Tag - non-toxic

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Ask Naturepedic: What Is Food-Grade Polyethylene?
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Organic Beyond Food: Feminine Care Products
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Organic Beyond Food: Cleaning Supplies
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Organic Beyond Food – Cosmetics
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3 Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Healthiest Home Yet
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Making Better Decisions: Choosing Safer Toys as Gifts
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Making Better Decisions: Questions to Ask Before Purchasing Plastic Toys
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Want to Do Something About It? Get Into Grass Roots Chemical Reform
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Keep Your Kids Healthy with Safe Sunscreen
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Is Your Nursery Toxic?

Ask Naturepedic: What Is Food-Grade Polyethylene?

At Naturepedic, we’re all about crib mattress safety. You trust us to bring you a safer option for your little one’s sleep, wrapped up in all the organic goodness nature offers. You may have seen that we use food-grade polyethylene in our mattresses, and we sometimes get questions about what polyethylene is. We hope that this blog post will help answer any questions you have about the use of food grade polyethylene. It sounds like polyurethane, are they the same thing? At Naturepedic, we don’t use polyurethane foam in any form, including memory foam, plant based or bio-based foam, soybean foam, etc. These are all polyurethane foams that are highly flammable and require flame retardant chemicals to meet flammability standards. We never use polyurethane foam or flame retardants. This is where some of the concern comes from when parents learn we use polyethylene. It sounds very similar in name but is a completely different type of material. What is polyethylene?[…]

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Organic Beyond Food: Feminine Care Products

Go Organic. Period. It’s Earth Month, the time of year when we love to protect and care for our Mother Earth. Roughly a third of the population regularly deals with a little gift from Mother Nature, and what’s more natural than the joy of womanhood? When this monthly visitor arrives, most women head to the store for the usual menstrual products never knowing that there are more natural options out there. You can actually go organic on your period! Organic cotton pads and tampons significantly reduce the pesticide and chemical exposure to your body compared to conventional hygiene products. What’s Wrong with Conventional Products? In our cosmetics blog, we already talked about how the skin is one of the largest organ systems of the human body. Anything that touches our skin is absorbed into the bloodstream, and this includes toxins present in menstrual hygiene products like pads and tampons. Dr. Joseph Mercola points out in a 2013 Huffington Post article[…]

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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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Organic Beyond Food – Cosmetics

The skin is one of the largest organ systems of the human body, absorbing materials that come in contact with it. What you put on your skin really matters; many common makeups and cleansers contain carcinogens (cancer-causing chemicals), endocrine disruptors, and common allergens and irritants. Just like you might transition to eating more organic food to reduce your chemical exposure in food, consider transitioning to more natural and organic options for your cosmetics and personal care. Start by doing your research with a resource like the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. This tool has data about over 64,000 personal care products that are rated with a score indicating their chemical safety. According to the EWG’s database: – The FDA requires no safety testing for cosmetic products – Europe has banned over 1,000 cosmetic ingredients while the FDA has only banned eleven – Cosmetic ingredients can be breathed in, swallowed, or absorbed through the skin – Marketing claims are[…]

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3 Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Healthiest Home Yet

The daunting chore of spring cleaning marks an opportunity to make your home less toxic. There are many hidden hazardous chemicals in common cleaning products and household items—from glass cleaner to hand soap to your living room sofa—so we’ve compiled a short to-do list to help make your home safer. This list is not extensive, but it’s a start. And, by completing these three simple tasks you can start removing many questionable chemicals from your family’s abode. Alright, let’s detoxify: Ditch antibacterial & toxic cleaning products: Did you know that products labelled “antibacterial’ or ”antimicrobial” contain pesticides? Or that many common cleaning products contain ingredients like ammonia and coal tar dyes? Unfortunately, American manufacturers are not required to warn consumers about the health and environmental hazards associated with long-term exposure to chemical ingredients in cleaning products. Preventative measures: forgo cleaners with a laundry list of chemical ingredients. Try ones with simple, non-toxic ingredients. Some reputable brands to consider are Method,[…]

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Making Better Decisions: Choosing Safer Toys as Gifts

When beginning your research for safer toys, start here to learn more about wood toys, and don’t forget my key questions to ask yourself before purchasing a plastic toy. While we can’t replace everything in our house immediately (it’s too expensive for me, even if I could get my kids to give up many of the toys they love at once!), we can strive to make better choices going forward, and holidays and birthdays make a great opportunity to do so. 1) Tell your friends and family that you are looking to make more conscious decisions about the toys you’re bringing into your home. Recommend some brands you’re interested in (here and here are some suggestions), and offer key terms they should look for on packaging and websites. Key terms: Organic, BPA-free, Phthalate-free or nonphthalate, type of plastic (food grade preferred) Terms to avoid if they are unsubstantiated: Eco-friendly, Green, Natural, Non-Toxic. Ask yourself why they are Eco-friendly, Green, Natural[…]

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Making Better Decisions: Questions to Ask Before Purchasing Plastic Toys

Thanks for joining me on our hunt for safer toys! Last week, we talked about wood toys for toddlers and preschoolers, like my own 19 month old daughter and nearly 4 year old son. I was on a mission to find safer action figures and dinosaur toys my son might still be interested in playing with. The wood toys I found didn’t meet that criteria, though there are some available. We all need to find our own level of comfort with what we provide to our children, so I began to look for some safer plastic toy options. PLASTIC TOYS Here are the questions I ask myself when looking at plastic toys, in order of what I personally consider to be the most important factors regarding safety. 1) Is it BPA free or non-detectable? Generally, I only thought of Bisphenol A as it relates to baby cups and bottles, food storage containers, etc. However, BPA is a phthalate, and a[…]

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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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Keep Your Kids Healthy with Safe Sunscreen

Summer is upon us – it’s time for swimming pools, beaches, lots of sand, sun, and sunscreen. Of course, you don’t want your kids (or you) to get burned, but experts now advise that you really investigate the type of sunscreen you’re using. In fact, research shows that the chemicals in many sunscreens can cause serious health problems. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has been investigating sunscreens for some years. They stay abreast of the latest research on the safety and efficacy of the ingredients and formulations and keep us informed. This year, EWG has compiled a list of little known facts about sunscreen, and they’re not pretty. For example, here are a few important things you might not be aware of: – There’s very little evidence that sunscreens prevent skin cancer. – There is evidence that sunscreens may actually increase the risk of the deadliest form of skin cancer. – According to the FDA, there is an “absence of[…]

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Is Your Nursery Toxic?

A recent experiment conducted by Good Morning America and Greenguard Environmental Institute, a nursery was set up with indoor-pollution monitoring equipment, then furnished and decorated. Within a week, the equipment found 300 different chemicals in the room – some of which are known to cause allergies, hormonal disruption, and even cancer. Some of the products were particularly volatile. According to the results: “the rocker contained seven times California’s recommended level of formaldehyde, a chemical known to cause cancer, and the crib mattress gave off more than 100 different chemicals, including industrial solvents and alcohols. The paint used on the nursery’s walls contained chemical gases at five times the recommended limit.” Can this be normal? Is that what every nursery is like? Did they go out of their way to find products that were suspect? No, they just furnished the room the way any parent would. It’s hard enough for adult bodies to process that kind of pollution, but it’s particularly[…]

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