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.
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.
Not sure exactly how much sleep you really need? Feel tired even after “sleeping in”? Think a night of extra sleep cancels out the all-nighter you had last weekend? If you are like most people, the answer is yes to all three of these questions.
Watch this video from AsapSCIENCE to get legit answers to these questions and more.
Still having issues after learning what is best for you? Check in here with the always lovely Kris Carr for “10 Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep.”
Now, get to bed and don’t forget to sleep organic – sweet dreams!
Take a Hike to Keep Depression at Bay
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
Anyone who enjoys a good hike knows how uplifting it can be. Now scientists have discovered a reason why: Walking in nature actually reduces a specific type of self-obsessive negative thinking called “rumination,” which has been shown to lead to episodes of depression.
When scientists at Stanford took a group of 38 mentally-healthy city dwellers recently and asked them to take a 90-minute walk either through oak-dotted hills or along a congested urban street, the results were clear: Participants who walked in the undeveloped natural setting showed substantial decreases in ruminative activity and the negative emotions that come with it. The scientists’ conclusion? “Natural environments are more restorative, and thus confer greater psychological benefits.” Sounds right to us! (For the full story, go to theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/06/how-walking-in-nature-prevents-depression/397172/?utm_source=SFFB.)
Leaving civilization behind and interacting with wild landscapes is good for body and spirit — even if just for a little while. Take the time to find your own place “off the beaten path,” and your state of mind will thank you.
For more about walking and how it relates to mental health, click here
“Earth has no sorrow that earth can not heal.”
New Products at Lifekind!
If you haven’t been on our website in awhile, now is the time to stop by! We’ve posted some new products (and there are more on the way)! Here are highlights from a few of our newest additions:
Liven up your living room with these beautiful cable-knit items (available in cream or heather grey). The soft, stretchy, honeycomb-pattern woven material is made from GOTS-certified organic cotton and truly low-impact dyes (no heavy metals or toxic substances). The pillow insert features kapok fill — kapok is the fluff that comes from the seeds of the kapok tree, in case you were wondering — inside a GOTS-certified organic cotton sateen cover. Staying natural down to the last detail, the pillow cover even closes with coconut-shell buttons!
At 47″x56″, the throw blanket is the perfect size for cuddling up on the couch; the 12″x20″ pillow fits nicely behind your neck or in the small of your back. The elegant and universal design make these the perfect items to give as wedding or housewarming gifts.
For the Crush Pillow, we’ve taken our popular Wool-Wrapped Shredded Rubber Pillow and simply removed the wool. The result is a softer, more bouyant-feeling pillow with all of the same great customizability. A heavy-duty zipper on one end of the pillow allows you to adjust the fill to get the ideal “loft.” The resilient shredded rubber pieces easily form to the shape of your head and neck, but all it takes is a quick shake to “reset” them — which means no permanent impressions.
The Economy-Style Certified Organic Pet Beds are so-named because they offer a cost-effective alternative to our standard pet beds. These beds feature shredded rubber fill (instead of cotton and buckwheat) and an olive canvas cover (which is non-removable). The shredded rubber gives a cushy feel and, as with the Crush Pillow, can be “fluffed” to restore the original loft.
– Organic Baby Gift Baskets
We’ve updated our gift baskets to include some adorable new products! The baskets still contain long-time customer favorites — like the Organic Cotton Stuffed Bunny, the Baby Hooded Bath Towel, and the Naturally Safer Unscented Castile Soap — but now there are some new items to look out for:
The elephant-print romper and the gingham kimono found in some of our baby baskets just couldn’t be cuter! These soft, breathable jammies are made of GOTS-certified organic Egyptian cotton and are colored with natural, metal-free dyes. The romper snaps at the shoulder and inseam to allow for easy on/off and diaper changes. The kimono has snap tabs to help avoid pinching and an open bottom that gives baby room to move!
** The romper is part of the Snuggler Set and the Swaddler Set; the kimono is part of the Newborn Bath Set
Baby Barrier Balm:
There is no better way to protect baby’s delicate skin than with this USDA-certified organic barrier balm! Simply apply to the diaper area to prevent irritation. This balm is made in the U.S.A. and is free of petroleum, parabens, zinc, and fragrances. The ingredients are as follows:
Castor oil (Ricinus communis),* Sunflower oil (Helianthus annuus)*, Olive oil (Olea europaea)*, Beeswax (Cera flava)*, non-GMO Vitamin E (Tocopherol)*, Chamomile (Chamomilla recutita)*, Calendula (Calendula officinalis)*, and Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)*
* Ingredients with asterisk are certified organic
**Part of the Newborn Bath Set
Sherpa Wash Cloths:
These chamois-like baby wash cloths are the softest I’ve ever felt! Made with the finest GOTS-certified organic Egyptian cotton; there is a knit finish on one side and a fleece finish on the other. The 6″x8″ size is perfect for baby, and the yellow or sage trim adds a little fun to these pure white cloths.
** Part of the Newborn Bath Set
This adorable sage-colored doll is the perfect comfort companion. Made with the same GOTS-certified organic Egyptian cotton (body and fill) and natural dyes used in the baby pajamas, this doll is even machine-washable! The eyes and mouth are stitched — no buttons — to avoid choking hazard.
** Part of the Snuggler Set and the Swaddler Set
“website” = https://www.lifekind.com/
“Throw” = https://www.lifekind.com/organic-throw-blanket
“Crush Pillow”= https://www.lifekind.com/the-crush-shredded-natural-rubber-organic-pillow
“Economy-Style Certified Organic Pet Bed” = https://www.lifekind.com/organic-dog-bed
“Newborn Bath Set” = https://www.lifekind.com/newborn-organic-bath-gift-basket
“Snuggler Set” = https://www.lifekind.com/organic-snuggler-gift-set-for-baby
“Swaddler Set” = https://www.lifekind.com/organic-baby-swaddler-gift-basket
July 4th Travel Giveaway
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!
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
Skip the chemical laden hotel soap and hair care and wash up Naturally Safer™ with travel size shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, liquid soap, and bar soap – designed to meet airline restrictions on carry-on luggage. View our Personal-Care Travel Kit here: https://goo.gl/O2lSoF
Here’s to good health and safe travels, and thank you for participating!
Terms and Conditions: Giveaway ends July 16, 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.
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Answer: Yes. And verifying these requirements is the only way to make sure you’re not falling victim to fraudulent advertising claims when shopping for an organic mattress.
The government agency that controls use of the word “organic” is the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), under Title XXI of the 1990 Farm Bill, otherwise known as The Organic Foods Production Act of 1990.
This Act established national standards governing the marketing of certain agricultural products as organically produced products in order to assure consumers that organically produced products meet a consistent standard and to facilitate fairness within interstate commerce.
USDA control over use of the word “organic” extends to non-edible agricultural crops such as cotton and rubber trees, and further extends to non-edible products derived from livestock, such as wool.
To call any of these raw materials “organic,” each producer must meet the requirements listed in the Act and subject its facility and products to annual audit by a USDA-approved “certifying agent.”
Furthermore, for a complex finished textile product, such as a mattress, to be called organic it must be composed of a minimum of 95% certified raw materials as listed above. Then independently, the company manufacturing the mattress must also meet the requirements as listed in the Act and to subject its facility and finished products to an independent annual textile audit to standards such as GOTS, by a USDA-approved certifying agent.
Therefore, to call a mattress “organic” or to sell it as such, the company producing the mattress must earn independent organic status and be awarded an organic certificate annually in their name. This means that a mattress cannot be called organic simply because it is made up of one, some, or even all organic raw materials. It is the “certifying agent” that substantiates that the organic claim being made is actually true. It must be a USDA-approved certifying agent, who through an audit process can give a company legitimate claim or right to use the term “organic.”
Legislation in the United States established the Federal Trade Commission Act in1914. Under this Act, the Commission is empowered to, among other things, prevent unfair methods of competition and unfair or deceptive consumer acts or representations affecting commerce.
If a company calls its product “organic” and its facility, methods, and specific products have not been awarded organic status by a USDA-approved certifying agent, that claim is deceptive, and constitutes an unfair method of competition in the marketplace. Unfair marketing claims fall under the purview of the FTC.
Specific to environmental claims, the FTC has published the “Green Guide.” While the guide defines a number of environmental terms and correct use and association of logos and seals, the primary emphasis of the document is substantiation. Environmental marketing claims must be substantiated.
Section 5 of the FTC Act prohibits deceptive acts and practices in or affecting commerce. A representation, omission, or practice is deceptive if it is likely to mislead consumers acting reasonably under the circumstances and is material to consumers’ decisions. See FTC Policy Statement on Deception, 103 FTC 174 (1983). To determine if an advertisement is deceptive, marketers must identify all express and implied claims that the advertisement reasonably conveys. Marketers must ensure that all reasonable interpretations of their claims are truthful, not misleading, and supported by a reasonable basis before they make the claims. See FTC Policy Statement Regarding Advertising Substantiation, 104 FTC 839 (1984).
In the context of environmental marketing claims, a reasonable basis often requires competent and reliable scientific evidence. Such evidence consists of tests, analyses, research, or studies that have been conducted and evaluated in an objective manner by qualified persons and are generally accepted in the profession to yield accurate and reliable results. Such evidence should be sufficient in quality and quantity based on standards generally accepted in the relevant scientific fields, when considered in light of the entire body of relevant and reliable scientific evidence, to substantiate that each of the marketing claims is true.
James Kohm is the Associate Director for the Enforcement Division of the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. In that capacity, he oversees enforcement of all consumer protection orders and the Commission’s Green Marketing program. When Mr. Kohm spoke on January 27, 2013 at the World Market Center, he made clear that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) does not define what is or can be called organic. The FTC can conduct investigations relating to the organization, business, practices, and management of entities engaged in commerce and seek monetary redress and other relief for conduct injurious to consumers and other businesses from unsubstantiated environmental claims. Review the following links that report FTC investigation of unsubstantiated claims:
At Lifekind, we’ve worked hard to establish and maintain a comprehensive organic program. This ensures the creation and assurance of certified organic goods. Testing, quality assurance, lot tracking, purchasing organic raw materials (despite the higher cost), and spending thousands annually on auditing are just a few of the ways in which we keep our rigorous organic program in place. Third-party certification is the only thing protecting us from companies that do none of these things, but would try nevertheless to reap marketing dollars by fraudulently associating the term “organic” with their products.
It does not fall to the consumer or retailer to judge what is or is not organic. For a company to call its products “organic” it must have been granted organic status by a USDA-approved “certifying agent.” The consumer need only confirm a valid certificate with the company’s name and products listed, not a certification showing he name of a grower or producer. At Lifekind, we’ve covered all the bases, so you can “rest” assured you’re purchasing a TRULY organic mattress.
Watch our organic pillow video to see some of the organic pillow options offered at Lifekind:
For more information on pillows, check out http://naturallysaferproducts.com/how-to-choose-the-perfect-pillow/
Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, and the air smells brand new. It’s Earth’s promise of fertile prosperity, her reminder of new beginnings. Earth Day represents a time to reflect and find more ways to give back, above and beyond the good habits we’ve already adhered to for her benefit. Let’s think of it as Nature’s New Year and set Earth Day resolutions!
This Earth Day, let me plant some seeds. We need to be thinking of our impact on Earth every day. It really is up to us to support her health. Our health is dependent on hers and vice versa. Here are some excellent things we all can do this year:
1. I will plant some of my favorite veggies in a garden or pots.
2. I will keep clean reusable produce bags in my grocery bags.
3. I will keep shopping bags in my purse or car and use them when I shop.
4. I will only use safe, biodegradable cleaning products.
5. I will teach my kids to read labels.
6. I’ll just get the economy car instead of the SUV.
7. I will stop buying single-use non-biodegradable trash bags.
8. I will replace all the incandescent light bulbs with high-efficiency bulbs.
9. I will cook more foods from scratch, in order to use less packaging.
10. I will take a walk or hike at least once a week to connect with nature.
11. I will not buy another “bottled water” again, ever.
12. I’m going solar!
13. I will keep my air conditioner set 3 degrees warmer.
14. I will keep my heater set 3 degrees cooler.
15. I will choose organic cotton instead of conventional or synthetic material, at least once.
16. I will plant a tree and nurture that tree.
17. I will look for locally produced items before buying imports.
18. I will not use chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides on my property.
19. I will purchase organic foods whenever my budget allows it.
20. I will start composting kitchen scraps.
21. I will use reusable containers instead of plastic zippy bags.
22. I will sign those land-saving petitions each time this year.
23. I will ask a friend to sign those petitions too.
24. Instead of party favors, we’re doing planet favors.
25. I will consume less meat.
26. I will turn in a “litter bug” if I see one.
27. I will drive 5 mph slower on the freeway.
28. I will consciously slow down at times to take in Earth’s beauty.
29. I will buy more food in bulk in an effort to create less waste.
30. I will shop at farmers’ markets at least once per month (seasonally).
31. I will focus on buying produce when it’s in season.
32. I will ride my bike to work/school at least once a week, because it’s only 2 miles.
33. I will never use chlorine bleach or ammonia again. Ever.
34. I will read the label of every garment of clothing I buy this year – where it was made and what it was made with.
35. I will not buy any more synthetic body care items. Ever. Because it is body pollution, it goes down the drain, and my body is her body.
36. I will turn my water heater down.
37. I will not buy a plastic one if there is a glass or metal one.
38. I’m just going to go ahead and get that hybrid or electric car I’ve been thinking about.
39. I will volunteer at my local watershed cleanup.
40. I will pick up random trash when it is within my passing reach.
41. I will subscribe to a new media source for Earth news.
42. I will take shorter showers.
43. I will eat more organic raw foods.
44. I will kick my big-box store shopping habit.
45. I will drop-kick my dollar-store habit.
Misleading Claim #1: Merchants using organic logos, or statements that use the word “organic,” to describe their mattresses as “organic” or partially “organic.”
Incorrect Because: Under USDA National Organic Program regulations (USDA/NOP), there are no such categories. There is only “certified organic.”
Misleading Claim #2: Merchants claiming that since they use the same organic materials that are used in certified organic mattresses, why pay more?
Incorrect Because: Without submitting to an independent third-party audit, a consumer has no assurance that whatever organic component is claimed to be used was actually used in making a mattress.
Misleading Claim #3: Merchants claiming that since the materials they use are the same as those used by true organic manufacturers, what’s the difference?
Incorrect Because: Fast food and fine dining can include the same ingredients, but the outcomes are quite different—it’s about quality and purity, not just materials.
Misleading Claim #4: Merchants using someone else’s certification to infer it is their own, but somehow doesn’t have their name on it for a string of reasons.
Incorrect Because: USDA certification certificates are not transferable.
Misleading Claim #5: Merchants claiming their mattresses are “chemical free.”
Incorrect Because: This is scientifically impossible.
Misleading Claim #6: Merchants claiming their mattresses are “nontoxic.”
Incorrect Because: This is also scientifically impossible.
Misleading Claim #7: Merchants claiming their mattresses are “free of volatile organic compounds (VOCS)” or have no harmful outgassing.
Incorrect Because: This is also scientifically impossible, and without an independentUL/GREENGUARD™ or similar test for finished-product emissions, no one can possibly know exact outgassing levels.
Misleading Claim #8: Merchants claiming that their components have been tested for the presence of a long list of chemicals and that none were found.
Incorrect Because: What this means is that the mattress components may have been tested at one point, early in the process, by what is known as a “presence” test. True, these chemicals may not have been present at that time, but it gives absolutely no information as to what is actually emitting from the finished mattress. That is a consumer assurance UL/GREENGUARD™ testing provides.
Find out if a mattress is in fact listed on the certifier’s website.
Note: The name of the manufacturer or retailer must be entered precisely, such as “Organic Mattresses, Inc.”