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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
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Making Better Decisions: Choosing Safer Toys as Gifts
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The State of Mattress Recycling and the States that Mandate It
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Making Better Decisions: Questions to Ask Before Purchasing Plastic Toys
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Wellness Within Your Walls Promotes Indoor Air Quality

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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Making Better Decisions: Choosing Safer Toys as Gifts

When beginning your research for safer toys, start here to learn more about wood toys, and don’t forget my key questions to ask yourself before purchasing a plastic toy. While we can’t replace everything in our house immediately (it’s too expensive for me, even if I could get my kids to give up many of the toys they love at once!), we can strive to make better choices going forward, and holidays and birthdays make a great opportunity to do so. 1) Tell your friends and family that you are looking to make more conscious decisions about the toys you’re bringing into your home. Recommend some brands you’re interested in (here and here are some suggestions), and offer key terms they should look for on packaging and websites. Key terms: Organic, BPA-free, Phthalate-free or nonphthalate, type of plastic (food grade preferred) Terms to avoid if they are unsubstantiated: Eco-friendly, Green, Natural, Non-Toxic. Ask yourself why they are Eco-friendly, Green, Natural[…]

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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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Making Better Decisions: Questions to Ask Before Purchasing Plastic Toys

Thanks for joining me on our hunt for safer toys! Last week, we talked about wood toys for toddlers and preschoolers, like my own 19 month old daughter and nearly 4 year old son. I was on a mission to find safer action figures and dinosaur toys my son might still be interested in playing with. The wood toys I found didn’t meet that criteria, though there are some available. We all need to find our own level of comfort with what we provide to our children, so I began to look for some safer plastic toy options. PLASTIC TOYS Here are the questions I ask myself when looking at plastic toys, in order of what I personally consider to be the most important factors regarding safety. 1) Is it BPA free or non-detectable? Generally, I only thought of Bisphenol A as it relates to baby cups and bottles, food storage containers, etc. However, BPA is a phthalate, and a[…]

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Wellness Within Your Walls Promotes Indoor Air Quality

I attended a wonderful webinar sponsored by the Sustainable Furnishings Council in which interior designer Jillian Pritchard Cooke spoke on the importance of better indoor air quality. She also discussed how the furnishings in a home play a part.   The webinar was entitled Reducing Harmful Toxins in the Home: Combating the tight box syndrome. Tight box syndrome, also called sick building syndrome, refers to a health condition created by modern houses and offices where indoor contaminants remain circulating in in the air, trapped by the tight seals of today’s buildings like air in in a spaceship. Pritchard Cooke is a principal at design firm DES-SYN and the founder of Wellness Within Your Walls, an organization dedicated to not only reducing toxins during the interior design process but also in promoting more sustainable and responsible materials. She said she became focused on designing more eco-friendly living spaces after she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, which she suspects[…]

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