Naturepedic Blog

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Making Better Decisions: Mindful Giving
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Making Better Decisions: Give Thanks and Give Back
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Patented Waterproofing Now Plant-Based
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Naturepedic’s Barry Cik Honored by Ohio Environmental Council
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A New Addition: The Naturepedic Verse Kids Mattress
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Naturepedic Earns SFC’s Exemplary Gold Recognition
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Organic Beyond Food: Back to School
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What You Should Know About Mattress Eco-Terms
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Ask Naturepedic: What Is Food-Grade Polyethylene?
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Why Can’t You Look Under the Hood of Your Organic Mattress?

Making Better Decisions: Mindful Giving

We’re officially in the thick of holiday shopping season. Whether you’re already well on your way or just starting, there’s always an opportunity to shop and give mindfully. These tips will help you focus on the joy of giving a gift that’s a perfect fit! Shop Local One of the most impactful things you can do when shopping is to support local businesses and the local economy. Take a drive around your local shopping districts to see what boutiques, consignment shops, and other small businesses your community has to offer. Gift cards to local restaurants and shops make great stocking stuffers and are perfect for office gift exchanges! Support Home Businesses Most of my online friends are moms, and many of them work at home part- or full-time, selling things like jewelry, makeup, clothing, and more. If you can help support a friend or a work-at-home-parent selling on Facebook or Etsy, that’s an excellent way to cross some names off[…]

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Making Better Decisions: Give Thanks and Give Back

We’re well into the fall weather and that crisp breeze in the air has me thinking about the upcoming holidays! I’m a minimalist at heart and love to keep things simple, so this time of year always has a unique set of challenges. It’s easy to get caught up in gift shopping and the party season, glossing over the finer details like gratitude and serving others. Thanksgiving is just around the corner on November 24, so here are few ideas on how you can stay grateful and give back in your community this season. Give Thanks “When one has a grateful heart, life is so beautiful.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart Thanksgiving is more than a day to eat all the mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie you want. It’s a time to be grateful for the good things in your life, big and small. In general, I’ve seen the holiday season become more and more commercialized[…]

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Patented Waterproofing Now Plant-Based

You trust our patented waterproof surface to protect your baby and their crib mattress from spills and messes. It’s quick and easy to wipe clean, and it’s made without harmful chemicals. Our waterproofing is made from food-grade polyethylene, considered to be the safest plastic for consumer goods. And it just got even better We are always improving our products and listening to what parents want in their ideal organic crib mattress. As such, we’ve now found a way to make our food-grade polyethylene from plants! That’s right, plants. This update to our waterproofing goes beyond making products safer and healthier. It’s one step further toward sustainability and environmental health. It’s the same great protection you trust from Naturepedic, now even more friendly for our planet. Our safety priorities Naturepedic’s products are designed for safety and health, without harmful chemicals. In our baby and kids products, we prioritize these safety criteria: – Physical Safety: Our crib and kids mattresses feature firm[…]

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Naturepedic’s Barry Cik Honored by Ohio Environmental Council

We’re sure you’ve heard the story of how Naturepedic began. Barry Cik, a board certified engineer, was shopping for his first grandchild’s crib mattress and found most of the conventional options full of ingredients and materials that he knew weren’t safe for a baby to be sleeping on! With his two sons, he founded Naturepedic to bring a safer, healthier crib mattress to parents for their babies. It’s this commitment to safer sleep that makes Barry and our company stand out. Barry’s devotion to healthier products and organic materials comes from his desire to protect and preserve the environment for future generations. We’re so proud to share that Barry Cik was honored at the Ohio Environmental Council’s Green Gala as the recipient of the Environmental Entrepreneur Award. The OEC’s mission is to secure healthy air, land, and water for people who live in Ohio, through legislation and advocacy. Their work helps communities implement green policies and environmentally-friendly practices that save[…]

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A New Addition: The Naturepedic Verse Kids Mattress

We’re pleased to announce the latest addition to our organic big kid bed lineup: The Naturepedic Verse. It’s a unique kids mattress designed for support and comfort kids will love, with the organic materials parents trust! We recently launched the Verse at the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas and you’ll begin to see it in stores soon. The Verse is made with premium encased coils like our adult mattresses, offering firm support ideal for growing children, with a more mature “grown up” feel. Encased coils help reduce motion transfer, so if your big kid wiggles or has restless nights, they’ll be able to find a comfortable spot and settle back down without wiggling the whole bed. This encased coil design also makes the Verse a great option for older kids and teens who are ready for a more mature feel. Like our other kids mattresses, the Verse is made with organic cotton and non-GMO PLA batting for a comfortable[…]

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Naturepedic Earns SFC’s Exemplary Gold Recognition

Naturepedic uses healthier materials like certified organic cotton to safeguard human health and wellbeing. Our business practices nurture and protect the planet. We support, and promote, environmental & social causes. All of these behaviors are core to the company’s existence, part of who we are and what we do. That said it’s still gratifying to get publicly recognized for doing them. Naturepedic has earned Gold Exemplary Recognition from the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC), an organization promoting the use of healthier materials and sustainable business practices by companies in the home furnishings sectors. Naturepedic is the only Gold Exemplary mattress company among the SFC’s nearly 400 member companies. To earn the recognition, Naturepedic documented sustainability efforts in production, operations and outreach and then submitted the information to an SFC audit. After the audit, Naturepedic was given the gold, and also some kind words. “Naturepedic is a true innovator and leader in our industry,” said SFC Standards Committee Chairman Gat Caperton. “Their[…]

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Organic Beyond Food: Back to School

It’s back to school season and you’re probably hitting the sales to equip your kids with everything on their supply lists. Keeping things organic may not have even crossed your mind, but there are organic and eco-friendly solutions for school supply shopping too! We’re highlighting Earth-friendly brands and products that your kids (and you) will love. Backpacks and Lunch Bags Organic backpacks and bookbags are available if you know where to look! Just like in mattresses and clothing, textile products like backpacks can contain harsh pesticides, vinyl, phthalates, lead, and other questionable chemicals. When your child uses a product every day, it’s a savvy decision to find a non-toxic solution without those potential hazards. For little ones, we love EcoGear’s Ecozoo Organic Backpack, available in four cute animal designs: Panda, Pig, Elephant, and Puppy. Made from organic cotton with recycled plastic and sustainable wood components, it’s perfect for preschool or early school aged children. We also like the Rawganique organic[…]

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What You Should Know About Mattress Eco-Terms

Organic. I try not to be surprised by what I see labeled as an “organic” mattress. I try. The truth is, though, I’ve seen “organic” used with such reckless abandon on mattresses that I can only shake my head and sigh. With food and unprocessed agricultural products like wool, “organic” requires meeting National Organic Program (NOP) standards of the USDA. Non-food processed items, however, are different; the USDA does not certify finished products like textiles, yarns, shirts or mattresses as organic. Consumers should instead demand Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) or Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) certifications for mattresses. Without these third-party certifications, there is little way to know how “organic” a mattress is. Be cautious, however, of a GOTS logo used in reference to only a specific component such as the fabric that the mattress maker presumably purchased from a vendor. Not only is that against the rules of GOTS (a mattress must be GOTS-certified to display that GOTS[…]

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Ask Naturepedic: What Is Food-Grade Polyethylene?

At Naturepedic, we’re all about crib mattress safety. You trust us to bring you a safer option for your little one’s sleep, wrapped up in all the organic goodness nature offers. You may have seen that we use food-grade polyethylene in our mattresses, and we sometimes get questions about what polyethylene is. We hope that this blog post will help answer any questions you have about the use of food grade polyethylene. It sounds like polyurethane, are they the same thing? At Naturepedic, we don’t use polyurethane foam in any form, including memory foam, plant based or bio-based foam, soybean foam, etc. These are all polyurethane foams that are highly flammable and require flame retardant chemicals to meet flammability standards. We never use polyurethane foam or flame retardants. This is where some of the concern comes from when parents learn we use polyethylene. It sounds very similar in name but is a completely different type of material. What is polyethylene?[…]

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Why Can’t You Look Under the Hood of Your Organic Mattress?

Would you purchase a car without looking under the hood and making sure that everything was in working order? While many mattress companies offer a trial period when you can return your bed, there’s no mattress lemon law to protect you from buying a mattress with components you don’t like. Since you’d never buy a car without looking under the hood, why not do the same with your organic mattress? Naturepedic lets you look under the hood in more ways than one. Our certified GOTS mattresses ensure a pure and organic mattress, while Bedfax labels fully disclose our materials. In addition, we stand by a list of materials that you will never find in our mattresses, so you can rest assured that you’re not sleeping on a lemon. For a literal look under the hood, the EOS® Organic Sleep System mattresses let you see the inside components of your mattress and allow you to choose exactly what goes into your[…]

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