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Organic Beyond Food: Summer Entertaining
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Making Better Decisions: Organic Gardening
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2015 Naturepedic Sustainability Report
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For your Organic Minded Valentine (or Galentine)
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Organic: Bee Friendly
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Making Better Decisions: Sustainable Thanksgiving Table
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4 Simple Steps for Planting a DIY Butterfly Garden
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Are Your Lawn and Garden Pesticides Poisoning You?

Organic Beyond Food: Summer Entertaining

Who doesn’t love summer? The weather is perfect and there’s no shortage of fun activities to do outside with friends and family. If you are planning a cookout, potluck, or family picnic you might worry about staying true to your organic lifestyle during the festivities. Luckily we have some tips to help you plan an organic summer bash. We hope you take away at least one idea to make your summer entertaining a little more organic. Party Planning 101 Any good party starts with deciding on the basics. Where will you host your party, who will be invited, and lastly, what will the theme be? Is it a backyard BBQ to celebrate summer, a holiday get together, a birthday party, or just a gathering of friends? To include others in your organic lifestyle, try throwing a garden party and invite your friends to help you plant a bee or butterfly garden. This is a great opportunity to educate family and[…]

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Making Better Decisions: Organic Gardening

Now that spring is here, we are getting excited about planting our annual garden. We started our seeds inside a few weeks ago and they are starting to sprout already. We can’t wait to get them in the garden outside. The kids love to watch the progress of our fruits and veggies growing (plus they love to play in dirt, typical kids!) and I love saving money on our summer groceries by growing a lot of food for us to eat! As we continue to make better decisions for our family’s health, we have shifted a lot of our food purchases to organic ones. Organic produce means fewer pesticides and the kids are happy with a variety of fresh fruits and veggies to snack on. Where Does Your Garden Grow Organic? – Indoor vs. outdoor: The location of your garden can change the types of plants you grow. Indoor spaces can grow plants that need a warmer environment since the[…]

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2015 Naturepedic Sustainability Report

At the risk of sounding cheesy, I’ll say it anyway: every day is Earth Day at Naturepedic. What I mean is that seeking continual improvements to benefit planet and people is woven into our business, not something external we dig up for a few days a year. People know Naturepedic for organic mattresses. Beyond the visible products, though, is a thriving culture of continual research and exploration. As we launch our second annual Naturepedic Sustainability Report, I thought I would complement it by sharing some of the behind-the-scenes work at Naturepedic that goes into being a leader in the green marketplace. 1. Vendors Naturepedic makes certified organic products, meaning we need suppliers that can meet our demanding criteria. Truth is, we ask a lot. On the minimum, suppliers must meet strict social and environmental criteria of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), and that is a HUGE minimum requirement! GOTS examines factors from worker safety to inputs used. Remember, that’s[…]

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For your Organic Minded Valentine (or Galentine)

Sometimes it’s hard not to get swept up in the commercialization of a holiday like Valentine’s Day: what’s not to love about giving the ones you love a symbol of your affection? Whether or not your recipient is environmentally conscious or organic-minded, here are some ideas for an organic Valentine’s Day. Organic Valentine’s gift ideas for your significant other: – Organic flowers from Organic Bouquet or California Organic Flowers. Commercial flowers can be heavily sprayed with pesticides. – A date at a farm-to-table (or farm-to-fork) style restaurant. These restaurants try to source their food primarily from local farmers. Bonus points for organic sourced produce and meat! – Adopt an animal. Zoos and endangered species organizations have a variety of ways you can “adopt” an animal to support the care of wildlife. – Looking for a gift that you can wrap and top with a bow? Sustainably-made sunglasses are a classy gift. – A more practical gift for your partner (and[…]

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Organic: Bee Friendly

Let’s talk about your organic mattress and how it relates to the birds and bees. Well, just the bees. A report by the Organic Center suggests that practices used by organic farms (such as organic cotton farms) promote the health of pollinator bees, whose populations have been in decline since the identification of Colony Collapse Disorder in 2006. What is Colony Collapse? While researchers can say what Colony Collapse Disorder means for bees, they can’t say exactly why it is happening. Over the past ten years, bee keepers have lost more than a third of their hive populations (two Naturepedic employees who raise bees have been impacted by this decline). With CCD, adult worker bees disappear from hives in winter, sometimes leading to a total collapse of the bee colony. No one factor has been found to be the total cause of CCD. Rather, researchers are finding a variety of factors that likely contribute. Such factors include viral and parasitic[…]

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Making Better Decisions: Sustainable Thanksgiving Table

By the time November comes around, my little backyard garden produce is exhausted, and my summer CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) weekly shares are complete too. How can I create both a healthier, more sustainable Thanksgiving spread without the convenient access of my weekly farmers’ market or backyard garden? I know all the benefits of eating local produce. They are fresher, tastier, and there is more variety. I know I can get heirloom tomatoes or a particular variety of pumpkin known to make a fluffier pumpkin pie from my farmers market. Local means I’m avoiding a lot of emissions from shipping, too. Not to mention that when I am also buying organic, I know it is safer for my kids and I. When Thanksgiving comes around and my usual channels are overwintering so-to-speak, I find myself stuck in the same annual traditions and same Thanksgiving fare, which is not local, sustainable, or organic. This year, I promised myself we’d do better[…]

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4 Simple Steps for Planting a DIY Butterfly Garden

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), is 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, the naturalized habitat allows plants and insects to develop naturally. Of course prior to planting, the ground was adequately prepared, removing[…]

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Are Your Lawn and Garden Pesticides Poisoning You?

After a long, hard winter, gardening season is finally upon us. Naturally, we want to have the prettiest lawn and the most productive flower and vegetable gardens possible. And many of us rely on chemicals to achieve that. But did you know that the chemicals we use on our lawns and gardens are infiltrating our lungs, the food we eat and water we drink, and are even being absorbed through our skin? The pesticides drift from our yards into the air in our homes, land on our tables, chairs, couches, beds and so on. Tests conducted on the levels of pesticides in our home have shown a 10-fold increase before and after outdoor application. How many people are affected by these chemicals? A study conducted by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did blood and urine testing for 23 pesticides on 9,282 people across the country. They found pesticides in 100% of those who did both the[…]

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