Posts Tagged ‘Healthy Child Healthy World’

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:

 

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.

Meryl Streep Speaks Out About Kids, Toxic Chemicals and Going Green

Monday, March 8th, 2010



“When you become a parent, you start to notice what they’re eating, what they’re breathing, and children are like canaries in the mine.” Meryl Streep.

Meryl Streep is not just a great actress. She has also been carrying the green flag for more than 20 years. In 1989, having read a Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report about pesticides on fruits and vegetables, Ms. Streep founded Mothers and Others. A concerned mother herself, Ms. Streep and a few neighbors she recruited started handing out informational flyers in the neighborhood and making pests of themselves in local grocery stores demanding they do their part in keeping kids safe.

This humble beginning eventually changed laws, and Ms. Streep continued as an activist. She became a staunch supporter of several other causes and foundations, including Healthy Child Healthy World. In fact, she wrote the forward to the book Healthy Child Healthy World: Creating a Greener, Cleaner, Safer Home and has info about the organization, and several others, on her website.

In case you are unaware of this, Naturepedic crib mattresses are the only brand recommended by Healthy Child Healthy World. I would bet Ms. Streep would really like our toddler and baby mattresses!

Ms. Streep also lives a personally ‘green’ life.

She was recently interviewed by the Natural Resources Defense Council about her beliefs, her lifestyle and her experiences. Check out Beyond Acting: Meryl Streep, Activist Mom on the NRDC’s Simple Steps website. The interview also includes several brief video clips.

Ms. Streep is a prime example of the influence mothers can have on the health of our children, ourselves, and the environment. Check out the interview.

Photo credit: Brigitte Lacombe

Update on Phthalates Ban in Crib Mattresses

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009


He loves his Naturepedic phthalates-free mattress!

He loves his phthalates-free natural crib mattress!

First, a brief recap:

(If you don’t know about the chemicals called phthalates, read our blogs Is Your Crib Mattress Phthalates Free? Why You Need to Find Out and New Phthalates Research Indicates Male Children Less Male in Play.)

As of February 9, 2009, certain products made for children – including crib mattresses – could no longer contain more than 1,000 parts per million of any of three types of phthalates. That’s 1,000 PPM per phthalate per item. The ban on those three types of phthalates is permanent.

A temporary ban was also put on three other phthalates, but only in products a child could put in his mouth, suck or chew. More research is to be done on the additional three phthalates to determine if they should also be permanently banned like the other three.

The Commission was supposed to post its procedures for accrediting labs to test for phthalates in June 2009 and, as of September, 2009, manufacturers were supposed to have their products certified as compliant with the phthalates limits based on third-party testing by accredited third-party laboratories.

However, the September 2009 certification date was extended to February 10, 2010, and, as of this month, has now been extended indefinitely. Why? Because no third-party labs have yet been CPSC accredited.

There are significant penalties for non-compliance but, since there’s no way of proving anything at this point, it’s hard to say how those penalties will be enforced.

Given that some companies have found it cheaper to pay fines than comply with laws, and given that many chemicals that were once determined safe at certain levels were later found to be hazardous, I’d personally feel safer with a product that uses no phthalates, and never has. Like Naturepedic.

And that’s just one big reason why Naturepedic crib mattresses are the only crib mattresses recommended by Healthy Child Healthy World.