton University.

These organic halogen compounds are structurally very similar to manmade DDT, halogenated dioxins, and brominated flame retardants. In nature, they are produced by marine organisms such as the acorn worm, for example, and production is verified by carbon-14 dating – a highly conclusive method for anything less than 50,000 years old.

The list of naturally produced POPs currently approaches 6,000, and challenges the perception that humans have produced more of these toxic compounds than Nature!

Natural POPs Making Their Way Up the Food Chain

Most scientists support the idea that these Nature-made POPs are as harmful to species as the ones chemical companies like Monsanto, Dow and 3M once made.

Several studies – one from the University of Missouri – have found trace amounts of POPs in pet food (and, of course, pets). The worst offender is BPA, or Bisphenol A, found in the lining of far too many pet food cans. The most troubling aspect of this problem is that at least two of the manufacturers lied about the presence of bisphenol A in their cans.

Traces of hydroxylated PBDEs have also been found in humans. The greatest risk is to people eating a marine diet, including fish; shellfish like oysters, crabs and lobster; whales and dolphins; seaweeds and microalgae; squid; sea cucumbers; jellyfish; and frogs.

Women in the Faroe Islands, who commonly ate whale blubber, had traces of these “natural” PCBs in their breast milk. Unfortunately, these naturally produced compounds can’t be banned as easily as manmade PCBs, so scientists are using analytical techniques like genome sampling to figure out which organisms are synthesizing the chemicals, how they do it, and why.

So far, the worst culprits appear to be marine sponges, whose bodies harbor 10 percent or more (by dry weight) of polybrominated compounds! Good reason, if you needed one, not to buy bath sponges.

But Why?

The immediate question is what risk do these “Nature-made” chemicals present. The biggest question is why would Nature manufacture toxic chemicals man has already banned?

The answer, suggest scientists, is the result of chemical warfare, this time by bacteria.

“Bacteria use chemicals to protect themselves from threats and to taste bad to predators,” notes Vinayak Agarwal of the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The same aptitude that makes bacteria able to engage in chemical warfare may also make them highly adept at breaking down similar manmade chemicals in the environment. Take, for example, a General Electric Superfund site along the Hudson River in New York, where some naturally occurring microbes have learned to break down PCBs released into the river for three decades.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Nature could reverse our carelessness with chemicals? It might even make the extra body burden of persistent organic chemicals acceptable.

Or would it?

The 20 Best Organic and Fair Trade Coffee Shops in NYC for Meetings

by Stephanie Sica @ Ecocult

It's hard to find a coffee shop that makes a solid cup of organic or Fair Trade coffee, has a great atmosphere, and is conducive to conversation. But these are, in my humble opinion, the best places to have a productive meeting with the conscious coffee set.

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3 Ways Holly Quit Antidepressants and Reclaimed Her Life

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Note from Lauren: Please meet my friend Holly. I knew she was a Soul Sister when I read her post, “How My Health Crisis Became My Identity Crisis.” We connected over email and she told me we had met before. I immediately remembered the nutrition conference earlier this year where I first met Holly for only a brief moment. She had looked at me […]

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

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

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

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Not All Organic Mattresses Are Created Equal

Not All Organic Mattresses Are Created Equal


Raising Natural Kids

There are a lot of mattress companies now popping up, claiming to be natural or organic. Know what to look for so you're not fooled by the marketing.

[Transcript] – Doubling Your Testosterone Levels, Tactics From The World Of Speed Golf, Primal Endurance & More With Brad Kearns!

by bgreenfieldva @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Podcast from:  https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/podcast/fitness-podcasts/doubling-your-testosterone-levels/ [00:00] Introduction [01:13] GainsWave/GetKion [07:18] About Brad Kearns [09:40] How Speed Golf Works, and How Brad Gets

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How to choose the safest cosmetics

by Irina Webb @ I Read Labels For You

Last updated on February 6th, 2018 Ever since I read the FDA test results of 400 lipsticks back in 2010, heavy metal contamination in cosmetics has been my concern.  In the FDA test, most lipsticks contained some amount of lead, and the … Continued

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Organic Mattresses Store | Certified Organic Mattress & Natural Bedding

Organic Mattresses Store | Certified Organic Mattress & Natural Bedding


Organic Mattress Store

The Organic Mattress Store® Inc. is an industry leader in certified natural and organic mattresses. We sell mattresses all over the USA. Shop now & get 10% off.

Paleo Coconut Flour Pizza Crust Recipe

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

  You don’t need to call this actual pizza, because the lack of cheese means you’re left with tomato sauce on bread. Call this flatbread, if you prefer to maintain the integrity of the term “pizza.” Or use the below pizza crust and sauce recipe, and add your choice of cheese if you tolerated dairy. This sturdy […]

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The Original Gel Mattress | Non-Toxic, Hypoallergenic | Intellibed

The Original Gel Mattress | Non-Toxic, Hypoallergenic | Intellibed


Intellibed

The Original Numea Gel Mattress with patented Gel Matrix™ is non-toxic & hypoallergenic, providing the back-supporting benefits of a firm mattress AND the deep, restorative, comfortable sleep of a soft one. Financing Available. Adjustable Bases, Toppers & Pillows Available. Talk with a Sleep Consultant Today!

Children’s shoes NOT made in China. High quality and comfortable options.

by Anele @ Organic Housewife

I like my products as organic, as natural and as non-toxic as possible.  This is one area I am forced to compromise.  There are no perfectly non-toxic shoe options for children.  The compromise is comfortable children’s shoes not made in China. It is that time of season again… Time to get new shoes for the kids.  About two or three times a year we go through this process. Tedious and very tiring but it has to be done. Here’s what I do.  Get Amazon Prime membership.  Trust me, you need it.  One of the perks is free two-day shipping and free returns on eligible items.  While I do not like to overuse the ‘free-returns’ option; kids shoe-shopping-season is when I take full advantage.  I usually order 5-6 pairs for each child and keep what is up to my standard.   How to get quality fit for a shoe With this simple and very accurate shoe sizer you can determine current shoe size and I usually order 1 size up.  Chances are, one foot is longer (larger size) than the other so I add 1 size up to that foot…  The shoe will typically last all summer and early fall in the […]

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Top 5 Essential Oils for Pain Relief

by The Soft Landing @ The Soft Landing®

Choosing essential oils for pain relief is a safe, natural way to help reduce some of the symptoms you may be experiencing, especially when it's localized

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Surprising Causes of Hip Pain

by Jacky Gale @ Mattress World Northwest

Achy, creaky hips are strongly associated with age, but age certainly isn’t the only contributing factor. In fact, young patients may be susceptible to many conditions and diseases that can cause hip pain. Everything from early onset arthritis to gynecological problems may cause hip pain. Since it’s impossible to tell, without medical guidance, whether lingering […]

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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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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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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 …

Why You Should Buy an Organic Mattress

by Dennis Hornick @ Organic Mattress Store

  You spend roughly one-third of your life sleeping. Combine that with the times that you tend to just hang out on your bed to watch TV or surf the internet, and you’ll begin to realize that you spend a significant portion of your lifetime on your mattress. If you’re... Keep Reading

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How to Shop for a Natural Latex Mattress

by Dennis Hornick @ Organic Mattress Store

You may have heard about the environmental benefits of shopping for natural latex mattresses. Since there are no coils or other manmade material, you’re creating less waste. You may not know that there are several health benefits as well. Latex conforms to your body and supports it well, cushioning your... Keep Reading

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Is Great Sleep Worth It?

by Jenny Stoddard @ Intellibed

  What Is Your Bed Really Worth?   One of the considerations people make when purchasing a mattress is how long it will last. Factoring into that consideration are materials, warranty and general wear and tear. Many people feel that if you can get about 10 years out of a mattress, you’ve found something reasonable.…

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Better than a Dentist: 10 Ways to Heal Your Teeth

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

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

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Butternut, Ginger, and Pear Soup

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Soup photography, for those of you who are not food bloggers or instagramers, is a challenge in and of itself. A simple bowl of soup is fated to look boring, like a big, bland circle in the photograph. Garnishes, evidently, are the secret to making a bowl of soup appear texturally-dynamic in a photograph. For this photo, […]

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Postpartum Support: Your New Life as a Parent

by Marissa Bader @ Lucie's List

So you’ve been a parent for three or four weeks, which means by now you’ve likely endured sleepless nights, round-the-clock feedings, diaper changes, blowout clean-ups, and sticky spit-up situations. Also during these last few weeks, you’ve hopefully enjoyed lots of...

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What We Packed in Our Carry-ons for 1 Year of Travel Around the World

by Alden Wicker @ Ecocult

This packing list is for a couple: an early thirties woman and late thirties man, who plan on traveling through South America, Europe, and Southeast Asia for a year of travel!

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Food grown in sewage sludge? Yes.

by Anele @ Organic Housewife

Have you seen The Martian?  Yuck, he had to grow his food in poop.  Turns out we have been doing it for years.  Food fertilized with human and industrial waste, or sewage sludge right here on Earth?  Sounds surreal but it is not.  In fact, it is very common and perfectly legal. I am “organic” for close to five years now, why is this the first time I am hearing about this?  Turns out there is big money involved and there is a beautiful, non-threatening name for it – biosolids.  Conventional food is bad enough, read more here – Conventional Food, What’s in it? And the cherry on top is that it’s fertilized with sewage sludge. The practice of fertilizing with animal and human manure is not new.  It has been done for thousands of years.  Manure is rich in essential plan nutrients and is a great natural fertilizer.  I do not have a problem with fertilizing with natural composted manure from pastured animals fed an organic diet. I do have a problem with using sewage sludge, a water treatment facility by-product that is full of viruses, germs, heavy metals, radioactive material, dioxins, PCBs, hormones, antibiotics, phthalates, flame retardants and […]

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Why Buy an Organic Mattress?

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

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

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Biosteel Sneakers

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

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

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Lillebaby Complete All Seasons Carrier Review

by Alicia Safier @ Lucie's List

The newest Lillebaby Complete All Seasons ($135+) is an incredibly comfortable carrier that offers a lot of babywearing possibilities for kiddos from 7 to 45 pounds… along with some seriously gorgeous prints! It’s one of our favorite carriers — and, like choosing...

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The 7 Best Twin Mattresses to Buy in 2018

The 7 Best Twin Mattresses to Buy in 2018


The Spruce

Read the reviews and choose the best twin mattress from top brands including Zinus, Signature Sleep, Lucid, Oliver Smith, Linenspa, and more.

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!

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 […]

Are Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes Ingredients Safe?

by Irina Webb @ I Read Labels For You

Last updated on January 13th, 2018Before we talk about Pampers Sensitive Baby Wipes ingredients, let me tell you something.   When I started writing this blog, it suddenly hit me.   I knew that whatever we put on our skin gets … Continued

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The Weekly Roundup: Your Go-To Guide For Everything You May Have Missed This Week & More! 1/13 – 1/19

by Erin @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Welcome to my Weekly Roundup! In one convenient post, you're about to discover the most important things I've noticed this

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After 3.5 years of purchasing a Natural Latex and Organic Mattress

by admin @ Green Dwellers

The Weekly Roundup: Your Go-To Guide For Everything You May Have Missed This Week & More! 1/27 – 2/2

by Erin @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Welcome to my Weekly Roundup! In one convenient post, you're about to discover the most important things I've noticed this

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How do I customize my firmness level?

by Corinna @ The Natural Sleep Store

You can choose whether you want your two (for Organic Tranquility), three (for Organic Serenity), or four (for Organic Serenity Pillowtop) layers of natural latex to be soft, medium, or firm.  Additionally, if you are purchasing a Queen or King size mattress, you can customize each side to have different firmness layers.  After you have […]

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Organic Mattresses Inc (OMI)

by Corinna @ The Natural Sleep Store

Committed to purity, Organic Mattresses Inc. known as OMI offers certified organic and pure products. The Natural Sleep Store carries the Rossa pocket coil organic mattresses unsurpassed in price and quality. Sale OMI Rossa Pocket Coil Organic Mattress Free Shipping! The Rossa certified organic pocket-coil mattress offers customizable comfort in the popular combination of latex […]

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Keeping it Clean

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

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

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Crystals for the Home: Healing Stone Decor

by Kimberly Button @ Get Green Be Well

Can your home décor affect your health? That’s something that I have always been interested in. I truly believe that some items can make you feel bad (both physically and/or emotionally) and some are very beneficial to your mood and well being. When I started reading about crystals for the home, I was intrigued …...

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Pure Start – Non-Toxic Mattress for Kids

by exampleuser @ Kids – SleepLily

A Simple, Non-Toxic Mattress for Kids (twin-size). Organic Cotton & PureGrow Wool with Firm Innerspring. No flame-retardants, VOCs, or harmful chemicals.

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Latex-Free Organic Mattress Recommendation | I Read Labels For You

Latex-Free Organic Mattress Recommendation | I Read Labels For You


I Read Labels For You

Just after I found a non-toxic and very reasonably priced mattress for a client, I was asked if I knew of any latex-free organic mattress. It's easy to buy.

Why do we sleep?

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

[iframe src=”http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2009/08/26/why_we_sleep_is_a_mystery” width=”100%” height=”1500px” scrolling=”yes”] More theories on why we sleep can be found here: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1009765-1,00

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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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Creamy Paleo Salad Dressing, Three Ways

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

If salads leave you unsatisfied and hungry, you’re doing salads wrong. Raw spinach tossed with a vinegary, low-fat dressing and three sliced almonds lacks nutrients and stick-to-your-ribness. Nobody enjoys eating that for a meal. The secret to a satisfying salad is the dressing. Low-fat dressing is a perversion of the modern diet, and it guarantees that you’ll feel hungry shortly […]

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Doubling Your Testosterone Levels, Tactics From The World Of Speed Golf, Primal Endurance & More With Brad Kearns!

by Ben Greenfield @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode. Brad Kearns, at 52 years old, has doubled his

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Woodland Park Firm Latex Mattress

by blake @ Natural & Organic Mattresses – Bedrooms & More

The Woodland Park Firm has nearly 10″ of all botanical latex fully encased in wool and organic cotton. This creates a very breathable surface, allowing for abundant customization of the surface feel.

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Paleo Coconut, Cranberry and Cardamom Cookies

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

I have Danish roots on both sides of my family tree. Growing up, I looked forward to the special treats at our holiday celebrations from Seattle’s treasured Danish bakery, Larsen’s. My favorites included the melt-in-your-mouth kringle, the lefse that oozed cinnamon-butter filling, and the cardamom-scented butter cookies. My family still gets brings these treats to […]

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Paleo Sheet Pan Breakfast Bake

by Jean Choi @ Empowered Sustenance

This week’s recipe is a contribution from the creative Jean Choi. I’ve only recently learned about sheet pan meals. I saw them floating around Pinterest, and was instantly hooked on this genius idea. While I love to cook, I absolutely despise washing the dishes, so I was completely on board with cooking everything in one […]

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5 Ways to Get Rid of Lower Back Pain

by Jacky Gale @ Mattress World Northwest

Lower back pain is one of the most common reasons for visits to the doctor’s office. It’s also a top cause of lost work time and disability. The best way to deal with lower back pain is to see your doctor, especially if the pain is severe, lasts longer than a few days, or is […]

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Will Buying an Organic Twin Mattress Improve My Child's Sleep in 2017?

Will Buying an Organic Twin Mattress Improve My Child's Sleep in 2017?


Sleeping Organic

Are you thinking about buying an twin-sized organic mattress for your child online? Steal our best kid's bed recommendations and get mattress discount...

Haleakala Firm Innerspring Mattress

by blake @ Natural & Organic Mattresses – Bedrooms & More

The Haleakala Firm is a 2-sided pocketed coil mattress featuring Botanicore™, our all-botanical latex, on both sides for durability and firm-enough comfort. This new model, released in late 2015, has quickly become a customer favorite.

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6 Things I Would Tell My Old Self About Healing Chronic Disease

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Dear Lauren, As I write this to you, I see you at age 19. Your autoimmune disease, ulcerative colitis, is no longer responding to the cocktail of medications you take each morning. The doctors have told you that you face the inevitable surgical removal of your colon. You flushed blood down your dormitory toilet for […]

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Latex Resilience-How well does latex hold up?

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

We often get the question How well does latex hold up over time?? and Will the latex eventually leave an indentation over time?? Below I have posted the results of our 100% Natural Latex resilience test showing just how well it holds up over time. I will attempt to break down these numbers so you […]

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EMF Protection for Your Family

by Jane Sheppard @ Healthy Child

  I remember a time when cell phones, laptops and the Internet didn’t exist – and it was not that long ago. Now most of us are so dependent on our cell phones, tablets and laptops that we can’t imagine being without them. EMF protection is something we now need to consider. Scientists are beginning …Read More

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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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The Sleep Cure

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

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

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Best Natural and Organic Volumizing Mascara Reviews

by Anele @ Organic Housewife

The search for good non-toxic mascara began for me in 2011.  I was pregnant and instinctively knew I should be using better, organic or at least plant based non-toxic and natural products.  …This was way before the many bloggers and review sites available today.  And way before natural products were popular.  The choices were limited and information scarce. Pre-pregnancy and certainly pre-awareness, I used to frequent Sephora and one of my absolute favorite products was the Dior Show Black Out Mascara.  It did not clump, did not give me raccoon eyes, did not crumble and gave me Va-Va-Voom eye lashes. What more can a girl ask for?  An organic or a natural version of-course! Ten non-toxic mascaras later, I have finally found a comparable truly natural replacement to Dior Show!  Have no doubt, there are no green washers on my list; all are a variance of as natural as it gets. This post contains affiliate links.  In this case it took years and hundreds of dollars to arrive at the cleanest product.   Please consider using my affiliate links.  The price is the same to you but I make a very small commission that helps with the upkeep of this blog. See all […]

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“What happened to your essential oil company?”

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

This is in response to the question, “What happened to your essential oil company?” I launched this company in December 2017 and closed it one year later, in mid January 2018.  I value transparency in my communication with you, as well as vulnerability in sharing my own healing journey with you. That has always been […]

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The Best Sustainable and Artisan Shops and Fashion in Granada, Nicaragua

by Abigail Davidson @ Ecocult

From street artisans to community-impact boutiques, here are the best places to shop ethically and sustainably in Granada, Nicaragua!

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Paleo Carrot Muffins

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

I’m not a professional pastry chef… …but I have an insider tip from one. She was my Grandma’s neighbor, and this tip was passed from her to my Grandma to me. Folklore says this is the secret to State-Fair-Winning carrot muffins. Ready for it? Here you go: When grating the carrots for these Paleo Carrot Muffins, […]

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Meeting Other Moms and Building your Village – a Tactical Guide

by Marissa Bader @ Lucie's List

Last week we talked about the importance of building your village, and the many reasons why connecting with other moms — and getting out of your house (yes, even with a newborn!) — is so important. If you’re an introvert...

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Will Buying an Organic Twin Mattress Improve My Child’s Sleep?

by admin @ Sleeping Organic

We could cite every scientific sleep study in the world and I’m sure you’d agree with that before even reading them… But how much sleep do kids need? And what else about their sleep environment matters? According to the University of Michigan Medical School, children need between 9.5 and 11.5 hours of sleep every night, […]

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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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Make-Ahead Paleo Salmon Cakes Recipe

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

My Make-Ahead Paleo Lunches Although I work from home, I prepare my weekday lunches in large batches to avoid a mid-day cooking session. For the last few months, my lunches primarily consist of one the following: A cauliflower rice or parsnip rice “grain” bowl, with variations on quickly sautéed veggies and the protein. I make the veggie […]

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Wallingford Extra Firm Latex Mattress

by blake @ Natural & Organic Mattresses – Bedrooms & More

For a pure and simple concept at a good value, look no further than the Wallingford Extra Firm. It has a simple, all-botanical latex core for comfort and breathability. The 100% cotton cover is zipper-removable for easy washing.

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Paleo Creamy Chicken Stew with Turmeric

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

I am really excited to be sharing this Cream Turmeric Chicken Stew recipe over on Empowered Sustenance. I have been following Lauren for years so it is quite an honor to be guest posting today. A quick introduction before I tell you about the recipe. My name is Jessi and I run a food and […]

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Paleo Thumbprint Cookies with Cassava Flour (AIP)

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Did you know that there is a term for the sense of peace one experience when baking?  It’s culinary art therapy. A huffpost article explored the expanding popularity of baking as a mindfulness practice. “'[When you bake, it can mean] you’re not spending time ruminating over your thoughts, we know that rumination leads to depression and […]

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The Best Juicers: A Review & Buyer’s Guide

by Organic Newsroom @ Organic Newsroom

Juicing is a powerful dietary practice used by a quickly-growing amount of people to lose weight fast, get proper nutrition, and help fuel their healthy lifestyles. If you planning on introducing juicing into your diet, or perhaps already have, then you are well-aware of the staggering number of juicers available on the market now. Finding […]

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Paleo Peppermint Bark with No Refined Sugar

by The Soft Landing @ The Soft Landing®

Paleo peppermint bark that's actually good for you? Bring it ON! It's ready in about 15 minutes and it's perfect for holiday parties.

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How To Reverse The Damage From Cell Phone Radiation, Hidden Sources Of EMF, The Best Way To Measure Your EMF Exposure & Much More With Dr. Joseph Mercola!

by Ben Greenfield @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode. My guest on this show first appeared on 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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Where Do You Rank on the Mattress Comfort Scale?

by admin @ Mattress World Northwest

In the classic children’s story “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” Goldilocks visits the bear family’s home while they are away. Being very tired after eating all their porridge, she heads upstairs to the bedroom. She lays down in the first bed, but it is too hard. So she moves to the second bed, but it […]

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4 Reasons You Should Never Use Petroleum Jelly & What To Use Instead

by Lindsay Sheehan @ Natural Living Ideas

Found in medicine cabinets throughout the country for more than 150 years, petroleum jelly (also known as petrolatum or mineral oil) is a topical ointment used to treat everything from dry skin to nose bleeds to chest colds. Originally packaged and sold as a cure-all, scientific studies on petroleum jelly have revealed that it really doesn’t measure up to the hype. Here are four reasons… [read more]

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The Mattress Material Myth

by Kathryn Michael @ Bedrooms & More

Mattress companies make a lot of claims. The biggest one of all? The discovery of new and innovative materials that will revolutionize your sleep! Oh boy, here we go. You’ve heard that one before, right? I mean, how could you not? It’s in all the ads, commercials, the online customer reviews. This kind of claim […]

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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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2017 Holiday Gift Guide

by Alicia Safier @ Lucie's List

The winter holidays are just around the bend, and you know what that means (cue dreamy music)… baking holiday cookies, decorating the house, sipping eggnog, singing songs with beloved family members in front of a crackling fire … HA! Yeah,...

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Valentines Day Sale 2018

by Corinna @ The Natural Sleep Store

20% off full price merchandise. Use code: VAL2018. Excludes products already on sale. We are required by manufacturer to exclude Naturepedic, Savvy Rest, Sueno/Sleeptek, Royal Pedic, Green Sleep, OMI, Pacific Rim, and Austin Air. Sale ends February 14th at midnight MST. Not valid on any past purchases. Not valid with any other discounts, offers, or […]

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Bella Sera Organic Materials

by Corinna @ The Natural Sleep Store

Our mattress cover consists of a layer of carded organic wool quilted between two layers of organic cotton. Then we place natural dunlop latex between the organic cotton and wool quilted cover. Please email us with your name and address if you'd like a sample of our materials. Organic Cotton We use only 100% certified […]

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Episode #378 – Full Transcript

by bgreenfieldva @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Podcast from:  https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/podcast/378-30-second-fat-loss-trick-brain-shrinking-myth-weed-lower-testosterone-much/ [00:00] Introduction [05:15] News Flashes/Little-Known Strategy to Survive an All-Nighter [10:38] The Brain Shrinking Myth [15:54] Compression

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Pure Grow Wool – Puddle Pad Twin

by Mariah Bankemper @ Kids – SleepLily

Protect the purity of your new crib mattress safely and naturally. Moisture resistant & washable.

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Paleo Zucchini Flatbread

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Paleo Zucchini Flatbread This flatbread is inspired by various recipes I’ve Pinterested upon (Pinterested is officially a verb in my vocabulary) for zucchini tortillas. Similar recipes contain cheese or breadcrumbs as a binder. I created a version bound with coconut flour and arrowroot flour. With a sturdy texture, this flatbread stands up as a side dish for rich meat […]

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Week Of Outfits Series: A Week Of Playful Vintage Outfits With Benita Robledo From Compassion Fashion

Week Of Outfits Series: A Week Of Playful Vintage Outfits With Benita Robledo From Compassion Fashion

by Guest Contributor @ The Good Trade

The Good Trade's Week of Outfit Series highlights women that have personally inspired us to shop and live with intention! Each woman takes her own unique approach slow fashion and demonstrates how beautifully sustainable fashion can come to life. Today we're excited to share a week of playful vintage outfits from Benita Robledo, the conscious blogger behind Compassion Fashion!

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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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!)

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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90-Day Comfort Guarantee

by Corinna @ The Natural Sleep Store

If the numerous swapping options and overall flexibility don't bring you ultimate comfort and satisfaction, we offer a 90-day comfort guarantee on Bella Sera organic mattresses. While some manufacturers offer a latex-exchange policy, we have a much better option: For the price of other manufacturers' latex exchanges, we will sell you a brand-new layer of […]

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Natural Fiber Mattresses & Organic Bedding - Naturalmat USA

Natural Fiber Mattresses & Organic Bedding - Naturalmat USA


Naturalmat USA

Naturalmat specialize in hand-making the finest Organic & Natural Fiber baby mattresses & bedding. We are dedicated to producing both eco friendly, sustainable & healthy baby products.We source the very best organic and natural fibers both locally and worldwide to make sure your baby has a healthy night’s sleep.Naturalmat crib mattresses are chemical free and naturally fire retardant, with unbleached, undyed 100% cotton luxury covers. No Toxins are found in our baby mats.

Ben Greenfield’s Ultimate Supplement Guide – Your Complete Resource For Supplementing Choice, Timing, Dosing & More.

by Alyssa Siefert @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

I'm often asked what supplements I take, why I take them, and if we really need supplements at all. After

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Get Your Eco-Friendly Fashion On

by @ Green Home Library

Of course you want to look good all the time and your choice of clothes certainly reflects that. However, the behind-the-scenes story of what, where and how your wardrobe is produced may be surprising, especially if you consider yourself a green supporter.

Get your Eco-Friendly fashion on by revamping what clothes and accessories you choose to purchase going forward. It is yet another opportunity to up your green game and literally walk the walk in the some sustainable shoes, shirts and more.

The Trickle Down

Choosing the right fabric is essential to Eco-Friendly fashion. The most popular fabrics are:

  • Cotton
  • Rayon
  • Wool
  • Oil-based synthetics: polyester, acrylic, nylon, spandex

It is however, oil-based synthetics like polyester that are at the top of the Eco-Unfriendly chain as they are derived from crude oil that requires high energy extraction and melting of plastic manufacturing. Plus, when these break down they are far from compostable as residue can leach into waterways and subsequently fertilizer which cycles into plants, livestock and you.

This trickle down effect shows the potential, slow, toxic environmental accumulation which, over time, is believed by some to indirectly be an underlying contributor to many cancers.

What Else Not to Choose

Revamping your wardrobe understandably takes time but eventually you may be able to swap out oil-based synthetics as well as other environmental drains such as:

  • Leather - Unethical treatment of animals as well as agricultural methane global warming contributor.
  • Rayon - Derived from wood pulp and threatens water conservation.
  • Non-Organic Cotton - Most pesticide intense crop and chemically treated material on the planet threatening humans and wildlife.
  • Polycotton - According to Green Choices, “virtually all polycotton (especially bedlinen), plus all ‘easy care’, ‘crease resistant’, ‘permanent press’ cotton, are treated with toxic formaldehyde (also used for flameproofing nylon).
  • Wool - Avoid wool from UK farms that use organophosphate sheep dip which creates serious hazards for both agricultural and craft workers.
  • Dyed - Avoiding dyed fabrics conserves water, reduces river/ocean pollution, and cuts down on heavy metal exposure.

Stick To

As you travel along your new Eco-Fashion path look for materials that tell a story. Many offer transparency advertising that tout various attributes including fair trade supported practices, organic manufacturing, recycled and sustainable materials usage.

Materials with a more sustainable footprint include:

  • Organic cotton
  • Organic wool
  • Hemp
  • Bamboo
  • Bagasse (from sugar cane)

You can also keep an eye out for clothing tags that show use of recycled-upcycled material saved from landfills, Eco-friendly treated, and repurposed for safe wear.

One pioneer for recycled-upcycled usage is Rachel Faller who started her company Tonlé. Her products are completely void of virgin materials saving tons of carbon from entering the atmosphere.

Green Matters describes her mission:

“By upcycling discarded pre-consumer fabric from clothing factories, she transforms fabric destined for the trash can into treasured clothing, bags, and jewelry. Based in Cambodia, Faller’s team regularly visits manufacturers to save hundreds of pounds of scrap materials from landfill. Once saved, her production team works to make sure every single scrap is put to use. Large scraps are cut down to make clothes while smaller pieces are made into a yarn like material to be woven. For the tiniest scraps, the company has created a formula for paper which allows them to turn small bits of scrap into hang tags and office paper. Through this process the company is able to close the loop in production while working in tandem with their zero waste mission.”

Faller is one example of many young and old entrepreneurs alike paving the way for a whole new fashion industry sector that may one day be the norm.

Ethical Tools

Yup, there are even apps to inform you of ethically made clothing and other goods such as non-toxic cleaning products, bath and spa products, as well as materials derived from workers under inhumane conditions.

Apps to try are:

  • GoodGuide
  • Free2Work
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Round-Up: Diaper Bags We’re Loving for 2018

by Kristen Toshner @ Lucie's List

I’ll admit it. I have never been a fan of the idea of a traditional diaper bag. I’ve always been a “carry a big tote and toss everything in” type of gal. But now with my second babe, I’ve become...

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Bella Sera Firmness Guide

by Corinna @ The Natural Sleep Store

You can choose whether you want your three layers to be soft, medium, or firm. Additionally, if you are purchasing a Queen or King size mattress, you can customize each side to be a different firmness level. For more detailed information, please read about customizing your mattress.  After you have slept on the mattress, if […]

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6 Things To Know Before Becoming an NTP

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

 Do you want to change lives with nutrition? We need voices sharing a new story of health. The old story goes something like this: You are fundamentally disempowered to improve your health. The only option you have is to take medications to quiet the symptoms, without addressing the underlying cause. This is the new story: Your […]

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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 […]

Organic Mattress under $1000

by Anele @ Organic Housewife

THE single most common question I get is “What is the safest organic mattress?”.  That is an excellent question but it also carries a hefty price tag of at least $3,000.  If a mattress you are considering costs less, there is probably a reason.  Some or several components are either toxic, known to off-gas or are soaked in carcinogenic flame retardants.  To read why conventional mattresses are toxic and an incredibly budget friendly solution for an inexpensive, solid wood crib bed frame and an all organic crib mattress and/or toddler bed, click here! A cheap, budget friendly twin/queen/king size certified organic mattress for under $1,000?  It simply does not exist in the marketplace.  However, if you get creative, my process can be repeated for a twin size bed and even an adult size bed with slight modifications. $600 Twin size organic latex mattress OR $800 Queen or King size organic latex mattress The reality is, kids like to snuggle with mom, so the adult bed should probably also be organic and non-toxic!  This is the ‘interior’ of the $3,799 Savvy Rest Serenity king size mattress that I have in my home, it consists of a cotton/wool ‘case’ with a zipper closure and three layers […]

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Collagen-Boosted Paleo Protein Muffins

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

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

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Homepage Call to Action

by Justin Givens @ Green Dwellers

Choosing a mattress is a personal decision. For your private appointment, CALL US NOW: 954-533-2295 Centrally located in Broward County, 35 mins from Boca and Palm Beaches, 35 mins from Miami-Dade. We cater to all of South Florida and Beyond.

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.

This Winter Gear Up Green for Spring

by @ Green Home Library

With a nationwide freeze in play this winter now is the best time to get your green gear up for spring. This means you have an opportunity to put into place an activity program that will tighten and tone so when the sun starts to thaw it all, you are ready to hit-the-ground-running. From yoga and fitness to sports and cycling there are a variety of choices you can utilize to propel your mind and body toward a more optimal health status. Add in green gear selections and your next season can be a real win-win all across the board.

A Stressless Slide

Whether it's a New Year’s resolution or an, “I’m gonna do it this time” attitude, you just may be putting too much stress on yourself. This is why high numbers of good intentions quickly fall short particularly when it comes to diet and exercise. This winter, take the time to commit to something you really want to do for all the right reasons. If you are joining a gym just to lose weight you could be putting more pressure up front than you should. Instead, approach an activity commitment with as much passion as you can add to it. For instance, if you love playing softball then join or form a team and spend your time at the gym revolving around softball training. Maybe you need more peace and solitude in your life so why not choose a yoga class to get you there. Try and keep trying until the class or activity is a fit for you. There is no need to follow the pack just because it's easy, instead, think outside the box and find an activity that makes you look forward to it, not dread it in your gut simple to shave off a few pounds.

Keeping it Green

Whatever activity you choose, there’s an Eco-friendly accessory that can accompany it. No need to succumb to wasteful trends that use petroleum based rubbers and plastics. No need to purchase sneakers, workout clothes, and other essential gear manufactured in conditions that never consider employees a socially conscious workforce. Now, you have a choice to choose products that will support your inner goals while reinforcing a healthy planet at the same time. Science Daily reports on a study by Concordia University in Montreal which found that companies manufacturing green gear are sought after by consumers like you. Published in the Journal of Retailing, co-author of the study Maryam Tofighi commented, “Our findings indicate that consumers expect products with ethical attributes -- be they environmentally friendly, sustainably sourced or fair trade -- to come with a higher price tag. Companies would be wise to take advantage of those expectations,”

What to Look For

As you embark on finding your inner passion activity, take some time to consider the tools you will choose to get you there and keep you going. For instance, water bottles and accessories now bring materials such as recycled steel, plastics and rubbers, bamboo caps and organic cotton to the table. These are materials that stand up to the rigors of everyday wear and tear while maintaining sustainability beyond the flash-in-the-pan Eco-unfriendly styles that are en vogue. Don’t let the winter blues pull you down but rather look at this season as an opportunity to re-shift and reboot. From the balance and meditation of yoga, the excitement of a team sport or a solo daily hike to mindfulness, compassion and concern for your planet, this spring could be the new start you are looking for. Take your time to choose your green gear and then enter your new path, fully loaded with a steadfast commitment to the most important commodity...you.

What to Look for When Purchasing a King Size Organic Mattress?

by Dennis Hornick @ Organic Mattress Store

The king size mattresses will be one of the most important purchases you will ever make, especially if you need to replace your current mattress. A cheap synthetic foam mattress may make sense to you and your budget now, but it will not be the smartest choice in the long-run.... Keep Reading

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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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Paleo Taco Salad with Dairy Free Ranch

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

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

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Where to Look to Find the Finest Quality Organic Mattresses in Pennsylvania

by Dennis Hornick @ Organic Mattress Store

Many factors will affect the quality of your sleep, and one of these is the quality of your mattress. To experience a comfortable and refreshing slumber, you may need to start looking for a high-quality organic mattress in Pennsylvania. Look up a reputable retailer that specializes in carrying a wide... Keep Reading

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Paleo Banana Ice Cream Pies (Sweetener Free)

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

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

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Essential Oil Myths Every Oil User Must Know

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

I’ve had the privilege to train in aromatherapy with my friend Jimm Harrison, a leading expert who has 30+ years of experience in the essential oil industry. As an uncompromising connoisseur, Jimm is renowned worldwide his essential oil expertise. He travels throughout the world to source directly from small, independently-owned, artisanal essential oil producers. Jimm created […]

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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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Paleo Dolmas Recipe

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Dolma meditations… Growing up, my mom would occasionally bring out the family recipe for stuffed cabbage rolls and my younger sister and I would help her roll the cabbage leaves. My sister and I interpreted the responsibility of this task with solemnity and reverence. With diligence and focus, we fell into a silent meditation while rolling up cabbage […]

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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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Building a Goat Pen: Step by Step Videos

by DaNelle Wolford @ Weed 'em & Reap

In all my years of owning goats… Never has anything proved quite as frustrating as building a strong goat pen. You’d think that goats (being relatively small & docile) wouldn’t be so tough to contain. But oh no. It’s like Jurassic Park over here. Except, instead of being killed and/or eaten, you just have a goat staring at you silently through your kitchen window. Nobody dies, but it’s still hella

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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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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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Special Episode: How I’m Going To Completely Detox My Body In 2018 (Detox Myths Busted, Detox 101, Advanced Detox Strategies & Much More!)

by Ashley Broas @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Well, I've been at it again folks: putting my mind and muscles through a brutal ringer for the sake of

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378: The 30 Second Fat Loss Trick, The Brain Shrinking Myth, Does Weed Lower Testosterone & Much More.

by Brock @ Ben Greenfield Fitness – Diet, Fat Loss and Performance Advice

Click here for the full written transcript of this podcast episode. Jan 18, 2017 Podcast: 378 – The 30 Second Fat

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Quilted Mattress Pad – Twin

by Mariah Bankemper @ Kids – SleepLily

Twin sized, Pure Grow Wool Mattress pad quilted to an organic cotton cover, with natural elastic straps for easy attachment to the mattress.

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Rest Easy: Best Organic Mattress

Rest Easy: Best Organic Mattress


Earth's Friends

1/3 of life is spent in bed. So why spend it inhaling toxins? Read our best organic mattress review to find which company is the safest & most relaxing.

How To Throw an Awesomely Organic Baby Shower

by Mariah Bankemper @ SleepLily

Throw a Hip, Eco-Conscious Baby Shower and Build Your Perfect Organic Nursery! We’ve all been to those classic baby showers where diaper bouquets decorate the tables, pink and blue cray-paper lines the ceiling, and there are one too many games *eye roll*. Forget the pacifier games and let SleepLily help you throw a baby shower that is... Read more »

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Parasite Cleanse: A Review & Guide

by Organic Newsroom @ Organic Newsroom

Parasites are an unavoidable part of life, inhabiting millions of Americans, and can be found in nearly every type of environment. [1] Many parasitic conditions such as Babesiosis, Cryptosporidiosis, and Giardiasis often bring with them  a slew of symptoms and health issues.  However, parasites can thrive in the human body for years without causing any noticeable side effects. […]

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Ft. Myers mother and daughter for Savvy Rest Natural Latex and Organic Mattresses

by admin @ Green Dwellers

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

by Mariel Heiss @ SCD Lifestyle

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

5 Reasons Why We Must Search Beyond Science for Healing

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

What if there is an option that does not cause side effects? If you’ve taken pharmaceutical drugs, you may have noticed a common theme: side effects. Consider all the pharmaceutical advertisements you’ve seen on TV, and how the narrator drones on about possible side effects may include, but are not limited to… The most popular […]

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Screen Time

by Destiny Hagest @ Avocado Green Mattress

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

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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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Organic Mattress in a Box | Twin, Full, Queen, King, Cal King Mattresses

Organic Mattress in a Box | Twin, Full, Queen, King, Cal King Mattresses


Happsy.com

A great mattress that happens to be organicDesigned for performance, the Happsy mattress delivers on its promise of a better night's sleep through innovativ...

35 Fair Trade & Ethical Clothing Brands Betting Against Fast Fashion

35 Fair Trade & Ethical Clothing Brands Betting Against Fast Fashion

by Staff Guide @ The Good Trade

Four years following the Rana Plaza tragedy, dozens of slow fashion brands have emerged dedicated to ethical and sustainable practices. These 35 companies have made it a central part of their mission to approach fashion in an ethical and transparent way that considers both people and the planet.

Wallingford Plush Latex Mattress

by blake @ Natural & Organic Mattresses – Bedrooms & More

For a pure and simple concept at a good value, look no further than the Wallingford Plush. It has a simple, all-botanical latex core for comfort and breathability. The 100% cotton cover is zipper-removable for easy washing.

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Herb Green Pea Hummus Recipe

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

Today’s recipe is from Gillian Young, a holistic nutritionist who shares recipes and support for an autoimmune lifestyle. Hummus and veggies have always been one of my go-to healthy snacks. But when I began following a paleo diet to address my autoimmune issues, dried beans and legumes were suddenly out of the question. I started […]

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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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Organic Sofas, Loveseats, and Armchairs

by Corinna @ The Natural Sleep Store

All organic sofas, loveseats, and armchairs by Savvy Rest with your choice of fabrics, cushion firmness, and leg finish. Savvy Rest Verona Armchair with Organic Hemp-Cotton Blend Fabric Free Shipping! Continue the benefits of a healthy nights sleep all day with the Savvy Rest Verona Armchair with organic hemp-cotton blend fabric. This elegant tuxedo style […]

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Turkey BLT Salad with Dairy Free Ranch Dressing

by Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance

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

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Should You Nap?

by Kathryn Michael @ Bedrooms & More

The elusive nap goes by many names. Siesta, afternoon doze, a few short winks; whatever you like to call them, I think we can all agree that naps are awesome. But our modern lifestyles, brimming with excess stress, leave little room for taking a break mid-day. I would argue most people now see napping as […]

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Do Mattresses Really Double in Weight in 10 Years?

by admin @ Mattress World Northwest

The claim is often made that a mattress doubles in weight after 10 years due to the accumulation of dust mites (pictured, left), dead skin cells, dust, sweat and other unpleasant things. Is it an urban myth invented by marketers, or based on fact? The truth is not so black and white. A lack of […]

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