Sleep Organic Blog — Sustainability

Nisa Shah
Saying ‘I love you’ with toxic flowers?

Saying ‘I love you’ with toxic flowers?

As Valentine's day is on the horizon we thought let’s check our flowers, the symbol of love.  Did you know most mass-produced flowers are grown using harmful chemicals? No doubt flowers are beautiful and a cherished symbol of love and passion. This connotation can be traced back to Aphrodite in Greece and Venus in Rome - Goddesses of love. Sadly the situation has become somewhat muddied in our time. Now we are surrounded by cut flowers that are grown with harmful agro-chemicals and pesticides which are damaging the environment, our ecosystem. It's putting florists and people who are working with flower farms at...

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Dr. Chris Murphy
Healthy living between the sheets

Healthy living between the sheets

Imagine yourself taking a walk outdoors. You may be picturing a lovely coastal scene, or a forest setting, or perhaps a stroll in the hills…ah, how pleasant, you can almost taste the clean, fresh air!   Now think again, and get a feel for what it would be like to take an extended, 8-hour long hike along a busy traffic-laden road! Every step of the way you’re breathing in toxic fumes and seeing nothing but the back ends of honking cars. Can you imagine the impact of doing this every day of your life? You’d be crazy to even conceive of such...

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Dr. Chris Murphy
Organic – the common thread

Organic – the common thread

We use the term organic in diverse contexts. We might be talking about carbon chemistry, particularly the chemistry of life, or in the sense of organ-ic, referring to organ systems or organisms, or to specific farming practices and its produce. Let’s look at each in turn and see if there’s a common thread...       The chemistry of life All life forms are based on organic compounds; that is compounds containing carbon. What’s so special about carbon is its ability to hook up with other carbon atoms in long complex chains, leading to the formation of, literally, millions of distinct...

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Dr. Chris Murphy
Organic and Fairtrade – can we afford not to?

Organic and Fairtrade – can we afford not to?

Organic products are produced as nature intended, free of artificial interference by genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) and toxins. They are typically of a much higher quality, are better for you, and kinder to the planet and the atmosphere. Can we really afford not to go organic?   Organic Certification Any product labelled organic must meet a set of strict criteria. In the UK, organic products are approved by the Soil Association through Global Organic Textile Standard - GOTS certification, the leading regulatory body worldwide that evaluates produce to decide whether it meets the criteria necessary to be called organic. To...

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