Archive - April 2014

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Coping With This Year’s Allergy Season – The Worst In Years
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Are You Getting the Whole Truth About Your Personal Body Care Products?
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Want to Do Something About It? Get Into Grass Roots Chemical Reform
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A Hidden Guest Bed With Your Symphony Organic Mattress
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Earth Day Musings From Naturepedic
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Making Better Decisions: Why I Tried The Honest Company Diapers
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Meet Me at the White House
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Naturepedic EOS Organic Mattress Fits Your Lifestyle & Up the Stairs
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Flame Retardant Soup
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Making Better Decisions For The Whole Family

Coping With This Year’s Allergy Season – The Worst In Years

You may have noticed that different species bloom at different times in the spring.  For months, we get to enjoy Mother Nature’s timetable. First we see little spring flowers poking their heads through the snow, then buds appear on the trees and not too much later, the grasses start budding and sporting their full color. By summer, they’re lush.  But for allergy sufferers, this schedule has special significance – the blooming season of each species is potentially something they dread. And this year is going to be worse than most. Why? As with other tricks up Mother Nature’s sleeve, the bloom timetable is a result of a complexity of factors  –  just one of which is the weather.  And as anyone north of tropical or semi-tropical climes will attest, the recent winter was long and severe. Even now, near the beginning of May, there is still snow on the ground in some locations  – and the timetable is a mess.[…]

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Are You Getting the Whole Truth About Your Personal Body Care Products?

  Toxic chemicals in mom’s body pass through to the baby Creating a healthy environment for our kids doesn’t start with the food we feed them, the personal products we use to keep them clean, the air they breathe or the materials we use to clothe them.  It starts with their very first home – mom. So many things in mom’s body pass through to the baby during development in the womb, it’s extremely important for mom to make the right decisions about her own food, her personal care products, the air she breathes and the materials she uses for clothes. For the uninitiated, it might seem difficult to figure all that out. Especially with the rampant ‘green-washing’ – labels that make a product look safe for us and for the environment when, in fact, it’s not. Let’s take personal body care products – soaps, lotions, shampoos, body lotions, cosmetics, and so on – as an example. Are Body Care[…]

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Want to Do Something About It? Get Into Grass Roots Chemical Reform

Let’s face it, not too many corporations are socially conscious enough to make changes in the products they manufacture or sell just because they contain chemicals suspected of causing health problems. Changes can be expensive, so they’re not likely to happen, unless the government steps in with new laws and regulations that even the playing field for everyone. But even without that official pressure, big corporations can be moved in the right direction. How? There is one person who can exert enough pressure on a company to force them to do something – and that person is you. On April 16, 2014, for example, the public – you – descended on 50 different Walgreens stores and returned products that contained toxic chemicals. They also delivered postcards to the managers. The move to get Walgreens to do more to get rid of these products has been ongoing for some time. In the last year, consumers and health professionals have sent Walgreens[…]

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A Hidden Guest Bed With Your Symphony Organic Mattress

Psst. I’ve got some inside information for you. Naturepedic’s newly redesigned and sublimely comfortable Symphony organic pillowtop mattress offers a hidden “guest bed.”  We don’t market this as a feature, so this will be our little secret. If you have a Symphony, I doubt you’ll be offering it to guests, not even to a favorite sister. With a base of two layers of support coils, each coil individually wrapped in certified organic cotton fabric and hand assembled, how can you be expected to go without that glorious support and isolation of movement? I’m not judging. I didn’t even mention the 1 inch of certified organic natural latex foam built into the base. Listen. I understand. The Symphony takes comfort to a remarkable level. This base alone is already incredibly comfortable as a cushion firm mattress. Of course on top of this base you have a two-sided pillowtop made with 3 inches of organic latex. One side of the pillowtop is[…]

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Earth Day Musings From Naturepedic

We’re about organic mattresses at Naturepedic so we love Earth Day as much as National Sleep Day (Jan. 3), World Sleep Day (March 14) and even National Sleep Week in March! A combination of better earth choices and sleep is our thing. Speaking for myself, I love the centering aspect of Earth Day; it reminds me to reexamine how my choices and actions affect the planet. Instead of focusing on the gloom and doom of pollution and environmental degradation, I use Earth Day to recharge my energy toward positive action where I can make a difference. Additionally, I use Earth Day to remember how cool our Earth is. If you’ve temporarily forgotten, go look at a spider web up close or at the sprouting plants all around to recapture some of that childlike wonder about planet Earth. Competition for Planet Earth Five years ago, Vancouver (in Canada, not the state of Washington) kicked off its Greenest City Action Plan, a[…]

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Making Better Decisions: Why I Tried The Honest Company Diapers

“Making Better Decisions” is a blogging series by Naturepedic marketing director and mom of one, Heidi Baumgart, and her path to making better purchasing decisions for her family. When I first became a parent, there was a lot to research in general about baby “stuff.” Of course the one thing that all my parent-friends joked about needing the most was diapers. Which to choose? Ads, coupons, product packaging overwhelm you when you stand at the wall-o-boxes at any retail establishment. Marketing message inundate you: best wetness protection, best fit, cute designs… What diapers were really best!? Yes, you’re on the Naturepedic blog, so yes, I considered cloth. My husband just didn’t love the thought of it. My mom had visions of 1980’s “rubber pants” that were bulky and a mess. So with two votes against one, we went with disposable. I believe in “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all,” so I won’t mention[…]

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Meet Me at the White House

Many years ago, I had the chance to meet the President of the United States. The honor and reverence that the Presidency deserves also applies to other distinctly American offices, buildings, and processes. So, when I had the chance to lobby at The White House before The White House Environmental Council, my patriotism swelled and I took the assignment more serious than any other effort. Speaking of serious, I was fortunate to be discussing one of the most serious and important issues facing our nation and our citizens . . . potential reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was passed by the United States Congress in 1976. Just to put that into perspective, in 1976 gas was $.59 a gallon, Jimmy Carter beat Gerald Ford for the Presidency, Nadia Comaneci was winning gold in the Olympics, and some upstart named Sylvester Stallone was in a new movie called “Rocky.” TSCA was supposed to[…]

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Naturepedic EOS Organic Mattress Fits Your Lifestyle & Up the Stairs

Naturepedic’s latest certified organic sleep concept the EOS offers many benefits, including customization and ease of ordering. One benefit that might get overlooked, however, is getting your mattress into your room. In some homes that can be a major challenge! If you live in a five-story walk-up with no elevator, a century home with narrow door frames, or any furniture-moving nightmare of a building but still want to sleep on a luxurious organic mattress, than EOS has just become your solution. EOS is designed for convenience.  You can order your EOS online even if no physical store is nearby and mattress components ship to your door by ground. Now back to that narrow staircase. When your EOS arrives, each layer is boxed separately, meaning manageable weight for even one person.  The support (bottom) layer of any queen sized or larger EOS comes in two side by side sections instead of a single larger component. It gets easier. Coiled components are[…]

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Flame Retardant Soup

Do you like soup? I do. You can put all kinds of vegetable and spices into soup. When I make soup my kids ask, “What’s in it?” to find out if I’ve added a veggie they’ve identified as one they don’t want.  My youngest has dug in his heels against broccoli and the older one against mushrooms. They ask because they can’t tell if the offending food is in there.  Do I always tell? No. I sometimes sneak those veggies past them. Not too many parents will fault me for my sneakiness. If, however, I was intentionally sneaking really, really unhealthy, even dangerous, ingredients in that soup, opinions would be different. Synthetic fibers are in one way a lot like soup. A manufacturer can put all types of different ingredients in there and the consumer is probably not going to know. Take polyester. There are different formulations for polyester just like there are different ways to make vegetable soup. When[…]

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Making Better Decisions For The Whole Family

I’m a busy mom, wife, daughter, employee. Errand-running often serves as leisure time too. I consider myself a “professional consumer.” I love to see what brands my favorite store offers and how they’re packaged and merchandized on the shelf. When I really love a product, I love to tell people. I like converting others to better products that I’ve discovered. My mom (who is pretty classically set in her ways of purchases) is my favorite person to convince. With that said, chemistry was my worst subject in high school, and I took general science classes in college to avoid the subject all together. I don’t want to have to be a board-certified chemical engineer in order to buy my family’s snacks or shampoo. But I still want the safest or healthiest products I possibly can find… and can afford. Since coming on board with the Naturepedic team, I’m lucky to hear about brands who are making better products, just like[…]

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