Monday, May 24, 2010

May Give-a-Way: Coastal Sweater for Dad

Most of our give-a-ways have been oriented towards women.  So this month, we're celebrating Father's Day (June 20) a little early.  One lucky winner will receive the Coastal Sweater in their choice of color and size either for themselves or to give as a Father's Day gift.

We're particularly excited about this one because the manufacturer Of the Earth has sadly gone out of business, and we were able to score one final restock of this best selling sweater from another retailer.  We now have it in 3 handsome colors and 4 sizes.

TO ENTER: Leave on comment on this blog post by midnight, May 31, 2010. You must include an e-mail address or phone number so we can contact you. Drawing will be held June 1 with delivery in plenty of time for Father's Day if this is a gift.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Quick Fact: Latex allergies

Natural rubber latex is derived from the rubber tree Hevea brasiliensis.  The protein in latex is the sensitizer that causes allergies.  Many individuals are not initially allergic to latex, but develop sensitivity to it after prolonged exposure.

Latex allergies are particularly tricky because latex can sometimes be found in elastic, but not always.  Manufacturers are not required to specify if a product contains a small amount of elastic as trim.  Even when they do note that elastic is present, the underlying source of the elastic is almost never listed.  So it is rare to find a garment hang tag that will say with any certainty whether latex is present.

Many of our products are not labeled "Latex Free" only because we weren't able to track down the source of the elastic.  So they could be, but we just don't know.  A few of our vendors have been able to trace back to the exact make-up of their elastics.  Here's a compiled product list of manufacturer-confirmed Latex Free garments.  For more information on latex allergies, visit the American Latex Allergy Association.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

April's Organic Fair Trade Dress Winner

There were 13 entries into this contest (one of the comments was from me as I was answering a question).  Lucky number 7 of 13 has won.

Congratulations, Elizabeth!