When you buy an organic product, from food to bedding to shampoo, you send a message. Buying organic tells the marketplace that there is a high demand for organic and sustainable products. Each organic purchase is part of a larger movement as each consumer makes a statement of what is important to them. Babies and toddlers spend 12 to 16 hours per day on their mattress. For the first several years of a child’s life, that mattress is the most prominent object in their environment. We believe their mattress should be as safe as possible. There is growing concern among health professionals, environmental advocacy groups, and consumers regarding the potential effects of chemical exposure on our children. Many researchers suspect that toxic chemicals play a significant role in the dramatic increase in childhood disorders. While some chemicals have been banned or voluntarily removed from the manufacturing industry, there are still many issues. We’re here to help by providing a safer[…]Read More
Picking the right organic crib mattress can be overwhelming. We’re here to make it simple. All of Naturepedic’s crib mattresses are certified organic to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and are made without common allergens. This short guide will help you navigate our options for the perfect mattress. Question 1: What type of support do you prefer? Lightweight: Our unique WaveSupport™ core is made from food-grade polyethylene. The lightweight mattress weighs only 11 pounds, making bedding changes easier and more convenient. Innerspring: Innersprings provide firm support and durability. They weigh more (22 pounds) but will support your weight on the mattress to sit with your toddler. Choose 150 or 252 steel coils. More coils means more support! Question 2: Do you want a waterproof mattress? Waterproof: A food-safe polyethylene surface makes our waterproof models hygienic, convenient, and easy to clean. Quilted: For a more mature and traditional mattress surface, we offer quilted crib models. You’ll need a waterproof protector[…]Read More
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.
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[…]Read More
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[…]Read More
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
In a perfect world, every baby arrives at his or her first birthday, giggling and happy. First Candle is working toward that world. The organization is dedicated to researching and preventing sudden unexpected infant deaths (SUIDs), striving to put an end to the devastation of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and stillbirths. Both a research and advocacy group, First Candle also provides resources to help families touched by these tragedies. The name First Candle refers to that very first candle on a cake celebrating a one-year birthday. According to the organization, every year in the U.S. there are 26,000 stillbirths and 4,000 infants under one year who die unexpectedly. In addition to spearheading research, First Candle also educates through their website and outreach programs. Their website alone is full of tips to help keep baby safe, including swaddling suggestions, basics for creating safer sleep environments, healthy practices for expecting moms, and more. Expecting parents can even download and print their[…]Read More
Our mattresses are handmade. Really. A toy zipping down a conveyor belt, made from wooden pieces cut by a pre-programmed robotic machine then painted by an automated sprayer but in the end assembled with four bolts by hand is not “handmade” in my mind. To me, handmade is something lovingly made by a real person or persons. Naturepedic mattresses are handmade in the classic sense. Our manufacturing plant in Ohio (fully certified to the stringent Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), by the way) doesn’t use an assembly line, for starters. Instead, you’ll see stations where skilled craftspeople are sewing, cutting, and otherwise building mattresses, each person paying close attention to the job at hand. The process reminds me of watching an heirloom guitar being hand built. One of the greatest features of this approach is every individual employee in our factory is empowered to stop the process if something isn’t right, and by right, I mean perfect. One of our greatest sources[…]Read More
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[…]Read More
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[…]Read More