The Best Non-Toxic Bedding For 2013

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We spend about one third of our lives in bed -- it's a time when our body regenerates itself. We release about 3 liters of water while we sleep, and our bodies go through cycles of cooling down and heating up. We also absorb substances through our skin and through our lungs. Thus, keeping one's bed toxin-free is optimal. My recommended material for mattress and pillows is -- natural latex (from the rubber tree). Latex is a yielding but highly resilient material. Latex mattresses do not … [Read more...]

The Warmest Socks, Gloves, Hats, Scarves, Base Layers, Mid-Layers and Blankets

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I've been researching the warmest animal fiber products available (click here to jump straight to the product list). During my research, the Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook was very helpful. I've compiled a short list of the warmest fibers: Qiviut (Musk Ox Down) Qiviut (pronounced "kiv-ee-ute") is the name for the downy hair of the musk ox. It is the warmest fiber in the world -- about eight times as warm as sheep's wool. Musk oxen live in Alaska and Canada where temperatures sometimes drop to … [Read more...]

20 Highly Rated Home Goods Made In The U.S.A.

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Very few products are still made in the U.S., but we managed to track down some American-made products that get high ratings from buyers.   KitchenAid Artisan Mixers Average Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (from 2037+ reviewers) Since 1919, KitchenAid classic mixer have been assembled by hand in Greenville, Ohio. The KitchenAid mixer is one of a few consumer appliances trademarked specifically for its unique shape! Buy on Amazon for about $267.   Lodge Logic Skillet Average … [Read more...]

The Most Durable Pillow: Natural Latex

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The most durable pillows are made with natural latex, the milky sap of the rubber tree. Latex is a yielding but highly resilient material. You can expect a natural latex pillow to hold its shape and retain it springiness for 15 years or more. The pillows don't require cleaning or fluffing like feather pillows. Latex also has natural antimicrobial properties, and resists dust mites, mold and mildew. Natural latex is mostly harvested in South East Asia. Trees are tapped for latex by cutting a … [Read more...]