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Naturepedic Celebrates Earth Day by Planting Butterfly Garden
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4 Simple Steps for Planting a #DIY Butterfly Garden
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Earth Month Q&A: Denise Hamler, Green America
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What is Orange and Black and Travels 2,500 miles to Winter?
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Naturepedic loves how YOU reduce your carbon footprint!
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Enter to Win: #NaturepedicEarthDay Photo Sweepstakes
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Then & Now: Environmental Leaders You Need to Know
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Respecting our Earth: Naturepedic Releases 2014 Sustainability Report
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3 Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Healthiest Home Yet
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Transition Your Baby’s Sleep Schedule for Daylight Savings with Jenni June

Naturepedic Celebrates Earth Day by Planting Butterfly Garden

  On Earth Day 2015, the Naturepedic team gathered together to plant a butterfly garden at company headquarters. Once lush, the garden will be a place for butterflies and other insects to migrate to, as well as an oasis for them to pollinate from flower to flower and sun on rocks—butterflies love to sun! “Naturepedic focuses on well-being and understands a healthy planet is essential to healthy living,” said Dale “Sebastian” Luckwitz, Sustainability Officer at Naturepedic. “Plus, can you imagine a world without butterflies?” We planted purple coneflowers, black-eyed susans, bee balm, late blooming Joe-Pye weed, and oxeye daisy. Once our second shipment of seeds arrive, we’ll also plant common milkweed and swamp milkweed, which both provide food for Monarch caterpillars. The garden, certified by the North American Butterfly Association, is free from pesticides or other sprays and will remain naturalized, like a meadow. Our garden would not be possible without our friends at Lowe’s Greenhouses, Florist & Gift Shop,[…]

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4 Simple Steps for Planting a #DIY Butterfly Garden

This Earth Day, we’re gathering our gardening gloves and spades and planting a butterfly and bee habitat at Naturepedic headquarters! Because of weed control and other human-led endeavours, butterflies—especially monarchs—are having a tough time finding flowers to migrate to. For more information, read the first blog in our mini series about why we need to save monarch butterflies. Naturepedic’s butterfly and bee habitat, certified by the North American Butterfly Association (NABA), will be in essence a tiny meadow featuring native plants suited to Ohio’s soil and climate that also offer tasty treats to butterflies and bees alike. Plants are randomized rather than planted with a tall-plants-in-the-back, short-plants-in-front planting order. Also different than a formalized planting, soil erosion is stabilized with annual rye grass rather than being controlled mulching around each plant. The idea is to offer a planting rich in biodiversity and beauty and then, and here is the best part, leave it alone! With no spraying, mowing, or weeding,[…]

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Earth Month Q&A: Denise Hamler, Green America

In honor of Earth Month, Naturepedic interviewed environmental thought leaders to find out more about their passions and perspectives with respect to our Planet. First up, Denise Hamler, Director of Green America’s Green Business Network. Hamler co-founded Green America (formerly Co-op America) in 1982, which helps people green their lives, green their businesses, and support high-impact campaigns to change the way America does business. The organization aims to advance a green economy that works for people and the planet, social and economic justice and for community and environmental health. How and why did you get interested in the environment? I think being raised on a family farm in Ohio, during the 1950-60s, instilled in me a love for being outside with plants and animals. I still spend a couple hours a week walking in the woods without my cell phone. Living in the Washington DC area I am blessed to be surrounded by so much green space – hiking along[…]

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What is Orange and Black and Travels 2,500 miles to Winter?

Nearly a billion monarch butterflies have vanished over the past 25 years, a loss of over 90 percent of its population. That’s right—90 percent. The iconic orange-and-black winged insect experienced its lowest recorded population from 2013 through 2014, and if nothing is done to combat their decline the numbers will continue to fall. One cause of the species near extinction? Weed control, along with the loss of prairies, especially along the its migratory routes. And after a winter spent in central Mexico or coastal California, monarchs are on the move again. “Fluttering 25 to 30 miles a day, the insects are headed north and east toward breeding grounds that by mid-summer will stretch from coast to coast across the United States and as far north as southern Canada,” said Laura Tangley in National Wildlife®. Ninety-nine percent of North America’s monarch population live in Mexico’s oyamel fir forests throughout the winter months. According to National Wildlife, “[s]cientists estimate that in the[…]

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Naturepedic loves how YOU reduce your carbon footprint!

Our Naturepedic You ‪#‎EarthMonth‬ giveaway is a wrap! Thank you to everyone who entered, we enjoyed hearing how you love and respect our amazing Planet. Check out the awesome way some of our fans are reducing their carbon footprint: Cassandra E. Something small, but keeping our tires properly inflated helps improve gas mileage which increases our fuel efficiency! April G.G. Just traded in my big horn dodge ram and am loving my car:) I try to always Combine errands to make fewer trips also this includes shopping local when at all possible. Using cruise control. My husband is in the hvac field so having high efficiency ac system and programmable thermostat. Energy start appliances. My daughter knows (3) cut off lights were not using. Also this year we started our own garden all organic non gmo seeds :)) was fun to go out and pick some lettuces for lunch the other day :)) Tiffany C. Holtzinger Breastfeed, buy local and[…]

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Enter to Win: #NaturepedicEarthDay Photo Sweepstakes

Earth Day is almost here! Although this important day happens once a year, we can and should respect the Earth every day. We want to see how you teach (or plan on teaching) your kids to LOVE and RESPECT the Earth! Do you take your children on nature walks, teach them how to recycle, maintain a garden together, or even upcycle your arts and crafts projects? Share a photo with us on social media for your chance to win one of 12 Earth-friendly daily prize bundles AND a grand prize Naturepedic sleep bundle. Entering is easy. 1. Upload a photo showing how you teach your kids to love and respect the #Earth to our Facebook page: http://bit.ly/naturepedicearthday 2. Or submit one via Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #NaturepedicEarthDay. Good luck! The giveaway is limited to one photo submission per person; you only need to submit on one social platform to be entered into each daily giveaway remaining at the[…]

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Then & Now: Environmental Leaders You Need to Know

As a society, the United States is more environmentally conscious now than ever before. We’ve come a long way, but this doesn’t mean we don’t have a long way to go. There’s much work to be done to ensure our planet remains beautiful for generations ahead. The environmental movement took force in the 1940s with leaders like organic visionary J.I. Rodale and marine biologist Rachel Carson. These leaders paved the way for future generations, and set a crucial precedence: the Earth is vital and important, but it’s not invincible. In honor of #EarthMonth, we’ve highlighted four environmental leaders we think you need to know. This list is not exhaustive, as there are many environmental influencers, but it’s a good start. There are reasons these four individuals are still making waves decades later. J.I. (Jerome Irving) Rodale (1898 – 1971) The word “organic” is commonly thought to mean grown without pesticides, and that definition is largely because of publishing magnate J.[…]

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Respecting our Earth: Naturepedic Releases 2014 Sustainability Report

Earth Month. It’s a wonderful thing. By bringing the importance of sustainability to the masses, even if the majority of people make one lifestyle change to live greener, the campaign’s motto “even a little help goes a long way“ is validated. Naturepedic strives to be more sustainable every day. Our efforts to reach this goal begin with producing the healthiest organic products we can without toxic chemicals like flame retardants, biocides and phthalates. We know healthy living is an all-day, everyday process—it’s not just the part spent sleeping. This is why our commitment to healthier living is extending beyond our products into our overall way of doing business and its impact on the planet. While we have always informally considered sustainability, we have now formally integrated the concept into our business plan. We designated our first Sustainable Officer and created a “Green Team,” a group of passionate individuals tasked with exploring innovative ways to make our business even greener than[…]

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3 Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Healthiest Home Yet

The daunting chore of spring cleaning marks an opportunity to make your home less toxic. There are many hidden hazardous chemicals in common cleaning products and household items—from glass cleaner to hand soap to your living room sofa—so we’ve compiled a short to-do list to help make your home safer. This list is not extensive, but it’s a start. And, by completing these three simple tasks you can start removing many questionable chemicals from your family’s abode. Alright, let’s detoxify: Ditch antibacterial & toxic cleaning products: Did you know that products labelled “antibacterial’ or ”antimicrobial” contain pesticides? Or that many common cleaning products contain ingredients like ammonia and coal tar dyes? Unfortunately, American manufacturers are not required to warn consumers about the health and environmental hazards associated with long-term exposure to chemical ingredients in cleaning products. Preventative measures: forgo cleaners with a laundry list of chemical ingredients. Try ones with simple, non-toxic ingredients. Some reputable brands to consider are Method,[…]

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Transition Your Baby’s Sleep Schedule for Daylight Savings with Jenni June

It’s almost time to “spring forward” an hour and gain some extra sunlight. For many it is a hopeful sign that spring is around the corner. But for parents, it can be a time of increased stress and decreased sleep due to the change in their children’s sleep routine. We asked Jenni June, a nationally-recognized certified child sleep consultant, for some tips on how parents can make this transition easier. June says not to worry, just do these three simple things and within about four days, your child should be fully adjusted: 1. Begin your bedtime routine immediately following a warm, relaxing candle lit bath in a darkened sleep environment. 2. Keep your post-bath bedtime routine to 15 minutes max! This safeguards your child from missing that powerful wave of sleep hormones that are often released after a quiet bath while settling down in a darkened room. Both of these things do a great job of kick-starting your child’s melatonin[…]

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