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Create an Organic Safe Haven with Delilah Home from Green Child Magazine

Create an Organic Safe Haven with Delilah Home from Green Child Magazine

The health impact of our exposure to everyday home items like bedding and towels is enormous. In this feature, we’re sharing what you need to know to create a safe, healthy, and non-toxic home. Plus – you’ll find an amazing special on Delilah Home’s exquisite products
Luxurious organic bedding from Delilah Home

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If you’ve read up on endocrine disruptors, you’re aware of how common household items like mattresses, bedding, and towels are often made from materials that can cause chronic health conditions. Another worthwhile concern is the harm these chemicals do to the environment. We’re continually asked for recommendations on household items that are not only safe for families but that also foster a chemical-free, healthy indoor environment.

So we are thrilled to introduce you to the outstanding products and extremely kind people behind Delilah Home. An emerging new home textile company where sustainable home living meets pure comfort and luxury, Delilah Home is a global brand that truly cares and believes in being stewards of the communities it serves.

Founder and CEO Michael Twer named the company after his beloved dog, Delilah (who has a harrowing story – thankfully one with a very happy ending.) ”Would you believe it all started when our one-year-old puppy was lost in the North Carolina mountains for 62 days?”

DELILAH’S STORY

While hiking in the mountains with her human family, Delilah startled and broke away. Gone in a flash, Delilah weathered weeks of extreme cold temperatures and record winds by sheer courage and living off the land. Michael’s family and entire communities surrounded Delilah… tracking her path, setting up shelters, providing food along her trail, and keeping watch around the clock.

After 62 long days, she was rescued and brought home.

Twer family reunited with missing dog Delilah

You can read the full story and see wildlife cam images an animal recovery team took of Delilah in the process of trying to safely rescue her.

Delilah’s story reflects the fundamental pillars of Delilah Home – sustainability, impact, and community. The company believes in being good stewards and “paying it forward” with local and national charities that share their mission – something that Michael and his family experienced first-hand from their community. They donate a percentage of their sales to organizations like Beds for Kids and Pet Rescue.

THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFE, ORGANIC TEXTILES IN YOUR HOME

Part of the mental load of parenthood is constantly making decisions about what’s best for you and your family. One of the most important decisions we make as parents involves our children’s health. Research shows that organic products are healthier and safer. They do not contain the harmful toxins and chemicals that can be present in non-organic products. In an article for TIME, Dr. Alan Greene and Anna Lappé agree that choosing organic-certified foods is one of the best choices we can make.

Similarly, choosing 100% organic cotton textiles is an important step in avoiding the pesticides used on non-organic cotton crops. Non-organic cotton crops are chemically treated with toxic pesticides which then come in contact with our skin. The consumption of toxic pesticides can result in negative chronic health issues.

The reality is, what we choose to consume and the products that we come in contact with all have a vital impact on our health and the environment we live in. Today, it is easier than ever to choose organic products. Delilah Home offers organic cotton home products that make it easier for you and your family to make the switch.

WHAT YOU BRING INTO YOUR HOME MATTERS

The goal of Delilah Home is to help you create an organic safe haven in your home. As such, the company offers a full line of organic cotton sheets and towels, and is the first US company to offer an extensive collection of soft yet durable 100 percent hemp sheets.

Michael explains, “Delilah Home only produces products that are made to the most stringent standards. Our skin is our largest human organ. It’s the body’s first line of defense against Mother Nature’s toughest elements and harmful chemicals in the environment.”

“It’s also full of nerves that connect us to the world around us. We feel it in every handshake and hug – human or otherwise. And we know you’ll be glad that your skin is wrapped in the luxury and comfort of our home products.”

If you’d love to try their amazing products, get 20% off anything at Delilah Home using promo code GREEN20.

Delilah Home’s collection of high-quality, organic products are chemical free, made with 100% high-quality, certified organic cotton and held to the stringent Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), which prohibits the use of toxic chemicals in the manufacturing stages. 

Delilah Home partners with manufacturers who are certified. Everything is made in Fair Trade factories, where the workers are paid above a living wage and work in safe environments. Delilah Home bath towels have a pile that is luxurious to the touch and absorbs water easily. And the bed sheets and duvet covers – also made of 100 percent organic cotton – are durable and silky soft, wrapping you up in pure luxury from head to toe.

DELILAH HOME’S PARTNERSHIP WITH THE ORGANIC TRADE ASSOCIATION

In addition to his role at Delilah Home, Michael Twer is the Chairman of the Organic Trade Association’s Fiber Council. The Organic Trade Association (OTA) Fiber Council works to strengthen and grow the organic fiber and textiles sector. The mission of the Council is to create a cohesive voice across fiber categories within the trade association, promote, protect the organic brand, and grow the organic fiber sector overall.

With the global organic business growing exponentially, the OTA’s efforts in research, education and communication along with their membership subcommittees will give a louder voice to express concerns and protect the integrity of the organic brand. The OTA does all of these things to ensure that the environment is protected as well as you and your family.

OUTSTANDING CERTIFIED PRODUCTS FROM DELILAH HOME

Luxurious and durable, these non-toxic items will make your home feel like a spa. Here’s a look at some of our favorite products.

Organic Cotton Bath Towels 

Luxurious organic cotton bath towels from Delilah Home

These European-crafted, pure bliss towels ranging from hand towels to bath sheets, are made from long-staple, 100% organic Turkish certified cotton, which is spun into fine yarns and loomed into long, two-ply, double loops that make the most of the fiber’s extraordinary length. The result is a lofty towel with a soft, fluffy pile that feels plush yet lightweight. Extra-long loops create a luxurious surface that gives these highly absorbent towels a relaxed, welcoming style and they feel much thicker than their 700 grams per square meter (they’re up to 50% thicker than most towels). 

Organic Cotton Bed Sheets

Luxurious organic bedding from Delilah Home

Made from 100% organic cotton, you can sleep well knowing your sheets and duvet covers are completely chemical-free. These extra soft, resort-quality Fair Trade sheets are elegant and cozy.

THE BENEFITS OF ORGANIC HEMP

“We are the first company in our industry to introduce hemp as one of these ingredients. Hemp is incredibly breathable, great for hot sleepers, is highly durable, requires half the amount of water to produce and is part of a new fiber that can revolutionize the farming community,” notes Twer.

“With the legalization of industrial hemp due to the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp is being resurrected as the new “super fiber”. Dating back several hundred years, hemp was the backbone of textile material we used every day. In fact, our original U.S. flag was made from hemp. George Washington was even a hemp farmer. Scientific tests reveal a 20% increase in rotation crop success for farmers who use hemp. This makes farming more attractive and profitable.”

Hemp Bed Sheets

Luxurious organic hemp from Delilah Home

Hemp is one of the strongest and most versatile fibers, and is quickly becoming the new “linen” for today’s generation. Similar to Grandma’s passed down linens, the Delilah Home Hemp Bed Sheets are built to last.

The material is breathable and offers a cooling feature, which is especially important for hot or sweaty sleepers. The soft and luxurious sheets made from 100% hemp deliver an unparalleled experience in sleep and relaxation. 50% thicker than most sheets and with a 400-thread-count, they offer the ultimate natural softness.

For a limited time, Delilah Home is offering a 20% discount on all their products, using promo code GREEN20.

You’ll also find a huge sale on Delilah Home Avani Classic bed sheets series. Green Child readers can save an additional 50% off on organic bed sheets using code SAS50.

Michael Twer
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Delilah's Second Gotcha Day!

Delilah's Second Gotcha Day!

Delilah’s mountain sabbatical touched thousands of people’s lives, it didn’t matter what political party you belonged to, what religion you were, or the color of your skin – Delilah brought strangers together, forever!  Elementary school friends were reunited, faith in god restored by some, and two towns actually came together, Boone and Blowing Rock, to create one North Carolina mountain community.  Delilah’s story involves many chapters and untold stories, this is only an overview of her adventures.  Once all told there’s little doubt this would make for a great Hallmark Holiday movie!  Following is just a brief glimpse of one year ago today…

There are times in life that one will always remember, and March 4th, 2019 was one of those days, it was the day we were able to bring Delilah home.  Looking back at the emotional roller coaster ride that my family and the thousands of volunteers went on in search of our adventurous puppy still brings me to tears.  Through sheer selfless acts of kindness Delilah was able to come home. 

It all started on a blustery January 2nd when my family wanted to take a peaceful hike on a North Carolina trail we had never previously visited.  Moses Cone Manner, located in a national park off of the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway, offers stunning view and an abundance of trails.  We were under-prepared for the cold (hence the cargo shorts) but did have some gloves and other winter apparel.  As we began our walk my daughter handed me Delilah’s retractable leash.  With my hands just starting to warm up in the newly worn gloves I grabbed the leash halfheartedly and at the same moment Delilah, easily skittish having been abused by her birth family prior to our adopting her, was startled.  The leash fell out of my hands, creating a crashing boom as it fell to the ground, sending a terrified Delilah on her way. 

As I ran after our puppy with my 50-something “in-shape” body, with cheers of “Go Daddy!” in the background, I kept thinking surely Delilah is going to stop any moment…..seriously, she has to stop any minute now….it’s time for our family hike…holy crap, she is not going to stop!  With the free-wheeling retractable leash bouncing behind, Delilah was encouraged to run faster and faster from the terrifying noise.  She was like Forest Gump and continued to run…and run….and run. In comparison, I kept getting slower…and slower…and slower.  With thoughts in my mind of making plans to return to the gym I continued to pursue her, but Delilah increased her momentum running so fast through the parking lot no one even saw which way she headed on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The only clue, the broken retractable leash sitting in the parking lot.  This was the beginning of our 62-day journey.

From the first moment, we were in full search and recovery mode.  This was all new to us, we were unprepared, and fortunately we ran into complete strangers along the paths who stopped what they were doing and helped us look for Delilah.  Lynn, Anna, Leslie to name only a few of the folks that immediately become our friends through this quest.  The situation become increasingly surreal, it was like a flash back to the Brady Bunch episode where Cindy and Bobby were lost in the Grand Canyon and Mike and Carol where shouting their names endlessly.  Now it was our “Cindy, Bobby” moment, calling out Delilah’s name.  As the sun began to set, we were forced to make the 40-minute trip back to our friend Beth’s cabin with one less family member, an empty feeling filling us all.  Upon our return Paige immediately got on social media to send out the SOS across digital platforms.  Within hours, thousands had shared our call for help.  Game on Delilah, time to find you and bring you home.

The following morning, just before sunrise, we returned to Moses Cone Manner hoping to see Delilah at the same spot she took off.  We thought she might just have wanted a little “D” time and would come back after a night in the wilderness.  After searching the area of what only the day before had been our enthusiastic first-of-the-year hike, sadness set in, and then so did guilt.  A guilt that would haunt us as we drove 5 hours round-trip daily from Charlotte every day over the following two weeks continuing to search.

The journey brought no shortage of advice and suggestions, phone calls with experts, and others experienced with a lost pet.  We were the recipients of an abundance of well-intentioned and thought-out comments on what we should do and what we should not do.  After several days of not bringing Delilah home, it hit us that we needed to change course.  Welcome Delilah’s Angels (Michelle, Nancy, JC, Virginia), and many others who graciously gave their time and talents towards our cause.  Epic Animal Recovery came to the rescue:  https://www.facebook.com/epicanimalrecovery/.  There is so much that can and will be written about Epic, a most appropriate name for not only Epic the dog but the incredible efforts of Michelle and her team.  This is the heart of the story, and so as to not shortchange the unselfish acts of kindness Epic performed, I will better expand on this chapter in future. 

Fast forward, JC helped establish a Go Fund Me Page via the Find Delilah Group on Facebook.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/457659504767187/?ref=bookmarks.  Raising $6,000 towards the efforts in bringing Delilah home.  Paige and I were awed by this generosity, and humbly want to thank everyone for their caring support.  We will never be able to pay everyone back, so we will pay it forward.

Delilah’s journey took her over Grand Father Mountain at a time of record winds (150 mph – yes 150!), single-degree temperatures, ice and snow storms.  It was thanks to a snow storm that a volunteer spotted her tracks, how this volunteer was able to distinguish dog tracks versus coyote is still beyond my comprehension.  She followed the tracks and saw our puppy!  A great start, but Delilah was in survival mode and not yet ready to return home.  So, of course, she ran some more.  Ugggg.  Michele brought her team’s efforts into high gear, placing 11 camera’s around the area to monitor Delilah’s movements.  See images below.

Creative thinking Epic built a make-shift trap in an abandoned, rodent-infested house.  We went in trying to put our scent on the place, the smell that greeted us outdid Sunday morning at a frat house – just saying!  For two weeks Virginia and Nancy supplied daily yummy meals of steak and eggs, and finally, Delilah was caught!  She suffered being clipped by a car, had a broken leg and deep cuts on her other leg, and it was this injury that finally slowed her down long enough to take the bait.  Here is the raw footage from the vet’s office when Paige and JJ met up with Michelle and Nancy.

The incredible emotion when we brought Delilah home was covered by a few television stations, we were blessed for their coverage, giving credit to all of the incredible folks who helped bring her home.

https://www.wcnc.com/article/life/heartwarming/injured-dog-survives-62-bitter-cold-days-in-the-mountains-volunteer-angels-brought-her-home/275-68ee3c63-a2ed-4f97-ae72-959797a07d44

https://www.wcnc.com/article/life/heartwarming/injured-dog-survives-62-bitter-cold-days-in-the-mountains-volunteer-angels-brought-her-home/275-68ee3c63-a2ed-4f97-ae72-959797a07d44

https://www.fox46charlotte.com/news/pup-reunites-with-family-after-lost-62-days-in-blowing-rock-wilderness


 

While things began to return to normal life did not stop for us, my father-n-law passed away roughly 2 months after he was diagnosed with stage-4 terminal cancer and the company I had helped build over the last five years was sold and my position was eliminated.  My family experienced the trifecta of life’s challenges within the first six months of last year.  There was only one thing to do – push on!

Delilah Home was created to support my family and build a company that gives back to the community in which we serve.  Today, we celebrate all of the people who gave us their time, talents, resources and most importantly love.  Words cannot convey how eternally grateful my family is. 

Welcome home Delilah (for your second gotcha day)!  We love you. 

P.S.  Picture taken just now…..Ruffff!  Life!

PSS, we are in contest with Fedex to receive grant money.  Could you help us my registering your name please? 

https://lnkd.in/e6qaBe6

 

 

 

Michael Twer
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