DISCOVERIES; 1. Bag for Weekend Gear

By ANGELA TAYLORAPRIL 28, 1982 This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996. To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems. Please send reports of such problems to archive_feedback@nytimes.com. A ragbag used to be a receptacle for scraps of fabric. Now what one designer calls a ''rag bag'' is something else. It is a soft drawstring bag made of rags, big enough to accommodate all the gear one needs for a weekend. Jill Krasner, a Maryland craftsman, weaves the body of her bags from cotton rags like the ones grandmother used to turn into rugs. She gets pleasantly hazy color effects. Then Miss Krasner adds tops of calico prints and clothesline rope as drawstrings. The bags are $65 at To Boot, 100 West 72d Street.2. Bright Candle Snuffer They were meant to be thimbles, but a troupe of ceramic clown faces can double as candle snuffers. They are decorative enough to stay on the candles until they are lighted again. The clowns are handpainted and all different, with bright-colored noses and peaked hats. You will find them at the Performing Arts Shop, on the concourse level of Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, priced at $17.50 for a set of six, or $3 each. 3. Take Your Medicine If you are always forgetting to take your medicine on time, you might check out an electronic pillbox that not only holds tablets and capsules, but also has an alarm that can be set to go off at the required intervals. The alarm is not just an ordinary beeper; it plays a cheerful bagpipe rendition of ''Scotland the Brave.'' It can be set for intervals of half an hour, 2, 4, 8 and 12 hours. The gadget, small enough to be carried in a purse or pocket, has space for medications under the sliding top. It is $50 in the main-floor gift section at Hammacher Schlemmer, 145 East 57th Street. 4. Save the 'Circus' The Whitney Museum of American Art is justifiably in a flap over the danger of losing ''Circus,'' a group of small sculptures by Alexander Calder, which has been on loan to the museum since 1970. A number of approaches have been attempted to raise money to save ''Circus'' from being sold to pay taxes owed by the Calder estate. The latest fund-raising idea is a red T-shirt that proclaims ''Save the Calder Circus'' in big white letters on the front. The shirt, which comes in adult and children's sizes, sells for $10, half of which goes into the fund, which must raise $1.25 million by May 31 to buy the Calder work. The museum, at 945 Madison Avenue (75th Street), has the shirt in its book store. Vintage Clothes The Hell's Kitchen neighborhood is sprouting new theaters and new restaurants and now it has something old - a shop called the Sampler that sells vintage clothes, old linens and other collectibles. When Genie Hertz, a former advertising copywriter, and her mother, Renee, decided to open the shop recently, they found that the theatrical people who live in the area had closets full of fascinating things they were willing to part with. So the shop has items such as a finely pleated georgette dress from the 1920's with an openwork beaded yoke and hem ($215), a shawl with dark green taffeta scrolls appliqued on black net ($135), a lot of turn-of-the-century beaded bags and 1930's hats. There are also old quilts, embroidered table runners and bed pillows edged with handmade lace. The Sampler, at 455 West 43d Street, is open 11 A.M. to 7 P.M. Tuesday through Saturday.A version of this article appears in print on April 28, 1982, on Page C00012 of the National edition with the headline: DISCOVERIES; 1. Bag for Weekend Gear. Order Reprints| Today's Paper|Subscribe

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Best Organic Mattress Reviews - Green Eco MattressesAn organic mattress is what many people would like to have. But before we proceed, let's clarify a thing or two. The term itself is a misconception. You should remember that when expecting to find the best organic mattress. I personally use it because most people use it but the term does not necessarily indicate what people want when they say it. Many materials are organic. Polyurethane is one of them, as well as polyester and many others. What is different about them is that they are synthetic.On the other hand, steel and titan and many other alloys used in coils production are most certainly not organic. But that does not stop people from calling mattresses that have them "green." So there is no "organic"/"inorganic" split like one could be led to believe. It's more of a "natural"/"synthetic" dilemma. Granted, there's little natural about alloys anyway, but... let us not indulge in technicalities any further.Why is an organic mattress, or whatever we should call it, better?The thing is, it is not necessarily better. Some people might think so but I am not one of them. Organic mattresses have their own uses and sometimes they might be the only sensible choice. But most of the time, it is a matter of personal preference.Ok, so what are their own uses?Organic mattresses are good for people with allergies. But that depends on what kind of organic material the mattress is made of. Latex and wool might be allergenic in their own right despite being hypoallergenic in general. Cotton is generally the best material to make the cover-and the filling-from.An organic mattress main feature is the simple fact it is... well, organic. As such, it is not necessarily superior to other mattresses. But while some might consider it substandard, the truth is it is still an organic mattress.Either way, while this mattress might never enter a top list with another type of mattresses in, it is my no means a bad mattress.No harmful chemicals, forget about them. What you get is cotton fabric, cotton filling, orthopedic springs that would be perfect for a child, and strong edge support. The filling has two stage firm and soft thickness.I think you've noticed I said: "for a child". This mattress is indeed meant for children. After all, it's children who need organic mattresses most. We, adults, can make it just fine without one because we already are grown up.The mattress is hypoallergenic, free from chemicals and at the same time cheaper than a latex mattress. Besides, many people do not really like latex mattresses to begin with. If you are one of them, this mattress will be perfect for your kid.If you would like you child to sleep on an organic non-latex mattress, all you have to do is to follow this link and make your order on Amazon.com.Price is not one of the reasons you should buy this mattress. Nope, absolutely not. This mattress is expensive. Very much so. No, the reason to buy the mattress is that it is simply perfect.Of course, much like the previous mattress is consists mostly of cotton. Much like the previous mattress, this one is also an innerspring mattress. However, this is a step up compared to the first mattress. Granted, that mattress is just as much hypoallergenic as this one, that's not new. What is new is that the Essential Genesis has two layers of individually wrapped high-density micro coils. It is a very unusual occurrence for spring mattresses, to have a sophisticated design like that. After all, innerspring mattresses are considered some of the cheapest and not many manufacturers are willing to develop a new method, mostly investing into memory foam and latex.The dual spring system provides perfect support not unlike what the best mattresses made with other technologies can offer. Not just the support but also pressure relief. It is naturally breathable even without employing any special technologies, as well as fireproof. Without any kind of chemicals!That is not to say the mattress lacks synthetic materials. To be specific, the coils are wrapped with polyester fabric. It is hypoallergenic, yes, but it is synthetic. So if you want a strictly natural mattress, this one might not be for you. Otherwise, you can order it online on Amazon.com if you follow this link.While this is an organic mattress, it is also a latex mattress. There is no doubt that latex is natural material but this is still a tricky matter. The thing is, both Talalay Latex and Dunlop Latex may be made of natural stock material but after the process is completed the latex is no more 100% organic.The reason I still include this mattress into this list is that the natural materials the mattress is made of are not limited to Talalay Latex alone. The cover is made of knitted wool quilted to 1 inch. It's worth noting that the cover is fire resistant.The latex layers are adjustable and offer 13 firmness level for the sleepers as well as pressure relief. The mattress provides lumbar support and it is a good choice for side-sleepers, too. The overall height of the mattress is 12 inches.If you do not mind a latex mattress, make sure to follow this link so you can order this one on Amazon.com.This mattress has no latex, unlike the previous one. And this is a good thing. Latex maybe hypoallergenic but it's still possible for some people to be allergic to it. The mattress also has no wool. While organic, it is not pleasant to the touch for some people.But cotton is a good substitute. Scratch that, it's a better substitute. Luxurious and quilted, that's would make a perfect cover for any mattress. However, it is not waterproof. It offers no water or dust-mite protection by itself. But do not be disappointed just yet. After all, the mattress is fireproof. That's a more crucial thing anyway.The filling is also made of cotton, only grown and certified in the U.S. at that. Of course, the mattress is not just stuffed with cotton. It also comes with springs for support and pressure relief. The firmness level is about average.This mattress is manufactured by a family owned business and because of that, they pay attention to every little detail, which, of course, is very nice.If you want to purchase this mattress, you can do so on Amazon.com.Here it is! The number one organic mattress. Perhaps, it is not made in the U.S. entirely (it's actually manufactured in New Zealand and handcrafted in Chicago) but it still deserves the first place.It is a mattress perfect for children but designed not just for them. It is also good for grown-ups, especially those who prefer firm sleeping surfaces. The mattress overall height is eight inches and a half.The mattress has no latex but does have some wool as well as cotton. The wool also serves as a flame barrier. No chemicals, the fire resistance is natural.Just like any other organic mattress, this one comes with springs. The independently wrapped pocketed coils provide perfect support, pressure relief and also reduce motion transfer. However, unlike some mattresses in this list, the My Green Mattress is relatively cheap. Please note I say "relatively," but it's still nowhere near several thousand dollars.Add to that the 90 nights free trial period, and you have a deal that is not that easy to refuse. 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