Archive for the ‘Healthy Child Healthy World’ Category

Nominate a Mom for Healthy Child Healthy World’s Annual Award

Monday, January 23rd, 2012


Three years ago, Healthy Child Healthy World started their “Mom on a Mission” awards. Every month from January to August they choose one mom as a finalist, and the winner is announced in November. The winning Mom on a Mission gets a prize. For 2012, the fourth year of the awards, the prize is a special event in New York City. How does Healthy Child find these wonderful moms? From you: You submit your nominations to Healthy Child.

What’s Mom on a Mission all about? In the words of Healthy Child: Mom on a Mission is about “Celebrating special and inspiring American parents who are dedicated to creating healthier and happier environments for children and families. Our 4th Annual Mom on a Mission campaign is designed to shed light on those who put our words into action.”

Last year’s winner was Tamara Rubin. Tamara’s children were diagnosed with acute lead poisoning – the result of a painting contractor’s use of unsafe paint removal methods. Tamara not only got into action, she was even instrumental in the passing of a new law – The Federal EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule. Read more about Tamara’s fascinating story.

Many moms, and dads, started their education about the relationship between toxins and health when they found out they were about to have a baby. They went looking for a crib mattress, did a little research, and wound up buying organic. Naturepedic is proud to have been the top choice for many. From there, parents continued to educate themselves and some even got more involved in making big changes. Some are even be actively changing laws, like Tamara Rubin.

We might not all be able to change laws, but what each of us does, no matter how little, makes a difference. Or, as Healthy Child puts it: No one can do everything. Everyone can do something.

We all want a healthier environment, and boy do we need it! Public acknowledgment of the work being done towards achieving a healthy world is important, It educates more people, and it inspires them to do as much as they can to create a healthy life for their children, themselves and every one of us.

So, pick a mom who’s doing something – maybe it’s even you, or your mom – and get her info to Healthy Child.

Host a Healthy Home Party with a Kit Full of Goodies from Healthy Child Healthy World

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011


Have you ever wished that more people in your life understood the benefits of a non-toxic environment for children? To help you educate and inspire friends, family, neighbors and others, Healthy Child Healthy World is offering a Healthy Home Party Kit to anyone who hosts a Healthy Home Party.

The Healthy Home Party Kit includes:

* ‘Wake-Up to 5 Easy Steps’ DVD
* 5 Easy Steps guide
* Pocket guides
* Healthy Child brochures
* 5 Easy Steps flyer
* ‘Creating Healthy Environments for Children’ fact sheet
* 5 Easy Steps on ‘How to Host a Healthy Home Party’
* Product samples and collateral from our sponsors.

So far, a whopping 3,745 people have answered the call to host parties and many, many more thousands have attended. That’s really spreading the word – each of those attendees now knows more about how chemicals can adversely affect their lives and the lives of their children, and what they can do about it.

But these parties aren’t just educational, they’re fun!! Check out what a few of the hosts have to say:

“Just wanted to thank you all for the opportunity to host the House party! It was a great success and I really think people left with a lot of important information. The raffle prizes were fantastic and coupons worked out great for me. Thanks again and I look forward to next year to host again!”

“I had the party at work. I gave out samples and coupons and everyone was so interested in the products and what we all can do to help our children and ourselves become a healthy, chemical free generation. I loved the products and some I had never even heard of. I especially like the ionator. It is my new best friend. I never have to buy chemicals again and never have to have my child breathe in such when I am cleaning. He loves that he can now help me clean. Thank you so much for the information and the resources to get this message out to the public.”

“I had my healthy child party last Friday night July 17th and it was awesome!!!! I really appreciate the information and products that you guys sent to host this party. My guests were incredibly surprised with the information, the products and such that was sent. They realized that a lot of companies truly are passionate about making sure our homes are as healthy and toxin free as possible. It was very well rounded with the 5 easy steps, and I had 2 of my friends bring along all natural products they have found to discuss and pass out samples of to further our information sharing. Keep up the good work! I would love to host a party once a year to keep the information going round, and to have more guest speakers come to share the changes in this area. Thanks again!”

Check out Healthy Child Healthy World for more info – they tell you exactly what to do and supply everything you need – and get rolling!

At Naturepedic, we’ve been partnering up with Healthy Child Healthy World for years. In fact, we make the only crib mattress they recommend. Join in the fun and make a difference.

Safe Alternatives for Cribs and Other Baby Furniture

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010


toxic chemicals in plywoodIf you’re concerned about the materials used in your child’s crib mattress, you should also have a very close look at the toxic chemical content of cribs, dressers, changing tables, and even outdoor furniture and decking. Fortunately, there are easy alternatives to using these chemicals, including building materials that may have fallen under your radar.

What toxic chemicals do you have to worry about in furniture? One of the primary offenders is formaldehyde.

Plywoods and particleboard, which are often included in furniture even if they don’t comprise the entire structure, are glued together with formaldehyde-based resins or urea-formaldehyde (UF) glue.

Formaldehyde, which off-gasses for years into the air you and your children breath, has been classified by the EPA as a probable carcinogen.

Healthy Child Healthy World recently published a list of alternatives:

Certified-sustainable hardwood cabinets and furniture utilizing traditional joinery and stainless steel drawer bottoms, salvaged wood, UF-free fiberboard, or baked-enamel metal, which emit less chemical vapor into the air. Or, reject permanent cabinetry altogether, and use freestanding hardwood tables, shelves and hooks.

Formaldehyde-free medium density fiberboard (MDF) in place of plywood for outdoor areas. Fiberboard can be made from recycled wood, paper or plant fiber waste, which is compressed and molded into boards without adhesives.

Look for an “exterior glue” stamp on regular plywood, which means it contains phenol formaldehyde (PF) resin, which off-gasses at a much slower rate than UF glues.

If particleboard can’t be avoided, finish with a low-toxicity sealant (latex paint won’t seal in vapors).

With the demand for toxic-chemical-free homes, and in the environment, these materials are becoming more available even in regular stores – especially the wood. If you’re having trouble finding a sealant, Debra Lynn Dadd, the Queen of Green, recommends Safe Seal made by AFM Safecoat. Also, for an excellent in-depth discussion with Debra and her readers about non-toxic baby cribs and where to get them, check Non-Toxic Baby Cribs.

Just think how wonderful it would be to not have to worry about you and the kids breathing formaldehyde and other toxic chemicals! You can rest easy.

Educating Family and Friends on Protecting Children from Chemicals

Saturday, August 28th, 2010


We’re pretty lucky here at Naturepedic – everyone is on the same page. We want all children to have a healthy sleep and our organic cotton crib mattresses provide a way to accomplish that goal. But some people, you may be one of them, are surrounded with others who don’t understand the importance of living a toxic chemical-free life.

If you’re looking for a way to spread the word, to educate friends and family about the danger of toxic chemicals and what can be done about it, you might want to start with this new video from Healthy Child Healthy World.

You can direct people you would like to educate to this blog to see the video, or send them right to Healthy Child Healthy World. If you have your own website or blog, you can even display the video yourself. Just click ‘Share’ and follow the instructions. This could be just what you need to start the ball rolling!