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The Right Organic Pet Bed for your Dog or Cat July 23, 2015

You may be considering an organic cat or dog bed if your pet:

• Has allergies and needs a hypoallergenic pet bed.
• Has chemical sensitivities and needs a pet bed without added chemicals or synthetic materials.
• Shares an earth or eco-friendly lifestyle with you.
• Overheats in the summer on their current dog or cat bed.


Or if you:


• Prefer a pet bed with materials that are naturally mold and mildew resistant.
• Have done research on chemical exposure and pets, and as a result, want to purchase products for your dog or cat which avoid synthetics and chemicals as much as possible.
• Want a dog or cat bed that will last a long time for your pet.
• Want what’s best for your pet.

At Pure-Rest Organics, we understand this, and as a result we offer a large selection of organic dog and cat beds to accommodate your pet. Though an issue which can develop with this large selection, is finding out which pet bed to get for your pet. You want to make sure you pick the right one, so that your pet may enjoy it, and actually sleep on it.

So let us begin.

Some factors to consider for deciding which organic dog or cat bed to get your pet, include your pet’s sleeping position, age, size, weight & body structure. Other factors include fur type and color, behavior, and where your pet normally sleeps. By looking at these various factors and what they mean, we can deduce which pet bed would be most optimal for your pet:


Sleeping Position:
Does your pet sleep curled up or straightened out? Do they sprawl out when they sleep? If your pet sleeps curled up, you would want to consider a round or oval pet bed, if they sleep straightened out, you would want to consider a rectangular pet bed. For sprawled out sleeping, a wider rectangular pet bed should be considered.



Age: Older pets should get pet beds which have a solid rubber inner, vs. shredded rubber inner, in order to ensure they can easily get onto the pet bed.


Size, Weight, & Body Structure:
If your pet is heavier or more muscular in body structure, then a thicker pet bed would be better (a 3” over a 2” thick for example). While slimmer or less muscular pets would still be well supported with a thinner pet bed (2” over 3”). Depending on the size of your pet, you will want to get a pet bed which works for that size. Measure your pet from the base of its tail to its head in order to figure out the minimum length you would want the pet bed to be. Measure your pet across its shoulders, and then add about 2 to 3” to figure out the minimum width for the pet bed.


Fur Type & Color:
Pets with longer fur tend to do better with organic cotton twill and chenille while pets with shorter fur work well with all types of organic cotton fabric. Depending on the color of your pet’s fur, you may want to consider a neutral or similar color in order to reduce the showing of loose fur in between washings of the organic cotton outer or pad.


Certain behaviors tend to result in certain pet beds working better for your pet. With cats that like to “knead” with their paws, the pet haven is the most optimal pet bed choice. With dogs that tend to be more aggressive, a twill organic cotton outer (regardless of pet bed choice) tends to work well. More active or playful pets may find the shredded rubber pet beds more to their liking, while calmer pets may find the solid rubber core pet beds more appeasing.


Normal Sleeping Location:
Depending on where you pet likes to sleep, you may want to ensure the pet bed works for that location and fits by size and shape there. Pets which prefer sleeping in a kennel or enclosed secure area, may desire an organic cotton pet pad vs. an organic pet bed. This also may apply for if this is going to be used in the car, as the pet pad would be lower maintenance and more adaptable to the shape of a car (for example if placed on the seat of the car).


If your pet prefers to sleep in a location with a solid surface below it (like wood), then you would want to consider a thicker pet bed (3” thick, shredded rubber, pet haven). Though if your pet prefers to sleep in a location with a plusher surface (like carpeting), a thinner pet bed will work fine. Some pets and owners, prefer for their pet to sleep in bed with them. In this case an organic cotton pet pad, organic cotton baby, toddler, or throw blanket, or a thinner solid rubber pet bed would most likely work better. So as not to add weight or taking up of space for owners sharing the bed with their pet.

We hope this information has given you some guidance on which organic pet bed would be ideal for your pet. If you feel you still can’t decide, or just want to see our organic & natural pet bed materials in person, order one of our free organic pet sampler kits! Please let us know in the comments section or contact us directly if you have any questions, or need any assistance in regards to this.

Anecdotal & Personal Research
Previous research and background knowledge


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What is Kapok? April 2, 2015

          Kapok are the silky fibers which come from the pods (fruit) of the kapok tree. The silky fibers (kapok) itself is actually considered to be the “meat” of the fruit, holding the seeds inside for transporting when the pods open. These fibers are lightweight and when the pods from the kapok tree open, the kapok floats out to land wherever it may. Kapok is similar in feel to cotton only silkier, hence its nickname, “Silk-Cotton”. The scientific name for the kapok tree, which the kapok comes from, is ceiba pentandra.

Here is a picture of kapok: Kapok on tree(Copyright to Wikipedia where this picture was sourced from.)

          Kapok has many naturally occurring beneficial properties including being extremely lightweight, naturally insulating/temperature regulating (due to 80-90% fiber hollowness), anti-bacterial, water repellent, and anti-mite (a mite deterrent). Kapok is also incredibly buoyant due to its natural water repellent nature.

          Kapok trees grow in rainforest areas and are some of the tallest trees in the rainforest (about 150 feet or more). Kapok trees live for about 60 years. Kapok is harvested by picking the pods/fruit from the kapok tree before they open and then sun drying the pods so they open on their own and the kapok can be scooped out.

          Kapok is used for a filling in various products including pillows, toppers, mattresses, sleeping bags, and at one time it was used for filling life preservers. We use kapok as a fill for our kapok Pillows. Kapok gives a very soft plush feel to anything it fills because of its light weight and buoyancy. It also does not overheat like synthetics can. When filled in a non-zip item, kapok filled bedding can have the possibility of being able to be machine washed and dried.

Here is a picture of our Kapok Pillow:
(Copyright to PureRest Organics where this picture was sourced from.)

          Using kapok for filling is an ecological/environmental friendly choice because it helps to give purpose to the Kapok trees in a way that is non-harmful and maintains preservation of the trees (which often otherwise would be cut down for lumber).

          Due to the kapok tree’s large size and the sturdy nature of the kapok tree it is incredibly low maintenance to no maintenance in regards to care for the tree itself or for preparation of harvesting Kapok. This makes Kapok a natural fiber which does not need pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, or other treatments applied to it.

          I hope this has explained kapok thoroughly. Please let me know if you have any inquiries or further questions about kapok or kapok trees. Lastly, please feel free to post in the comments your ideas for the next blog post!

Sources for the information provided: (for the picture)

If interested in Kapok Pillows for purchase, here is a link to our Kapok Pillows:


Naturally Wrinkle Free Sheets and Clothes! January 26, 2015

When shopping around for sheets, a common feature conventional sheets have is that a lot of them are “permanent press”, “easy care”, or “wrinkle free”. This essentially means that they will not wrinkle no matter the environment or conditions they are under. Quite a few people prefer not to purchase such sheets or clothing with these features due to the fact that most of the time, formaldehyde or resins made with formaldehyde is what is applied to the sheets or clothing to give it this feature. Still, the having sheets or clothing without wrinkles is something everyone desires. There are quite a few preventive measures one can take to ensure wrinkle free sheets and clothing. Let’s get into some things you can do to naturally prevent wrinkles on your clothes and sheets.


#1) Fill your machine only half way with clothes. Overfilling the machine not only stresses out your washer and dryer, but also prevents clothes from getting as much space to move around as they should. If the machine is only half filled, the clothes will have enough space to move around and dry wrinkle free.


#2) Pull clothes while still warm out of the dryer. You don’t want to leave clothes in the dryer as it can get wrinkly inside as it cools. Pulling the clothes while warm out of the dryer and either putting them away immediately or laying it out flat to put away lessens the clothes from getting wrinkles as they cool.


#3) Wash and dry extra-large or heavy items by themselves. This includes sheet sets. The weight of these items when drying can cause smaller items to not get enough movement which can cause the smaller items to wrinkle. Washing these big and heavy items by themselves allows them to get enough movement and drying out fully which lessens wrinkles.


#4) Add vinegar to the softening compartment of your washer for the final cycle. Vinegar naturally softens clothes, this softening makes clothes more malleable as it dries allowing it better chances of drying without wrinkles once put in the dryer.


#5) Don’t let the clothes sit in the washer. This can cause it to wrinkle up and be harder for the wrinkles to be removed in the dryer.


I hope this has aided with providing you a few methods for natural wrinkle prevention. Let me know if you want to know anything further or additional about this. Lastly, don’t forget to post in the comments your ideas for the next blog post.


Sources for information provided:


To Whiten or not! Information on Fabric Whiteners! July 16, 2014

There a quite a few ways to whiten a fabric, and I would like to discuss a couple of them; specifically chlorine bleach and hydrogen peroxide. They are the most common methods and often how they are made and how their usage works is unknown to many.


Bleach, otherwise known as Sodium Hypochlorite, is made by combining sodium hydroxide (lye) with gaseous or liquid chlorine and then diluting this solution with water.


It whitens through the chlorine, which breaks down the natural color or pigmentation of the fabric (this also breaks down stains and such). Chlorine, which can be quite dangerous on its own and needs the lye to hold onto to keep it stable, hence the purpose of the lye and not just straight chlorine. This method of whitening, will produce the whitest white one can get for a fabric and is much cheaper for whitening than other methods. This method is also more abrasive and can affect the life of the fabric.


Bleach sound pretty simple, right? Well, Hydrogen Peroxide… not so much. This helps to get an idea of probably why the Bleach method is cheaper and more commercially available for whitening of fabrics.


Hydrogen Peroxide is basically commercially made by first using palladium to cause 2-alkyl anthraquinone and two hydrogen molecules to react and combine creating 2-alkyl anthrahydroquinone (the palladium is just used to cause the reaction and is not in the 2-alkyl anthrahydroquinone). Two oxygen molecules are then added to the 2-alkyl anthrahydroquinone. Now you basically have 2-alkyl anthraquinone and hydrogen peroxide combined into one compound because the added hydrogen and oxygen create hydrogen peroxide. The hydrogen peroxide is extracted from the compound using distillation, which separates the 2-alkyl anthraquinone from the hydrogen peroxide. The 2-alkyl anthraquinone is only used to get the hydrogen peroxide to combine and form properly and is not in the end product of hydrogen peroxide, it is necessary because attempting to combine the two hydrogen atoms and oxygen atoms directly can often times result in the wrong compound being formed.


Hydrogen Peroxide whitens through oxygenation from the oxygen atoms in the hydrogen peroxide that easily separate from it and bonds onto the pigment, removing it from the material. Fabrics colored using this method produce a less strong white, though this whitening method is less abrasive on the fabric itself.


Overall, I hope this has explained some of the basics with common fabric whiteners! Let me know if you want to know anything further or additional about them! Lastly, don’t forget to post in the comments your ideas for the next blog post!

Sources for information provided:—PDF



They’re both the same! Aren’t they? Natural vs. Synthetic or Man-Made products March 21, 2014

There are many compounds, minerals, materials, foods, and general “things” which can have the same name and be pretty much the same, except one is man-made or synthetic and the other is natural. Now due to what one may have read or been told, one may be led to believe that every single thing about this item is the exact same, this isn’t always true.


In fact, a lot of the time, they can actually be different in some manner.


Thinking about this, I decided I would pick out 4 things which have man-made or synthetic versions and natural versions and explain some of these differences. Hopefully, this will inspire you to look into items you have which could have another version and explore to see if there are differences among those items when natural or man-made/synthetic.


Alas, let us begin.


Item 1) Lye: Lye is a common ingredient used in the soap making process for saponification. It is a base and can be the natural version (potassium hydroxide) or the man-made version (sodium hydroxide). The natural version (Potassium Hydroxide) would be from wood ash while the man-made version (sodium hydroxide) would be industrially produced. The natural version will normally result in a softer or a liquid soap while the man-made will result in a hard soap. If you add quite a  bit of salt  during the soap making process you can also possibly turn the naturally occurring version into a hard soap, though one needs to use a more solid fat with it like animal fat. The naturally occurring version also uses less water and could be argued as more concentrated or effective in regards to how the soap works when using the naturally occurring lye for making.


Item 2) Sweeteners: Sweeteners are used to make something taste sweet, and there are naturally occurring types and synthetic types.  Naturally occurring types include cane sugar and honey while synthetic types include Aspartame and Saccharin. What normally results in the usage of these synthetic types over the naturally occurring types, is the concerns of calorie consumption or the economic cost as the synthetics tend to be cheaper.


Cane sugar is sugar that is obtained from the sugar cane, normally less processed than white granulated sugar which results in a slight natural color and courser grain. Honey is a sweetener obtained from beehives and depending where you get it can have different levels of processing. While sweet, it is liquid and has other minerals and proteins in it. In addition, depending on what plants the bees are going to that they are using to make the honey, the honey can have differing levels of sweetness and taste. Aspartame is made by fermenting and synthesizing* the amino L-phenylalanine with L-aspartic acid and methanol (I’ve posted links about these below with my other sources though to explain the individual ingredients would need another post). Saccharin is made through first converting phthalic anhydride into anthranilic acid. The Anthranilic acid is then synthesized with nitrous acid, sulfur dioxide, chlorine, and ammonia to create Saccharin.


The naturally occurring types of sweeteners like honey and cane sugar tend to have a less sweet taste in similar quantities to the synthetics, but are better absorbed by the body and digested. With the synthetics like Saccharin and Aspartame, weight gain is actually able to occur due to it resulting in making the body think it needs to store extra calories.


Item 3) Vitamin D: Vitamin D is a vitamin which helps to regulate other minerals in the body and aid the immune system. The naturally occurring type is Vitamin D3 while the synthetic type is Vitamin D2. Vitamin D3 occurs naturally in Fatty fish and through exposure to sunlight. With exposure to sunlight, please note that you need the natural oils on your skin to be present in order to actually absorb the Vitamin D3, washing oneself on a bi-daily or daily basis with harsh or conventional soaps strips your body of these oils which prevents the absorption of vitamin D3 through exposure to sunlight.  In addition, excessive use of sunscreens can also prevent Vitamin D3 from being absorbed when getting it from exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D2 is synthetic and not at all necessary for your body, when talking about vitamin D levels, in fact, even though both are shown the Vitamin D3 is the preferred to have. Vitamin D2 is made by radiating ergosteral from the mold ergot. Vitamin D2 is not as potent as vitamin D3.


Item 4) Fleece: When talking about fleece, I am not talking about the sheep’s fleece, but actually am talking about the fleece common in clothing and blankets. Most of these are synthetically made from polyester, which as I have said before in a previous post, is terephthalic acid (a petroleum base) mixed with anti-freeze. Though there are some which are made from Cotton, which would be natural. Polyester is considered the warmer fabric, though due to polyester’s not so breathable nature, being a plastic and all, it tends to also result in a lot of overheating and some sweating which for many is a huge nuisance with the fabric and a major deterrent. Polyester also tends just not to feel as nice as cotton does even if it does try. As I personally notice, the polyester tends to “catch” onto the skin more.


Cotton fleece, would be more breathable and as a result not as warm, which may require an additional layer of something like wool in colder or wet weather or silk in more windy weather. Cotton fleece would be softer though and would not cause overheating while still adding a nice warmer layer. Polyester fleece though is cheaper and more easily accessible, while cotton would be harder to find. One could also get a fleece item made from wool which would be if minimally processed, liquid resistant and temperature regulating, but unless it is a higher quality organic wool fleece or something along those lines, it could affect sensitive skin and not be as soft.


Anyways, I hope this information has helped with seeing some of the differences and making one more aware that there can be differences among various items which are supposed to be the same, depending on whether they are the synthetic or natural versions.
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Sources for information provided:

*Synthesis definition per oxford dictionary: The combination of components or elements to form a connected whole.


Shopping for Holiday Presents the Natural & Organic Way; Ideas for the perfect affordable Natural & Organic presents! November 21, 2013

                It’s that time of year again when one is shopping for the Holiday season! Whether it’s Chanukah or Christmas, those of us who choose a more natural lifestyle are going to come to that one gift giving dilemma… How do I find presents that others will enjoy, but also presents that I won’t feel wrong getting due to their potential non-natural or chemical based origins I may personally not agree with?                 
               In other words, how do I find good and natural presents for the people I care about without spending too much?
                I have a couple of suggestions.
                Here I will list off 5 items to consider and ideas so as to make the dilemma less so and the shopping experience a lot easier when going and giving natural!

1. Natural Soap Bars or Shower Gel!
                Natural soap bars and shower gels tend to have a much more distinctive and fancy or elegant look. Many natural soap bars and shower gels also tend to moisten the skin rather than dry out the skin like conventional soaps can. During winter time, that can be a big plus.  In addition, they are a nice affordable and simple present, along with being able to come in all types of wonderful natural scents (thanks to essential oils) that can fit everyone on your lists’ unique personality or preferences!

2. Natural & Organic Throw Blankets!
                A wonderful gift ideal perfect for the season and never overdone, because let’s face it, for the most part you can never have too many awesome blankets! You can get the blankets in all kinds of natural or organic fibers like Organic Cotton, Hemp, Untreated or Organic Wool, Mohair, and Silk. If one is looking to be more budget friendly, the Organic cotton and Hemp will be the most affordable. We at Pure-Rest even have some organic cotton ones on sale in our clearance section in addition to our regular selections!  

3. Stoneware & Ceramic cooking and serving items!
                These items can include pots, bowls, utensils, plates, pans (including certain naturally non-stick ceramic fry pans) and are overall a little bit more on the low maintenance side with cleaning and care compared to some other natural cookware available. This is great for when you have someone you may be getting a present for that is not as focused on natural cookware and is just into ease of cooking. These items are also great because they can be quite affordable and have a huge variety of options, along with being a very usable and long lasting gift!

4. Kids-Wood Toys and Natural Fiber Plushies!
                Kids love toys and for the most part, probably won’t notice whether they are plastic or not, as long as they are toys. You can get wood toy cars, cooking kitchens and food, trains, slingshots, boats, animals, play sets, dolls for doll houses, doll houses themselves, and almost anything else that is normally made of hard plastic for playing with in wood. These toys will not just be a better alternative, but will last longer and can be more durable over time.
                Natural fiber Plushies may be a little bit hard to find, but will also tend to last longer, normally are easier to clean, and a lot of time can have fillings(like organic or untreated wool) that are naturally bacterial resistant which can make them lower maintenance. Fibers and fillings can include organic cotton, kapok, and untreated or organic wool and can be very affordable along with having various options which can be found over the internet!

5.  Organic Cotton Clothing!
                Clothing is always a great present during the holidays and when shopping it can be hard sometimes to resist a lot of cute items. Luckily, many big clothing companies are selling some clothing items made with organic cotton, you just need to keep your eyes open for them. I’ve seen some from Disney, Banana Republic, Quiksilver, American Apparel, Billabong, The North Face, Victoria’s Secret, & Lucky Brand and there is probably more than just these companies offering organic cotton options with their clothing! You can also find online many smaller companies that sell strictly organic cotton clothing. Organic cotton overall tends to be a lot softer than conventional cotton and many will appreciate the extra softness!

I hope this list has helped with shopping for natural presents, if one has any questions, ideas, or needs advice or help further in this subject, feel free to comment below!

This Blog Post is not a researched based post so no sources would be needed. If requested, I can post in the comments section some brands, stores, or websites which carry the items I’ve listed above.
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How to find the best organic mattress! July 16, 2013

                        “How do I know which organic mattress is the right one for me?”
This question comes up quite often. We will try to answer this question below or on our website, but if you still have questions so you may make an informed choice – call us at 800-596-7450 or email

            Let us begin.
            Firstly; Who is this mattress for?
            Is it for just you, for you and your significant other, for a child, for guests, for someone else? Children need a firm mattress for their growing bodies and most children tend to sleep on their back and stomach, so as they grow, this firm supports them well.   As we age, we sleep more on our sides and want the plushness of a softer mattress with firm support.
            What is the comfort level?
            Normally, side sleepers, females, and older individuals prefer a softer mattress while back sleepers and stomach sleepers tend to go with a firmer mattress. Lighter individuals usually prefer a less firm mattress while heavier individuals prefer a slightly more firm mattress. With natural latex mattresses, an adult should consider using at least 6” of firm or extra firm rubber, or 3” of each, for the support of their mattress.             
            An organic adult mattress can vary in pricing depending on size and comfort. A rule of thumb to follow is to never get a mattress strictly because it is a lower price, if it is not going to be comfortable to you. These mattresses tend to have a warranty of 20 years when properly cared for, so you want to make sure you have the right one to meet your comfort levels. If pricing is a concern, a good way to save money while still meeting ones’ comfort needs, is to instead of getting a strictly natural latex mattress, go with an innerspring support and natural latex extra soft toppers for comfort, though this may be slightly less conforming feeling than the strictly latex and have more of a “bounce”.
            Lastly; Some quick Pure-Rest Mattress notes:
 1. Softer mattresses on our website include the Sagittarius, Celestial, Libra, Circa, Athena, and Zeus. Firm or Firmer mattresses include the Harmony, Gemini, Wool outer, & Apollo. Medium to slightly firm mattresses, with a little bit of comfort, include the Selene, Atlantis, and Leo.
2. The most commonly purchased organic mattress for adults is the Sagittarius Zip Outer mattress in extra firm, firm, and extra soft. The most commonly purchased organic mattress for children is the Harmony tailored in firm. The Zip Outer Harmony mattress is also quite popular among both children and adults as each side can have a different firmness.
3. On our website, if you click on the mattress you are interested in, it directs you to a more detailed description of the mattress, helping further to give you an ideal of the feel.
4. The Gemini and 4.5” wool outer mattress is firmer than the other mattresses and is not recommended for permanent usage for adults because it is not supportive enough due to it being too thin.

We hope this helps you with such an important decision as mattress selection!
Sources for the information provided:
Myself- 2 years of experience with mattress recommendations.

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