Tag - non-toxic

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Love Earth Love Home Pledge
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Why Naturepedic Is A Notch Above The Rest
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Making Better Decisions: Clean Up Your Spring Cleaning Habits
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How Endocrine Disruptors Impact Women
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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

Love Earth Love Home Pledge

As part of the Naturepedic family, you care about healthier products for your home and your family, and that means caring about the environment to protect the world we live in too. Our commitment to sustainability and the environment is one of our biggest motivations in designing healthier sleep products for your family, and we are celebrating Earth Month with a giveaway from some of our favorite Earth-friendly brand partners. These amazing prizes will set you up for a healthier home when you take the Love Earth Love Home Pledge. Win These Earth-Friendly Prizes We only recommend the best at Naturepedic, and we hope you’re as excited about our partners as we are. One lucky winner will receive our Grand Prize package valued at over $1,500 with a gift from each of these great brands that will help you Love Earth and Love Home. Beautycounter: Beautycounter is a skincare and cosmetics brand that provides safer beauty products without sacrificing performance.[…]

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Why Naturepedic Is A Notch Above The Rest

Debra Lynn Dadd is a well-known author who recommends safer, nontoxic products for people who want a healthier lifestyle. She literally wrote the book on toxic chemicals in consumer products! She’s been a friend of our company for years and we’re proud to be recommended by her program. Discover more about what she thinks of our company in this guest blog. I’ve been recommending nontoxic products for more than thirty years, so I have a pretty good idea of what to look for when choosing safer products. After three decades of recommending nontoxic products through books, and then in my online directory Debra’s List (www.debralist.com), In January 2016 I decided to create an official program called Debra Lynn Dadd Recommended Products. I’ve never been a fan of seals of approval because while seals say they meet a standard, they don’t ever give details. Debra Lynn Dadd Recommended Products goes way beyond a seal of approval. It’s a Letter of Recommendation[…]

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Making Better Decisions: Clean Up Your Spring Cleaning Habits

I am not sure what causes the biological urge to clean in the springtime, but it’s a very real thing for me. At the first sign of warmer days and singing birds, my house’s windows are open to let in the fresh air and I start to clean up and declutter the house. Maybe it’s about the renewing energy of spring, or maybe it’s that I am officially out of excuses for why I can’t clean out my car. Either way, spring is finally here, and it’s time to clean up. Unfortunately, it’s really easy to get burnt out when you’re doing a whole house’s worth of spring cleaning, and most people don’t have efficient cleaning habits. This blog post will help you clean up your spring cleaning habits to stay efficient and on-task, as well as environmentally-friendly! Plan Your Project I am a person who needs a list, a plan, and maybe even a binder before I get started[…]

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How Endocrine Disruptors Impact Women

We met Dr. Eva Martin and quickly related to her passion for health, education, and safety. She’s the founder of Elm Tree Medical, Inc., which focuses on women’s health, and she had a lot to tell us about the impact endocrine disruptors have on women and babies. We reached out to Eva with a few questions to get her professional opinion about these chemicals and how to avoid them in daily life. What is an endocrine disruptor? Simply, an endocrine disruptor is a chemical that interferes with a hormone’s action. One example is the EDC diethystilbestrol (DES). DES was prescribed to women to control nausea during pregnancy, but, unfortunately, the world later learned that DES interferes with key hormone actions in gestation, and led to serious birth defects. Should we be concerned about endocrine disruptors? Yes. Research on endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) is still in the early stages. From what we know so far, EDCs can have long-lasting effects on[…]

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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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