ROO Insider: Get 10% off First Order >>>>> [Sign Up]

0

Votre panier est vide

The Invisible Stuff and Why You Should Care

par Sandy Wong février 24, 2022 3 lire la lecture

The Invisible Stuff and Why You Should Care

When we look at a child's car seat, we assume that it is safe for our child.   It is designed to protect our child during a collision.  The things we don't think about are the invisible stuff.  Flame retardants, PFAS chemicals and formaldehyde are sprayed on car seats for their fire, water, stain and wrinkle resistant properties.  Yet we don't make the association that these chemicals have been proven to have negative health effects on our bodies (1).  We so willingly put our child into a car seat that potentially leaches micro toxins onto their skin and into the air that they (and we) breathe. 

Now, try applying the same thought towards a rug that you put in your baby's nursery.  As moms, we've all swooned over the perfect baby nursery photo on Pinterest.  We are often so focused on choosing the right colours and the right patterns that we don't think about the right materials.  People see a photo of a baby nursery with a rug in it and they automatically assume it is a baby safe rug when in fact it is made from a synthetic material, probably polypropylene, and contains glues, dyes and sprays that you cannot pronounce.

Oh Happy Home Nomad Natural Washable Cotton Area Rug

All too often, we have parents emailing in asking for advice on a rug for their child's room.  They want something soft and so they think they want a polyester rug.  I always start by having to demystify two facts.

One.  Polyester is not soft.  It is only made soft by chemicals and once the chemicals wear off, you'll likely need to replace the rug.  Second.  Polyester is not a healthy material that we would recommend, especially for a child's room.

The only polyester rugs we carry in our store are patio rugs that are meant for the outdoors.  We do not carry any indoor polyester rugs.  The only indoor rugs we carry are made from either wool, cotton or jute.  In fact, when we on-board a new supplier, we sift through thousands of rugs and pick and choose only the ones made from natural materials to put on our store.  This is because even within a supplier who may be eco-friendly and has a big heart for social causes, not all their rugs are made the same. 

We support brands that do not spray their rugs with chemicals.  In our minds, if you start with a high quality material (e.g. wool) and it is designed right (e.g. washable), then there is no need for flame retardants or stain resistant chemicals.  And if you really want to get serious, we recommend something that comes with certifications such as GOTS certified organic rugs.  That way, you can ensure that the cotton was not sprayed with pesticides, the wool was not sprayed with insecticides, and the dyes and glues that go into the rug during production are natural and non-toxic.  Not only are these the better choice for your family but they are also safer for the workers and artisans who made them.

I started on this Rugs by Roo journey because I realized that there is a huge misconception out there about what is safe and what is not safe.  All parents want the best for their child and are often misled by what's presented in magazines and media.  Just like how organic crib mattresses weren't popular back then but are now a no-brainer for many new parents, we realize rugs are going through the same transition.  It all starts with awareness.  And that is exactly why Rugs by Roo exists.

(1)  To learn more about flame retardants, PFAS and formaldehydes and the implications they have on our bodies, visit 3 Little Plums (formerly Non-Toxic Munchkin).  Aida is a non-toxic consultant who made it her mission to educate parents about hazardous materials and chemicals in their homes.


Laisser un commentaire

Les commentaires sont approuvés avant leur publication.


Voir l'article entier

Synthetic Materials and Your Pets
Synthetic Materials and Your Pets

par Jennifer Liong mars 29, 2024 6 lire la lecture

When it comes to our pets, we have a strong sense of responsibility to keep them safe, happy, and healthy, just like we do for children. However, corporations, even our government, do not see our pets the same way that we do. 

Our pets are exposed to way more synthetic materials and chemicals than we are. The regulations for pet products are not as strict or enforced as much as they are for humans. It can even be difficult to trust the products that you are buying for your pets. 

Voir l'article entier
Are Humidifiers Only Adding Moisture To Your Homes Air?
Are Humidifiers Only Adding Moisture To Your Homes Air?

par Jennifer Liong mars 18, 2024 6 lire la lecture

Author: Jaclyn Howden. Humidifiers are a product that consumers have been told to buy if you have a variety of symptoms or irritations that the dry winter air causes. Unfortunately, what we aren’t told as consumers, are the potential dangers of what could happen if there was improper usage of these products. The possibilities include getting sick, or worse; you or your loved ones could develop lung diseases!

Voir l'article entier
How Toxic Are Synthetic Rugs To Us And The Environment?
How Toxic Are Synthetic Rugs To Us And The Environment?

par Jennifer Liong février 27, 2024 7 lire la lecture

This blog is only a fraction of the research and potential threats that microplastics present to our health. There are around 13,000 chemicals that are used when producing plastic. 3,200 are known to be a chemical of potential concern, and 6,000 of those chemicals are unknown if they are a hazard to our health. 
Voir l'article entier