Naturepedic Blog

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Organic vs. GOTS Organic Mattresses
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Ask Naturepedic: How Do I Clean My Naturepedic Organic Mattress?
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Organic Beyond Food: Mattress & Bedding
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Here’s the Plan: An Interview with weeSpring’s Allyson Downey
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Organic Beyond Food: Feminine Care Products
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Lonely Whale: An Interview with Adrian Grenier
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Making Better Decisions: Organic Gardening
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Be Well Sleep Workshop with Naturepedic Founder
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2015 Naturepedic Sustainability Report
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How to Choose the Right Mattress Comfort Level

Organic vs. GOTS Organic Mattresses

If someone tries to sell you a shirt and claims it is absolutely organic, how do you know? You probably don’t know the salesperson individually and given he or she has an interest in getting you to purchase the product, is their word enough? An organic t-shirt looks like a non-organic one, after all. Now take a mattress, larger and more complicated. How do you know what’s really inside and outside that product. What does “organic mattress” even mean? Maybe what they are calling organic is different than your idea of organic, so again, how do you know it’s organic? The truth? Without trustworthy verification, it’s pretty much impossible. Got GOTS? That is why the Global Organic Textile Standard, or GOTS, is essential. GOTS certifies textiles and fabrics, apparel and mattresses. With GOTS, a trained, independent examiner ensures everything adds up and meets an established standard viewable by anyone. The books, systems, and physical manufacturing facility and its processes are[…]

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Ask Naturepedic: How Do I Clean My Naturepedic Organic Mattress?

When you purchase an organic mattress from Naturepedic, it’s a big deal! Your mattress is an investment in safer, healthier sleep for your family. Keeping your mattress clean and hygienic will help to extend the life of your product and keep it in good shape. In this blog post, we’ll teach you how to clean and protect baby, kids, and adult mattresses, and we hope you’ll learn one new thing about how to properly care for your Naturepedic! How to Clean a Naturepedic Crib Mattress A waterproof crib mattress is quick and simple to clean: wipe the surface with a damp cloth, using mild detergent on soiled surfaces. You can also wipe the crib mattress with hydrogen peroxide to disinfect. If your model has a tape edge (a stitched edge similar to an adult mattress), use caution to prevent moisture from penetrating the seams. Quilted crib mattresses are not waterproof. For these models you may spot clean with a damp[…]

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Organic Beyond Food: Mattress & Bedding

May is Better Sleep Month, an informational month-long celebration of healthier sleep habits. Sleep is an important aspect of mental and physical health, and it’s important to understand the impact that our sleep has on our daily life. In our fast-paced busy society, we try to get ahead on our jam-packed schedules by cutting sleep before cutting commitments. We convince ourselves we only need a few hours, or that we’re getting a full night’s sleep even though we catch up on emails in bed or hit snooze for an hour. Need a refresher? Read our Safe Healthy Sleep Resolutions blog post from January! How much sleep do we need? The National Sleep Foundation recommends seven to nine hours of sleep per night for adults age 18 to 64. Teenagers and children require even more sleep: eight to ten hours for teens aged 14 to 17, nine to 11 hours for children aged six to 13, and ten to 13 hours[…]

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Here’s the Plan: An Interview with weeSpring’s Allyson Downey

Allyson Downey’s weeSpring is the online version of that proverbial village it takes to raise a child. Countless moms- and dads-to-be use the website to curate advice and reviews from parents who have been there before. Driven by the desire for no woman to go it alone, Allyson is launching a book to help new moms navigate the interwoven paths of career advancement and motherhood. Naturepedic is proud to sponsor the book tour for “Here’s the Plan: Your Practical, Tactical Guide to Advancing Your Career During Pregnancy and Parenthood.” We caught up with Allyson to ask her some questions about her upcoming book, and ten lucky readers will receive a free copy! Read the giveaway details after the Q&A. 1. What inspired you to write “Here’s the Plan”? When I was pregnant with my first child, I found myself completely sidelined at work–and I was the last person I would have ever expected to experience that. I was tough, I[…]

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Organic Beyond Food: Feminine Care Products

Go Organic. Period. It’s Earth Month, the time of year when we love to protect and care for our Mother Earth. Roughly a third of the population regularly deals with a little gift from Mother Nature, and what’s more natural than the joy of womanhood? When this monthly visitor arrives, most women head to the store for the usual menstrual products never knowing that there are more natural options out there. You can actually go organic on your period! Organic cotton pads and tampons significantly reduce the pesticide and chemical exposure to your body compared to conventional hygiene products. What’s Wrong with Conventional Products? In our cosmetics blog, we already talked about how the skin is one of the largest organ systems of the human body. Anything that touches our skin is absorbed into the bloodstream, and this includes toxins present in menstrual hygiene products like pads and tampons. Dr. Joseph Mercola points out in a 2013 Huffington Post article[…]

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Lonely Whale: An Interview with Adrian Grenier

At Naturepedic, we’re big fans of customer and friend Adrian Grenier, whose charity work with The Lonely Whale is changing the way people think about our world’s oceans. He has been making small changes in his life and inspiring others to do the same, including sleeping organic on a Naturepedic! Those small steps add up to a big environmental impact. In honor of Earth Month, we got in touch with Adrian to ask him some questions about his commitment to sustainability and environmentalism. Why do you sleep on a Naturepedic mattress? When I joined the Lonely Whale team I started studying how products we use every day affect ocean health. One of the biggest was mattresses. I learned that most commercial mattresses use flame retardants. These chemicals show up in sea creatures, particularly dolphins and killer whales who collect the chemicals in their blubber. What’s even more devastating is that these chemicals are bioaccumulative, which means they stick around and build[…]

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Making Better Decisions: Organic Gardening

Now that spring is here, we are getting excited about planting our annual garden. We started our seeds inside a few weeks ago and they are starting to sprout already. We can’t wait to get them in the garden outside. The kids love to watch the progress of our fruits and veggies growing (plus they love to play in dirt, typical kids!) and I love saving money on our summer groceries by growing a lot of food for us to eat! As we continue to make better decisions for our family’s health, we have shifted a lot of our food purchases to organic ones. Organic produce means fewer pesticides and the kids are happy with a variety of fresh fruits and veggies to snack on. Where Does Your Garden Grow Organic? – Indoor vs. outdoor: The location of your garden can change the types of plants you grow. Indoor spaces can grow plants that need a warmer environment since the[…]

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Be Well Sleep Workshop with Naturepedic Founder

Safe Healthy Sleep™ is our goal, and we’ve teamed up with other sleep experts to bring you a truly exciting opportunity! Join our founder Barry Cik along with Dr. Frank Lipman and Arianna Huffington for the Be Well Sleep Workshop call at 2:00pm EST on Monday, April 18, 2016. Sign up here and you might be a lucky winner of a Good Night’s Sleep Collection worth over $1000. Dr. Lipman is an expert in Integrative and Functional Medicine and directs Eleven-Eleven Wellness Center in New York City. He has studied acupuncture, Chinese medicine, nutrition, herbal medicine, biofeedback, meditation, and yoga in addition to his functional medicine training. He combines the best of these philosophies with the best of western medicine to practice “Good Medicine” for his patients. Arianna Huffington is the author of The Sleep Revolution, a book about the vital importance of sleep. She speaks to the reasons modern society is wrecking our sleep and what we need to[…]

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2015 Naturepedic Sustainability Report

At the risk of sounding cheesy, I’ll say it anyway: every day is Earth Day at Naturepedic. What I mean is that seeking continual improvements to benefit planet and people is woven into our business, not something external we dig up for a few days a year. People know Naturepedic for organic mattresses. Beyond the visible products, though, is a thriving culture of continual research and exploration. As we launch our second annual Naturepedic Sustainability Report, I thought I would complement it by sharing some of the behind-the-scenes work at Naturepedic that goes into being a leader in the green marketplace. 1. Vendors Naturepedic makes certified organic products, meaning we need suppliers that can meet our demanding criteria. Truth is, we ask a lot. On the minimum, suppliers must meet strict social and environmental criteria of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), and that is a HUGE minimum requirement! GOTS examines factors from worker safety to inputs used. Remember, that’s[…]

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How to Choose the Right Mattress Comfort Level

Finding the right mattress comfort level can be a lot like a sleepy version of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. One mattress is too firm, another too soft, and somewhere in the middle you hope to find that proverbial “just right” that is a perfect fit. An even bigger challenge is finding an appropriate comfort level for two people sharing the same bed. Shouldn’t Mama Bear and Papa Bear be able to choose their own comfort levels? Naturepedic’s comfort levels have been developed with the assistance of chiropractors to focus on proper spinal alignment and relief of pressure points. Our mattresses span four comfort categories: ultra-plush, plush, cushion-firm, and firm. For most people, cushion-firm is the best starting point. A cushion-firm mattress provides good support and enough comfort to provide pressure point relief and a softer surface. The best way to find out which comfort level is appropriate for your needs is to visit one of our retailers and try[…]

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