Air pollution affects us all, however children, in particular very young children, bear the real brunt of the air pollution burden. According to the WHO, more than 90% of the world’s children breathe toxic air every day. Air pollution affects fetal development, brain development, increases the risk of asthma and respiratory illness. Children exposed to air pollution early on also have an increased risk of developing chronic diseases, such as vascular disease, later in life.
There are a number of reasons children feel the effects of air pollution more than adults. Their lungs are still developing, so do not repair in the same way developed adult lungs can. Children are smaller and therefore closer to the ground, where pollution levels from vehicles are higher. And children breathe faster, so they inhale more air and more pollution than adults do.
If we are to protect children from the dangers of air pollution, change needs to happen on a grand scale. At a recent Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health, the WHO summarized the changes needed. These include education, to help people better understand how to reduce exposure to air pollution. All countries must opt for cleaner, greener sources of energy. Power from fossil fuels such as coal and gas needs to be phased out. Many countries also need to improve waste management. Waste needs to be disposed of safely, not burnt, as is so often the case in poorer communities. Schools and buildings frequently used by children should be built away from busy roads and industry, to ensure exposure to air pollution is kept to a minimum.
There is no doubt, the task ahead is colossal. Particularly for the world’s poorest countries where air pollution is off the scale and resources are limited. But the good news is it’s not too late. Changes we make now will make a difference. Changes we make now will save lives.
For more on what the WHO is saying, follow this link.
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Find Local Gifts for Everyone on Your List,
Enjoy a special book reading by Joy Sewing’s “Ava and the Prince”
Learning day where you may learn more about a chemical free lifestyle.
Come to 6111 Kirby Drive and sneak upstairs with us to our exclusive garage sale!
Saturday 11/3 – 10a to 6p | Sunday 11/4 – 12p to 5p
Save up to 50% off on custom mattresses, bedding, accessories and other random stuff we’ve obtained over the years.
Browse our all natural (and a few random) items. We may have just the thing for your home from ours!
Memorial Day Weekend serves as a marker — it’s the unofficial start of summer, which means some scorchers are heading our way.
During hot summer months, in particular, it’s important to make your bedroom a soothing refuge, and why not make it a healthy one, too?
At New Living all our natural and organic mattresses are free of harmful toxins, and for Memorial Day Weekend, we have a special promotion on one of our faves, Naturepedic.
From now until the end of Memorial Day Weekend, buy any organic Naturepedic mattress and get a free Naturepedic mattress foundation — an up to $899 value. (A foundation offers mattress support and helps prevent sagging. Naturpedic foundations are made of organic cotton fabric, batting, and wood).
Or, as an alternative, with any Naturepedic mattress purchase, get a free Naturepedic Comfort Pack, consisting of an organic cotton luxury sheet set and one or two pillows of choice (depending on mattress size).
Naturepedic is among the most respected organic mattress makers in the industry and known for its high-quality craftsmanship. All Naturepedic mattresses are made by Amish craftsmen and are certified non-toxic by the Global Organic Textile Standard.
So, stop by our showroom at 6111 Kirby Drive in Rice Village and meet one of our friendly associates and, if you like, have a nap on us! We suggest you visit soon to take advantage of our Naturepedic promotion.
Wishing you a very good Memorial Day Weekend!
Thinking about how 2018 already has you stressed out (and considering it’s only February)?! YOU ARE NOT ALONE. 77% of people report that they regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress, and honey – that ain’t a way to live! Sounds like you could use some tips on new living *wink (#seewhatididthere)
We all have been guilty of starting the year with lots of energy, lofty goals and resolutions, and a renewed sense of purpose, and it’s easy to get discouraged when you realize how much time you may have lost in making progress. The great news is, incorporating small changes in your day-to-day routine to live a more eco-friendly life can actually make you happier and reduce stress, killing two theoretical, highly-symbolic birds with one stone (because we’d never advocate for the actual killing of birds EVER).
Being environmentally conscious might sound hard. Over the years, it’s gotten a bad rep (what do you mean “compost,” what is this??). But hear us when we say that studies have shown that living an eco-friendly life is now being shown to increase satisfaction and overall happiness in your life. Professors from Simon Fraser University have released a study that shows if you live an eco-friendly life you will be healthier and happier. In addition, some other cool and amazingly smart people – Michael Schmitt (professor of psychology), Lara Aknin (professor of psychology) and Jonn Axsen (a professor of resource and environmental management), who also partnered with Rachael Shwom from Rutger’s University – have released a study that shows if you follow “the act of living with intent,” you will become a more satisfied and stress free person (you can find their study published here in Ecological Economics.)
The great news is, it actually isn’t hard – seriously! In a gig-economy world where everyone’s hustling every.hour.of.the.day, living eco-friendly and reducing your day-to-day stress can be achieved. We’ve put together some things that have worked with us at New Living that have been super helpful. We’d love to hear what works for you!
Conserve Water & Electricity
*over PA system* Attention, Texas residents *static, static*
Sometimes we forget that we live in a state where one minute, water is over-abundant, and the next minute, one county has a burn ban and the other county is being told not to water their lawns. We forget that something as simple as turning off the tap while brushing our teeth or taking a shorter shower can help a lot with water conservation. We’d love to provide you with some stats to back this up in future posts, but we might not need to if you’ve been watching the news and have heard about what is going on in South Africa. And if not, we’ve got you, boo boo (source: Reuters). And here’s a tip that serves a dual purpose: try taking a bath with essential oils (peppermint and Palo Santo are our faves). You’ll be reducing your stress & conserving water, all while you #treatyoself
Plant More Trees
The human relationship with trees is one of the most beautiful symbiotic relationships: we need trees to live, and trees need us to live. Mass deforestation is happening all around us in staggering levels, and sometimes it’s hard to remember that the little things we do make a huge impact. If you live in the loop like many and have only a balcony to work with, never fear. Small succulents and potted plants – we love the hanging variety! – all help contribute to the oxygen in our atmosphere.
Buy Locally Grown Produce
Find out where your closest Farmer’s Market is (Houston has a ton of them!) and go there! Here you will feel fulfilled by your social interaction with the people who grow the food that you are purchasing. There is no better feeling! We LOVE Urban Harvest (www.UrbanHarvest.org), but there are a ton in Houston you can check out!
Buy Recycled Goods
When you buy a consumer good made from recycled materials – and there are tons of options, thanks to brands being more woke! – you are helping to increase the demand for these recycled products (thanks, high school economics class!). Recycling is becoming more common in counties, so make sure you are aware of your options – you could be missing out on an opportunity to give back!
Buy Organic or Responsibly Sourced
You’ve got to buy (coffee, crackers, bed sheets, insert product here) anyway — buy products you can be confident about when it comes to their quality and longevity. Organic and responsibly sourced products not only give you peace of mind that those who were involved in the assembly were treated well while creating this for you, but that your quality of life is improved because of it. Maybe we’ve been reading a little too much Marie Kondo, or maybe we truly believe that the things you invite into your space have a spirit and impact your life… maybe both!
Going back to the original study, Schmitt says that “instead of thinking of these changes only in terms of what they cost us, individuals and policy makers need to see eco-friendly behaviors as opportunities to do good for the environment, for humans, and for other species. As contributions to the well-being of others, eco-friendly behaviors offer opportunities to experience a meaningful and satisfied life.”
Environmentally conscious living can be perceived as a type of commitment, yes. But it’s a lot easier than you think. It is a way of life that has proven to have the power to bring you sustained happiness (hashtag science). We’ve seen it, we’ve felt it, we’ve lived it – and we want to hear about how you are, too! How are you reducing stress? How are you living eco-friendly? How are YOU “new living?”
Our hearts go out to all those affected by Hurricane Harvey. We’ve been spending the last few days visiting shelters and helping people find long term housing with our partners at Airbnb.
We wanted to introduce you to Open Door Houston an initiative to help those in need to get people out of the shelters and into homes. Real homes. Comfy homes.
It’s easy to sign up to host those in need in your home. And it’s easy to sign up to find a place to stay. It’s all done through the Airbnb website and app. As safe and secure as any other transaction on Airbnb.
Our Houston launch has been strong. We are at less than 24 hours live and we already have added 500 new Houston listings. Adding to the 500 we already had in the region/state. It is the highest utilization of our program since we launched a few years ago.
Though we have lots of folks adding listings, the Houston listings are being snapped up faster than we have ever seen (not surprising). And the City is asking us to also support local first responders who have lost their homes.
WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU:
Please sign up! Join us in creating something valuable to our friends and community. Helping to share information about the program is key. Specifically please create your own posts and share posts:
A great way to help your neighbor. Airbnb has launched their disaster program for Hurricane Harvey. Please consider…
Posted by New Living on Friday, September 1, 2017
Over the next few days, us at New Living will be visiting Houston area shelters to get people signed up. If you want us to visit your shelter, please contact New Living and request for us to visit you there.
Visit Here to Sign Up.
Background on Airbnb’s Disaster Response Program:
Houston, surrounding areas of Galveston and Corpus Christi, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Lake Charles and Lafayette have been added as designated areas that people can sign up to offer their homes to evacuees for $0.
Earlier this week, Airbnb activated hosts through our disaster response tool in the areas around San Antonio, Austin, Dallas and just north of Houston, including The Woodlands, College Station and Waco.
The availability of $0 listings is valid through September 25th and currently more than 800 homes are being offered through the program.
In the event of major emergencies like this one, Airbnb’s Disaster Response Program provides a tool to support neighbors helping neighbors, allowing residents who have been displaced — as well as emergency relief workers and volunteers who are coming in to assist –to find temporary housing with local Airbnb hosts who are opening their homes free of charge. All service fees are waived.
Day should be enough for your work or even a little TV shows binging. Night is meant to sleep. If you are not sleeping properly every night, then you could feel run down and it could lead to health consequences. Even tossing and turning at night can be unhealthy and can leave you feeling drained. If you are looking for a proper sleep every night, here are some healthy tips.
They are easy things you can implement every day that can make a big difference in the way that you feel.
Maintain A Proper Schedule:
It is important that you maintain a proper sleep schedule every night. Set aside at least
seven to eight hours and stick to them. Try to go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning.
During weekends, try to keep the same hours and amount of sleep as a weeknight. When you are consistent, your body enforces a more continuous sleep-wake cycle. That means that if you ever feel unable to sleep, you can do an activity that relaxes you, and you will be more likely to fall asleep quickly.
Limit Daytime Naps:
Short power naps are recommended during day and are considered healthy for the body. But be careful not oversleep as it can interfere with your night’s schedule. Limit your day nap to 30 minutes only, and if you love naps, try keeping them to a specific time every day.
A Proper Diet:
Your sleep schedule is also affected by what you eat and drink, especially during dinner and late at night. Be sure to not over-stuff yourself and always eat at least a few hours before your bedtime. Also, avoid drinking caffeine and alcohol, and avoid ingesting nicotine too. All of these chemicals may wear off the sleep effect. Your diet can disrupt your sleeping schedule, so be careful to consider it and eat well to achieve great sleep.
A Peaceful Environment:
It is a must to have a peaceful environment whenever and wherever you sleep! Create a room that is free from any external noise and one that makes you feel cozy. If you are insomniac, create a restful environment and a restful state of mind, before lie down to go to sleep. If necessary, use room-darkening shades, and earplugs to build up an environment that will aid you in your fight against insomnia.
One of the most relaxing ways to bring on sleepiness is a bath before bedtime. Massage your entire body or apply an overnight face mask. Use some essential oils like these. The possibilities are endless!
It is better if you solve all your problems or put out your work tensions before bedtime. In case you can’t resolve your worries, jot them down and set them aside. It is a simple activity, but it helps in de-stressing so much.
Consider how good stress management can help you sleep. Start doing yoga, meditation, and organize the things that might further aggravate the problem.
Physical Activities throughout the Day:
The most effective way to promote better sleep is regular everyday physical activity. Spend time outside everyday. Run, do some cardio activities, or anything that will help wear you out and you will definitely get a good night’s sleep. But keep in mind that you do not want to have your heart racing right before the bedtime. The extensive endorphins can feel like an adrenaline rush and make you feel alert.
Sania is a student of accounts and finance. She enjoys shopping, trying out skincare remedies and blogging about anything that is related to beauty and self-care. Her love for pets, tea and travelling is eternal. She ritually posts at The Smart Women Blog.
If you’ve stopped by New Living Healthy Bedroom Store lately, you may have tried Posh & Lavish. It’s one of our newest brands that we carry and one of the most popular. If you haven’t tried out a Posh & Lavish you must! The mattress is cozy and of the highest quality. And their company is shaping the healthy mattress industry.
Posh and Lavish the company is only 3 years old. However the founders have over 15 years of industry experience in the mattress industry. Their experience and their passion for healthy sleep has helped them shaped a new company to one of the most popular and innovative around. They use obsessive engineering for a cozy sleep that’s buyount and create a quality mattress that lasts.
The Posh+Lavish brand includes six all-latex beds. The mattresses have washable, extra-thick, stretch-knit covers made with Tencel yarn. The cores combine Talalay latex and continuous-process latex to deliver “bounce-free” comfort. The mattress cores are wrapped in wool fiber, making them compliant with federal FR regulations.
What’s truly unique about Posh & Lavish is the way they combine layers of dunlop latex with tallalay latex – both natural forms of rubber. Dunlop is known for being firm, long lasting, and keeping it’s shape. Tallalay latex is softer and forms to the body easily. By layering them, Posh & Lavish gives you the best of both. I firm core that keeps it’s shape after many years and soft contours that hug the body and help you relax. If you want to know more about these types of latex, check out our latest post that explains the difference here.
The latex used by Posh & Lavish is Oeko-Tex certified.
Oeko-Tex Standard 100 was introduced by the Hohenstein Institute and the Institute for Ecology, Technology and Innovation ÖTI (Vienna/Austria) in 1992. The aim was to make textile products from conventional production having undergone laboratory testing for harmful substances obvious to consumers by using a label (‘Confidence in Textiles’). Textiles with this label are proven to remain below the set limit values for certain harmful substances.
The company does not sell direct to consumers or to online-only retailers, so the best place to experience the luxury of Posh & Lavish is in store at New Living.
“Like many ultra-premium brands, Posh+Lavish is a luxury brand that should be experienced,” Ling said. “While the industry is certainly growing rapidly in the online space, we are building a brand for retailers to provide a non-commoditized, unique, high-value encounter and experience for consumers. It is becoming ever clearer to us that the future will contain ‘online-only’ brands, ‘online and in-store’ brands and ‘in-store only’ brands. We want to put a stake in the ground for the independent retailer that wants to offer one or more ‘in-store only’ brands.” from Bed Times.
The mattresses are manufactured in California and ship compressed and rolled to help retailers deliver the mattresses more easily, reduce damage in transit, minimize freight costs, reduce the company’s carbon footprint and minimize retailer’s warehouse space.
Want to shop for Posh & Lavish beds now? See them online here.