Natural foods store chain Whole Foods publicly published a list of Unacceptable Ingredients for Food. This list alphabetically spells out ingredients like disodium dihydrogen EDTA the retailer finds inappropriate for food or packaging, ingredients not in line with healthy living. Panera Bread did something similar, publishing a No No list of ingredients the restaurant/bakery chain has committed to removing from its offerings by the end of 2016 to make its food even healthier for consumers. Panera, in fact, was one of the first to move toward transparency, becoming the first national restaurant chain to disclose caloric content on its menu. When you think about it, while you can read a food label on a can of soup in a store and get the ingredients and information on calories, fat, sodium, and more, that level of transparency has largely been missing from restaurants. And consumer products. As you read this, you’re probably looking at some form of screen — on a[…]Read More
Switzerland eats the most certified organic food per person than any other country, and beginning July 10, 2015 a pact signed with the U.S. will allow organic products certified in the U.S. to be sold as organic Switzerland, and vice versa. The U.S.-Switzerland Organic Equivalency Agreement eliminates the need for dual fees, inspections and paperwork yet continues to uphold organic standards. Previously, equivalency arrangements for American organic food were signed with Korea in 2014, Japan in 2013, the European Union (EU) in 2012 and Canada in 2009. Switzerland, however, is not a member of the EU, which presented an obstacle to organic trade between the U.S. and the organic food-loving country. The Organic Trade Association (OTA) was instrumental in working with government agencies in getting the agreement passed. According to Robert Anderson, Senior Trade Advisor for OTA, this arrangement will help streamline organic trade between continental Europe and the U.S., both which often use Swiss organic ingredients (like delicious chocolate).[…]Read More
It’s clear that many consumers are demanding more from their products regarding health and safety, as they should. I created Naturepedic along with my sons to in order help meet that demand.
Whether a company enters the market already focused on healthier materials like we did, or whether a company decides along the way to green their offerings, resources exist to help them in their journey.
Recently I was invited to speak on a webinar sponsored by the Sustainable Furnishings Council, a trade organization that supports companies in the home furnishings sector looking to make a healthier impact. Also on this presentation was Robert Demianew of Control Union Certifications who discussed the Global Organic Textile Standard, or GOTS, and Dale Read, President of the Specialty Sleep Association, who discussed the new BedFax program.
For my part, I discussed the existing obstacles to good health facing consumers today when purchasing mattresses. Of particular note, I discussed the widespread use of flame retardant chemicals, why they are used, why they are problematic, and how Naturepedic found a way to not use them while still passing all flammability standards.
I also discussed how GOTS certification and BedFax service provides verification and transparency for consumers, topics elaborated on by the other speakers.
GOTS, BedFax, even the Sustainable Furnishings Council, aren’t creating a demand for healthier products. People already desire them. Instead, they are helping consumers identify the healthier products on the market and trust that these products meet their needs, and they are also helping companies to build better products and communicate their message. It’s all part of the same goal: helping to make our homes and planet a healthier place to live.
Watch the webinar recording now:
Video Link: https://vimeo.com/131129086
The cotton in Naturepedic products is strictly organic, grown and processed to the exacting standards of the Global Organic Textile Standard. That means you get a mattress or bedding without the pesticides, toxic dyes, GMOs, formaldehyde and other chemicals associated with conventional cotton. That’s great for you, but did you know it might also be great for the climate? In a white paper published by the Rodale Institute, research suggests that a global switch to organic farming methods could capture in excess of 100% of the amount of current annual CO2 emissions. Rodale calls it “regenerative organic agriculture,” and the secret is in the soil. What this means is that, in theory, a widespread switch to organic farming practices, by capturing more of the CO2 than is produced each year, could begin to draw down the excess greenhouse gasses associated with the climate change. Regenerative organic agriculture uses organic practices such as composting, cover crops, residue mulching and crop rotation.[…]Read More
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[…]Read More
Flame retardant chemicals show up everywhere, and in places never intended: rivers, wildlife … and children. Flame retardant chemicals have been linked to a variety of potential health and developmental problems that include cancer and damage to the bodies’ hormonal systems. Children appear to be at particularly risk for a variety of reasons. Not only do they spend large amounts of time laying down on mattresses, pads and floors, they also have frequent hand-to-mouth contact which hastens the introduction of rogue chemicals into their systems. Parents are now beginning to seek safer products for the home, like Naturepedic mattresses that are made without flame retardant chemicals. Still, what about nurseries and preschools? Babies and young children can spend as much as 50 hours every week in preschools or childcare. Recognizing a lack of available scientific data on the preschool environment, a group of researchers from key institutions including the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH), Batelle Memorial Institute,[…]Read More
So why is there a t-shirt graphic on mattresses? That’s the GOTS logo. Naturepedic mattresses are certified organic and nontoxic to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), the only third-party organic certification recognized by the USDA for organic mattresses. GOTS is challenging to achieve, requiring both onsite inspections and rigorous documentation, but it serves as a respected way of demonstrating organic integrity for consumer products like mattresses. To this end, Naturepedic proudly displays the GOTS logo, with its white shirt in a green circle, on its website, marketing materials and products. You’ll notice the ID number under the GOTS logo – this validates the certification. While the GOTS logo is designed to verify certified organic products, companies will sometimes attempt to misappropriate the logo without doing the work. Sometimes the GOTS logo is used (inappropriately) when a mattress company purchases GOTS-certified material from someone else, generally fabric, but when they aren’t themselves offering certified products. In these cases, the logo[…]Read More
Naturepedic announced the company is the 2015 recipient of Practice Greenhealth’s Champion for Change award for its successes in sustainability. This specifically honors businesses who have not only taken steps to improve their internal green practices, but who help their customers and employees expand their sustainable practices as well. “Naturepedic is wholeheartedly committed to becoming ever more sustainable and reducing our environmental footprint,” said Barry Cik, Naturepedic Founder and Technical Director. “We are proud to be recognized by Practice Greenhealth as a pioneer in sustainability and will continue to adapt and enforce new practices to lessen our environmental impact even more.” By using organic over conventional cotton, Naturepedic eliminates 2,000 pounds of synthetic pesticides annually from production. This figure only includes organic cotton filling and does not take into account the large amount of organic cotton fabric Naturepedic also uses for its products. Naturepedic’s healthy, non-toxic crib mattress and mattress pad designs feature certified organic cotton fabric and filling, and[…]Read More
To celebrate Earth Month, we interviewed environmental thought leaders to find out more about their passions and perspectives with respect to our Planet. If you haven’t already, meet Debra Lynn Dadd. As an internationally recognized consumer advocate, she’s devoted her career to toxic-free living; authored numerous books on the topic; and, runs the website Live Toxic Free. With more than 30-years of experience finding consumer products that are free from toxic chemicals, Dadd has become an influential voice on all-things “non-toxic” and was dubbed “Queen of Green” by The New York Times. Dadd authored Toxic Free: How to Protect Your Health and Home from the Chemicals That Are Making You Sick in 1984, the first book about toxins in consumer products, and has since published seven more books on the subject. Dadd also hosts Toxic Free Talk Radio every weekday, where she interviews guests who are working to create a toxic-free world. How and why did you get interested in[…]Read More
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,[…]Read More