Why Purchase Organic Baby Clothing?

Buying Organic: From Cauliflower to Clothes

We live in an ever-changing society where information shapes our lives. Information about farming practices, pesticides and carcinogens, just to name a few, has caused Americas to think twice about what they are eating. Now information about pesticides, cotton crops, and chemical treatment of crops is changing the way we think about clothing, too. Cotton is one of the biggest crops grown for use in clothing production. Although, since it is not a food crop the pesticides, herbicides and chemicals used on it are not regulated. Now you may think, why is that a problem- it’s not like we are eating the cotton. Unfortunately, that is not necessarily true. According to an article from Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA), we ingest more of the harmful pesticides than we realize. Pesticide run-off leaches into our water and our livestock ingest contaminated cotton straw and cottonseed in their fed.

What about the farmer and farm workers? Very few if any safety measures are taken to protect the workers from these toxins. Did you know that certain pesticides were first developed and used in World War Two as biological weapons? Now think about going to work everyday knowing you will be exposed to these types of toxins.

Cotton crops alone account for $2.6 billion in pesticides used each year and the cotton crop fits the definition of a chemically dependent agriculture. Even though cotton only uses 2.4% of all cultivated land, 25% of the world’s pesticides and 10% of the world’s insecticides are used on it yearly. In other words, for every one pair of jeans and t-shirt produced, 1 pound of pesticides and chemical fertilizers are used. The problems with clothing production do not stop in the field. During the conversion of conventional cotton into clothing, numerous toxic chemicals are added at each stage – harsh petroleum scours, softeners, brighteners, heavy metals, flame and soil retardants, ammonia and formaldehyde – to name just a few.

Cotton and Your Baby

How does this affect our children? Did you know that a baby’s skin is more porous and thinner than an adult’s skin? That means that their skin absorbs things very easily. Johnson and Johnson states on the their website, “A baby’s skin is thinner, more fragile and less oily than an adult’s. A baby’s skin also produces less melanin, the substance that helps protect against sunburn. It’s less resistant to bacteria and harmful substances in the environment, especially if it’s irritated. Babies also sweat less efficiently than the rest of us, so it’s harder for them to maintain their inner body temperature.” This means that children are at greater risk for pesticide-related health problems than adults. Lotus Organics states that, “Millions of children in the US receive up to 35% of their estimated lifetime dose of some carcinogenic pesticides by age five through food, contaminated drinking water, household use, and pesticide drift”.

Think how much choosing organic baby clothing for your children cuts down on their exposure to toxins. Organic clothing uses cotton that is not farmed in the conventional ways. Pesticides are not used; rather, other safer methods are used to produce the crops, such as crop rotation, physical removal of weeds instead of use of herbicides, hand hoeing, using beneficial insects to counteract the bad and many more. Therefore, workers have better working conditions, water quality is not compromised by run-off, and strong healthy soil is built. The end product is a cotton fabric that is toxin free.

Organic cotton also has other perks besides being toxin free. It is safer, sturdier, cheaper and it feels great! Organic clothing may be more expensive when you first buy it, but when compared to the cheaper cotton product it gives you your money’s worth. Conventionally produced cotton material lasts 10-20 washes before it starts to break down. An organic cotton material lasts for 100 washes or more before it begins to wear down. This is because the cotton fibers in conventionally produced cotton take so much abuse in production because it goes through scouring, bleaching, dying, softeners, formaldehyde spray, and flame and soil retardants before it is even shipped to be cut for patterns.

Why Organic Clothing?

Creating a pure, natural environment is a vital decision for a growing number of parents. With our children exposed to pollutants in many aspects of life, choosing organic fibers is another step towards natural living, both for our sensitive babies as well as our environment.

In summary, here are the top 10 reasons why organic clothing should be on your shopping list:

It helps protect your children
It reduces pesticide use
It protects farm workers
It protects water quality
It prevents soil erosion
It is a sturdier fabric
It saves you money
It feels amazing inside and out
It supports a true economy
It supports a healthier environment

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Creating your Natural Bedroom

What could be sweeter for your sleep than knowing you’re dreaming in a bedroom that supports your health in every possible way?
It wasn’t routine generations ago, but today, chemical pollutants of all sorts assault our bodies every day, indoors and out. It’s sobering to realize that indoor air pollution is often worse than what’s outdoors, because of poor ventilation and many common products, particularly toxic cleaners. Other culprits are chemicals commonly found in fabrics, foams, wood finishes, plastics, and other synthetic or treated materials.
Chronic, low-level exposure to common industrial chemicals is related to increased risks of infertility, cancer, developmental brain disorders, and obesity. “Some sources, such as building materials, furnishings, and household products…release pollutants more or less continuously,” says the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Most individuals who choose organic mattresses are already tuned in to the dangers of household cleaning products. (We’ve talked to lots of baking soda and vinegar fans, for example, who use these natural alternatives instead.) But it’s daunting for many to figure out how to get rid of everything in their homes that may contain dangerous compounds or pesticide residues, or release harmful gases.
The truth is, most people can’t. That’s an unrealistic goal, unless you have a budget for foundation-to-roof transformation of your home and every object in it.
Your Recovery Zone
So how about a positive, proportionate approach? Since your bedroom is the place where you spend at least a third of your time–why not make it the primary space where you’re shielded from chronic exposures? In your natural bedroom, you’ll rest every night in a “recovery zone” where your body can work to repair itself from the low-level chemical bombardment that’s inescapable everywhere else–outside your home, inside your car, at your workplace, and so on.
What’s in a natural bedroom? The most important things are those you’re closest to all night—your mattress and bedding. A natural latex mattress encased in organic cotton and wool avoids the most dangerous bedroom chemicals—flame retardants. Choose organic bedding and sleepwear, such as organic cotton or natural linen, produced without pesticides, chlorine, and chemical finishes. Avoid synthetic pillows, comforters and bedspreads.
Apart from your mattress and bedding, the rest of your bedroom can become beautifully natural, too.
Natural Elements
Your bed and other furniture. Solid wood pieces, constructed without glues and finished with linseed oil or beeswax, and perhaps a low-VOC stain, won’t pollute the air you’re breathing. Pressed-wood (plywood) and particleboard furniture emits formaldehyde and contains strong adhesives. Avoid synthetic foams in armchairs or chaise lounges. Budget on your mind? Consider vintage or second-hand pieces that were made before synthetic materials were introduced. If there’s an upholstered treasure you can’t part with, repair any rips in the fabric so no foam particles can escape.
Carpet. If you crave something cozy underfoot on cold mornings, choose a wool or cotton bedside rug over wall-to-wall synthetic carpeting. (Carpet harbors dust, which is where many chemical residues collect.) Other natural treats for the toes include mats or rugs woven from natural grasses; these aren’t plush, but a good pair of slippers takes care of comfort.
Curtains and upholstery. Avoid synthetic and pre-pressed fabrics and opt instead for wooden or woven grass blinds, or drapes made from natural fabrics such as organic cotton, hemp, or flax. Avoid “Scotchguarded” fabrics or any that are labeled “stain resistant.”
Paint. Choose zero-VOC paints to beautify walls with fresh color that won’t expose you to sickening fumes. Check out the timeless appeal of milk paint or grasscloth wallcoverings, too.
The floor. Natural wood is wonderful, but there are other healthful options. Cork flooring is beautiful, as well as soft and warm underfoot. A rediscovered old favorite, linoleum, made of linseed oil, pine resin, wood flour and other eco-friendly materials, is surging in popularity—and you can create fabulous, colorful patterns.
Creating natural bedrooms is a project you can take on one step at a time, knowing that with every step, you’re doing something very positive. It’s fun, it’s simple, and it’s a wonderful thing to do for yourself and your family.

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Small Business Saturday at The Green Life!

We are looking forward to celebrating Small Business Saturday on November 28th! One of our favorite days of the year because it promotes Shoppers to Shop Local! This year, all weekend long starting on Black Friday, we will offer 20% off all regularly priced items, including 20% off Savvy Rest and White Lotus Mattresses.

On Small Business Saturday, we will also have a babysitter to watch kids while parents shop and free holiday crafts!

Thank you for shopping local in Downtown Burlington!

Mike & Shannon

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Savvy Rest Dog Days of Summer Sale

On Friday July 24th, we will start our Savvy Rest Dog Days of Summer Sale! Purchase a Savvy Rest Mattress between 7/24 and 8/17 and receive 10% off the mattress plus a free Savvy Rest Doggy or Kitty Pet Bed! (excludes Savvy Baby) http://www.thegreenlifevt.com/mattresses

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Savvy Rest Promotion – Special offer for up to a $750 Value plus 10% 0ff

Celebrate Spring with a very special offer from Savvy Rest & The Green Life (up to $750+ value)!

Purchase a Savvy Rest mattress* in March and receive a complete organic bedding set FREE:

One Organic Cotton mattress pad (any size) PLUS
Two shredded latex bed pillows (any size)
One Organic Cotton Sheet Set
All models except Savvy Baby
Also receive 10% off and free shipping to your home!

In addition we will be offering 10% off all White Lotus Home items as well! Their Mattresses, pillows, duvets and more.

Through March 31st 2015

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The Green Life – Holiday Discounts – 10 Days left to enter to Win Savvy Rest!


We’ve enjoyed seeing all of you in the store this Holiday Season. There is a still a couple of more weeks left to get your shopping done!

Tomorrow, Friday the 12th, we are participating in the Marketplace’s Naughty or Nice Shopping Event. Everything in the store will be 15% off.

Don’t forget about our exciting promotion going on now through December 20th. Come to the The Green Life to enter for a chance to Win A Savvy Rest Mattress! Only 10 more days to enter!

*** Your choice of Queen or King Organic Dunlop Serenity 10″ Mattress.

*** Drawing held Saturday 12/20!

*** A value of up to $3499.00!


Special discounts to people on email list!

If you mention you received this Holiday email you will receive:

*** 10% discount off your entire purchase,

*** Purchase more than $100.00 that discount increases to 15%.

*** Offer Valid no matter which day you shop with us during December.

Just a little thank you for making The Green Life one of your destinations for your holiday shopping (even if you are getting something for yourself, you deserve it)!

We look forward to seeing you in the store. Happy Holidays!

Mike & Shannon

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Why purchase a mattress with removable and interchangeable parts?

After the Mattress Honeymoon
Even if you invest in a super-high-end mattress, at some point you may wish it felt different than the “showroom sensation” you fell in love with when you bought it. You may be lucky and love everything about your mattress for years to come. But sometimes, needs do change.

Savvy Rest layered mattresses can be altered to suit your needs, even years later.

You might experience an injury, or another change in your health that alters the degree of support or cushioning you need. You might find you prefer a different sleeping position than you did when you first made your purchase. Or, you might have a new partner who’s just not comfortable on a mattress that’s always been great for you.

With most mattresses today, when these things happen you’re out of luck and out of pocket, too. Shock and disappointment ensue. It’s upsetting, frustrating — and unnecessary.

The Proposal
When a mattress is designed with removable and interchangeable components, your bed can adapt to your body’s needs over time. The great majority of our customers “set it up and forget it”—for decades of comfortable sleep. But with a customizable Savvy Rest mattress, you’ll always be ready in case things do change.

For the first three months, you can exchange natural latex layers at no charge if you’d like to alter the feel. But even years later, you can add new layers (or half-layers) in completely different firmnesses if you’d like.

After the Honeymoon
A Savvy Rest natural latex mattress can meet your current and future comfort needs. Here’s how, even with ups and downs, your “mattress honeymoon” can last a long, long time.

Weight/fitness change

When you’ve lost or gained a significant amount of weight, the mattress may begin to feel different to you, and the amount of support you need may change. If you’ve gained a good deal, you might prefer a softer top layer to relieve pressure. If you’ve slimmed down or toned up, you may want a cushier surface or firmer support. Even both!

Back injury

New or persistent back pain could require something different some day. An acute injury can often be dealt with by simply moving a firmer layer to the top of the mattress while you recuperate. But if back problems become chronic, it’s good to know you can reconfigure your mattress for the exact amount of support you need.

Partner needs

Perhaps only one of you might want a change one day. With a customized Savvy Rest mattress with split layers, half-layers can be easily switched or added to change just one side of the bed.

Renewing Your Comfort
Happy with your mattress? Great! But remember, if you find yourself craving a little more luxury later on, you can always add a Savvy Rest mattress topper. With fabulous styles to choose from, you can create a new, deliciously deluxe surface —any time you’d like.

That’s how to stay in love with your mattress for years to come. Need some counseling? Just call or visit your Savvy Rest dealer for advice.

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Fall into Savvy Rest at The Green Life

Celebrate fall with a very special offer from Savvy Rest & The Green Life (up to $500+ value)!
Purchase a Savvy Rest mattress* in October and receive the following organic bedding FREE:

One wool mattress pad (any size) PLUS
Two shredded latex bed pillows (any size)

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Why buy a Natural Latex Mattress?

Benefits of Natural Latex:
After we researched the options for mattress core material, natural latex was our natural choice. Here’s why it may be yours, too.

Purity & Sustainability: True natural latex, without synthetic latex or fillers blended in, is simply natural foam rubber. Natural latex foam is made from rubber tree sap, which is also called rubber serum. After the serum is collected, the trees’ bark heals rapidly. Rubber trees can yield latex for as long as 30 years. When the trees are harvested, the land is replanted. Rubberwood is one of the hardest and most recommended furniture woods, according to the Sustainable Furnishings Council.

After many (many) years, natural latex will simply biodegrade. Conceivably, you could even put it in a compost pile.

For comfortable sleep, you need a responsive surface for pressure relief and appropriate support for your spine and your shape. Natural latex foam is so versatile it can meet all of these needs.

With a customizable, layered design, a natural latex mattress can be made very soft, very firm or a wide range of options in between–even on different sides.

Unlike most other foams, natural latex breathes, which discourages buildup of moisture and heat in the mattress interior.

Latex does not transfer motion the way most innersprings do, so you can say “goodnight” to bouncing in your partner’s wake.

Most natural latex mattresses last as long as two or three conventional mattresses, while keeping their shape and wonderful resilience.

Latex Alternatives such as Poly Foam (most conventional mattresses) or Memory foam contain formaldehyde, flame retardants, and petroleum derivatives. They offer poor temperature control and breathability.

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The Green Life Vermont- Your Natural Mattress Specialists

At The Green Life, one of the items we are most passionate about is our organic mattresses. We carry three well respected brands in our showroom: Savvy Rest, White Lotus and Heart of Vermont.

White Lotus has a wide range of options. We have two of their mattresses on display. Their Dreamton which is made by wrapping 1.5 inch of New Zealand Virgin Wool around 4.5 inches of organic cotton layer core and is encased in an all organic cotton casing. The other option is their White Lotus Sleep System. The lotus mattress contains a 6 inch Latex Talalay core wrapped in 100% Virgin New Zealand Wool encased in 100% Organic Cotton.

The Savvy Rest mattress we have on display is the Serenity. The Serenity is made of three layers of all natural Dunlop and/or Talalay natural latex, in personalized combinations of soft. medium and or firm.

Lastly, we have a Heart of Vermont futon Mattress made of 100% Organic Cotton batting with wool covered in an Organic cotton casing.

Stop by our store in Downtown Burlington, VT 151 Cherry Street to try them all out today!

Mention this blog and from June 1st – 30th 2014 receive 10% off any mattress purchase!

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