How to Buy an Organic Mattress Online

Searching for the most comfortable mattress can be super challenging, whether you’re looking online or in stores or both. Make it an organic mattress search to avoid toxic chemicals like flame retardants and petrochemical foams, and you’ve got a multi-layered puzzle to solve.

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With so many companies advertising “natural” and “organic” mattresses, there’s the added challenge of sifting through false claims. Use the search terms “certified organic mattress” instead of “natural,” “green,” “eco-friendly,” or even “organic mattress.”

Since Lifekind mattresses hold third-party organic certifications – GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) for our natural rubber latex mattresses, and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) for our innerspring mattresses – there’s no way toxic chemicals can be used in the growing or processing of the materials or be added to the finish product. So that makes them a natural choice for those seeking the purest mattresses available.

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Customers call us up and ask, “How can someone pick out a mattress over the phone?” The short answer is, “Have an in-depth consultation.” While there are a number of people who absolutely must try them in stores, most people feel very confident they’ve made the best choice after a 10-20 minute conversation with an organic-mattress product specialist. While we try our best to get it right the first time, we do offer a 90-night comfort exchange policy so you won’t end up stuck with a mattress that doesn’t fit your needs. Three months is a much better trial period than 5 or 10 minutes in a store!

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Contact Lifekind

If you’re ready for a free, personal sleep consultation, or simply have questions, please call our friendly product specialists at 1-800-284-4983.

Meet The Lassen, Our Plush New Organic Mattress

We’ve taken aspects of our most popular mattress and pillow top – the medium-firm Euro and medium-soft Sculpted Pillow Top and created an even cushier, all-in-one, luxurious new mattress.

The Lassen Plush certified organic mattress represents Lifekind’s plushest introduction to the line. It offers springiness without springs, and a comfort level we have never offered before.

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The Lassen is a medium-plush 10.5” sculpted-surface pillow-top mattress made with GOLS-certified organic rubber latex. It starts with a 6” core of supportive medium-firm latex covered in our signature certified organic cotton-and-wool quilting. A removable two-sided pillow top (3 1/2” deep) — also made of GOLS-certified organic rubber latex — is then placed on the mattress. The pillow top is made with two surface options: our exclusive sculpted surface on one side, and a flat surface on the other. This provides sleepers with maximum comfort and flexibility. The pillow top is then covered with our signature certified organic stretch-knit cotton-and-wool quilting.

Ideal for side sleepers, the Lassen — with its sculpted surface, unique-density natural-rubber core, and 3.5″ pillow top – provides a super-soft feel. (Warning: This mattress may make you want to turn off your snooze alarm one time too many!)

For a personal sleep consultation, give our friendly Product Specialists a call at 800-284-4983 and find out if The Lassen is right for you.

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 more healthful, and organic farming practices are safer for the Earth than conventional methods. When we shop organic it’s always comforting to see third-party organic certifications, because “natural” can mean whatever the manufacturer would like it to. If a food product is labeled “organic,” however, 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, a fact about which most of America has no idea. Cotton is considered the world’s most toxic crop. (Check out the approximately 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 toxic cotton industry.

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 production

Lifekind Customizable Wool-Wrapped Natural Shredded Rubber Pillow

Hands down, the Customizable Wool-wrapped Natural Shredded Rubber Pillow is our bestselling pillow. It combines the best qualities of natural rubber and wool, creating a divinely comfortable 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).

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

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 comforter and fuzzy slippers yet, but you may want to have a light 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 autumnal color – the natural color, as it grows on the organic cotton plant – is a gift from nature. It 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 customers’ five-star reviews rave about its softness, durability, and generous size.

Our U.S.-made, versatile Neck-Roll Pillow is stuffed with shredded natural rubber, and can be customized to any 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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Giveaway ends October 21, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Open to residents of the 48 contiguous U.S. states only, ages 18+. Products offered for  giveaway are free of charge, with no purchase necessary to enter or win. Odds of winning are based on number of entries received. Winner will be selected at random (by Random.org) and will be notified by email. 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 in this form only for the purpose of contacting the winner.

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Lifekind Contest: Win four of our most popular organic laundry and cleaning products!

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Detox Your Laundry – Giveaway

Discover Lifekind‘s awesome, clean and simple Naturally Safer™ laundry products! Enter the raffle below to win a free 64-ounce bottle of Laundry Liquid, a 10-pound box of Laundry Powder (with oxygen bleach), a 2-pound tub of Oxygen Bleach, and a 32-ounce spray bottle of Stain & Odor Eliminator. Combined, these quantities will wash 164 loads of laundry! Giveaway runs 9/8-9/22/15. No purchase necessary to enter or win.

Naturally Safer™ laundry products are kind to humans, animals and the environment, and are formulated with the highest-quality ingredients, from natural sources. They rapidly biodegrade, leave no skin-irritating residues, contain no known cancer-causing ingredients or dyes, are cruelty-free, and are septic and gray-water safe.

New to nontoxic laundry cleaning? Click here for tips and tricks to prevent wearing toxins all day and sleeping in toxins all night.

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Terms and Conditions: Giveaway ends September 22, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Open to residents of the U.S. 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 you provide in this form only for the purpose of contacting the winner.Cleaning-Products-Social-Media-Giveaway-1024x583

Lifekind Contest: Organic Baby Basket Giveaway

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Our new baby gift baskets fall right in line with other healthy Lifekind baby products, like our certified organic crib mattresses. Conventional cotton contains loads of chemicals such as ammonia, formaldehyde, and heavy metals, just to name a few. Not what we want to wrap babies up in!

This month we are offering a free Swaddler Set, which includes a cute one-piece, washable teething doll, elephant-print romper, and muslin Organic Baby Swaddle Blanket, all made of super-soft Global Organic Textile Standard-certified organic Egyptian cotton. Enter to win below.

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Terms and Conditions: Giveaway ends August 26, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Open to residents of the U.S. only, age 18+.  Products offered for the giveaway are free of charge; no purchase is necessary to enter or win. 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 in this form only for the purpose of contacting the winner.

Lifekind Contest: July 4th Travel Pillow and Personal-Care Kit Giveaway

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It’s Giveaway Time! In the spirit of healthy things for all Americans, Lifekind is giving away a gift each month…for FREE! July’s giveaway includes one organic Travel Pillow, available in tan or sage, plus one Naturally Safer™ Personal-Care Travel Kit, available in lavender or unscented. Total retail value is $103.95!

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This patriotic, GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard)-certified organic cotton travel-size pillow is made right here in California, has a removable colorgrown organic cotton gingham cover, and is filled with Texas-grown, NOP (National Organic Program)-certified organic cotton. View full description here: https://goo.gl/l0qRDQ

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Here’s to good health and safe travels, and thank you for participating!

 

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Love Black Friday bargains, but hate crowds? Cyber Monday is for you!

I admit it, I’ve been one of the crazy people lined up outside a store at 4 am in the freezing cold, battling substantial crowds on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. What would possess me to do such a thing on the day after Thanksgiving? The answer is always the same: the bargains! I’ve gotten huge discounts and been able to stockpile gifts for Christmas jordan kicks
, and even my daughter’s November birthday (on the years it comes after Thanksgiving). I usually save so much money it makes the crazy crowds and long waits worth it (even if I always ending up catching a bug from all the people). Last year, though, I hit on something even better than Black Friday: Cyber Monday.

Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving) is typically the day when online retailers post huge discounts equal to deals you may find in stores on Black Friday.

Rather than mapping out stores, waiting for printed ads, and braving the blistering cold, I now do everything from my computer. I bookmark pages, create logins for faster purchases, fill and save virtual shopping carts, and print pages for my master list.

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. For items that end up in your cart without a recipient, remember: ‘Tis the season for those in need, as well. You can always donate purchases to a local charity. Saving money and doing good deeds? Sign me up!

One note is that Cyber Monday sales are often very short – just a set number of hours, instead of days like sales usually are. And just like Black Friday sales, once a deal is gone, there are no rain checks or backorders, so it’s worthwhile to set your alarm and start shopping as early as you can new balance running shoes for women
. A lot of stores even start their sales at midnight, so it doesn’t hurt to check before you go to bed on Sunday.

Another strategy I use is to search online for special promo codes to get even bigger discounts such as free shipping or specific discounts off featured items. Also, when items are no longer needed by me or my family, I take them to a local consignment store, sell them online, or have a yard sale. This adds to our holiday-shopping budget and passes along big savings to a fellow bargain shopper, both good things at this time of year.

We usually have a Cyber Monday sale here at Lifekind, and even though our marketing team keeps the actual discounts under wraps until the actual sale starts (they don’t even tell us Product Specialists!), the discounts are usually awesome. This year our SALE IS STARTING EARLY! Shop now to receive 20 percent off your order and free shipping on orders over $99. Save some green on your organic mattress and bedding!

Happy shopping!

Doing Laundry The Non-Toxic Way

Switching from conventional laundry products, loaded with preservatives, artificial fragrances and a toxic soup of hazardous chemicals, to safer, natural laundry products can be confusing and frustrating. Years ago, when I was making the switch, I noticed the natural detergents would often leave my clothes, well… not as fresh-smelling as a mountain breeze. I wanted those “fresh scents” back to mask the odor. Later, I realized my laundry wasn’t even getting really clean, whether I used natural detergents or not, because I wasn’t using them right!

Three children later, I’ve found the cure for the stinky-laundry blues, using pure, biodegradable, septic- and gray-water-safe Lifekind products:

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Grease Stains: For grease stains like salad dressing, apply All-Purpose Cleaner & Degreaser directly to the spot on dry fabric, vigorously rub the area together, and let it sit for 10 minutes. Then rub and rub while rinsing under hot water. (Hot water is more effective than cold at dissolving and rinsing away oil.) Next, apply more of the product to the spot, leave it in, and put in the wash. *Use hot water if the fabric’s washing instructions permit it.

Food and other stains: Generously spray Stain & Odor Eliminator, with live enzyme cultures, on the spot and rub-rub-rub, then rinse, using cold or warm water. Hot water kills the “live” enzymes, so don’t use hot water. Now ring out the water and spray some more Stain & Odor Eliminator on the spot, then it’s ready for the machine.


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Washing

Machine: Front loaders are more efficient, use less water, do a better job, and are gentler on fabrics than top loaders. Many front loaders have special settings that are very helpful and can save you time and energy, like “sanitize” and “hand wash.”

Detergent: Choose all-temperature Laundry Powder, which contains Oxygen Bleach, or use Laundry Liquid. Both are safe for people with sensitive skin or allergies and for HE machines, septic systems, and gray-watered plants. Both are super concentrated, saving money and resources. If you’re not sure whether to choose liquid or powder, check out Grist’s “Ask Umbra” column What kind of laundry soap is lightest on the land?

Boost: Oxygen Bleach is a non-toxic, chlorine-free, color-safe powder bleach that whitens, brightens, and softens fabrics. It can also be made into a paste by adding a bit of water to use as a pre-treatment for spots. For washables that have been tainted with unpleasant smells or mildew, I always add a healthy dose of Stain & Odor Eliminator directly to the wash cycle (remember – cold or warm, not hot water).

Please, No Fabric Softener: According to the Environmental Health Association of Ontario, fabric softener is the most toxic product produced for daily household use, and the neurostimulant/irritants and central-nervous-system toxins used in these products are known to produce an addictive-type response that may cause a user to experience a feeling of pleasure when the product is directly inhaled. Well, I’ve never been a fan of oily fabric softeners anyway, because I like my towels to actually absorb water, rather than just smear it around. But if you’re like me and you don’t like crunchy towels either, just add ½ cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle.

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No Dryer Sheets: Aside from the Amish way, hanging out to dry, the healthiest advice I can give you is DO NOT USE DRYER SHEETS! Chloroform, A-Terpineol, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Acetate, Ethanol, Pentane, Ethyl Acetate, Camphor, Linalool, Phthalates, and Limonene are some of the chemicals found in dryer sheets. And people add this stuff to their already cleaned clothes! Stick to the baking-soda-in-the-washing-machine trick. And you can try wool dryer balls, found in most natural-food stores and online. Add 2 drops of pure essential oil to the dryer balls and you’ve got “fresh scent.”

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Synthetic-Free Ironing Board Cover: Use an Ironing Board Cover that is free of synthetic and chemical flame retardants to avoid ironing chemicals into your fabrics.

No Aerosol Spray Starch: The chemicals in conventional spray starches are no better than the fabric softener’s plight. You can find natural alternatives for sale online or at your natural-foods store, or you can make it yourself for just pennies. I never iron anything. Ever. So I haven’t tried the homemade kind, but Bren did. Check out her blog post here.

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Sorry, I can’t help you with that. But enter your email address above to subscribe to our blog and receive future posts, and you may see me demonstrate the magic of folding a fitted sheet.

 

Sources:

http://www.epa.gov/dfe/pubs/laundry/techfact/keychar.htm

https://www.lifekind.com/laundry-cleaning

http://saferchemicals.org/2014/08/21/is-your-laundry-clean-or-just-greenwashed/

http://www.naturalnews.com/034617_fabric_softeners_toxic_chemicals_laundry.html#

http://www.ehaontario.ca/help-with.htm

Ask Umbra reference: http://grist.org/living/what-kind-of-laundry-soap-is-lightest-on-the-land/

Bren Did blog: http://brendid.com/3-ways-make-non-toxic-spray-starch/