Archive - April 2014

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Naturepedic at 2014 Great Lakes Green Chemistry Conference
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How Naturepedic Certified Organic Mattresses Are Made
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When “No Flame Retardants” Doesn’t Mean “No Flame Retardants”

Naturepedic at 2014 Great Lakes Green Chemistry Conference

Naturepedic Founder Barry Cik was a panelist speaker at the 2014 Great Lakes Green Chemistry Conference, held in Cleveland, Ohio April 1-3. This year’s focus was “Innovating for Success in Green Chemistry”. Active in organizations at both the national and local levels, Cik has long been a champion of finding safer, healthier alternatives for companies to make products and conduct business. The conference explored how innovations in green chemistry can accelerate change in the Great Lakes Region (where Naturepedic is based), not just in business, but also in policy and public health and safety. The conference looked at ways to promote collaboration between business, academia, and legislators. Naturepedic was previously recognized by an award from the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable (NPPR) as a charter member for its 2025 Safer Chemistry Challenge Program. The Challenge Program, began by NPPR in collaboration with the Great Lakes Green Chemistry Conference and Clean Production Action, recognizes company operations that reduce the use of hazardous[…]

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How Naturepedic Certified Organic Mattresses Are Made

People love to see things built.  Shows like Discovery Channel’s How It’s Made cater to our fascination to watch finished products emerge from raw materials. Having an office near the Naturepedic manufacturing floor, I often watch giant rolls of organic cotton, wool and other materials turn into finished mattresses at the hands of talented craftspeople.  Like a sunset, I don’t tire of watching it. Thanks to agency Flourish Inc. you can spend 2-1/2 minutes experiencing the cool factor of our factory in Luxury Organic Mattresses: A Behind The Scenes Look.  As a result of Flourish’s brilliant vision and execution in creating this video, you can truly get a sense of the craftsmanship and pride that goes into each of our mattresses. The video is so amazing it earned Flourish a 2013 Gold Addy award from the American Advertising Federation – Cleveland. Watch it and you’ll see why. Take a break and step into our factory for a few minutes. You’ll[…]

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When “No Flame Retardants” Doesn’t Mean “No Flame Retardants”

Many commonly used flame retardant chemicals are being connected to health and developmental issues. Want a mattress without flame retardant chemicals? Get a certified organic mattress. Otherwise, flame retardants will probably be in that mattress, even if green-washing marketing suggests otherwise, and you’re going to need to guess what they are. Let me explain with a little compare and contrast. We say “Naturepedic mattresses meet all government flammability standards without flame barriers and other flame retardant chemicals.” So why don’t we shorten that to “No flame retardants added” and call it a day? That would mean the same thing, right? Wrong. Sure, when WE talk about not using flame retardants, we actually mean what we say. We mean these chemicals are not in our mattress. Anywhere. This straight-forward approach is not the case with most mattresses, however. The loophole occurs with synthetic fabrics. Now if a mattress maker would take a finished mattress and spray it with flame retardants, the mattress would[…]

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