Archive for August, 2012

We’re One Step Closer to a New Safe Chemicals Act that Really Protects Us

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

The United States Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works recently approved the Safe Chemicals Act – which requires, among other things, that chemical manufacturers test their products for safety before they’re used commercially. This bill is the update of the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976. It was first proposed in 2005 and, although it still has to get through Senate and the House of Representatives, the Committee on Environment and Public Works approval gets it one step closer to becoming law.

Why is this such an important issue from Naturepedic’s viewpoint? Because we’re all about protecting children – that’s why we started making organic crib mattresses in the first place – and that’s exactly what this law will do. Of course, it’s important to protect everyone from potentially toxic chemicals, but infants have almost zero defense. They are totally dependant on us to keep them safe.

If you’re not very educated on this subject and would like to be, here are a few references that are fairly brief:

Senator Frank Lautenberg made an video about it, which is posted on youtube: Lautenberg Introduces “Safe Chemicals Act of 2011.”

There’s an excellent article in Huffington Post, Safe Chemicals Act Could Reverse Burden Of Proof For Toxic Chemicals, Protect Children. Here’s a quote: “The numbers can overwhelm any parent, or parent-to-be. Ninety-nine percent of pregnant American woman carry multiple manmade chemicals in their bodies, sharing that concoction through the umbilical cord.”

Another great video on Health Child Healthy World.

We’ve also written several blogs on the subject.

Even though getting the Act through the Committee on Environment and Public works did get us a step closer, it’s important that everyone who cares about this issue works on their Congressman/woman. Let them know how important it is to you to get this bill through all the way. The chemical industry has invested more than $10 million in opposing this bill and they’re not going to stop now. So, every voice is needed.

Help protect children, yourself and the environment: Contact your congressmen to ask for their support.

Finally! Naturepedic Mattresses for Adults!

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

We’ve finally answered the prayers of many parents who have purchased our crib mattresses for their children – we now have a line of adult mattresses, with all the luxurious comfort an adult needs.

There are four different models: Serenade, Ensemble, Concerto, and Symphony. Go to the organic mattresses for adults page on our site for full information on each model and a chart that helps you compare the features.

In addition to organic cotton, some models contain latex and/or wool. Three of the four models also have customizable firmness, and three have Eurotops. Plenty of options – we hope you can find one that’s just right for you.

Just a note on the wool and latex: As you know, we don’t use latex or wool in our crib mattresses or others used for kids. That’s because they are potential allergens and you never know how they’re going to affect an infant or child. However, by the time you’re reached adulthood, you’ve probably had enough contact with latex and wool to know whether they’re a problem for you. If they are, you would, of course, choose our model that contains only organic cotton.

As with all our other mattresses, our adult organic mattresses are organic – including the wool and latex – with all the certifications you need: Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), GREENGUARD (certified to the highest level), and Level III under the Specialty Sleep Association (SSA) Environmental & Safety Program. In fact, we’re the only company offering mattresses that are documented as Level III.

And we think these mattresses are pretty nice looking – see the picture above.

Check out our website for more info, and give us a call directly at 800-917-3342 if you have questions.

Sweet dreams!