An organic mattressAfrica Studio/Shutterstock
Generic mattresses can be a major source of chemical exposure, especially when manufacturers use highly toxic, flame-retardant chemicals including polybrominated diphenyl ether, or PBDE. PBDEs are associated with brain and reproductive damage, thyroid problems, and even cancer. As companies aren’t legally bound to disclose these harmful ingredients, a safer bet for a sound night’s sleep and long-term health is an organic mattress, that’s chemical-free, hypoallergenic, and sustainable and biodegradable, so it’s good for the earth, too. One to try is the Zenhaven Mattress by Saatva is made of organic wool and natural latex.
Here are the signs it’s time for a new mattress.
A cast iron skilletMiyuki Satake/Shutterstock
Have you noticed how trendy those stunning fire engine red cast iron skillets are from Le Creuset? People are all about them, so much so that the French brand has come out with some seriously bold colors like pink and lavender. But it’s not just the bright colors people are into; they are also better for your health.
Though a nonstick pan makes for easy cleanup, they may contain certain chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, which has been deemed “possibly carcinogenic to humans” by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer.
Meanwhile, cook with a cast iron skillets and you’ll not only avoid harmful chemicals, your food will be infused with good-for-you iron, too. Check out the safest types of cookware you should be using.