But I don’t eat my furniture...
Yes, but you know those dust motes you see floating in a sunbeam? Ordinary house dust is a primary source of chemical exposure in the home—much of it created by slowly disintegrating furniture foams. Most of the dust is microscopic and hard to remove fully. Yet when we touch or breathe in these particles, we also take in small amounts of all the chemicals they have absorbed.
Flame retardant and other endocrine-disrupting (hormone-altering) chemicals have been linked to a host of serious health consequences, from cancer to obesity, infertility, and developmental brain disorders such as ADHD and autism.
So if you’d like to start figuring out how to avoid unnecessary chemical exposure, you’ll want not only to eat organic when you can—but to sleep and rest organic, too. You're not chewing on your mattresses and other foam-filled furnishings, of course! But you're in very close contact with them for a very long time.
Organic mattresses and sofas made with pesticide-free organic fabric and batting—plus natural latex foam rubber that contains no chemical flame retardants—will not add toxic dust to your indoor environment. That helps protect everyone, but especially infants and children, whose sticky fingers are magnets for dust particles that wind up in their mouths.
One step at a time
Organic living will benefit every member of the family. More good news is that no matter when you start, you will be reducing your body’s lifetime chemical burden—and theirs.
The best way to begin is to eat organic food as often as you can and, as much as possible, to choose products for your home that are free of pesticides, flame retardants and other toxic chemicals.
Then, just as importantly, try to release worry—because that’s no good for you, either. Everyone must juggle priorities and though it might sometimes feel like a tall order, it won’t help to focus on fears. Instead, simply go as organic as is reasonable for you, and trust that each step is helping to nourish your body and support your healthful rest.
Lastly, don’t forget to exercise, reduce stress, connect with others and enjoy the countless wonders of life. These are “organic” too—and they’re equally powerful for your health.