Tag - crib mattress

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Naturepedic Founder Discusses Chemicals in Crib Mattresses
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How Naturepedic Certified Organic Mattresses Are Made
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Organic Mattresses – No, You Can’t Eat Them
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Is Your Nursery Toxic?
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Is Your Crib Mattress Really Organic?
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Naturepedic Crib Mattresses and Accessories Certified To New GREENGUARD “Select” Program
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Creating a Non-Toxic Nursery
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Still Considering A Polyurethane Foam Crib Mattress? Here’s Dr. Greene’s Advice.
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You Can Help Make Crib Mattresses Safe for Every Child, Including Your Own
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Study Links Pesticides to ADHD – Are They in Your Child’s Crib Mattress?

Naturepedic Founder Discusses Chemicals in Crib Mattresses

A recent study published February of this year by a team of environmental engineers from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has found that infants are exposed to high levels of chemical emissions from crib mattresses. Below, Naturepedic founder Barry A. Cik explores aspects related to this report to provide a greater understanding of the overall topic of chemicals in crib mattresses. Friends and Colleagues, I’ve been asked by several people to comment on the University of Texas study regarding chemicals in crib mattresses.  In particular, people want to understand the practical implications of chemicals in crib mattresses.  I’ll use a Q & A format. Are Chemicals Really a Problem? The chemical problem is quite well established.  For example, the American Academy of Pediatrics says the following: “Over the past several decades, tens of thousands of chemicals have entered commerce and the environment, often in extremely large quantities…A growing body of research indicates potential harm to[…]

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How Naturepedic Certified Organic Mattresses Are Made

People love to see things built.  Shows like Discovery Channel’s How It’s Made cater to our fascination to watch finished products emerge from raw materials. Having an office near the Naturepedic manufacturing floor, I often watch giant rolls of organic cotton, wool and other materials turn into finished mattresses at the hands of talented craftspeople.  Like a sunset, I don’t tire of watching it. Thanks to agency Flourish Inc. you can spend 2-1/2 minutes experiencing the cool factor of our factory in Luxury Organic Mattresses: A Behind The Scenes Look.  As a result of Flourish’s brilliant vision and execution in creating this video, you can truly get a sense of the craftsmanship and pride that goes into each of our mattresses. The video is so amazing it earned Flourish a 2013 Gold Addy award from the American Advertising Federation – Cleveland. Watch it and you’ll see why. Take a break and step into our factory for a few minutes. You’ll[…]

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Organic Mattresses – No, You Can’t Eat Them

We make organic mattresses. No, you can’t eat them. Yes, I’m asked that. I’m not insulted by the “can you eat them” question. The concept of non-food organics has largely not entered the public consciousness yet, but it will. Remember not too long ago organic food wasn’t even being considered by many. As a kid, I didn’t know organic vegetables existed. Organic was as foreign to little me as fois gras or bidets (it squirts where??!!) Even after encountering the concept as a pre-teen (about organic produce, not bidets), organic food was confined to specialty stores populated by specialty people. I never thought about the vegetables from my family’s garden as organic. Those were just vegetables.   Organic as a concept Now in 2014, organic food has not only moved into the mainstream as a healthy eating option but as a familiar concept. People now discuss the health benefits of organic food, and these considerations affect buying choices. Before these choices could[…]

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Is Your Nursery Toxic?

A recent experiment conducted by Good Morning America and Greenguard Environmental Institute, a nursery was set up with indoor-pollution monitoring equipment, then furnished and decorated. Within a week, the equipment found 300 different chemicals in the room – some of which are known to cause allergies, hormonal disruption, and even cancer. Some of the products were particularly volatile. According to the results: “the rocker contained seven times California’s recommended level of formaldehyde, a chemical known to cause cancer, and the crib mattress gave off more than 100 different chemicals, including industrial solvents and alcohols. The paint used on the nursery’s walls contained chemical gases at five times the recommended limit.” Can this be normal? Is that what every nursery is like? Did they go out of their way to find products that were suspect? No, they just furnished the room the way any parent would. It’s hard enough for adult bodies to process that kind of pollution, but it’s particularly[…]

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Is Your Crib Mattress Really Organic?

Have you ever seen the word ‘organic’ on a product you bought only to find out later that it is not actually organic? I’ve had that happen plenty of times. The label says organic, I read the ingredients or materials list – if there is one – and see that it contains a certain amount of organic materials but, otherwise, is basically the same as any other product I could have bought for half the price. Sometimes the label correctly reflects the ingredients and is not misleading; and at other times the manufacturers are trying to take advantage of the selling potential of organic products by making things look a little more organic than they actually are – this is known as ‘greenwashing.’ Figuring out whether or not a manufacturer is greenwashing can take quite a bit of research. But even with those manufacturers who are right up front about their products, we can still be confused. That’s because we[…]

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Naturepedic Crib Mattresses and Accessories Certified To New GREENGUARD “Select” Program

Worried about emissions of potentially toxic fumes into your nursery and other parts of your home? GREENGUARD is an independent organization that tests for emissions. They also offer several different certification programs to manufacturers whose products qualify. Per GREENGUARD, common household products (which would include crib mattresses) release hundreds of potentially harmful chemicals into the air. Poor indoor air quality is linked to asthma, upper respiratory problems and other complications. Naturepedic crib mattresses have been certified by GREENGUARD for the last five years. But there is now a new certification standard called “Select.” In addition to the GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification Program, GREENGUARD’s previously highest standard, Select certification meets the latest scientific and marketing requirements. These include: – Volatile organic compound (VOC) content limits – Lower formaldehyde emissions requirements (driven by California Air Resources Board and California Department of Public Health’s 2012 CA 01350 requirements) – Lead and phthalate content requirements (as defined by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety[…]

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Creating a Non-Toxic Nursery

When you’re going to have a baby, your major concerns are their health and safety. You get a solid crib, you research car seats, walkers, swings, and so on. You make sure those products are the best you can get and won’t harm the baby in any way. But there’s another aspect of a baby’s health and safety that many parents don’t think about – the toxicity of the materials in their nursery. Toxic chemicals have now been linked to everything from learning disorders and autism to cancer and infertility. Taking steps to create a non-toxic nursery now could have wide-reaching, long-term and even life-changing benefits. So, what do you do to ensure your nursery is non-toxic? Here are the basics: 1. Start with the crib mattress. Your baby will spend 12 to 18 hours a day on it. You don’t want your baby breathing the potentially toxic chemical fumes that may off-gas from most crib mattresses for 12 to[…]

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Still Considering A Polyurethane Foam Crib Mattress? Here’s Dr. Greene’s Advice.

Unless we bury our head in research papers, it’s sometimes difficult to find the information we need on which chemicals are safe for our babies and which aren’t. So, we take the advice of experts. One such expert is Dr. Greene, a pediatrician who has had an online presence since 1995. His mission: “To improve children’s health by informing and inspiring those who care for them. By providing information, wisdom, and perspective, we strive to prepare parents to become knowledgeable partners who can work with their children’s physicians in a new and rich way.” On June 1, 2010, Dr. Greene appeared on the ABC News Now Program, Parenting with Ann Pleshette Murphy. Here is Dr. Greene’s explanation of why polyurethane foam is not the best choice for a crib mattress or, for that matter, anyone’s mattress. “Kids spend 93% of their childhood indoors these days, and indoor air is 2 to 5 times worse than outdoor air on average in[…]

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You Can Help Make Crib Mattresses Safe for Every Child, Including Your Own

Our founder, Barry Cik, recently had an article published in greenbiz.com. Chemical Regulations and the Modern Mattress: The Stuff of Nightmares. Barry hadn’t intended to start a company that makes crib mattresses. But six years ago, when he went shopping to find a crib mattress for his first grandchild, he was appalled at the toxic chemicals in the mattresses he found. And as an environmental engineer, he really understood the risks. “My grandfather slept on straw. I’ll have my grandchildren sleep on straw before I let them sleep on these mattresses,” he told a salesperson. And, so, Naturepedic began. “I know from experience that once people realize that their kids’ beds, mattresses, toys and bottles may contain toxic chemicals, they start reading labels and put their trust in brands that can demonstrate safety,” said Barry. “But not everyone can afford to act on this knowledge. Consider families living paycheck to paycheck that can’t always afford to buy the least toxic[…]

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Study Links Pesticides to ADHD – Are They in Your Child’s Crib Mattress?

Yet another study has linked ADHD to chemicals – this time it’s the group of pesticides known as organophosphates. Organophosphates are commonly used on cotton crops, which is why we use only organic cotton in our baby crib mattresses. The list of symptoms now labeled ‘ADHD’ – forgetfulness, difficulty focusing or concentrating, inattention, impulsivity, hyperactivity and, often, learning disorders – can be a real trial for kids and parents. A significant number of kids with these symptoms have trouble with school and relationships, are more prone to accidents and injury and, as they get older, are more likely to get involved in drinking and driving and other social problems. Of course, some of this is ‘normal’ kid stuff. But organophosphate pesticides, which disrupt the brains and nervous systems of insects very effectively, have been proven to have a similar effect on humans. They have even been used in nerve gas and other chemical weapons for precisely that reason. Do we[…]

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