When you work around big bales of fluffy organic cotton like I do, you’re definitely in tune with Naturepedic’s connection to the environment and sustainability. Many people see only the final product, however. Our yearly Sustainability Report, then, is our way of showing everyone the greenery, so to speak, happening before that mattress is made. All of our mattresses are made at a single manufacturing facility in Ohio, and since we own the building, we control the processes. That means no pesticides on our lawn, environmentally friendly cleaning products, energy efficient lighting. If we see something to be improved, we improve it. Nonetheless, we don’t grow our own cotton, harvest our own rubber tree milk for our certified organic latex, weave our own certified organic fabrics, or raise our own happy sheep for wool (although we do make our own encased coils). For the materials like these, we find suppliers who care as much about the environment as we do.[…]Read More
Being blunt but honest, few people would call Naturepedic organic mattresses inexpensive. While we would put the quality and comfort of our hand-assembled mattresses against luxury brands that retail in excess of $20,000 (and we’re nowhere close to that), we nonetheless acknowledge you can drop into a mattress outlet today and walk out with a Queen size adult mattress for $400 or so. Shopping by price alone, you wouldn’t go for an organic mattress. So, why choose organic over that $400 bed? What do you get for the extra money? The truth is, you get a lot, and probably more than you might realize. Cleaner Materials Naturepedic uses organic cotton, latex, and wool, and not surprisingly these materials cost more. Organic cotton, for example, only makes up a little more than 1% of the entire global cotton production (according to trade organization Textile Exchange), so the supply and demand for organic cotton increases costs. Additionally, we only use third-party certified[…]Read More
Santa might see when you’re sleeping, but can he see what you’re sleeping on? Find out if your mattress is a true gift or if it’s worse than a lump of coal! The Mattress Naughty List At Naturepedic, we stick to a very strict list of materials we never use in our mattresses. We consider these unacceptable in our mattresses and accessories and you can trust that we do not use any of them in our GOTS certified organic factory. – Polyurethane Foam: This includes memory foam, bio-based or soybean foam, or “eco” foam blends. These “plant-based” foams are actually just polyurethane foam with a little soybean oil added in. The fact of the matter is that polyurethane foam is highly flammable and comes with a pile of flame retardant chemical ingredients to meet flammability regulations. You definitely don’t want to be sleeping on that. – Flame Retardant Chemicals: Naturepedic meets all federal flammability regulations without the need for flame[…]Read More
Would you purchase a car without looking under the hood and making sure that everything was in working order? While many mattress companies offer a trial period when you can return your bed, there’s no mattress lemon law to protect you from buying a mattress with components you don’t like. Since you’d never buy a car without looking under the hood, why not do the same with your organic mattress? Naturepedic lets you look under the hood in more ways than one. Our certified GOTS mattresses ensure a pure and organic mattress, while Bedfax labels fully disclose our materials. In addition, we stand by a list of materials that you will never find in our mattresses, so you can rest assured that you’re not sleeping on a lemon. For a literal look under the hood, the EOS® Organic Sleep System mattresses let you see the inside components of your mattress and allow you to choose exactly what goes into your[…]Read More
If someone tries to sell you a shirt and claims it is absolutely organic, how do you know? You probably don’t know the salesperson individually and given he or she has an interest in getting you to purchase the product, is their word enough? An organic t-shirt looks like a non-organic one, after all. Now take a mattress, larger and more complicated. How do you know what’s really inside and outside that product. What does “organic mattress” even mean? Maybe what they are calling organic is different than your idea of organic, so again, how do you know it’s organic? The truth? Without trustworthy verification, it’s pretty much impossible. Got GOTS? That is why the Global Organic Textile Standard, or GOTS, is essential. GOTS certifies textiles and fabrics, apparel and mattresses. With GOTS, a trained, independent examiner ensures everything adds up and meets an established standard viewable by anyone. The books, systems, and physical manufacturing facility and its processes are[…]Read More
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[…]Read More
We have big news: Our mattresses are the first in the country to be MADE SAFE certified! Since our inception, we’ve taken every step possible to ensure that the materials in our mattresses are as safe as possible. After all, we got our start after our founder Barry Cik set out to create a mattress he would allow his grandchild to sleep on that wasn’t made with toxic chemicals or questionable materials. Naturepedic has always been one of the few companies that make mattresses certified in their entirety to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) – the organic standard for mattresses endorsed by the USDA. MADE SAFE is an independent third-party certifier that scrutinizes the materials used in making mattresses to make sure that they are not made with known harmful carcinogens, behavioral, reproductive, and neuro toxins, hormone disruptors, heavy metals, pesticides, insecticides, flame retardants, toxic solvents, or harmful VOCs and more! Questionable materials commonly used in mattresses – which[…]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
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
Every purchased product, even if mass produced, was made by somebody with materials gathered or processed by real people. Naturepedic always remembers that, even when sourcing materials. I am fortunate to know and interact with the real people who build Naturepedic organic mattresses. Most of the manufacturing team is made up of Amish men and women possessing considerable skills, and it’s impressive to watch these craftspeople build mattresses. With an office just outside of the manufacturing floor, I see the process frequently. That said, although we make our mattresses here in Ohio, even coiling our own springs and then hand assembling them with organic cotton encasements one at a time, we still bring in raw materials like organic cotton, latex, wool and wood. We don’t have our own live sheep at this point. Did you know the organic certifications we offer for our mattresses and materials also take into account the human, animal and environmental impacts related to those materials[…]Read More