Naturepedic Blog

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Organic: Bee Friendly
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Naturepedic, An Ecology Center Business Innovator
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Making Better Decisions: Sustainable Thanksgiving Table
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12 Common Toxins That Can Harm Your Child’s Health
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Ask Naturepedic: What is the difference between a one-sided and two-sided mattress?
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Naturepedic and Electricity: How an REC Works
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Making the Big Kid Bed Plunge
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Celebrating No More Diapers Day
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Making Better Decisions: Back to the Office
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Big Kid Bed Transition: Q&A with Rachel Blumenthal

Organic: Bee Friendly

Let’s talk about your organic mattress and how it relates to the birds and bees. Well, just the bees. A report by the Organic Center suggests that practices used by organic farms (such as organic cotton farms) promote the health of pollinator bees, whose populations have been in decline since the identification of Colony Collapse Disorder in 2006. What is Colony Collapse? While researchers can say what Colony Collapse Disorder means for bees, they can’t say exactly why it is happening. Over the past ten years, bee keepers have lost more than a third of their hive populations (two Naturepedic employees who raise bees have been impacted by this decline). With CCD, adult worker bees disappear from hives in winter, sometimes leading to a total collapse of the bee colony. No one factor has been found to be the total cause of CCD. Rather, researchers are finding a variety of factors that likely contribute. Such factors include viral and parasitic[…]

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Naturepedic, An Ecology Center Business Innovator

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The Ecology Center is dedicated to health and safety, just like Naturepedic is. We both believe that we can’t have healthy people on a sick planet. Founded in 1970, the Center focuses on the big question of how human life can thrive without destroying our planet. In order to answer this, the Ecology Center works hard at all levels, from consumers to manufacturers to lawmakers, to ensure the highest standards for health and safety.

Recently the Ecology Center launched a new initiative to shine a spotlight on innovative businesses that share the ideals of safer, healthier, and more sustainable consumerism. Naturepedic is proud to be one of the first featured companies in the Ecology Center’s Business Innovator Series.

When you watch the video be sure to let us know what you think of our journey from concerned grandparent to leader in the organic mattress industry.

Making Better Decisions: Sustainable Thanksgiving Table

By the time November comes around, my little backyard garden produce is exhausted, and my summer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) weekly shares are complete too. How can I create both a healthier, more sustainable Thanksgiving spread without the convenient access of my weekly farmers’ market or backyard garden? I know all the benefits of eating local produce. They are fresher, tastier, and there is more variety. I know I can get heirloom tomatoes or a particular variety of pumpkin known to make a fluffier pumpkin pie from my farmers market. Local means I’m avoiding a lot of emissions from shipping, too. Not to mention that when I am also buying organic, I know it is safer for my kids and I. When Thanksgiving comes around and my usual channels are overwintering so-to-speak, I find myself stuck in the same annual traditions and same Thanksgiving fare, which is not local, sustainable, or organic. This year, I promised myself we’d do better[…]

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12 Common Toxins That Can Harm Your Child’s Health

To help keep parents informed we have created a list of 12 common toxins that can harm your child’s health. From known carcinogens, VOCs, endocrine disruptors and more: These toxins show up in a variety of children’s products. Shockingly, 9 out of 12 listed are frequently found in crib mattresses! Luckily, there is a crib mattress brand that has left out all of the potentially harsh chemicals: 1. Certified organic cotton fabric and filling 2. Food-grade polyethylene waterproofing 3. Steel innersprings or food-grade polyethylene support What’s not in a Naturepedic? 1. Polyurethane foam or any version of it (so-called eco, bio-based, soybean foams) 2. Formaldehyde potentially found in polyurethane foam or flame retardant chemicals 3. Flame retardants of any kind including “natural” flame barriers that use antimony or boric acid 4. Waterproofing agents such as PVC with phthalates or PFCs 5. Antibacterial treatments, pesticides or biocides 6. Latex, Coir with Latex, Wool or other potentially allergenic materials You can download[…]

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Ask Naturepedic: What is the difference between a one-sided and two-sided mattress?

When you take a look at our organic kids options, you will find that some options describe a one-sided mattress and others are two-sided. This isn’t a riddle – obviously mattresses have two sides, so what does this terminology mean when it comes to the form and function of your child’s new mattress? The one-sided mattress was developed with the natural organic cotton quilt on one side. As such, it is not a “flippable” mattress and has only one sleep surface. We recommend that you rotate the one-sided mattress (swap the head and foot of the mattress) every three to four months to help minimize body impressions. Many parents choose the one-sided mattress for the following attributes: Affordable price point – A one-sided mattress from Naturepedic is lower cost for those on a tight budget who want to provide a healthier sleep environment for their children. – Many parents choose a lower cost one-sided mattress for transitioning their children to[…]

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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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Making the Big Kid Bed Plunge

My son, Carson, turned two in June. He’s never been a good sleeper. Ever. The best sleep I’ve had in the last two years was at a hotel on a business trip. It was glorious. So we’ve struggled with him since day one but when we hit the two year mark, there were suddenly all these new questions to ask yourself like, “when should we start potty training?” and “when do we move him to a big boy bed?” My mom friends, insisted that, “there’s no right time. He’ll let you know when he’s ready.” But I’m not so sure. He’s been using the potty at school successfully since they moved him to the 2-3 year old class in June but he hasn’t once done it at home. And the big boy bed… well. We decided to take the plunge last weekend. He has one of those convertible cribs that turns into a toddler bed and then a full size[…]

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Celebrating No More Diapers Day

My household is officially diaper free. After eight-and-a-half years. My husband and I are going to drink to our diaper-free status tonight (always looking for a solid reason to open a nice bottle of bubbles). Because here’s the thing: even though diaper extinction is a normal and inevitable milestone for every family, it calls on some of the most evasive parenting skills—patience, persistence, consistency . . . did I mention patience? Both of my kids transitioned to daytime undies more or less when kids are expected to be in undies—somewhere around 2-3 years of age. Then there was the absurd stage (for both of them) of putting on their own pull-ups and hiding in corners and closets to do their #2 business. (The developmental experts at Seedlings Group got me through those good times.) But the real struggle was nighttime. I had been told that I would know when my child was ready to sleep in underwear when she woke[…]

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Making Better Decisions: Back to the Office

It’s that time of year! Kids are back to school with blank, crisp notebooks and colorful supplies. Here at Naturepedic I’ve been inspired to update my office space in an eco-friendly way. FOR THE KITCHEN & WATER COOLER If you have input into your communal kitchen or kitchenette spaces, consider Fair Trade Organic Coffee for your office. Fair Trade certification ensures farmers are given a fair price for their beans and certified organic means you are getting a product that is better for the health of you, the farms, and the farmers. Brew your coffee at home with a French press and avoid coffee filters! Bring it with you to work in a reusable travel mug, like Joco glass cups. Similarly, bring a reusable water bottle in glass or stainless steel. I love these glass ones by Lifefactory. And if you can, supply your kitchen with paper cups instead of Styrofoam, with a recycling bin conveniently close by. Use refillable,[…]

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Big Kid Bed Transition: Q&A with Rachel Blumenthal

We asked Rachel Blumenthal, Founder and CEO of Cricket’s Circle a few questions about her experience transitioning her toddler to a big kid bed: 1. Tell us a little about yourself and your big kid. “My son is almost 4 1/2 and we transitioned to a big kid bed when he was 3 1/2. We were moving to a new home so we decided to wait and transition him with the move.” 2. What cues did your toddler give you to let you know they were ready for a big kid bed? “He had already climbed out of the crib a few times and was well beyond crib age.” 3. What was the most important thing you were looking for when you started researching big kid beds? “We wanted a bed that he could grow into – both in size and style. I believe in investing in furniture that grows with your children – a large dresser that can double[…]

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