Thursday, September 30, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
With one third of your life spent in bed (and even more for newborns – up to 20 hours per day) don’t you deserve to sleep in the best possible environment?
In the U.S., it takes nearly a third of a pound of chemicals to grow enough conventional cotton for one t-shirt so just imagine how much it takes to make a set of sheets (not to mention blankets, comforters, etc.). Additionally, conventionally-grown cotton occupies only 3% of the world's farmland, but uses 25% of the world's chemical pesticides.
And, to make matters worse, it’s estimated that less than 10% of the chemicals applied to cotton are actually accomplishing their tasks! The 90% that remain are absorbed into the plant, air, soil, and water.
What can you do to sleep better?
We chose to go organic and you should, too. It just sense. For all the time you spend in bed, make it count.
What is organic cotton?
Organic cotton is the same cotton you’re used to it’s just grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. The goal of organic farming is to replenish and maintain soil fertility and reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers. And these are monitored and certified by third-party organizations.
What are the benefits of organic cotton?
1. Farms achieve and maintain a lower carbon footprint as the entire process consumes less fuel and energy and emits fewer greenhouse gases.
2. Doesn’t use genetically modified cottonseed.
3. Grown with natural rather than synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, no chemical defoliants used.
4. Eco-friendly processing that does not compromise workers' health and helps reduce water and electric use and toxic runoff, e.g. non-chlorine bleach, silicon-free softeners and low impact, azo-free dyes.
5. Strict testing ensures the absence of contaminants like nickel, lead, formaldehyde, amines, pesticides and heavy metals.
6. People with allergies and chemical sensitivity especially benefit from organic cotton clothing, as conventional cotton may retain harmful toxic residues. Even if you don't have sensitive skin, organic cotton will just feel better against your skin.
Where can you find 100% certified organic bed and bath items for your little one?
Well, right here of course! We are pleased to offer these luxurious, 100% certified organic cotton bed and bath items by Coyuchi. We carry the basics to as well as hand embroidered crib blankets, crib bumper covers, and pillow shams.
Coyuchi was founded 20 years ago in Point Reyes Station, a small, rustic town on the Northern California coast (and if you’ve never been there, you must make the effort!). There, surrounded by ocean and forest, beach and bluff, they created a line of home textiles rooted in nature. Everything designed to comfort and rejuvenate - body, mind and spirit - to help you turn your home into a sanctuary.
So, stop by to outfit the your little one's bed with the most luxurious, 100% certified organic cotton bedding available.
Information was compiled using facts and statistics from the Organic Trade Association, OrganicCotton.com, and HAEnow.com
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Violet's Peapod offers a unique line of baby sleep sacks that are designed and produced in the U.S.A. using natural and organic fabrics.
Used in Europe for over three decades, baby sleep sacks have gained significant popularity here in the U.S. We've used them with each of our three girls and can't stress enough how easy they are to use and how well they kept our little ones snug through the night!
For those of you not familiar with the sleep sack, they are essentially wearable blankets which are worn over pajamas. And, since they replace loose blankets in the crib, it provides a safer sleeping environment for babies.