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Non-Toxic Air Mattresses (Updated)

These days, when you need an extra bed, you’re more likely to pull out an air mattress than a sofa sleeper and for camping, the inflatable air mattress is apt to be found on most packing lists.

The problem, however, is that these days they are almost universally made with PVC, which outgasses harmful fumes long after that telltale “new mattress smell” has dissipated and can contain lead.

A few years ago, those of us who objected to breathing in toxic fumes may have had little recourse other than to forgo the luxury of an air mattress and lump it—but we now have a few options:

The Aerobed Pakmat: It’s PVC and phthalate-free and made of 100% eco-friendly materials. Uses a hand pump instead of batteries or electricity to inflate and only takes about 60 seconds plus it weighs only 5 lbs and stores right inside it’s pump case. FREE SHIPPING on Amazon.com.

The Aerobed Ecolite: Made from eco-friendlier TPU instead of PVC, the Ecolite is phthalate-free and comes with a rechargeable pump. Unlike the Pakmat, it comes in twin and queen sizes and is 40% lighter than PVC air mattresses. Personally, I’d still go for the Pakmat because I’ve had several air mattress pumps die on me over the years.

Kelty Sleep Eazy: Made of 70D nylon with a TPU laminate, and includes a standard coil for support. The PVC-free Sleep Eazy is also a breeze to inflate thanks to the 6-volt rechargeable pump, which includes both a car and wall charger for versatile use. And to ensure compact storage, the airbed comes with a Kelty Binto storage bin.

Lake Timber Top Rubberized Fabric Air Mattress: Back before PVC was so ubiquitous, air mattresses were made of rubberized fabric and were reputedly super durable, in addition to being far more eco-friendly than their PVC counterparts. This rubberized fabric air mattress is the equivalent of a twin or single air mattress at 30″ X 72″ and can also be used in the water. Comes with a repair kit and is eligible for FREE SHIPPING on Amazon.com

I also found companies in Canada, the UK and Australia that carry rubberized cotton air mattresses. I will link to them for our non-American readers and anyone who might be interested in  placing an international order:

Home Hardware: The store I searched is in Toronto (but they have many locations in Canada) and they carry several rubberized cotton air mattresses that seem reasonably priced.

Amazon UK: They carry a couple different options in rubberized cotton air mattresses by a company called Highlander.

Discount Camping: This Australian store carries three different sizes of rubberized cotton air mattresses.

Happy PVC-free sleeping!

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Glassen Insulated Reusable Travel Mug

glassen insulated coffee mugWhat: Grosche Glassen insulated glass travel mug

Features: This 12oz  travel mug is handmade of double-walled glass which helps keep your beverages hot. It has no metal or plastic parts and is a better fit for car drink holders than a standard coffee mug.

Green Factor: It’s made of glass so there is no leaching of chemicals into your beverages and the lid and grip are made of food-safe silicone. Since it’s reusable, you can also forgo the yucky styrofoam poison cups.

Bonus: Right now they’re 40% off at Amazon.com.

Editors Note: I got one of these for Christmas and I absolutely love it. It doesn’t leak and my coffee stays piping hot!

Find It Here: Amazon

 

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A Greener Apple

green_apple-w150-h2000.jpgA Greener Apple (NYC) is the project of  New York City mom and producer/director Pamela French. She takes her camera to a variety of locales in New York City area for man/woman-on-the-street interviews asking people what they would do to make New York greener (A Greener Apple!) It’s actually very interesting to see where people’s heads are at in terms of greener living and what sorts of things they feel would make a difference. The responses range from highly aware and educated to flip and somewhat ignorant. Fortunately, Read the rest of this entry »

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Green Vacay!

picture-1.pngImagine taking a beach vacation somewhere. Mmmm, nice. Now imagine having the peace of mind that your accommodations are not only designed with eco-awareness, but also designed to vastly decrease your exposure to the chemicals and toxins typically found in furniture, flooring, paint, water, linens etc. which is especially ideal for people who suffer from chemical sensitivities. At CleanStay Non-Toxic Vacation Rentals on Pawley’s Island, South Carolina, you don’t need to use your imagination — all of the beds and furniture have been treated and off gassed to protect you from harmful chemicals and formaldehyde, all quilts, blankets, linens, and towels are 100% cotton and all cookware is safe and non-leaching. Other eco and health friendly features include:

  • Tile & Hardwood Throughout
  • Whole House H20 Filtration System
  • Air Filtration System
  • Non-Toxic Water Based VOC Free Paint & Sealers
  • Grocery store nearby with organic & gluten-free products

Additionally, guests are asked to please refrain from the use of tobacco, toxic fragrances, chemicals or harmful cleaning products while at CleanStay. Now, we haven’t actually patronized CleanStay but we still think it sounds pretty awesome, especially for folks who really need to stay away from nasty chemicals and of course, we’d totally love to visit for purposes of, you know, doing an in-depth review. Subtle, aren’t I?  ;)

Find It Here: CleanStay Non-Toxic Vacation Rentals

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Hip, Functional and Totally Recycled

sm_ella.jpgWhile we’re not normally fans of vinyl for new products, we are in favor of re-using the vinyl that already exists because it does not break down in landfills and thus, it might as well be used again for things that need to be tough and waterproof (obviously not baby/kids products!). What better way to display your fabulous “reduce, re-use and recycle” lifestyle than with a purse, tote or bag made from recycled vinyl billboards? In 2002, the Vy&Elle company (a play on word on ‘vinyl’) started designing and creating women and men’s accessories that were practical works of art. To date, Vy&Elle have reused over 100 tons of billboard vinyl and their manufacturing process includes 100% recycling of all scrap and waste materials, which are turned into garden hoses and flooring by other manufacturers so every bit of those billboards is reused and lives another life as something else — which means LESS NEW VINYL being produced! Of course, we look forward to the day that vinyl is no longer made at all but until then, we think Vy&Elle products are not only good-looking but also gorgeously green!

Find It Here: Vy&Elle

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BYOB

olive_large.jpgNo, I’m not talking about beer. Around here BYOB means “Bring Your Own Bag.” With all the bazillions of non-biodegradable plastic bags clogging our landfills, bringing your own bag to the store is one way you can help reduce waste and use of toxic petrochemicals. And now you can do it in style with these bags from Skeeda. Created by a trio of sisters from New York, these large reusable shopping bags are so cute, you’ll want to bring them everywhere! Made in a variety of chic designs, the bags are machine washable, lightweight, and totally, undeniably, hip. Made in the U.S.A of 100% cotton canvas material.

Find It Here: Skeeda

Deal: Enter code “GREENMOM” at checkout for $5 off an order of two or more bags. Coupon code is good through 2/25.

Congratulations, Shama-lama Mama, participant in the Eco Moms ACT Eliminate Plastic Bags Challenge for February and random-draw winner of a Skeeda bag!

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Eco with an Edge

gh-skullbag-2t.jpgJust because we’re green doesn’t necessarily mean we all want to carry the same reusable bags, right? Of course not. So for those of you who want a little more edge with your eco-consciousness, Get Hip Get Green brings to the masses this cool and totally NOT girly-mannish reusable black bag with a green skull emblazoned upon it. Unique design aside, there are some other reasons to love Get Hip Get Green’s bags — they’re made from 100% recycled plastic and for each bag sold, Get Hip Get Green will make a donation to the children’s environmental group “The Green Ambassadors.” Very cool, indeed.

Find it Here: Greenloop

Congratulations Stephanie, Monet and Steph, participants in the Eco Moms ACT Eliminate Plastic Bags Challenge for February and random-draw winners of a Greenloop bag!

Win It Again: You will also be entered to win three Greenloop bags (various styles, all hip and reusable of course!), as well as a bunch of other fab prizes, just by subscribing to our newsletter this month!

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