Archive - August 2009

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Is a Latex Crib Mattress Really Safe for My Baby?
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Why We Use Organic Cotton in Our Crib Mattresses
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Back to School Supplies without PVC?

Is a Latex Crib Mattress Really Safe for My Baby?

When you consider that a baby spends 12 to 14 hours a day sleeping, you realize that their mattress is one of the most important things in their lives. Because they spend so much time on their mattress, you should think hard about the brand you choose as well as if it contains latex. But why should you think about latex specifically? A study, one of many, conducted on over 1,000 health care workers found that nearly 22 percent had symptoms related to wearing latex gloves. Most of the problems were skin related, but some had asthma and cold symptoms like sneezing, itchy eyes, nose, ears, and throat, runny noses, nasal congestion, or worse. Is there any reason to think the risk may be less for babies? Hardly; a body still in development is even more susceptible than when fully grown. Natural latex/rubber has been associated with high allergies in children in particular, and natural latex contains certain proteins that[…]

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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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Back to School Supplies without PVC?

You’ve been working hard to keep your child healthy – maybe they’ve even slept on a Naturepedic organic cotton crib mattress! Now it’s time for school, and you’re faced with PVC-laden school supplies. Everything from pretty pink backpacks with images of their favorite characters to Spidey lunchboxes and modeling clay. Chances are they’re made with PVC or PVC/vinyl – one of the very things you’ve been trying to avoid! To help you keep up all the good work you’ve been doing to keep your kids safe, the Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ) has just released a new handy wallet guide (although you have to fold it quite a bit to fit it into your wallet) listing the types of back-to-school supplies that are likely to contain PVC. Even better, the CHEJ took things a step further and also made us a great list of PVC-free school supplies. It contains just about everything – pens and pencils, binders, lunch[…]

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