Tag - organic cotton

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Organic Cotton Mattress Pads and Quilted Toppers Extend the Life of Your Mattress
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Organic Cotton Industry Takes Off Despite Economy
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Why We Use Organic Cotton in Our Crib Mattresses
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Is There Such a Thing as a Vegan Crib Mattress?

Organic Cotton Mattress Pads and Quilted Toppers Extend the Life of Your Mattress

I was recently reading a forum and noticed a person asking where they could get a mattress pad like those made by Naturepedic (she even included a link to the product) for her own, adult-sized bed. There are quite a few people interested in organic cotton mattress pads and toppers, so I thought I’d let you know that we do actually have larger sizes – not just those that fit toddler and crib mattresses. Mattress pads and toppers are a good idea for every bed – they help keep the mattress clean, make it more comfortable, and extend the life of your mattress. If you choose a waterproof model, it will also help keep the mattress free of bodily fluids, make sure it stays dry so no mold or bacteria develop and block dust-mites and other allergens. The waterproof models are also very comfortable – the outer and inner layers are soft, organic cotton, but between them is a non-toxic[…]

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Organic Cotton Industry Takes Off Despite Economy

In an economy that’s only recently showing signs of coming out of a tailspin, you would think every industry would be suffering. However, that’s far from the case. The organic cotton industry, for example, is thriving. During the fall/winter holiday season of 2008, retail outlet suppliers were actually running out of stock – despite the fact that they’d ordered about 150% more than they had in the previous year. Organic Exchange reported a 152% increase in the amount of organic cotton grown in 2007 – 2008, and it still wasn’t enough to keep up with the demand. Why is this happening at a time when everyone’s tightening their belt? Because if there’s one issue weighing just as heavily as the economy on the minds of many Americans, and people around the world, it’s the environment. Actually, there are two issues – concerns about the health of the planet and concerns about our personal health. Many studies have proven that pesticides,[…]

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Why We Use Organic Cotton in Our Crib Mattresses

We use organic cotton in all our crib mattresses because we want babies and kids to sleep on something that is safe and healthy. No synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or other chemicals – nothing harmful whatsoever. But it’s not only babies who are affected by these toxins. My father, for example, just turned 81 and was diagnosed with cancer a couple of years ago. He’s on chemo and responding quite well. The type of cancer he has is called multiple myeloma. It starts in the blood cells and collects in the marrow and other parts of the bone. Like other cancers, it can kill you. But many people with multiple myeloma live for a long time – although the condition generally roller-coasters between long periods of apparent remission and acute episodes. What’s different about multiple myeloma is that it is acknowledged as being related to pesticide and herbicide exposure. As with all cancers, there are several other risk factors but, according[…]

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Is There Such a Thing as a Vegan Crib Mattress?

First of all, let’s clear up the term ‘vegan.’ A lot of people think it’s just a short form of ‘vegetarian’ – someone whose diet consists primarily of plant-derived foods, although some also eat eggs and milk products (lacto-ovo vegetarians), but no actual animal flesh. Vegans, however, take things a little further: not only do they not eat meat, they also don’t use animal products in any way – they don’t carry leather purses, wear leather boots or coats, no furs, no wool, and so on. Consequently, vegans can have a tough time trying to find a crib mattress: even a lot of the ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ crib mattresses available still contain animal-derived materials like wool, horsetail hair or mohair, for example. At Naturepedic we don’t advertise our crib mattresses as vegan, but when a vegan is searching for something that meets their standards, they come to us. If you’re a vegan, or just concerned about animal rights and conservation,[…]

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