Tuesday, November 10, 2009

10 Reasons to Switch to Organic Bedding and Clothing

When Organic food was first presented to the public, there were few choices and some of the products simply did not appeal to the taste buds being bland or too "natural." Now the choices are endless and appeal to almost every palette.

The same was true for Organic clothing and bedding. Initially Organic bedding and clothing was a repertoire of boring color schemes and water shades. Presently, thanks to environmentally induced dyes, there is a wide array of colors available to please even the most discerning adult or child.

The reasons manufacturers are enhancing and promoting the organic market are not too difficult to figure: people have become more aware of health issues and they like their products to be as free as possible from pesticides, fertilizers and additives.

But organic clothing? And bedding? Why would you bother to spend more on the organic products you do not even ingest?

Here are some reasons:

1. You avoid contact with chemical surface treatments. You or your children may be spending a third or more of your life in bed, by switching to an organic mattress and organic bedding will immediately reduce your exposure by that amount. Further, most mattresses that are non organic are treated with boric acid as a fire retardant. Boric acid is also used to kill rats--not a good substance for you or your children to be sleeping with.

2. You support ethical and safer working practices. Farmers working on organic farms are exposed to fewer chemicals. Millions of pounds of pesticides are applied to US agricultural corps, lawns and gardens each year. You can help reduce this practice by buying organic.

3. You support organic farming. By choosing organic clothing, you divert your disposable income towards supporting organic agriculture. Organic growing techniques involve crop rotation, which encourages biological diversity, a healthier ecosystem and a healthier work environment.

4. You support the use of natural color and natural dyed fabrics.
Natural dyes are generally much less polluting than synthetics. Dyeing fabrics and yarns consume a great deal of energy and produces toxic waste. You can support the use of natural colour and natural dyed fabrics.

5. You support fair trade practices. Certified organic cottons from other countries are produced to industry standards for labor and free trade. You can support moral and ethical trade practices. Organic clothing and bedding are certified sweat shop free.

6. You reduce the allergens present in the environment. Certified organic cotton is farmed without the use of pesticides, genetically modified seed or synthetic fertilizers and materials. You can help reduce the allergens present in the environment.

7. You save on toxic waste. Organic fabrics can be composted with safely, without contributing to toxins in the soil. You can save on toxic waste and aid provide for better health of our planet.

8. You support global biodiversity. Organic farming aids biodiversity at every level of the food chain, by using crop rotation, fewer pesticides and fertilizers and by adopting wildlife-friendly habitat management techniques.

9. You save energy. Organic farms tend to use less energy, instead focusing on careful ecological management and natural balances to solve pest problems.

10. You can be part of the solution rather than part of the problem. What you wear and use says something about you. You don't need to promote the branded products with a cool slogan printed on it!
Further, if you have children, you are promoting better health and lifestyles for them. Organic clothing and bedding is known to create lesser skin rashes and allergies in children. Traditionally manufactured cotton is weakened by excessive use of chemicals and dyes. Organic cotton is untouched by harmful chemicals and thus provides the child with a soft touch with a longer life, saving you money in doctor bills and replacement costs.

Nest Organics in Asheville, NC has a great online store for all your home organic needs, from mattresses, bedding, furniture, organic dining, organic kitchen ware, organic clothing and more. Check them out for a wide array of organic products that can be ordered from the convenience of your home!

Gray Line Asheville's Trolley Charters

Taking the Gray Line Asheville Trolley Tour is one of the best ways to get to know the city that everyone is making plans to visit. This guided tour runs to all the hottest destinations in Asheville, North Carolina including Pack Place, the historic Montford neighborhood and The Asheville River Arts District. With unlimited hop-on, hop-off privileges, it’s the only form of ground transportation in Asheville worth considering. No parking hassles, traffic issues or getting lost…you get just to kick back and enjoy everything this amazing mountain town has to share.

Asheville, NC has become known as a cultural mecca, drawing travelers “in the know” for several years now. Quickly becoming hailed as one of the creative centers of the southeast and indeed the nation, Asheville offers something for every personality and walk of life. The famous art deco architecture of downtown set against the backdrop of the ancient and beautiful Appalachian Mountains is truly a sight to take in. The inhabitants of the town and surrounding area are as eclectic as the studios, art galleries, independent restaurants and shops that line Asheville’s streets and avenues.

Gray Line Asheville is the perfect way to organize a summer party or gathering of friends of any kind. Keeping everyone on the same page is easy, as the trolley tour of Asheville makes a continuous circuit throughout the day, and unlimited hop-on, hop-off privileges means everyone can find their way back to each other, while enjoying some of the best sightseeing in Asheville. A few can hop off at The Haywood Park Hotel and walk around the shops while others explore the galleries and studios in The River Arts District.

Asheville is a dream destination for any group of folks, whether it’s school group, family reunion or just a group of friends getting together to enjoy the summer. The Historic Biltmore Village area is rich with some of the cultural heritage of the city, and blends nicely with the traditional Appalachian feel. Folk art abounds as this area is famous for it. The newly revitalized Asheville River Arts District is now home to some of the most eclectic and skilled contemporary artists in the area.

An excellent way to plan for a group of party-goers is a fun-filled bus tour of Asheville on a Gray Line Trolley. The Renaissance Hotel, The Grove Park Inn, Biltmore Village and Haywood Park Hotel are all destinations along the way on the Gray Line Asheville schedule. Take the whole trip or get on and off at any of the stops all day and enjoy the many restaurants and events taking place throughout the city.

Private trolley charters are a dream come true for any party planner. Sure and easy ground transportation to all the places in town you need to get to including entire downtown Asheville area, with no hassles about finding a place for everyone to park and keeping the group together. It’s a fun and easy way to get people from one spot to the next or anywhere in between.

A complete page of rates, routes and schedules can be found on the web at www.graylineasheville.com. Making arrangements for a charter is easy and hassle-free, and the kind folks at Gray Line Asheville take great pleasure in being a part of your western North Carolina travel experience. For party charters, historic sightseeing in Asheville, and transportation around the city there really is nothing better than a Gray Line Asheville Trolley Tour.
Posted by jack moe at 7:45 AM
Labels: Biltmore Village, Grove Park Inn, Haywood Park Hotel, Pack Place, Renaissance Hotel Asheville, River Arts District Asheville, trolley tours, trolley tours of asheville

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