Archive - September 2009

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An Organic Crib Mattress is Great – But What About the Nursery Walls and Floors
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Cleaning Products for the Non-Toxic Nursery
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Organic Cotton Industry Takes Off Despite Economy
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Q & A: Bamboo Crib Mattress Sheets

An Organic Crib Mattress is Great – But What About the Nursery Walls and Floors

Although there’s no question that it’s better for everyone if our homes and the environment are completely free of toxic chemicals, it’s just not always possible. To resolve the issues across the globe, it’s going to take a big team – industry, government and our concerned friends everywhere on the planet. But we don’t need anyone’s help to take care of our child’s nursery or, for that matter, our own home. How do we do that? In addition to using non-toxic products whenever possible – starting with an organic crib mattress and going straight through to cleaning products – you might also consider ridding the walls, floors, carpeting and so on of any residual off-gasing potential. A step by step process for doing this is in a book called Home Safe Home, written by Debra Lynn Dadd, green maven extraordinaire. I recently had the good fortune to get Ms. Dadd’s permission to re-print the process in its entirety. The section[…]

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Cleaning Products for the Non-Toxic Nursery

Bacteria, or cleaning products with toxic chemicals? Hmmmm. Tough choice. But, really, it doesn’t have to be that way. There are many non-toxic cleaning products available in health food stores and even in supermarkets – although you do have to watch the labels carefully in the supermarket products – some say ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ but have simply had something organic or natural added to them, without eliminating the toxic ingredients. We don’t recommend specific products, there are far too many to keep track of, and we’re kind of busy making our wonderful organic crib mattresses, but here is an outline of what to look for to ensure you’re getting something safe. Courtesy of Debra Lynn Dadd, Queen of Green. “If a cleaning product contains a chemical that is hazardous, it must by law specify the hazard.” Look at your cleaning product labels and see if you find any of these words: Toxic/Highly Toxic: poisonous if you happen to drink it,[…]

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Organic Cotton Industry Takes Off Despite Economy

In an economy that’s only recently showing signs of coming out of a tailspin, you would think every industry would be suffering. However, that’s far from the case. The organic cotton industry, for example, is thriving. During the fall/winter holiday season of 2008, retail outlet suppliers were actually running out of stock – despite the fact that they’d ordered about 150% more than they had in the previous year. Organic Exchange reported a 152% increase in the amount of organic cotton grown in 2007 – 2008, and it still wasn’t enough to keep up with the demand. Why is this happening at a time when everyone’s tightening their belt? Because if there’s one issue weighing just as heavily as the economy on the minds of many Americans, and people around the world, it’s the environment. Actually, there are two issues – concerns about the health of the planet and concerns about our personal health. Many studies have proven that pesticides,[…]

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Q & A: Bamboo Crib Mattress Sheets

Q: I’ve been thinking of getting bamboo sheets rather than organic cotton. Are bamboo sheets okay for a baby? A: Bamboo is a great natural resource in a number of ways. However, as with many of our natural resources, bamboo becomes a mere shadow of itself while undergoing the processes used to bring it to market. In fact, according to a recent ruling from the FTC which determined that four manufacturers of “bamboo” textile products (including crib sheets and baby clothing) are guilty of making false claims, “bamboo-based textiles, actually made of rayon, are not antimicrobial, made in an environmentally friendly manner, or biodegradable. What exactly does the FTC mean? Well, the ‘actually made of rayon’ statement does not mean the textiles don’t contain bamboo pulp; rather, it refers to the process – man-made fiber which uses cellulose (usually wood pulp) as a base, is rayon. The resultant textile when bamboo pulp is used would more correctly be called ‘bamboo[…]

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