For those of you that know me (and for those of you that I haven't met...yet) know that I feel very strongly about several things: what I do in my chosen profession as well as the items that are part of it!
With that said, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit a small manufacturer located in Oconomowoc Wisconsin. What's so special about this company? Well, a couple of things: Organic Wool, Organic cotton, Made In The U.S.A. beds & bedding! I would like to tell you about, The Wool Bed Company of Kerry Hill Farms.
Of the MANY wonderful things about this company--is it's close proximity to our state! What this means as a consumer--it's close enough, (approximately 3 hours drive time) that if you want to experience their products first hand (you know--the "touchy-feely" kind of thing) this could be accomplished in one morning (or afternoon, as in my case.)
This company raises their own sheep (400 sheep from what Susan tells me); covers this AMAZING wool with certified Organic cotton cloth (purchased from a mill in South Carolina--cotton grown here in the U.S.A.!) All these items are hand-stuffed, hand-sewn, and "hand-tufted". (For those of you unfamiliar with this term: tufting consists of running yarn from the top layer fabric through the material contained in the center, to the bottom layer of the fabric (and tying it off with a knot) to prevent the center contents from "shifting.")
Do you have environmental-allergies? Are you aware that your bedding (this includes you mattress too!) can be a major factor in contributing to you sensitivities? The "flame-retardant" chemicals required by law, alone are enough to give even the most healthiest of us, some physical reactions! Add to this, the "sizing" and "dyes" that are used in your sheets, blankets and comforters... and it's enough to make your head spin!
In the field of work that I do, "toxicity" is an issue brought up by our customers almost everyday! Observing the immune-imbalances, (as well as the changes in cognitive function with our youngest of customers), often resultant of their day-to-day toxicity exposure through diet, water and environment, is almost overwhelming! As time marches forward, it becomes even more apparent, that we (as consumers and parents) need to be pro-active in cutting toxic-chemical exposure wherever possible! This also means paying attention to where you spend two-thirds of your life--in bed sleeping!!!
Take a moment, to think about the amount of hours you spend lying in one location...breathing in the "off-gassing" of a new mattress, new sheets, new comforter...new pillows...over and over...for hours! I'm sure you've heard of "new-house" syndrome--where all the paint, drywall compounds, flooring adhesives, counter top & cabinet sealers, caulking, wall and window sealers, carpeting...(well, you get the idea!) oozes into a now, well insulated and draft-free sealed interior of your home. This wonderful "cocktail" of toxic chemistry can (and often does) affect your body! The same is true of your chemistry exposure with your bed and bedding! Take a moment and think about this...
Do you have options? Of course you do! Is it worth the extra expense? It depends on where you place the value of your health & immune system! Quality-of-life (not just quantity) should weigh in here!
I want you to take a moment to check out this company; I did! I spent quite a bit of time researching the information out on the web, in order to get it through my head--THIS IS IMPORTANT! As much time as I spend teaching about diet and supplements...I feel the importance of emphasizing environmental-toxicity exposure too!
Oh, by the way...The Wool Bed Company also manufacturers pet beds (I had the delightful opportunity of meeting Susan's barking "four-legged" companions, whose photo graces her web-site!) as well as crib mattresses and bedding too!
If you would like to view the information Susan has compiled on The Wool Bed Company, you can either visit her web-site OR stop by our business; we have a binder with information & pricing, here in-store that Susan has so graciously given us!
You can also call: 1-888-WOOL BED