What can you do to avoid plastic in the Dining room

What can you do to avoid plastic in the Dining room.

Bisphenol A is a common plastic chemical that children ingest through food. Crushed tomatoes, canned corn and caviar are some examples of metal containing chemical. Even in fish, meat and other food there are often chemicals that spread with the help of plastic items.

Oil cloths may be of PVC and contain harmful substances that soften the fabric. If the floor in the school kitchen and dining room are made of PVC, substances accumulate in dust inhaled or swallowed.

What You Can Do

  • Avoid PVC-packeged food.
  • Use cast iron skillet and utensils of wood or stainless steel for cooking
  • Avoid storing food in plastic containers – more chemicals are released by heat.
  • Serve food and beverages on porcelain, stainless steel and glass.
  • Avoid canned good from metal.
  • Clean ventilate the dining room regularly.

 

5 fruits you want to change to organic

What does ordinary fruit from the grocery store actually contain? We have studied the NFA’s latest tests on non-organic fruit. The fruit came from orchards sprayed with pesticides. This primarily affects nature, animals and workers. However, residue is also left in the fruit you eat.

Apple

Shouldn’t the symbol of health – truly be fresh? We think so, but in 9 of 10 apples, pesticide residues were found. Some apples contained carbendazim, a substance suspected to be carcinogenic, endocrine disrupting and harming for the reproduction system. Unfortunately, you can’t wash this away, as there is in the whole fruit.

Pear

This children’s favorite contained residue of pesticides in 7 of 10 tests. Many countries have an excellent climate for organic pear cultivation. Yet are organic pears almost impossible to find in stores. Switch to organic – show pear farmers that demand exists!

Citrus fruit

Are you annoyed that organic citrus fruit can become moldy if you leave it for too long? It is because it is NOT treated with imazalil, a substance that prolongs the shelf life of the fruit. imazalil is suspected to be carcinogenic and endocrine disrupting.
Almost all citrus fruit – 95 percent – contained residue of various pesticides. Most of it is in the skin, but also in the flesh.

Grapes

The cute little grapes are best at being the worst when it comes to most types of residues in the same sample. And guess what percentage of the grapes contained pesticide residues? 96 percent! And several of the pesticides are known to be harmful. Some can´t be washed away as they appear inside of the fruit. You can also find remains in raisins and wine.

Banana

Skip the nasty pesticide-bananas! They are really heavily sprayed and in 67 percent of the tests, residues were found. These pesticides are primarily a problem for the environment, farmers and their families. They are exposed to one of the world’s most dangerous pesticides, paraquat. It harms nature for a long time and exposed people can, in worst case, suffer from a lung collapse. The substance was banned in Sweden and the EU long ago, partly thanks to the SSNC’s work.
Most tropical fruits, such as pineapple and mango, comes from the same heavily sprayed plantations.

Any questions? Ok, we already have some answers.

 

Does organic food contain residues?

No. NFA did the same tests to samples of organic fruit. They made 62 tests, one of which showed traces of a substance used in protective pouches hung around the banana bunches. All the other 61 tests were free from pesticides.

Aren’t the samples mostly below the limit of pesticides?

True. Within the EU, there are limits on how much pesticide residue food may contain. Very few of the fruit samples are above this limit, but the mixture of many different substances can cause unknown health effects. EU maximum levels is made for one subject at a time, even though we are exposed to thousands of chemicals over a long period. The limit also does not take into account that hormone-disrupting effects can occur even at low doses.

Why are the children most susceptible?

Because children are not small adults. They are in a development where the body is more sensitive to chemicals. Children also eat more fruits relative to their body weight and thus higher exposure.

Should I be afraid to eat non-organic fruit?

No. No one should be afraid to eat fruit. It is healthy and environmentally smart. However, it is time to question how our food is produced and start making demands. Preschool can have organic fruit break. Politics can facilitate for organic farmers and consumers. Stores can advertise organic fruit better, instead of allowing them to mold in a dark corner. Unsprayed fruit should not rot away in our residential gardens.

Change to organic fruit in favor of nature, animals and farmers. And if you want truly fresh fruit.

5 Steps to a Eco Friendly Baby Room

Do you worry about harmful chemicals in the baby’s daily environment? Follow these 5 easy steps to create a eco friendly and healthy baby room.

Babies and young children are extra sensitive to chemicals that can harm the developing hormone and nervous systems. Chemicals can be absorbed directly through the baby’s thin skin but also by being ingested or inhaled. Therefore is it important to use safe and organic products close to a small baby. Especially products that are in constant contact with the baby, such as diapers. By choosing non-toxic nursery beddings, furniture, rugs and paint in your newborns room you are giving your baby the best start possible.

1) Non-toxic baby crib

Use a crib made of solid wood (with water based finish), bamboo, rattan, willow or metal to avoid harmful substances. Plywood, MDF, particle board, composite board or fiberboard are bound with toxic, off-gasing formaldehyde-based glues that are recognized carcinogenic. Also remember to wash all new materials such as beddings, pillows or blankets before use.

2) Healthy crib mattress

Look for organic. Choose a vinyl-free padding and organic cotton mattresses, FREE from toxic flame retardants and other VOCs*. Beware that “Natural cotton” might not be organic. Opt out from plastics that leak bisphenol and phthalates (potential endocrine-disrupting chemicals), brominated flame retardants; PBDEs, (hormone-disrupting effects and reduction on fertility in humans) and or have vinyl coverings. Vinyl contains potentially carcinogenic chemicals.

3) Organic Changing table

A baby spends a lot of time at the changing table so make that spot a non-toxic environment. Use a 100 % organic changing pad cover (don’t use plastics) and put an organic towel on top under the baby if you like. Wash everything before use in a detergent free from perfume and dyes.

4) Floor and rug

Linoleum or wood are good choices. Avoid vinyl floor because of the emissions. Use a rug made of natural fibers such as wool, organic cotton or coir, and has a non-toxic backing and underlay pads that are sewed, not glued, to the back.

5) Non-toxic wall decorations (clings)

Don´t decorate your baby’s room with PVC (polyvinyl chloride) wall graphics. They leak off-gassing chemicals and that is not healthy. Make your own stencils or buy online and paint amazing decorations directly on the walls with a non-toxic paint.

* VOCs (volatile organic compound) — toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene, and dipentene.

For more information check out:

Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS)
http://www.global-standard.org/information-centre/faqs.html

“Phthalates in PVC floors taken up by the body in infants”. Sciencedaily.com. 2012-05-23.

https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/volatile-organic-compounds-impact-indoor-air-quality

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/indoorair/voc/

https://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/sya-bpa/

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/topics/topic/bfr

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2015/feb/10/phthalates-plastics-chemicals-research-analysis

http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search2/r?dbs+hsdb:@term+@rn+50-00-0

6 Ways to a Greener and Cleaner Makeup Bag

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Looking to eco-boost your makeup bag? With a little help from SSNC, we have collected the best hands-on advice.

 

1. Clean Your Brushes

You’ve probably already heard from a dozen beauty gurus that cleaning your brushes regularly – preferably every time you’ve used them – is essential. However, brush cleaning is not only a beauty YouTuber’s best friend – it’s also important for us health and eco devotees.

Because what happens when your makeup brushes are left lying around dirty? They collect dust. It’s well studied that the dust in our homes mirrors our chemical environment, and the same studies have found everything from bromated flame-retardants to phthalates and perfluorinated substances in dust. That’s not something you want to swoosh around in your face.

2. Don’t Do Anti-Dandruff

Many common anti-dandruff shampoos contain zinc pyrithione, a substance that is highly poisonous for fish and other water organisms. Half a teaspoon of such a shampoo is enough to kill 50% of the fish in a 265-gallon aquarium within 4 days!

So: if you think you have dandruff, investigate if it’s actually just dry skin flakes from your scalp (it’s considerably more common than you think!). In that case, moisturizing the scalp usually solves the problem. Use a mild shampoo and give the scalp an oil massage every now and then.

3. Use Less for More

If you buy and use fewer products, you’re also decreasing the total amount of harmful substances you’re exposed to every day and doing the environment a favor.

But how can you cut down on products while still maintaining your day-to-day look? Our best tip is to look for multi-use products. Many organic makeup brands carry small pots or sticks that you can use both on cheeks, lips and lids. And even if the packaging specifically says “lipstick”, we’re betting a dime on that it will look gorgeous lightly blended on your cheeks anyway.

4. The Longer it Sits…

A good rule of thumb is that the longer your skin is exposed to a product, the more careful you should be when choosing it. In practice, this means that you can skip on the hand soap and shower gel if you like and focus your energy on stuff that actually stays on your skin. This is extra important when it comes to products that are easily absorbed, like skin- and body moisturizers. Naty Eco Lotion should satisfy the demands of even the thirstiest skin.

However, for the sake of the environment, we strongly suggest that you at least check if your soap is biodegradable before purchase.

5. Say No to Fragrance

Fragrance is notoriously hard to assess from a health and environmental point of view, as the scent ingredients usually remain a mystery. So, the safest way to go is definitely fragrance free – or at least decreasing your amount of perfumed products.

If you know for sure that you’re not sensitive to fragrance, you can try wearing natural scents like oils and extracts in small doses. There are even exclusive perfume brands entirely specialized in organic fragrances nowadays, so you won’t need to cut down on the glam! But do remember to be careful, as natural fragrances can cause just as many allergic reactions as synthetic ones.

For kids, always go fragrance free. Even mild scents, no matter how pleasant, can be harsh on sensitive baby skin.

6. Watch Out for Halloween

If you’re cleaning out your makeup bag and you really mean it, not even Halloween is safe. In a 2015 study by the Swedish Society of Nature Conservation, half of the tested Halloween paint kits contained hormone disrupting and/or allergenic substances. So you have every reason to stay away from grease paint and other Halloween play makeup as much as possible.

One way to stay safe is to dress the kids up in costumes that don’t require any makeup. For bonus points: create your own DIY costume of what you already have at home. Mother Nature says thank you!

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Organic diapers review from Naty customer Jill

We just love this: One of our customers – Jill in the USA – has written an organic diapers review:

“Anyways, after much research, here’s my happy medium: Naty Diapers (by Nature Babycare). They are biodegradable, chlorine and fragrance free, compostable, and are made of GMO free plant material. What more could you ask for? We have been using them for 15 months and couldn’t be happier. We do subscribe to a composting service that delivers new diapers and takes the old ones away. This runs us about $30 a month, but because they sell the Naty diapers to their subscribers at a discount, it is especially affordable.” 

Read more here » http://samethread.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/301/

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Competition – Swedens´s National Day

Month of June has been filled with festivities in Naty’s home country Sweden.

What date is Sweden’s National Day?

» Compete on our Facebook page

Competition on Naty´s Facebook - Sweden´s National Day

Enter to get a chance to win a Naty dress in organic cotton and an Eco bunny.

10 dresses to give away and 20 Eco bunnies as runner-up prizes*

* Please note the dresses are only in size 1-2 years

Latest day to compete is July 2nd 2014 09:00 CET. 

 

Sale 50% – Eco/Organic soft toy Bunny

Right now – 50% sale of our eco/organic soft toy bunnies

This soft toy bunny is a bit shy but loves to nuzzle and nestle in warm places like next to your bed. He has a soft velvet coat and is really squidgey. Best for 0-100 year olds. To give him a bath, pop him into the washing machine but only as hot as 40°C/104°F. Afterwards he might be a bit dizzy so let him dry naturally and then give him a big hug.

Naty Eco Webshop 50% SALE - soft toy Bunny

 

Quote – David Orr

Short and to the point – David Orr. 

When we heal the earn,
we heal ourselves.

David Orr - Quote

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