Naturepedic Blog

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Organic Beyond Food: Feminine Care Products
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Lonely Whale: An Interview with Adrian Grenier
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Making Better Decisions: Organic Gardening
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Be Well Sleep Workshop with Naturepedic Founder
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2015 Naturepedic Sustainability Report
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How to Choose the Right Mattress Comfort Level
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Naturepedic Mattresses Are Now MADE SAFE Certified
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Organic Beyond Food: Cleaning Supplies
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Ask Naturepedic: What’s in Your Protector Pads?
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Bedtime Boot Camp For Tired Parents

Organic Beyond Food: Feminine Care Products

Go Organic. Period. It’s Earth Month, the time of year when we love to protect and care for our Mother Earth. Roughly a third of the population regularly deals with a little gift from Mother Nature, and what’s more natural than the joy of womanhood? When this monthly visitor arrives, most women head to the store for the usual menstrual products never knowing that there are more natural options out there. You can actually go organic on your period! Organic cotton pads and tampons significantly reduce the pesticide and chemical exposure to your body compared to conventional hygiene products. What’s Wrong with Conventional Products? In our cosmetics blog, we already talked about how the skin is one of the largest organ systems of the human body. Anything that touches our skin is absorbed into the bloodstream, and this includes toxins present in menstrual hygiene products like pads and tampons. Dr. Joseph Mercola points out in a 2013 Huffington Post article[…]

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Lonely Whale: An Interview with Adrian Grenier

At Naturepedic, we’re big fans of customer and friend Adrian Grenier, whose charity work with The Lonely Whale is changing the way people think about our world’s oceans. He has been making small changes in his life and inspiring others to do the same, including sleeping organic on a Naturepedic! Those small steps add up to a big environmental impact. In honor of Earth Month, we got in touch with Adrian to ask him some questions about his commitment to sustainability and environmentalism. Why do you sleep on a Naturepedic mattress? When I joined the Lonely Whale team I started studying how products we use every day affect ocean health. One of the biggest was mattresses. I learned that most commercial mattresses use flame retardants. These chemicals show up in sea creatures, particularly dolphins and killer whales who collect the chemicals in their blubber. What’s even more devastating is that these chemicals are bioaccumulative, which means they stick around and build[…]

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Making Better Decisions: Organic Gardening

Now that spring is here, we are getting excited about planting our annual garden. We started our seeds inside a few weeks ago and they are starting to sprout already. We can’t wait to get them in the garden outside. The kids love to watch the progress of our fruits and veggies growing (plus they love to play in dirt, typical kids!) and I love saving money on our summer groceries by growing a lot of food for us to eat! As we continue to make better decisions for our family’s health, we have shifted a lot of our food purchases to organic ones. Organic produce means fewer pesticides and the kids are happy with a variety of fresh fruits and veggies to snack on. Where Does Your Garden Grow Organic? – Indoor vs. outdoor: The location of your garden can change the types of plants you grow. Indoor spaces can grow plants that need a warmer environment since the[…]

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Be Well Sleep Workshop with Naturepedic Founder

Safe Healthy Sleep™ is our goal, and we’ve teamed up with other sleep experts to bring you a truly exciting opportunity! Join our founder Barry Cik along with Dr. Frank Lipman and Arianna Huffington for the Be Well Sleep Workshop call at 2:00pm EST on Monday, April 18, 2016. Sign up here and you might be a lucky winner of a Good Night’s Sleep Collection worth over $1000. Dr. Lipman is an expert in Integrative and Functional Medicine and directs Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center in New York City. He has studied acupuncture, Chinese medicine, nutrition, herbal medicine, biofeedback, meditation, and yoga in addition to his functional medicine training. He combines the best of these philosophies with the best of western medicine to practice “Good Medicine” for his patients. Arianna Huffington is the author of The Sleep Revolution, a book about the vital importance of sleep. She speaks to the reasons modern society is wrecking our sleep and what we need to[…]

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2015 Naturepedic Sustainability Report

At the risk of sounding cheesy, I’ll say it anyway: every day is Earth Day at Naturepedic. What I mean is that seeking continual improvements to benefit planet and people is woven into our business, not something external we dig up for a few days a year. People know Naturepedic for organic mattresses. Beyond the visible products, though, is a thriving culture of continual research and exploration. As we launch our second annual Naturepedic Sustainability Report, I thought I would complement it by sharing some of the behind-the-scenes work at Naturepedic that goes into being a leader in the green marketplace. 1. Vendors Naturepedic makes certified organic products, meaning we need suppliers that can meet our demanding criteria. Truth is, we ask a lot. On the minimum, suppliers must meet strict social and environmental criteria of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), and that is a HUGE minimum requirement! GOTS examines factors from worker safety to inputs used. Remember, that’s[…]

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How to Choose the Right Mattress Comfort Level

Finding the right mattress comfort level can be a lot like a sleepy version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. One mattress is too firm, another too soft, and somewhere in the middle you hope to find that proverbial “just right” that is a perfect fit. An even bigger challenge is finding an appropriate comfort level for two people sharing the same bed. Shouldn’t Mama Bear and Papa Bear be able to choose their own comfort levels? Naturepedic’s comfort levels have been developed with the assistance of chiropractors to focus on proper spinal alignment and relief of pressure points. Our mattresses span four comfort categories: ultra-plush, plush, cushion-firm, and firm. For most people, cushion-firm is the best starting point. A cushion-firm mattress provides good support and enough comfort to provide pressure point relief and a softer surface. The best way to find out which comfort level is appropriate for your needs is to visit one of our retailers and try[…]

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Naturepedic Mattresses Are Now MADE SAFE Certified

We have big news: Our mattresses are the first in the country to be MADE SAFE certified! Since our inception, we’ve taken every step possible to ensure that the materials in our mattresses are as safe as possible. After all, we got our start after our founder Barry Cik set out to create a mattress he would allow his grandchild to sleep on that wasn’t made with toxic chemicals or questionable materials. Naturepedic has always been one of the few companies that make mattresses certified in their entirety to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) – the organic standard for mattresses endorsed by the USDA. MADE SAFE is an independent third-party certifier that scrutinizes the materials used in making mattresses to make sure that they are not made with known harmful carcinogens, behavioral, reproductive, and neuro toxins, hormone disruptors, heavy metals, pesticides, insecticides, flame retardants, toxic solvents, or harmful VOCs and more! Questionable materials commonly used in mattresses – which[…]

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Organic Beyond Food: Cleaning Supplies

Spring has sprung, and that means spring cleaning time! While you’re airing out your house and scrubbing your baseboards (those mythical parts of a house that attract all of the dirt), you might happen to glance at the ingredients label of your household cleaners and think, “Yikes!” Never fear, if you have some unpronounceables in your house, we’re here to help. There are organic and natural alternatives for all your cleaning needs, to fit every budget. Why Switch? The American Lung Association highlights several hazards from household chemicals, including eye and throat irritation, headaches, or other issues. Common cleaning supplies can off-gas VOCs, linked to chronic respiratory ailments and allergic reactions. The ALA recommends that people read all labels before buying cleaning supplies and choose options without VOCs, fragrances, irritants, or flammable ingredients. Making Decisions In a world of greenwashing labels and false claims, how do you know which brands to trust? We love the Environmental Working Group’s Guide to[…]

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Ask Naturepedic: What’s in Your Protector Pads?

You love Naturepedic because we offer a safer mattress for you and your family. It makes sense that you want to know exactly what you’re getting with our accessories. Naturepedic’s organic waterproof protector pads contain an ultra-thin layer of polyurethane as a waterproof barrier between two layers of certified organic cotton fabric. Isn’t polyurethane bad? Naturepedic mattresses never contain polyurethane foams, which are petroleum chemical blends called “solid gasoline” by the National Association of State Fire Marshals. Polyurethane in its pure form is not the same as polyurethane foam. The polyurethane that we use is considered “medical device biocompatible” which means it’s safe for medical use. We use approximately 3% to 5% of this pure polyurethane with organic cotton fabric to create our protector pads. Are there other options to waterproof? Common waterproofing materials include vinyl, phthalates, butane rubber, and perfluorinated compounds (PFCs). These materials are potential hazards for chemical emissions and Naturepedic does not use them in any of[…]

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Bedtime Boot Camp For Tired Parents

Feeling sleep deprived? Whether you’re adjusting to a new baby or fighting off sleep regression with a toddler, trying to parent in a sleep deprived state can make things feel even worse. That’s why helping your baby into good sleep habits is important for the whole troop. There is a huge amount of advice out there for new parents with regards to baby sleep, but chances are you’re too tired to wade through it all right now. To make it easy, we’ve partnered with sleep expert Rebecca Michi to bring you five simple tips to help your baby on their way to a good night’s sleep. We’re ready to tackle National Sleep Awareness Week. Bring it on! 1. Location, location, location. When your baby naps during the day, let them do so in their crib, bassinet, or wherever you’d like them to be sleeping at night. This helps your baby associate their bed with sleep and give them a better[…]

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