Category - Corporate Responsibilty

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The Trick of the Track: Forest Stewardship Council®/ Rainforest Alliance
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My Resolution? Recycling that mattress!
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Naturepedic and Electricity: How an REC Works
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Jessica Alba, Naturepedic and ASBC Members Take to the Senate
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The State of Mattress Recycling and the States that Mandate It
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Business Resources to Help Create a Healthier Economy
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Earth Day Musings From Naturepedic
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Naturepedic Joins “Companies for Safer Chemicals Coalition”
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Chemicals in Commerce Act Hearing
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One Step Closer to a New Safe Chemicals Act

The Trick of the Track: Forest Stewardship Council®/ Rainforest Alliance

Naturepedic seeks the best materials to create comfortable, healthy sleep products. To source such materials, we demand independent certifications: cotton filling certified organic by the USDA, latex certified organic to the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS), natural wool certified to one or more organic standards. An entire Naturepedic mattress is then certified organic and non-toxic to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Certifications are one of the ways we find the good stuff. There is another important aspect to third-party certifications, though, which concerns what happens to the land and farmers. For example, GOTS and GOLS certifications don’t just mean certified organic. They also mean materials made and harvested responsibly considering worker welfare along the entire supply chain, from the first little spout of a cotton plant to the final manufacturing step in the mattress. In looking at the impact of materials way before they show up in a mattress, Naturepedic has earned Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Chain of Custody[…]

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My Resolution? Recycling that mattress!

Have a New Year’s resolution? The state of California does, and is even getting started a few days early. On December 30, 2015, the new Mattress Recycling Program takes effect. The program requires that all manufacturers, importers, retailers and others selling mattresses in the state of California must be registered for the program by then. To help fund the mandatory program, mattress sellers in California are required to collect an $11 recycling fee on each mattress separate from the selling price. California is the third U.S. state to institute a statewide mandatory mattress recycling program. Connecticut’s program began in May 2015, while registration for Rhode Island’s mattress recycling program was in July 2015, with the program expected to begin in 2016. The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) is a non-profit industry organization created to run its Bye Bye Mattress programs in states that have enacted mattress recycling laws. For more information on the program, visit http://byebyemattress.com.

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Naturepedic and Electricity: How an REC Works

Because Naturepedic’s products are largely built by hand rather than machine, we use a relatively small amount of electricity. Nonetheless, like most businesses we have lights, computers, printers, and of course coffee makers — the usual office things. Additionally, our factory uses electricity for stitching and serging machines, powering our compressor (which in turn powers pneumatic hand tools), and even for charging our fork lift. We focus on efficiency and use less electricity than an average company, but we still use it. To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, for 100% of electricity use at Naturepedic we purchase Renewable Energy Credits, or RECs. Our RECs come from NativeEnergy, certified by Green-e, the leading independent certification and verification program for renewable energy and greenhouse gas emission reductions in the retail market. The majority of NativeEnergy’s RECs come from windpower. But what is an REC? In essence, it’s a certificate for power that is generated from renewable energy. Watch the short video developed by[…]

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Jessica Alba, Naturepedic and ASBC Members Take to the Senate

  As Sustainability Officer for Naturepedic, my role is to go beyond the certified organic products we make to strengthen our relationship to the larger sustainability picture including business practices and advocacy. When things go really well, I get to compare notes with others also passionate about sustainability. When things go really, really well, I get to promote sustainability at the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C. with Jessica Alba. Thursday, June 18 went really, really well. Serving as a Naturepedic representative for the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), I spent the day alongside actress and advocate for safer products Jessica Alba, co-founder of The Honest Company, and a team of talented business professionals, traveling the halls of the U.S. Senate to meet with a variety of senators. As members of the ASBC, we made the case for sensible reform to the outdated Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA). Currently, a draft bill, S. 697, is being considered in the Senate. In[…]

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The State of Mattress Recycling and the States that Mandate It

Some 30 to 40 million mattresses are disposed of every year in the U.S. That’s a lot of mattresses taking up a lot of landfill space. Landfill operators are not fans of trashed mattresses, either, as they are difficult to move around and don’t compact well. While mattress recycling facilities exist, they are relatively scarce. This, however, is changing.  Here are some innovations and initiatives in mattress recycling occurring throughout the U.S. Spring Back Mattress Recycling The group’s goal was to develop a sustainable mattress recycling model that would simultaneously provide employment opportunities to the disenfranchised, such as homeless individuals or former prison inmates. The team spent a year developing the model and by 2012 Spring Back Mattress Recycling incorporated as 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The program proved a success. Since then, Spring Back Mattress Recycling has expanded into other geographic areas, with operations in Denver, CO; Tacoma, WA; Charlotte, NC; and Salt Lake City, UT. Spring Back charges $20 per piece[…]

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Business Resources to Help Create a Healthier Economy

Sustainable business practices influence all levels of life: workers, consumers and businesses across the country who stand to lose greatly if we don’t protect our environment. The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) can help you keep up to date on initiatives and efforts working toward a healthier, more sustainable economy. To this end, ASBC recently rolled out a cleaner website design to enhance the public’s understanding of these important issues. Geared to businesses who want to create a more sustainable economy, the ASBC website has material that anyone interested in these issues will find useful. Highlighting topics like safer chemicals, agriculture, energy, workers’ rights, pollution, climate change and more, the website allows visitors to catch up on current research and new trends in sustainable business. Readers can also learn about pending legislation, both at the state and federal levels, and read polling reports commissioned by ASBC on some of the biggest issues of the day, like climate, extreme weather, and[…]

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Earth Day Musings From Naturepedic

We’re about organic mattresses at Naturepedic so we love Earth Day as much as National Sleep Day (Jan. 3), World Sleep Day (March 14) and even National Sleep Week in March! A combination of better earth choices and sleep is our thing. Speaking for myself, I love the centering aspect of Earth Day; it reminds me to reexamine how my choices and actions affect the planet. Instead of focusing on the gloom and doom of pollution and environmental degradation, I use Earth Day to recharge my energy toward positive action where I can make a difference. Additionally, I use Earth Day to remember how cool our Earth is. If you’ve temporarily forgotten, go look at a spider web up close or at the sprouting plants all around to recapture some of that childlike wonder about planet Earth. Competition for Planet Earth Five years ago, Vancouver (in Canada, not the state of Washington) kicked off its Greenest City Action Plan, a[…]

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Naturepedic Joins “Companies for Safer Chemicals Coalition”

When Lisa Jackson took over as EPA administrator in 2009, she expressed strong views about exposure to toxins. “A child born in America today will grow up exposed to more chemicals than a child from any other generation in our history…Our kids are getting steady infusions of industrial chemicals before we even give them solid food…Today, advances in toxicology and analytical chemistry are revealing new pathways of exposure…There are subtle and troubling effects of chemicals on hormone systems, human reproduction, intellectual development and cognition.” Jackson promised to focus on reforming the Toxic Substance Control Act of 1976, also known as TSCA, which regulates the introduction of chemicals into the marketplace.  She said “The law and the structure of the law in no way is modern enough or has enough teeth.” Unfortunately, Ms. Jackson resigned from her position without seeing the reform she had envisioned, and forward motion on getting control over the chemicals we’re ingesting, inhaling and absorbing is currently[…]

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Chemicals in Commerce Act Hearing

Chemicals in Commerce Act Wednesday, March 12, 2014 – 10:00am Hearing Information Testimonial to include witness, Barry Cik, founder of Naturepedic, on behalf of the Companies for Safer Chemicals. Not Working? Click this WEBCAST Video Link

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One Step Closer to a New Safe Chemicals Act

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 dependent on us to keep them safe. If you’re not very educated on this subject and would like to[…]

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