Archive for June, 2014

Organic Mattresses Just for Kids

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Ever wonder how a mattress made specifically for a kid varies from an adult mattress? Isn’t it simply the same twin-sized mattress as an adult twin-sized mattress?

Not at Naturepedic. Our certified organic mattresses for kids are designed specifically for developing bodies. Here’s how.

Be Firm with Your Kids

Essential for babies, a firm sleeping surface also benefits the developing bodies of older children. Naturepedic mattresses for kids feature a steel coil innerspring, and alternating coil directions create a strong stable feel and a medium-firm support perfect for kids. This added level of firmness might seem too firm for most adult preferences, but it’s best for kids’ growing bodies.

Additionally, our kid mattresses are made with a heavy duty edge support. This edge strength is a perfect reinforcement to allow adults to sit on the edge of the bed without sagging to read that bedtime story.

Get On Out, Allergies

In adult mattresses, organic wool and latex are awesome, but as adults, we probably have learned what allergens to avoid. In terms of babies and kids, our focus is on safety first and foremost, so our kids’ mattresses do not include latex or 100_0084wool. You will also find no coconut coir, another possible allergen due to the latex bonding agent. Because young ones with little-sized lungs sleep on these mattresses, we feel the best approach is to simply avoid possibly allergenic materials altogether, just in case.

Like all our mattresses, Naturepedic kids’ mattresses are free of polyurethane foam and vinyl and are made without pesticides, PFCs, chemical flame retardants and other questionable chemicals, and that’s not just our word. Our mattresses are certified organic to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and meet stringent clean air standards from UL/GREENGUARD. While all of this is beneficial to children with chemical sensitivities, we believe everybody benefits from reduced chemical exposure.

The Wetting Planner

When young children move from the crib to a big kid mattress, the occasional bed wetting accident can happen. The Naturepedic 2-in-1 bed for kids has one side fully waterproofed. This means easy clean-up without the need for an additional protective cover. Nice. Even better, our waterproofing is accomplished without PFCs or the phthalates found in vinyl, instead using food grade polyethylene.

As the child gets older, flip the mattress over for a quilted organic cotton fabric side. While the quilted side has a softer feel, it nonetheless provides a medium firm support.

100_0071The easy-to-clean wipe down surface of the waterproof side is also a benefit when kids get sick, regardless of age. As a parent I know how much I worry when my kids aren’t feeling good. Flipping the mattress to the waterproof side won’t help us parents worry less about our children, but it does mean we won’t need to add those extra layers of blankets or plastic shields to protect the bed.

Kid Power

Naturepedic mattresses for kids - kid friendly inside and out

Naturepedic mattresses for kids – kid friendly inside and out

Naturepedic mattresses for kids are designed specifically to support their unique needs while also making life easier for parents.

Learn more about our mattresses for kids, or even better check them out at any store carrying our kids’ mattresses.

Who’s Serious about Preserving Earth’s Natural Resources?

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

 

There are plenty of companies guilty of green-washing. From crib mattresses to cosmetics, manufacturers around the world are flooding the market with products that contain small – virtually negligible – amounts of natural or organic substances hoping to cash in on the desire of consumers to save themselves and the environment from toxicity. But some companies are really taking the decline of environmental health seriously – Apple being one.

Apple made a very smart move a year ago. In May 2013, the company hired Lisa Jackson, Obama’s former EPA administrator. Big win for Apple.

Here are just a few of the company’s recent accomplishments:

  • solar farmTheir data center in Maiden, North Carolina is majorly powered by biogas fuel cells and two 20 megawatt solar arrays. It is the largest privately owned installation in the country, generating enough energy to power over 13,000 homes. Although there are days when 100% of their power is from this installation, they sometimes have to rely on other resources. But when they do, the extra energy is from completely clean sources. This facility is also Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certified.
  • In fact, 100% of Apple’s data centers (facilities that house the networked computer that store, profess and distribute voluminous amounts of information) – in North Carolina, Oregon, Nevada and California – are powered with renewable energy – as are 94% of their corporate facilities.
  • Apple’s new corporate headquarters, currently under construction in Cupertino, CA, will use 30% less energy than equivalent conventional buildings. And the seven thousand trees on their new campus will turn carbon dioxide into the badly needed oxygen currently being robbed through deforestation.
  • The new iPad Air uses a third less material overall by weight than the original iPad, and less material is also used in iPhones, iPods and Macs.
  • Vilified for years over not providing recycling for their products, Apple now also accepts all used computers, iPads and iPhones for recycling. They even pay you to do it with gift cards in the both the U.S. and UK.

Apple has a ways to go – but they are leading the way, and fully committed. Check out the Environment section of their website for more info.

Is Apple going to make money on this? Absolutely – despite the huge investment. Rather, because of it. It’s what the planet needs, and it’s what people want. Their customers will be more than willing to pay a little more for their products because of their environmental activism.

If more companies would get the idea that doing the right thing will actually increase their profits, we’d see a lot more action.

At Naturepedic, we are similarly committed. Not only are our products non-toxic, our entire factory is certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Check our blog The Naturepedic Factory – What’s That Fresh Smell?

And stay tuned for more news on who is green-washing, and who’s really serious about preserving earth’s natural resources, and keeping its occupants healthy.