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What You Should Know About Mattress Eco-Terms
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Organic Beyond Food: Cleaning Supplies
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Naturepedic Says “Get Out Of My Bed!”

What You Should Know About Mattress Eco-Terms

Organic. I try not to be surprised by what I see labeled as an “organic” mattress. I try. The truth is, though, I’ve seen “organic” used with such reckless abandon on mattresses that I can only shake my head and sigh. With food and unprocessed agricultural products like wool, “organic” requires meeting National Organic Program (NOP) standards of the USDA. Non-food processed items, however, are different; the USDA does not certify finished products like textiles, yarns, shirts or mattresses as organic. Consumers should instead demand Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) or Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) certifications for mattresses. Without these third-party certifications, there is little way to know how “organic” a mattress is. Be cautious, however, of a GOTS logo used in reference to only a specific component such as the fabric that the mattress maker presumably purchased from a vendor. Not only is that against the rules of GOTS (a mattress must be GOTS-certified to display that GOTS[…]

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Organic Beyond Food: Cleaning Supplies

Spring has sprung, and that means spring cleaning time! While you’re airing out your house and scrubbing your baseboards (those mythical parts of a house that attract all of the dirt), you might happen to glance at the ingredients label of your household cleaners and think, “Yikes!” Never fear, if you have some unpronounceables in your house, we’re here to help. There are organic and natural alternatives for all your cleaning needs, to fit every budget. Why Switch? The American Lung Association highlights several hazards from household chemicals, including eye and throat irritation, headaches, or other issues. Common cleaning supplies can off-gas VOCs, linked to chronic respiratory ailments and allergic reactions. The ALA recommends that people read all labels before buying cleaning supplies and choose options without VOCs, fragrances, irritants, or flammable ingredients. Making Decisions In a world of greenwashing labels and false claims, how do you know which brands to trust? We love the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to[…]

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Naturepedic Says “Get Out Of My Bed!”

Natural foods store chain Whole Foods publicly published a list of Unacceptable Ingredients for Food. This list alphabetically spells out ingredients like disodium dihydrogen EDTA the retailer finds inappropriate for food or packaging, ingredients not in line with healthy living. Panera Bread did something similar, publishing a No No list of ingredients the restaurant/bakery chain has committed to removing from its offerings by the end of 2016 to make its food even healthier for consumers. Panera, in fact, was one of the first to move toward transparency, becoming the first national restaurant chain to disclose caloric content on its menu. When you think about it, while you can read a food label on a can of soup in a store and get the ingredients and information on calories, fat, sodium, and more, that level of transparency has largely been missing from restaurants. And consumer products. As you read this, you’re probably looking at some form of screen — on a[…]

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