Posted by Tony on December 5th, 2012
Each month we feature Air Quality Evangelists who offer helpful information to people regarding the importance of air quality. These Evangelists make clean air (and a healthy environment) a priority in their lives. We appreciate the information they provide, so let’s hear from November’s winners who discuss everything from allergies to reducing toxins in your home.
Scientific American Blog Network – Observations
If you haven’t heard of the Scientific American, then you’re one of the few. It’s read in print by nearly 4 million people a year and has long been a leading source for science, technology, and policy information.
Last July it launched the Scientific American Blog Network, which has quickly become the go-to hub for various editorial, community, and opinion blogs. Their wide range of topics include Energy & Sustainability, Health, Evolution, and Technology. “Observations” posts feature opinions and analysis from Scientific American editors.
Warmer weather is increasing pollen counts across the country, and this winning “Observations” post analyzes research about climate change and its influence on seasonal allergies. Research suggests allergy issues increase significantly with climate change and will only get worse moving forward. Allergy season will start earlier and affect a larger segment of the population, so review the findings and what they mean for you. Learn More About November's Air Quality Evangelists!
Posted by Tony on November 14th, 2012
Traveling around the holidays is unavoidable for people across the US. Some travelers are lucky (or unlucky?) enough to stay with relatives, but others don’t have that option or prefer to stay in a hotel.
The problem with hotels is that you never know what you’re walking into. Several chains don’t clean their rooms properly let alone have allergen controls in place. This can mean a less than enjoyable experience for people like me who suffer from allergies. So what are our options? Are we doomed to the basement couch this holiday season? Based on our research, the answer is no. See the Top 5 Hotel Chains for Allergy-Sufferers!
Posted by Jenna on October 31st, 2012
In honor of Halloween, we’ve compiled the weirdest, foulest facts about the things in your house that really cause allergies and colds. Before you read this, put away those fun-size Twix bars you’re snacking on. You won’t be hungry anymore.
Dust Mites: The Vampires of the Insect World
You may have heard the commonly thrown-around statistic that dust is 90% dead skin cells. Gross, right? Turns out, the truth is much worse. Dust consists of dead skins cells, sure, but also the creatures that dine on them—dust mites. Specifically, their corpses and poop. Read More About Creepy-Crawly Home Allergens!
Posted by Vivian on August 1st, 2012
Traveling can be fun and relaxing, but if you have allergies or chemical sensitivities, it can also be stressful. Luckily, hotels are increasingly offering “allergy-friendly” room options, and some hotels are entirely allergy-friendly.
According to a 2010 survey by the American Hotel & Lodging Association, in fact, 38 percent of hotels offer allergy-friendly rooms.
What do these promises mean, however? Can you count on hotels that claim to be allergy-friendly to really be so?
Allergy-friendly offerings can vary greatly from hotel to hotel, so as a traveler, it’s up to you to find out exactly what a hotel will offer before you book a room and stay there. Doing your research upfront will help save you headaches down the road.
Read on for more tips for finding an allergy-friendly hotel.
Posted by Ashley on December 21st, 2011
The holidays are here! It’s the season for rockin’ holiday parties, savory meals, decadent sweets, finding (or receiving!) that perfect gift, and most importantly, cherishing the time we spend with family and friends. While many of us look forward to the holidays with sparks in our eyes, others—namely the estimated 50 million Americans who suffer from allergies—aren’t always so keen.
Too often, the family Christmas tree, a beacon of holiday light and memories, quickly becomes your sneeze-inducing enemy. Your Aunt’s traditional walnut-sprinkled fruitcake has you racing in the other direction. And while all those scented candles add a wonderful fireside ambiance to any space, for you, they’re a stifling headache and a case of the sniffles waiting to happen.
With so many potential allergy triggers stacking up around you, it can be tough to share in the excitement of the season. To help you avoid the wrath of this season’s allergy traps, start with these helpful tips:
Read on to learn tips for coping with holiday allergies
Posted by Ivey on May 4th, 2011
Restful sleep is one of the most important elements in your baby’s healthy development. Two simple ways to ensure that your baby gets the best sleep possible are by testing your nursery air for irritants using a test kit from IndoorAirTest and using naturally hypoallergenic Kumi Kookoon nursery bedding.
Find out how these products can help your baby rest better
Posted by Ivey on February 9th, 2011
Picture this. It’s Valentine’s Day, and you’ve thought of everything. Flowers? Got ‘em. Elegant dinner? Devoured. Indulgent dessert? Savored. Now, it’s time for a nightcap. If you’re an allergy-sufferer, consider using Kumi Kookoon bedding—made of high-quality charmeuse silk—to provide a luxurious setting for evening’s end without the threat of allergy-inducing dust mites.
An estimated 20 million Americans suffer from dust mite allergies. These microscopic organisms often take up residence in and around your bed and pillows to be closer to their food source—your dead skin cells! While actual dust mites do not produce allergic reactions in humans, their waste products can make your bed uninviting and restful sleep a distant memory.
To ensure that your special someone is the only one you are getting cozy with at the end of the night, layer your bed in the softest silk sheets, pillow cases, and duvet covers from Kumi Kookoon. The line even includes a silk velvet throw blanket perfect for snuggling on the sofa. Made from all-natural fibers, Kumi Kookoon bedding naturally repels dust mites, particles, and moisture. This creates a healthy, dry environment, which is great for allergy-sufferers in general as well as people with asthma, arthritis, and joint pain.
To learn more about the benefits of hypoallergenic bedding and dust mite prevention, check out these two great articles from our Learning Center:
*UPDATE: We no longer carry the Kumi Kookoon sheets, but consider our Crescent Moon bedding as an allergy-friendly option. Made of 100% organic cotton, Crescent Moon duvets, pillows, and mattress pads protect against dust mites and other allergens.
Posted by John on November 15th, 2008
There’s nothing like climbing onto a bed made with fresh, clean sheets. Ahhh. But don’t get too comfortable yet: unless you have impervious covers on your mattress and pillows, those clean sheets will soon be covered with thousands or even millions of dust mites.
If you have allergies or asthma, you’re probably already familiar with dust mites. For those of you who are not, these microscopic arachnids commonly live within the fibers of beds, furniture, and carpets. Their waste matter is a powerful allergen. Up to 80 percent of allergy sufferers are sensitive to dust mite allergen! Read more about AllerSoft bedding
Posted by John on October 9th, 2008
From The Philadelphia Inquirer: Jeanine Burgin’s back started to itch in April. Then came red patches, blisters and a burning sensation.
Skin-care products only seemed to make things worse. She was in and out of hospitals, where doctors tried cortisone and other treatments – all to no avail.
“It was a mystery,” says Burgin, 69, who lives outside Paris.
Turns out the mystery was right inside her house: her new upholstered armchair. Read more about toxic textiles
Posted by John on September 7th, 2008
Crescent Moon specializes in the manufacture of bedding from alpaca wool. Alpaca wool, compared to sheep wool, is lighter, warmer, cleaner, and stronger. Because alpaca wool is naturally porous, it absorbs more moisture than sheep wool, thus creating a drier environment that discourages the growth of allergens.
Furthermore, the alpacas are raised in totally organic environments – free of pesticides and chemicals. The wool is also free of chemicals like dyes and bleaches. This means the bedding is healthier for you and the environment.
Let’s quickly review the Crescent Moon bedding line:
Crescent Moon Pillow Covers – NEW! These protective pillow covers zip up to block dust mites from invading your pillow; more important, they block allergenic dust mite feces from escaping into the air. If you suffer from dust allergies, a simple pillow cover could eliminate your symptoms. Read more about Crescent Moon bedding
Posted by John on August 3rd, 2008
First, a quick trivia question: What do the following celebrities have in common?
Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, Jr., and Wilt Chamberlain
Answer: They all demanded Royal Pedic mattresses. (JFK actually insisted on a Royal Pedic mattress wherever he went!) Read more about Royal Pedic mattresses
Posted by John on August 2nd, 2008
If you’ve never slept on genuine silk bedding, you don’t know what you’re missing! Kumi Kookoon bedding is made from the highest quality charmeuse silk, which drapes you in silky smooth comfort.
My favorite thing about silk sheets is the way they feel. I tend to get hot when I’m sleeping, but Kumi Kookoon bedding doesn’t trap body heat. It’s very light against the skin, and it wicks moisture away from the body. Read more about Kumi Kookoon silk bedding
Posted by John on July 20th, 2008
Most house dust mites have it made. They lounge around in your bed all day, getting fat off your dead skin and reproducing like little dust bunnies. Of course, these microscopic arachnids also go to the bathroom in your bed. Yes, that’s certainly a disgusting thought, but you need to know about this. You see, it’s the fecal matter from dust mites that causes allergies and asthma among sensitive people. Read more about how to kill dust mites