Posts Tagged ‘health’

Making Better Decisions Mondays

Monday, April 7th, 2014

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 we are. Some brands I even get to work with often, thanks to Naturepedic’s work with the Companies for Safer Chemicals coalition.  I’m told there are 80,000 chemicals out there, and something like 5 have been regulated by the government. (Zoinks.) Again, no chemistry background here. I have a degree in advertising, so I what I do know is some brand’s “natural” or “safer” or “fat-free” or whatever schtick is purely marketing.

So, what should I buy when I go to the store? Which products in my house are really toxic? Which products in my house does my toddler have the most contact with? Which products or foods are safer and won’t break my grocery budget!?

It’s overwhelming. So just like any big project I take on, I decided to start small. A few small changes can lead to bigger, better ones. After all, a marathon starts with a few steps. Stop back on Mondays to hear about the small changes my family and I have made to Make Better Decisions.

Until then, Healthy Child Healthy World put together this beautiful inspirational video for all of us who want to join the movement of a healthier world for our kids and all future generations:

 

Organic Mattresses – No, you can’t eat them

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

We make organic mattresses.

No, you can’t eat them.

Yes, I’m asked that.

I’m not insulted by the “can you eat them” question. The concept of non-food organics has largely not entered the public consciousness yet, but it will. Remember not too long ago organic food wasn’t even being considered by many.

As a kid, I didn’t know organic vegetables existed. Organic was as foreign to little me as fois gras or bidets (it squirts where??!!)

Is this an organic vegetable washer? What's organic?

Is this an organic vegetable washer? What’s organic?

Even after encountering the concept as a pre-teen (about organic produce, not bidets), organic food was confined to specialty stores populated by specialty people.

I never thought about the vegetables from my family’s garden as organic. Those were just vegetables.

Organic as a concept

Now in 2014, organic food has not only moved into the mainstream as a healthy eating option but as a familiar concept.

People now discuss the health benefits of organic food, and these considerations affect buying choices. Before these choices could happen, though, they first had to realize there were different options.

Now they are beginning to realize they have similar options with mattresses.

While all of us spend about a third of our lives in beds sleeping, the materials closest to our faces for most of the night (or day if a night shifter) have been ignored. Why? I don’t know.  Mattresses were “just there.” In the past someone would consider how a mattress felt but not even think about the materials inside or how they might affect health.

mom and baby grocery storeThankfully, an ever expanding circle of people are learning they can get a luxurious mattress without simply accepted materials as a given.

The truth is a lot of mattresses have questionable chemicals and synthetics: PFCs, flame retardant chemicals, pesticides and more. There is a choice to purchase mattresses with or without them.

They exist

Our belief at Naturepedic, supported by our involvement in scientific and environmental groups, panels and discussions, is it’s healthier to sleep on organic materials and avoid many of the synthetics and chemicals that have become industry standards.

This is our business, designed not as a marketing gimmick but built from our core philosophy outward. We believe fewer chemicals means healthier sleep.

Organic mattresses exist, and they are great.

 

You still can’t eat them, though.