Category - Chemical Education

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The Truth About Organic Cotton Farming
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Flame Retardants: Friends or Foes?
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The Benefits Of A Latex Mattress – Organic vs. Synthetic
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The Environment and Your Child’s Mind
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Understanding a GOTS Certified Mattress
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The Truth About Flame Retardants in Mattresses
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How to Choose a Nontoxic Summer Sunscreen
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How Endocrine Disruptors Impact Women
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Safer Products? The EPA Takes First Steps Under New Chemical Law
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Is Your Mattress Naughty or Nice?

The Truth About Organic Cotton Farming

It’s easy to assume that products containing farmed materials are inherently healthier. By choosing a product made with home-grown ingredients, you cleverly avoid all those harmful toxins and chemicals that factories use to mass-produce their goods, right? Wrong! And that’s where organic farming comes in. It may surprise you to learn that cotton—the most often used natural fiber in the world—is also the world’s most chemically-treated crop. While cotton is a staple of the textile industry, not all cotton is organically farmed. Conventional cotton, by contrast, is more harmful to the environment with a 64% higher potential for its production to contribute to global warming. On National Farmer’s Day, let’s take a moment to consider the advantages of organic farming for both our health and the environment. At Naturepedic, we are proud to offer mattresses made with certified organic cotton that’s organically farmed, producing fewer greenhouse gases, improving soil quality, and utilizing less energy overall. Did you enjoy watching where[…]

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Flame Retardants: Friends or Foes?

Once upon a time, furniture and textiles were made using natural materials. Couches, mattresses, rugs, curtains—they all consisted of materials found in nature. “When you walked into a house back then, almost everything was natural,”  says Barry Cik, environmental engineer and co-founder of Naturepedic. “But now? Nothing is natural.” What changed? Where did we go wrong? Why did companies stop using natural materials? If you’re into pointing fingers or placing blame, you can (fairly) point towards petroleum and money. “Companies started adding petroleum to almost everything. Natural fibers aren’t nearly as flammable, but petroleum is much cheaper.” Check out this video to see the difference between a modern home fire with petroleum-based furnishings and a legacy home fire with more natural furnishings: Petroleum can be found in TV cabinets, plastic wood, detergents, paint, toilet seats, furniture, etc. (Click here for a list of more petroleum-based products that may shock you.) Because it is common in so many products, America saw[…]

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The Benefits Of A Latex Mattress – Organic vs. Synthetic

Material Break-Down: Organic Latex When you hear the word latex, the last thing that probably comes to mind is “natural” or “organic.” In fact, the material is typically associated with synthetics and chemicals. But did you know that latex is originally sourced straight from nature? Read on for the benefits of a latex mattress. Latex is a great material to include in a mattress because of its ability to relieve pressure points. As a company that prides itself on using all certified organic materials in its mattresses, we had to find a way to still bring pressure point relief to our customers while maintaining our use of organic materials. So what actually is certified organic latex and what are the benefits? What is Organic Latex? Latex begins from the milk of a rubber tree. This process is very similar to maple tapping. While organic latex starts from the rubber tree milk, synthetic latex does not. It is then brought to[…]

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The Environment and Your Child’s Mind

What We Now Know about Which Chemicals Can Damage Brain Development All parents are aware that so many of our children face the risk of serious cognitive troubles. The threat of developing various degrees of autism spectrum disorders, of experiencing ADHD, or of struggling with a variety of learning disorders is all too much present. We are aware. What is Causing the Increase of Abnormal Development of the Mind? Now, in the last year, a group of the nation’s most distinguished experts in epidemiology and the toxicology of various chemicals, have teamed together to publish real evidence that neurodevelopmental disorders can be caused by exposure to certain chemicals. To make this urgently important more clear, we make poisons that damage our baby’s developing brains, causing autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and learning disorders. This is a very hard point to prove. We all are constantly exposed to a wide range of chemicals, how do you know which if any cause complex[…]

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Understanding a GOTS Certified Mattress

A GOTS certified mattress and an “Organic mattress” is a very specific term that can only be used in reference to mattresses made in a certified facility that meets a specific set of standards. There are very few mattress companies that actually meet these standards and are certified to call their products “organic mattress.” Naturepedic is one of the few mattress makers certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) as a certified organic mattress manufacturer and facility. This provides assurance that the certified organic fiber-based products meet the GOTS organic and nontoxic standards. You might see the GOTS logo on other mattress websites, but many of those websites do not have certified organic mattresses. Often only one part of the mattress—such as the cover fabric—is GOTS certified organic. So it’s important to read descriptions carefully and double-check the GOTS website at www.global-standard.org to make sure the GOTS logo is being used properly. As a GOTS certified mattress manufacturer and[…]

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The Truth About Flame Retardants in Mattresses

“Everyone has a fear of fire.” These words start the trailer for HBO’s documentary Toxic Hot Seat, a 2013 film exploring the overwhelming presence of flame retardant chemicals in homes, humans, animals, and ecosystems around the globe. How did they get into nearly everything we buy? What are they for, and are they really helping? You’ll find flame retardants in mattresses, couches, car seats, electronics, and building insulation. On the surface, they seem to make sense. Of course we want to reduce the risk of potential fires. However, flame retardants are a very controversial ingredient used in consumer products because they come with potential health risks. Toxic flame retardant exposure builds up in the body and has been linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, cardiovascular disease, cognitive delays, and decreased fertility. Flame retardant chemicals affect people and animals both inside and outside the home. Babies and children are especially at risk due to their still-developing bodies and endocrine systems. Read more:[…]

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How to Choose a Nontoxic Summer Sunscreen

Summer is officially here, and it’s time to break out the beach towels and swimsuits for fun in the sun. But make sure you consider sun safety in your summer planning too. Most sunscreens are made with toxic chemical ingredients that you’d really rather avoid. Luckily there are ways to stay safe in the summer sun that don’t involve using harmful chemicals. Read on to find out how to limit your sun exposure and shop for a nontoxic sunscreen that’s healthier for your body. Dress For The Sun When you’re preparing for a day on the beach, camping, or outdoors this summer, dress for the sun. Wear a hat and long sleeves and pants if possible (we know it’s hot, so look for comfortable, breathable fabrics that keep you cool – but you want a tight knit to maximize protection). Children and adults can wear long-sleeved swimsuits or rash guards to help reduce sun exposure. Remember that sunglasses aren’t just[…]

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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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Safer Products? The EPA Takes First Steps Under New Chemical Law

On June 22, 2016, the bi-partisan supported Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (LCSA) into law. This law amends the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the federal framework that had been intended to control the use of chemicals in commerce. Intended, because TSCA has widely been seen as ineffective. Driving the new law has been a growing demand by consumers for better regulation over the chemicals found in their everyday products, including housewares, furniture and mattresses. While this is the first substantial update since TSCA was passed in 1976, how much of an impact the update will actually have remains to be seen. Slow Motion Impact One concern is the slow pace of planned chemical review under LCSA, particularly given how many chemicals are found in consumer products. Way back in 2001, the TSCA chemical inventory listed 73,757 chemicals in commercial and since then an estimated 2,000-2,500 in new chemicals applications have been submitted to the[…]

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Is Your Mattress Naughty or Nice?

Keep Chemicals Off Your Christmas List Santa might see you when you’re sleeping, but can he see what you’re sleeping on? As an organic mattress company, we’re often asked, “So what do you put in an organic mattress?” We prefer to respond to that question with what we DON’T put in our mattresses. Below is our mattress naughty list. Find out if your mattress is a true gift or if the chemicals inside make it worse than a lump of coal! The Mattress Naughty List At Naturepedic, we stick to a very strict list of chemicals we never use in our mattresses and accessories that we consider unacceptable. –Polyurethane Foam: This includes memory foam, bio-based or soybean foam, or “eco” foam blends. These “plant-based” foams are actually just polyurethane foam with a little soybean oil added in. Polyurethane foam is highly flammable and comes with a pile of harmful flame retardant chemicals to meet flammability regulations. You definitely don’t want[…]

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