Friday, February 19, 2010

Going Green Gradually-Session 1-Start with a Little Pillow Talk

Let's face it-Going green is not a cheap or easy proposition! Most of us have to decide where we will start our transformation and then try to understand what shade of green we can afford and what is acceptably healthy and sustainable. Trust me, you almost have to obtain a degree in Organic Sciences to ensure that you purchase safe, real-deal, eco-friendly greenery, and even then, there is so much to learn.
So, to simplify things, go green in segments!  Let's start at the top:
Your Pillow! 
You may not think much about your pillow -- and, hey, you're asleep while you're using it -- but you could be breathing in chemical fumes, or being exposed to synthetic dyes and other toxins. Poly-fill and other synthetic materials, like polyurethane foam, are often made from petroleum derivatives.
Pillows are treated heavily with polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) or other brominated fire retardants, and, while that helps them not burst into flames, they can bio-accumulate in your body, and toxicological testing indicates those chemicals may cause liver toxicity, thyroid toxicity, and neurodevelopmental toxicity. Not something you want from the spot where you lay your head. Not in our Pillows!

Pillows also often harbor dust mites, and many people are allergic to their leavings, so finding hypo-allergenic options can also be beneficial for your health.
Now that you have had a chance to learn about some of the dangers that lurk beneath your head each night, we hope that you can find some healthy pillow alternatives.
Good first step! Next Post - we will talk about mattresses! So many options, which one do you need, and how do you know fact from fiction? In the next segment we will try and answer some of these question and present you with some healthy sleepsystem choices!
So Stay Tuned!

Need a little head start? Visit our site and sign up for our free monthly pillow drawing and you could win this incredibly green Natura Dream mate pillow on March 15th!

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