Tag - non-toxic

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Earth-Friendly Product Swaps
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Natural Ways To Clean Your Baby’s Nursery
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How To “Hygge” Your Bedroom
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Organic vs. All Natural vs. Non-Toxic: What These Mattress Terms Really Mean
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How to Choose a Nontoxic Summer Sunscreen
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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?

Earth-Friendly Product Swaps

This Earth Month, we want to celebrate the little things because even the smallest switches can make the biggest difference on the Earth. How do you make these changes? Simply look through your house and look at what ingredients are in the products you use. Is there a brand you can switch to that is more Earth-conscious? To help you get started, we share some of our favorite planet-loving brands you should try this Earth Month. Afterglow Cosmetics Makeup and cosmetics are things many of us use on a daily basis, so switching to an organic, eco-friendly brand would be a wise swap to make because we use it so frequently. Many makeup lines use non-renewable resources in both the actual product itself and the packaging. Brands such as Afterglow Cosmetics, however, source certified organic materials that align with the company’s focus on sustainability. Badger Balm Balms, moisturizers and other skincare products are things that we make use of every[…]

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Natural Ways To Clean Your Baby’s Nursery

Yes, you need to regularly clean your baby’s nursery. However, you don’t want to do more harm than good. Many conventional cleaning supplies have chemicals that are not safe to have around your baby. Try to look towards more natural alternatives to still clean effectively while feeling good about what you are using. To get you started, we suggest a couple of natural cleaning ingredients you can try that you should already have around the house: 1.) Vinegar This household staple is a must to have in your cleaning arsenal as it has proven to be a better disinfectant than even bleach. A mixture of water and vinegar is great to use on both furniture and surfaces in the nursery. Adding a bit of baking soda to this mixture is great for cleaning diaper pails. If you are going to use vinegar, be sure it is food grade. 2.) Lemon One of the best kept secrets for cleaning is right[…]

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How To “Hygge” Your Bedroom

You have probably seen or heard the word “hygge” by now, but may not be sure of the definition. Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is the Danish word for a moment that is special, warm or cozy. While the Danish focus specifically on creating these hygge moments during the winter and holidays, finding ways to hygge your bedroom, quite possibly the most important room in the house, is great for year-round coziness. Stock up on Books Nothing screams hygge more than curling up with a good book. Set up a bookshelf in your room (a natural wood shelf adds an extra layer of welcoming hominess) and fill it with some of your favorite reads. It will not only inspire you to read more, it will make your room feel more like a cozy home. Only Wear Pajamas in the Bedroom Your bedroom should always be the one room guaranteed to provide you comfort and relaxation. While you may walk around[…]

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Organic vs. All Natural vs. Non-Toxic: What These Mattress Terms Really Mean

When it comes to purchasing a mattress, there are a lot of “buzz words” out there that can make it confusing. You might see “natural mattresses,” “non-toxic mattresses,” and “organic mattresses” – what’s the difference between these types of products? It turns out, there is quite a big difference, and we want you to make an informed and educated choice when buying for your family. This blog will explain the difference between natural, non-toxic, eco-friendly and organic mattresses so that you can shop with confidence and find a truly healthier option. Natural Mattresses What’s a “natural mattress” anyway? Unfortunately, this term doesn’t mean much. It could be everything you’re looking for – made with all-natural materials like cotton, wool, latex, etc. Or it could be a marketing gimmick calling out “natural” additives into otherwise chemical-laden products. It’s tough to know what you’re getting when the label doesn’t call out what specifically is natural about the mattress. The truth is, the[…]

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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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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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