GOT GOTS? The Logo to Look For on Cotton Products

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By now it’s clear to most Americans that organic food is healthier, and organic farming practices are safer than conventional methods. And when we shop organic it’s always comforting to see third-party organic certifications, because “natural” means diddly. If a food product is labeled “organic,” it must contain at least 95% organic ingredients.

Soft, breathable cotton — our favorite textile to wear and wrap up in bed with — has dirty secrets that have long gone unchecked, and most of America has no idea. Cotton is considered the world’s dirtiest crop. There are about 20 million results for “toxic cotton” on Google.

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Organic cotton, like organic food, uses less water, doesn’t poison the soil and its farmers, and isn’t treated with toxic chemical finishing agents. In the U.S., the claim “organic” on textiles is protected by the government. Only textiles labeled with a GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) logo can be claimed as organic.

Check out this simple GOTS video to learn more:

Below are some resources to help you learn about the dirty cotton industry. Then, let’s start a clean cotton revolution!

How to get rid of chemicals in fabrics. (Hint: trick question.)

Chemical Cotton 

Fact Sheet on U.S. Cotton Subsidies and Cotton Production

Naturally Safer™ Spa Gift Bag Giveaway

Here is an opportunity for some post-holiday, relaxing self-care. Enter our giveaway below for a chance to win a luxurious Naturally Safer™ Spa Gift Bag. Contest ends at 12:00 a.m. on December 30. No purchase is necessary.

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Our popular Spa Gift Bag is filled with a wonderful assortment of our Naturally Safer™ products with lavender scents. Contains: Bath Soak, Body Polish, Moisturizing Lotion with MSM, All-Vegetable Bar Soap, and a Cotton/Hemp Cloth. (Bag may be different than that pictured.)

Lifekind’s Naturally Safer™ products are gentle on the body and on the environment, with no phthalates, formaldehyde, parabens, triclosan, or any other toxic culprits on David Suzuki’s “Dirty Dozen” cosmetic chemicals list. Only pure, natural, and botanical ingredients are used.

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Terms and Conditions: Giveaway ends December 30, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Open to residents of the 48 contiguous U.S. states only, age 18+. Products offered for the giveaway are free of charge, with no purchase necessary to enter or win. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. The winner will be selected at random (by Random.org) and will be notified by email. The winner has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Google+. Lifekind will use the information provided on this form only for the purpose of contacting the winner.

Bottled Water: Are We Really Getting What We’re Paying For?

If you’re reading this, chances are you know that plastic water bottles are a major contributor to our escalating global plastic-pollution crisis. What you might not know is that there’s no health-based reason to be buying it, either.

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In a recent installment of the Scientific American podcast “House Call Doctor,” Dr. Sanaz Majd recalled wondering why hospital personnel recommended avoiding bottled water and using tap instead when preparing supplemental formula for her prematurely-born twins. Upon researching the question, she found they were right: Not only is most bottled water no better for human health than tap water, but in many cases it’s actually worse.

“Sure, bottled water may potentially taste better than tap,” says Majd — “but that doesn’t mean it’s safer. If you are looking for safety, your kitchen sink is a better bet.”

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Subject to less-stringent oversight by government agencies than tap water, bottled is more likely to nurture bacteria and other contaminants as it sits on store shelves. Some retail water bottles still contain BPA, an endocrine-disrupting chemical, and manufacturers are not required to divulge the water’s source on labels. All in all, it’s a bum deal for those who believe they’re getting something special for their hard-earned dollars — or at least safer than what they can find at home.

Sure, bottled water may potentially taste better than tap, but that doesn’t mean it’s safer. If you are looking for safety, your kitchen sink is a better bet. Plus, have you tasted your tap? It may not be as bad as you may think. I challenge you to devise a blind taste-test to check it out objectively first-hand. – See more at: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/health-fitness/healthy-eating/know-your-nutrients/should-you-drink-tap-or-bottled-water#sthash.MpTzCExm.dpuf
To listen to the podcast, go to scientificamerican.com/article/should-you-drink-tap-or-bottled-water/.

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Lifekind Contest: Thanks-Giving-Away

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Last month’s giveaway of a cozy organic cotton Chenille Throw and Natural Shredded Rubber Neck-Roll Pillow was just the start of us ramping up comfy giveaways for the cooler seasons. This month we will be giving away a Customizable Wool-Wrapped Natural Shredded Rubber Pillow, in standard size, to one lucky winner, drawn at random. See details, and enter to win below.

Hands down, the Customizable Wool-Wrapped Natural Shredded Rubber Pillow is our bestselling organic pillow. It combines the best qualities of natural rubber and wool, creating a divinely comfortable organic pillow with medium support. The pillow’s zippered closure makes it possible to remove some of the rubber to customize it to your best comfort level. Made from natural rubber latex, with Naturally Safer® pure wool in the outer chamber. Handmade in the USA.

Like our natural rubber mattresses, the natural rubber used in our pillows comes from the sap of the rubber tree and does not contain synthetic rubber, often referred to as “latex” or “styrene-butadiene rubber” (SBR).
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Lifekind Customizable Wool-Wrapped Natural Shredded Rubber Pillow

Hands down, the Customizable Wool-wrapped Natural Shredded Rubber Pillow is our bestselling organic pillow. It combines the best qualities of natural rubber and wool, creating a divinely comfortable organic pillow with medium support. The pillow’s zippered closure makes it possible to remove some of the rubber to customize it to your best comfort level. Made from natural rubber latex, with Naturally Safer® pure wool in the outer chamber. Handmade in the USA. 

Like our natural rubber mattresses, the natural rubber used in our pillows comes from the sap of the rubber tree and does not contain synthetic rubber, often referred to as “latex” or “styrene-butadiene rubber” (SBR).

The Teal Pumpkin Project

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For those of you who plan on passing out treats on Halloween this year, here’s an opportunity to think outside the chocolate-and-candy-corn-box! The Teal Pumpkin Project — a national campaign launched by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) in 2014 — is on a mission to make this holiday fun for ALL! According to the FARE website, an estimated 15 million Americans have food allergies…which means that one in every 13 children may not be able to eat the brightly packaged candy that’s been taking over grocery store aisles this month. PrintIt’s all about community! By encouraging people to pass out non-food Halloween treats, the Teal Pumpkin Project aims to include those who can’t eat candy because of food allergies (or one of many other possible reasons). Here’s all you need to do to be part of this:

1) Provide non-food treats to trick-or-treaters

AND

2) Paint a pumpkin teal and place it in your front yard to show your participation

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You can click here to read more about this project, download signs and flyers, or even put your house on the Teal Pumpkin Project map! Even if you are not planning to pass out candy this year, you can help by spreading the word or donating to FARE.

Here’s wishing you a fun and inclusive Halloween!

The TEAL PUMPKIN PROJECT and the Teal Pumpkin Image are trademarks of Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE).

Choose the Winner of the Lifekind Staff Pumpkin Contest

The staff at Lifekind decorated pumpkins once again for Halloween, but we need your help in picking the best pumpkin.

Vote in the comments for your favorite and help us pick the winner. Voting is ongoing through October 31st:

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Bat Lady Pumpkin

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Tin Man Pumpkin

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Pumpkin Blowing Bubble

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Gianna’s Pumpkin

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Got Candy Pumpkin

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Grumpy Cat Pumpkin

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Pumpkin Pie

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Carved Lifekind Pumpkin

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Fish Pumpkin

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Tired Snowman Pumpkin

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Spider Pumpkin

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FTC Issues Warning about Deceptive Certifications

In this day and age, there’s so much information available it is almost detrimental to making an informed decision, and this is especially evident in the mattress world. It has become a “wild, wild, West” full of claims, many of which the FTC has found alarming. In an effort to lend consumers more transparency (and less greenwashing) they have warned 32 businesses and five certifiers that certain claims, logos, and certifications lack information and miss the mark in complying with the FTC’s environmental marketing requirements.

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Jessica Rich, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, explains, “… if the seals’ claims are broader than the products’ benefits, they can deceive people. We are holding companies accountable for their green claims.” The blog post, Performing Seals, produced by the FTC, communicates to marketers what a legit claim is and is not.

If this has left you feeling a bit defeated, you are not alone, and there is hope! The FTC publishes “Green Guides” to help consumers navigate through the confusion of endless claims and greenwashing.

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For a comprehensive guide to legitimate third-party certifications and the highest organic mattress standards, you can also check out Lifekind’s Purity Promise guarantee. Be well and sleep safe!

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Kale Demystified

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Still wondering how to incorporate kale into your diet? Below are 5 easy ways to actually get kale into your body!

1. Blend it in a smoothie. Bam! Green smoothie.

2. Wash, dry, and toss it with oil, salt and pepper. Bake in a single layer, uncovered, at 300º for 10-15 minutes. Bam! Kale chips.

3. Add it to salad, or use it to replace lettuce in a salad.

4. Put it on a sandwich.

5. Chop it up and sauté it with some fresh garlic and soy sauce. Yum.

Don’t forget: Buy organic kale. Conventional kale is on the EWG’s “dirty dozen” list.

Growing kale is easy! It’s hardy and can grow in a pot or garden bed. Harvest the lower leaves and it keeps growing and produces for 3-4 seasons. It will become a Dr. Seuss-looking thing with all the growth on top of the strong stalk.

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Kale is delicious,

just add it to your dishes.

Don’t over think it.

Lifekind Contest: Enter to Win an Organic Throw and Neck Roll Pillow

Naturally, here at Lifekind we’re about coziness all year long, but Autumn brings with it a special coziness factor. It’s that layering-up, in-between time with cool mornings and warmer days. Maybe you haven’t broken out the comforters and fuzzy slippers yet, but you need a little blanket around that you can throw here or there. We’ve got you covered either way, but this month we’re giving away an organic cotton Chenille Throw and a natural rubber Neck Roll Pillow to one lucky winner!

Lifekind Blanket & Neck Roll GiveawayThe Chenille Throw‘s rich autumn color – the color as it grows on the cotton plant – is a gift from nature. Its colorgrown organic cotton has never been bleached or dyed, minimizing its global footprint. The fact that it was grown and made in the U.S. further enriches its eco-inner-beauty. Our customer five-star reviews rave about its softness, durability, and generous size.

The U.S.-made, versatile Neck Roll Pillow is stuffed with shredded natural rubber and can be customized to your preferred softness level. Great for neck support in bed or as lumbar support in a chair, it comes with a washable GOTS-certified cotton sateen drawstring pillowcase.

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