5 Facts About Polyethylene
Pellet Blanket Weights
Plastic Pellets (Polyethylene Pellets) are used by Plastics Extruder companies to
manufacture all kinds of plastic products. There are several kinds of plastic pellets, one
of which is PBA free and all the sellers of Weighted Blankets using plastic pellets claim to
use them.   But....

Here is The Scary Truth About BPA-Free Plastics...

Compounds in BPA-free water bottles and food containers have been linked to irregular
heartbeat, unhealthy brain changes, and more

When we first heard about the dangers of bisphenol A (BPA), a compound used to make
hard plastics for things like reusable water bottles and food containers, we were horrified:
A chemical leaking into our food and drinks that can disrupt our hormone levels and
possibly lead to weight gain, fertility issues, and cancer? We’ll pass. (Some states, like
CA, even tried to implement Labels Warning of BPA in Foods.)
But now researchers are saying that the BPA-free products we bought to escape these
outcomes may not be so safe after all. That’s because manufacturers simply replaced the
BPA in their plasticware with other bisphenols—F and S, specifically—that act in much
the same way as the dreaded BPA.

In one recent study, zebra fish that were exposed to BPA experienced a troubling 180
percent boost in the number of neurons in a part of the brain (called the hypothalamus)
that’s associated with hyperactivity; BPS triggered a 240 percent increase in the same
brain cells.

Earlier research showed that BPS disrupts heart rhythm in female rats (but not male rats)
who were under stress. What’s more, a new French report found that BPS and BPF may
block testosterone production in utero, which could impair fetus’ testicle development.

So what’s a water-guzzling, leftover-storing girl to do? The safest solution for now is to
avoid plasticware altogether, regardless of whether its labeled BPA-free or not. Look for
water bottles and food containers made from unlined food-grade stainless steel,
aluminum, bamboo, or glass—such as the ones found on sites like lifewithoutplastic.com.
Also smart: watching out for sneakier sources of BPA, including canned foods (which are
often lined with BPA-contained plastic) and thermal paper store receipts.

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What are Organotins?

If we can overlook the "PBA free" plastics issue, we also need to be educated about the
manufacture of organotins.

For decades, mercury and lead were used to stabilize the hydrocarbons used to make
plastics. As growing evidence revealed lead and mercury contamination from these plastics,
a new type of metal compound, called organotin, is now predominantly used to stabilize
(harden) the plastic during processing.
A November 2010 study of plastic toys written by the Center for Health,Environment and
Justice, found that about 20% of toys sold in a large U.S. mass market toys retailer likely
contain organotins.
Organitins such as tributyltin have been used for anti-fouling paints on boats and fungicides.
These uses alone indicate their potential toxicity. Research has found that TBT is an
endocrine disruptor: It interferes with hormone reception and availability. TBT has been
found to increase masculinity among marine life, as it tends to increase testosterone and
decrease estrogen availability. In vitro tests have shown that TBT can also interfere with
cellular differentiation processes.

The November 2010 toy study also found that 81% of toys for children 18 to 36 months old
contained  chlorine – indicative of being made with PVC. And it found that 6% of toys
contained lead
. 98% of all toys found in this mass market retailer were made in China. And
were labeled as containing lead, cadmium or organotins – which many contained.
Research from South Africa’s Cape Peninsula University of Technology found organotins to
be one of the most critical global threats to the environment, including aquatic life. They
compared organotin exposure to mercury exposure in terms of potential toxicity.
With this in mind, how confident can be about the safety claims from China manufacturers
that their plastics are safe.

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It matters where your weighted blanket is manufactured

I did a quick search of the weighted blankets that came up in the top two pages of
Google search and found 2 sellers besides this company (Salt of the Earth
Weighted Gear), that was NOT buying their stock from China.
I have been manufacturing weighted blankets for 12 years and employing 6 to 10
stay at home mothers and retired women seamstresses. I pay them at least 15%
above minimum wage. But the big companies order China made weighted
blankets  - finished and ready to ship - for less than it cost me just for the fabrics.
How can that be?  It can be because of the wages the Chinese seamstress are
paid.   I have chosen not to go that route, but due to recent serge of China
manufactured competition, I have had to release over half of my employees.
The china made blankets are easy to recognise.  They are made with a quilted
polyester cover over an insert filled with
Polyethylene Pellets.

In the case of fire

Polyethylene Pellets are manufactured with a chemical added to prevent them from
burning, but of course, not from melting. In the case of fire, I would rather be under a
cotton fine grade stone weighted blanket than a polyester blanket filled with Polyethylene

Polyethylene Pellets - A serious source of pollution in our oceans.

For information about plastic pellet pollution in our oceans follow this Wikipedia link:

You Choose-
Man made Polyethylene Pellets
or Natures Fine Grade River Stone?

Fine grade river stone is naturally chemical free, fume free and cool to
the touch by it's nature.
It is not sharp or porous or dusty, as it is not crushed lime stone. It is
washable, dryable, and a finer texture.
.It is a much more concentrated weight compared to Polyethylene Pellets Concentrated
weight has a better pressure effect than the same amount of bulky weight. A 1 pound rock
in one hand feels heavier than a 1 pound of  bag of marshmallows in the other hand.

We used to make Polyethylene Pellet weighted blankets, but I stopped several years ago.  
Although the fine grade River Stone is a lot of work to screen and clean, it is a superior
product. It makes a superior Weighted Blanket.
Fine Grade River Stone