Pick up the newest issue of O Magazine to see a great article featuring Organic Mattresses Inc. Flip to page 72 to read In Search of a Green Night’s Sleep by Laura Fraser in the “May We Help You?” section. Great information on buying an environmental and healthful mattress, as well as what to look for when deciding on a mattress brand.
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President and CEO of Organic Mattresses Inc, Walt Bader, recently wrote an editorial for the Viewpoints section of the Sacramento Bee about the nationwide movement “Occupy Wall Street.” Click HERE to ready the article, then comment below on your thoughts and ideas about the movement that is capturing the world’s attention.
Imagine for a minute that it is Halloween night. Your doorbell sounds, “ding dong,” and you open the door to find a rather cute fairy, a menacing pirate, and a giggling baby Ninja Turtle.
Smiling, you reach your hand into your candy bowl and pull out their treats: Lifesaver Gummies, Nestle’s chocolate bars, and Tootsie Roll Pops. But what are they really eating? High-frutose corn syrup, non-fair trade chocolate, and dye-ridden lollipops.
Choosing to pass out natural, organic and fair-trade candy is not only a safe and healthy option for a childs treat, but it also is quite the “trick” for kids. They won’t be eating dyes, preservatives or ingredients that are not safe for their bodies.
Here are a few wonderful options kids will love:
Ingredients: Milk chocolate (evaporated cane juice, cocoa butter*, chocolate liquor*, whole milk powder, soy lecithin, vanilla extract). *Fair Trade Certified
Invisible Ghost Lollipops by Strawberry Hill
Ingredients: Organic cane sugar, organic tapioca syrup. (USDA Certified)
Ingredients: Organic tapioca syrup, organic evaporated cane syrup, gelatin, organic grape juice concentrate, citric acid, lactic acid, ascorbic acid, colors added (including black carrot juice concentrate, turmeric, annatto), natural flavors, organic sunflower oil, carnauba wax. (USDA Certified)
Ingredients: Organic milk chocolate (organic evaporated cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, organic whole milk powder, organic chocolate liquor, organic soy lecithin, organic vanilla), organic peanut butter (organic dry roasted peanuts, organic palm fruit oil), organic evaporated cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, organic vanilla flavor, sea salt. (USDA Certified)
HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!
One of our favorite nonprofit organizations Healthy Child Healthy World has always teamed up with celebrities to promote a healthy world. This week, HCHW is giving a nod to 3 celebrities that are truly making a difference and spreading the word about living healthier.
From the Healthy Child Healthy World website:
“Healthy Child Healthy World has been rallying moms to fight for more protective policies for nearly two decades and this week we were thrilled to see celebrity mom, Jessica Alba, promoting the Safe Chemicals Act on Capitol Hill. ‘You can’t hire a team of scientists to do your shopping for you. . . I mean, I barely have time to brush my teeth with a toddler and another one on the way. At some point the government has to step in and ensure that chemicals are safe before our children are exposed to them,’ said Alba. Thanks to all of our colleagues at the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition for spearheading this effort and to our former CEO and Executive Director, Christopher Gavigan, for facilitating Jessica’s involvement.”
“Earlier this month, Jessica Capshaw acted as moderator for the Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center’s (CEHC) Greening Our Children luncheon – the fourth annual fundraiser to support the important work of this distinguished institution. And last week she spoke up about mercury pollution and the dire threat it poses to children’s health during the Moms Clean Air Force Clean Air for Our Kids webinar. Jessica’s been an active supporter of Healthy Child Healthy World (another nod to Christopher Gavigan) and it was wonderful to hear her passion and knowledge of the issues in these types of forums.”
Kelly Rutherford, Healthy Child Healthy World Luminary
Celebrities are concerned parents, too. That’s the message behind our new Luminary Advisory Board, which counts Laila Ali, Gabrielle Anwar, Amy Brenneman, Laura Dern, Jenna Elfman, Mariel Hemingway, Josie Maran, Kelly Rutherford, Meryl Streep and Jennifer Taylor as members. These concerned parents have joined Healthy Child to inspire small steps to big change.
“I joined the Luminary Board of Healthy Child Healthy World to shine some light on the issues that affect my children and me everyday. Be it the environment we live in to the foods we eat or the products we use, all of these things have an impact in our health and well being. It’s important for me to do my part as a mother to keep my children healthy and myself healthy—so I can be here to watch them grow up. Creating awareness is so important.” –Kelly Rutherford, “Gossip Girl”
Thank you to HCHW and all of the celebrities who are fighting for a safer world!
Our friend Erin Shrode from Teens Turning Green is one of the brilliant young minds behind Project Green Challenge, a powerful, diverse, and far-reaching movement inspiring young people to take action and protect our planet.
Here is a excerpt from their website about the movement:
This October, Teens Turning Green is energizing high school and college students across the country to participate in Project Green Challenge, a 30-day green lifestyle initiative. The Challenge will raise awareness about conscious living, informed consumption and the collective impact of each of our actions.
With the guidance of eco experts, industry leaders and the PGC Guide to Living Green, participants will discover how fun, easy and effective eco living can be.
How it Works
Throughout October a daily green challenge will be outlined on ProjectGreenChallenge.com and in an email delivered to each participant who has signed up . Each challenge will be supported with resources, tips, facts and a green glossary.
Over the course of the 30-day Challenge, participants will share their responses to challenge tasks on ProjectGreenChallenge.com utilizing Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Get Your Green Diploma
Contestants who complete the 30-day Challenge can apply for the Challenge Finals. Ten finalists will be selected to participate in Green University, a two-day eco summit held in California this December. Students will be flown to San Francisco where they will learn from esteemed eco leaders, present experiences from the 30-day Challenge, and work together to create unique platforms for social action.This new slate of projects will be implemented by Teens Turning Green and youth nationwide in 2012.
A panel of judges will name one finalist as the Project Green Challenge Champion. The winner will receive a one-of-a-kind prize package and the opportunity to work with Teens Turning Green and its partners in the coming year.
Join the Challenge!
Be apart of a world changing initiative – sign up today!
And be sure to get your friends and school involved in Project Green Challenge. Two students from participating schools will be invited to participate as Project Green Challenge Campus Reps and to lead the effort on their school campuses. Click here if you want to see what the job entails and to sign up.
Take the challenge today and help your generation protect our planet!
From our friends at Global Green USA:
“Among other challenges, global warming is causing our sea levels to rise and putting our coastal cities — and billions of people — at risk across the globe. Global Green is working hard to protect these cities and other communities affected by climate change. We are all in this together, and friends of Global Green are joining us in making a plea to help stop climate change, by demanding that our leaders invest in green technologies and green jobs now. You can also help us make a difference and guarantee a healthier future.”
There are many ways to make your life safer and less toxic, and starting with an organic mattress is a big step. Most people who are sleeping organically are eating organically also. But are you dressing organically?
Ten years ago it was next to impossible to find organic clothing options. However, with the organics industry growing every year, more and more manufacturers and designers are making the moral choice to use fabrics made from organic raw materials. Even the high-fashion and couture houses are making the switch, as we see ever so apparently in Fall fashion shows across the world. From São Paulo to Los Angeles to New York to London, organics are taking the fashion world by storm.
Here are the top 12 brands and retailers who are “going organic” (ranking by Organic Exchange):
#12: Nordstrom (USA) – stocking more sustainable lines such as EDUM and Eileen Fisher, they also have a line of men’s dress shirts, casual shirts, and boxers made of organic cotton.
#11: Adidas – they use sustainable materials such as organic cotton in their Adidas by Stella McCartney and Adidas Grün collections.
#10: Target – brought organic cotton into the stores by introducing limited-edition lines by Rogan Gregory and Loomstate. They also have organic options in their “Home by Target” collection.
#9: Levi Strauss – although the company has been using organic materials since 2006, they have paved the way for organic denim since, and have become the leader in organic blue jeans.
#8: Greensource (USA) – mainly a t-shirt company, they have recently expanded to home and bath products as well. They just so happen to also grow all of their own organic cotton.
#7: Coop Switzerland – although they specialize in being the second-largest coop supermarket in the world, they also purchase a large slice of the fair-trade organic-cotton textile industry.
#6: Anvil Knitwear – the largest purchaser of U.S.-grown certified organic cotton, they also produce the world’s first carbon-neutral t-shirt.
#5: H&M – incorporating organic cotton since 2004, this fashion retailer is making an effort to increase its use of organic materials by 50 percent every year until 2013.
#4: Williams-Sonoma – through brands such as Pottery Barn, PB Teen, and West Elm, they have introduced organic cotton into their bedding, bath, and upholstery products.
#3: Walmart (USA) – purchases over 12 million pounds of organic cotton to incorporate into their clothing, bath, and upholstery lines.
#2: Nike (USA) – although the already incorporate organic cotton, the company’s goal is to have a minimum blend of 10 percent organic cotton in all cotton-containing attire by 2015.
#1: C&A (Belgium) – although better known in Europe, this popular clothing line sold over 23 million organic cotton products in 2010.