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Beds Mattresses Disease & Sleep

Beds Mattresses Disease & Sleep. Learn from Barry Cik. He is an extremely accomplished engineer and the founder of Naturepedic! He was a guest on “Lounge & Learn.” Barry helped us uncover the dirty details behind mattress manufacturing, materials, poisons & ethics.  Check out the teaser below. Beds Mattresses Disease & Sleep.

Without a doubt, this webinar was one of our most informative and important ones to date. Barry like most of our guests, is a true expert in his field. It is a very important subject considering we spend one third of our life on a mattress. A mattress must be safe and chemical free. Listen and learn. Isn’t your health worth 40 minutes of your time?

Get the full interview. VeganDesign.Org members only pay $10 and regular folk pay $20.

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Here’s just a few of the many topics we chatted with Barry about:

Latex, foam, memory foam, feathers, down & so much more. The market is flooded with so many choices and so many chemicals! 

best vegan & healthy interior design

How To Design the Best Healthy Vegan Home

How To Design the Best Healthy Vegan Home🧚‍♀️ We all want to be happy, healthy and strong don’t we?  We don’t wake up in the morning and shout out “today, I want to be sad, weak and unmotivated!” It’s scientifically proven that most of us crave positivity. Of course we do!  However, we still seek confirmation from the world of science. I recall years ago when  “baloney sandwiches are bad for your health!” made headlines. REALLY??  I had absolutely no  idea that chemically injected, processed, dyed animal meat byproducts weren’t part of an ideal diet for humans! Shocking! Btw, i had to look up the spelling of baloney. Yes it’s been that long since I ate a baloney sandwich. I think the last time was when I was a kid in summer camp. Back to “how to design the best healthy vegan home.” Watch this recorded webinar I did for the fabulous EGE Carpet Showroom in London about the subject (of vegan design..not baloney sandwiches 😏).

Mattresses Can Make Your Baby Sick

Crib Mattresses Can Make Your Baby Sick

Crib Mattresses Can Make Your Baby Sick.  Buying a mattress for your newborn or child is a big deal. A lot of crib and child mattresses that are sold in stores can trigger illnesses. Many infant mattresses contain poisons.

So, please take 5 minutes of your day and watch this video I made about crib mattresses. I promise you it’s worth your time.  I cover what to look for when buying a mattress for your baby or child in a few minutes.

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DIY Kids Play Areas for the Home

DIY Kids Play Areas For The Home

DIY Safe & Healthy Kids Play Spaces For The Home. Get expert tips & have your questions answered from the perfect team, an interior designer focused on healthy, ethical design and an occupational therapist. Learn how to create areas of play for your children’s sensory and developmental needs.  Size of a space is unimportant. Even the tiniest of nooks are ideal for many children.

 

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Where: Healthy & Humane Design Facebook Group Watch Party
When: Wednesday, April 15th 
Time: 12:30 -1:00 PM EST
The Experts: Deborah DiMare & Nancy Amar.
Your Homework Today; Post pictures of your kids current play areas on our Facebook Group Page


 

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Nancy and I will discuss how to create calming, stimulating, sensory and dual purpose play and “decompression” zones in the smallest of spaces.  Kids, like us, all have unique personalities & their play spaces must meet those needs. Sensory design is one of my favorite topics. It will be a great talk and it’s live.

Non Animal Based Furniture Means Good Health

Non Animal-Based Furniture Means Good Health

Non Animal-Based (vegan) Furniture Means Good Health. Ethical interior design is humane and healthy. We all want to be happy, healthy and strong. Going cruelty free and less toxic in your spaces will help you achieve optimal health, mentally and physically.

Please click on video below to learn more about cruelty free, healthy design.

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Make Your Partner’s “Man Cave” Vegan

Make Your Partner’s “Man Cave” Vegan. Your boyfriend, hubby, dad, all of favorite partners,deserve to have a beautifully designed, sensory “chill” space or Man Cave. Just in time for Valentine’s Day too! Thankfully, the world is moving away from the notion that a man cave should look like a scene straight out of a James Bond movie or even Iron Man. Bear skin rugs, thick leather chairs, and fur-lined slippers are so out of style. It’s never been easier to find items that don’t contain leather, fur, silk, wool, down, or anything animal-derived. Below are 8 fabulous items with all the makings of the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift: a whole new Man Cave.

 

Make Your Bedroom 100% Vegan

Love is in the air!!! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we all know that a heart shaped box of chocolates and flowers are the standard gifts. However, how about shaking things up a bit and give the gift of true romance – a beautifully styled bed for that special “ba-da-bing,  ba-da-boom night!

Let’s get down to setting the stage for a night of passion in a fabulous bed created with all the vegan trimmings. Good design should not only be visually beautiful. But it should address all our senses including touch (texture), sound and scent. The selected items, together, create the perfect sensory balance for an environment that is soothing, warm and purely romantic.

 

Tips for Designing Your Home For Senior Living The Vegan Way

How To Create Safe Spaces for the Elderly

SENIOR DESIGN

The uptick in a vegan lifestyle is no longer simply applying to just our eating habits; it’s in the way we live including our homes. It is expected that vegan home design will rise in popularity just as vegan food in the coming years and designers in the industry have already begun to make provisions for the shift. As homeowners, we take much pride in the design of our homes and strive for it to reflect our personalities and our needs, including our changing needs as we age. More seniors are opting to age at home and as a result, may need to adopt some changes in our home’s interior design. Just like we can now incorporate our vegan preferences in our paint choices or even our choice of natural home cleaning products, we can also create a vegan senior-friendly home using our interior design choices, navigate to this website.

Start With Your Flooring

One of the most recommended changes for a senior-friendly and accessible living space is to change your floors. According to published work by researchers including those at Berkley Wellness at the University Of California, our balance changes as we age due to loss of muscle, declined reaction time and sometimes, poor vision.In addition, falls are one of the most reported incidents amongst seniors with 1 in 4 Americans reporting an occurrence. Therefore, you can start with removing and replacing any rugs with anti-slip options and opting for flooring made of soft material such as carpet in spaces such as your living room and bedroom.

When designing your home’s interior even the color scheme of your carpets can make an impact on your desired color scheme or theme so this is a great way to incorporate your taste. However, when it comes to choosing your carpets or rugs, avoid synthetic fabrics and opt for eco-friendly and non-toxic options instead. Chemical free carpets such as Earth Weave and Helios carpets are made from eco-friendly fabrics and treated with biodegradable treatments instead. Visit actionac.net.

Opt For Sustainable Shower Curtains And Rails

As we age, our stability can also decline and tasks such as taking a shower can present itself as a potential hazard. Installing grab bars and shower railings are one of the simplest adaptations you can make to promote accessible living at home. Speaking of the bathroom, consider swapping out your plastic shower curtains for those made of organic cotton or linen. Hemp is also a great choice in for shower curtain liners since the nature of its material makes it more resistant to mold, a key issue in damp environments such as the bathroom.

Go Vegan With Your Accessories- Including Your Fabrics

Accent fabrics, pillows, and even your curtain choices play a part in not only your home decor but its accessibility to seniors. Many organizations such as PETA UK estimate that vegan fabrics   are the future of home interior design. Choosing fabrics made from cotton, hemp or even recycled polyester means you are avoiding the use of wool in the making of your throw pillows, curtains, throws, and even your couch’s fabric covering.  Check out commercial locksmith dublin thelockboss.ie.

Not only are they more kind to the environment and its inhabitants, but some of them are also better. Organic cotton is lighter, more breathable and easier to take care of (think washing them). This eases the burden of care on seniors who may have impaired abilities and also promotes great ventilation. More specific to the needs of seniors, it is important to keep your decor thoughtful and avoid buildup and clutter. This means possibly adopting a minimalist attitude to avoid trip hazards.

Boost Your Lighting With Sustainable Options

Lighting in areas such as the kitchen becomes much more important as we age and our visions may be impacted. Having adjustable and strategically placed lighting can help seniors avoid accidents such as cuts when prepping their food or burns and spills when cooking. However, when are you choosing your lighting fixtures, go for the vegan-friendly lighting fixtures such as the Muulight Pendant Lightshade from London based Muunlight.com. The company promotes sustainability from production right up to its design (its lampshade is made from Japanese Kosuke paper). They are also lit using LED bulbs when is both energy efficient and negates the number of times you need to change the bulbs (yet another senior hazard).

Finally, consider accessibility in terms of your storage. This includes kitchen cabinets and closets. As we age, our reach may not be the same as it once was. This means lower placed cabinets can be a good idea. However, when designing these cabinets choose vintage or salvageable wood for your construction and natural water-based waxes or vegan paint in lieu of beeswax and other traditional finishes. Adapting your home as you age requires some changes but with a bit more consideration, you can still stay true to your belief of protecting the planet and its animals.

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