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Welcoming a newborn into the world can be overwhelming, and amid endless considerations, prioritizing environmental impact can feel like the least of a busy parent’s concerns. Still, there are plenty of reasons to adopt planet-conscious parenting methods – not least because parents want to make choices that have the best interest of both their newborn and the planet they inhabit. One of these choices is making sure a newborn has a safe and healthy environment to grow up in, with the nursery being the most important place to start.
When it comes to building a nursery for a newborn, material choice is crucial. Selecting natural, wood-based material not only reduces impact on the environment compared to synthetic counterparts but helps to keep newborn babies safe from allergens or harmful pollutants which can be created during the textile manufacturing process.
“Newborns have very sensitive skin, that is why it is particularly important for parents to think about what kind of fabrics and materials they want to use for their baby,” said Mr. Stefan Kappl, Head of Sales at Träumeland. “Choosing the right materials can also help prevent skin issues and discomfort.”
It’s important to look for bedding from pillow covers to bed linen and mattresses – all products with a high-degree of body contact – that are made fibers like TENCEL™ branded lyocell, derived from natural raw material, whose moisture-regulating properties create a less favorable environment for the growth of odor-causing bacteria. Moreover, the fabrics used for a baby should be soft and breathable, while also durable enough to sustain multiple washes.
To promote healthier sleep, a quality mattress is a worthwhile investment. After all, this is where babies and children spend most of their time sleeping, a vital activity for cognition and physical growth. A study conducted by Lenzing showed that mattresses made of TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers have better optimized thermal regulation compared to cotton, contributing to a good night’s sleep by keeping the environment cool and dry. When looking for a perfect mattress for a young child, search for products like Träumeland’s youth mattress, which is made of a unique fiber blend containing TENCEL™ to help with ventilation. Other bedding products featuring TENCEL™ fibers include Sheridan’s Soft Blend All Seasons Pillow, Cambrass’ Cotton Blanket, made from a blend of TENCEL™ Lyocell and cotton, and Ikea’s NATTSLÄNDA duvet and pillowcase cover.
Parents are more inclined to choose nursery products from brands they trust to be safe and responsibly made.
“Sustainable and responsible options not only contribute to a healthier environment but also promote ethical manufacturing practices,” said Mr. Kappl. “Reading product labels, doing research, and getting recommendations from trusted sources can help parents to make the rights choice.”
Derived from controlled or certified wood sources, TENCEL™ Lyocell fibers are made from a resource-saving, closed loop production process. There’s also the added benefit of the full traceability of TENCEL™ fibers via tracing technology, hence when choosing products made with TENCEL™ fibers, parents have the ease of knowing that the product’s raw materials come from an authenticated source.
Ultimately, the knowledge that the choices they make will have a significant impact on the future of the planet, is driving more and more parents to make conscious purchase decisions in their everyday lives, to make the world a better place for their children to live in. These small changes can make a big difference and can help to ensure a brighter future for the next generation.
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