Creating an Organic Home

IMG_6500A great deal is said about harmful chemicals in our food and body care products, but furnishings are also
culprits. Everyday household items, including our beds and bedding, have the potential to harm your
health. However, the organic movement has grown in immense strides to counter this frightening
reality. Consumers are educating themselves and are including organic products into their lifestyles for
the benefit or their health and their families.

Shopping for furnishings made of natural and chemical-free products has become a steadfast trend.
More and more furniture designers and manufacturers are also committing to using fair trade practices
and are seeking greener, sustainable materials.

As a consumer, it is important to know that an organic designation is applied differently to furniture
than to food and clothing. The definitions of organic fabrics and materials including cotton, rubber, wool
and ecologically harvested woods signify different cultivation and preparation processes for each. For
example, regular cotton is normally harvested by machine. When this is done by machine, the cotton
becomes contaminated with dirt and debris, which requires special chemicals processes to clean out.

The organic cotton we use is handpicked, which eliminates most of the debris, eliminating the chemicals
from any of the cottons processing. Organic cotton is by far the most popular fibre used to create
comfortably soft textile. Cotton that meets the rigorous Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) is
certain to be authentically organic.

When it comes to mattresses, the best organic fillers include wool and rubber. These make for a
fantastic alternative to synthetic materials. One thing when shopping for truly organic sleep systems,
what’s important to note is flame-retardants. Synthetic mattress companies use them, and that makes
one more chemical off gassing into your bedroom. The only way around this is to substitute these flame-
retardants with wool. Organic wool has long-been a preferred fiber for crafting comforters and pillows,
and can also be used as a natural flame-retardant. Add organic rubber cores, and you have a fully
organic mattress!

When searching for furniture that contains wood, look for the Forest Stewardship Council stamp of
approval guaranteeing that the product respects the highest quality standards. The FSC is an
international non-profit organization that promotes sustainable forestry and environmental
responsibility. When purchasing FSC-certified wood, consumers will be able to trace the wood to where
it was originally harvested. If it doesn’t have this certification but claims to be organic, do some
research. Most unauthentic claims have already been posted about in organic forums online. The most
important thing to look for is that the wood is finished with natural oils.

With a little time and research, you can find will find furnishings that are truly organic and make the
informed choice that is right for your health and your family’s well-being.

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