Tag - organic cotton

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Organic Beyond Food: Feminine Care Products
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Ask Naturepedic: What’s in Your Protector Pads?
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Organic Farming: Fighting Climate Change
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White Shirt, Green Circle: What is GOTS?
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Naturepedic Debuts New Trio Pillow And Mattress Pads
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Naturepedic Handmade Mattresses: Real People, Real Quality
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The Human Side of Organic Mattresses
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What is Organic Certification?
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A Hidden Guest Bed With Your Symphony Organic Mattress
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The Naturepedic Factory – What’s tha Fresh Smell?

Organic Beyond Food: Feminine Care Products

Go Organic. Period. It’s Earth Month, the time of year when we love to protect and care for our Mother Earth. Roughly a third of the population regularly deals with a little gift from Mother Nature, and what’s more natural than the joy of womanhood? When this monthly visitor arrives, most women head to the store for the usual menstrual products never knowing that there are more natural options out there. You can actually go organic on your period! Organic cotton pads and tampons significantly reduce the pesticide and chemical exposure to your body compared to conventional hygiene products. What’s Wrong with Conventional Products? In our cosmetics blog, we already talked about how the skin is one of the largest organ systems of the human body. Anything that touches our skin is absorbed into the bloodstream, and this includes toxins present in menstrual hygiene products like pads and tampons. Dr. Joseph Mercola points out in a 2013 Huffington Post article[…]

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Ask Naturepedic: What’s in Your Protector Pads?

You love Naturepedic because we offer a safer mattress for you and your family. It makes sense that you want to know exactly what you’re getting with our accessories. Naturepedic’s organic waterproof protector pads contain an ultra-thin layer of polyurethane as a waterproof barrier between two layers of certified organic cotton fabric. Isn’t polyurethane bad? Naturepedic mattresses never contain polyurethane foams, which are petroleum chemical blends called “solid gasoline” by the National Association of State Fire Marshals. Polyurethane in its pure form is not the same as polyurethane foam. The polyurethane that we use is considered “medical device biocompatible” which means it’s safe for medical use. We use approximately 3% to 5% of this pure polyurethane with organic cotton fabric to create our protector pads. Are there other options to waterproof? Common waterproofing materials include vinyl, phthalates, butane rubber, and perfluorinated compounds (PFCs). These materials are potential hazards for chemical emissions and Naturepedic does not use them in any of[…]

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Organic Farming: Fighting Climate Change

The cotton in Naturepedic products is strictly organic, grown and processed to the exacting standards of the Global Organic Textile Standard. That means you get a mattress or bedding without the pesticides, toxic dyes, GMOs, formaldehyde and other chemicals associated with conventional cotton. That’s great for you, but did you know it might also be great for the climate? In a white paper published by the Rodale Institute, research suggests that a global switch to organic farming methods could capture in excess of 100% of the amount of current annual CO2 emissions. Rodale calls it “regenerative organic agriculture,” and the secret is in the soil. What this means is that, in theory, a widespread switch to organic farming practices, by capturing more of the CO2 than is produced each year, could begin to draw down the excess greenhouse gasses associated with the climate change. Regenerative organic agriculture uses organic practices such as composting, cover crops, residue mulching and crop rotation.[…]

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White Shirt, Green Circle: What is GOTS?

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[…]

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Naturepedic Debuts New Trio Pillow And Mattress Pads

In earlier posts I mentioned Naturepedic’s upcoming display at the massive trade show Las Vegas Market in July. It’s not a show without NEW offerings, so here’s the newest of the new from Naturepedic: Trio We officially launched our Trio washable, customizable organic pillow system. Yes, it really is a customizable pillow, and by customization I don’t mean you can change the pillowcase to a different color. The concept behind the Trio is to offer a soft, luxurious fluffy feel but keep support integrity for postural alignment. We accomplish this with a layered approach. At the core of the Trio is a zippered inner compartment made of organic cotton filled with organic latex. The zipper allows a user to adjust the latex fill to achieve the perfect loft for their individual preference. Covering the inner “pillow” is a super comfy quilted encasement. This gives the cloudlike feel of the Trio. The third level is an organic cotton pillowcase with foldover[…]

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Naturepedic Handmade Mattresses: Real People, Real Quality

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[…]

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The Human Side of Organic Mattresses

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[…]

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What is Organic Certification?

What is large? Bigger than a mailbox? An elephant? A gymnasium? The word “large” holds no value without a reference point. A sandwich the size of a dachshund is large. An alligator that size is not.  The same holds true for “organic.” Alone, the word “organic” is of questionable value. If you’re trying to sell me a product, I have even more reason to question the value of that word, as it will often be contorted to imply elements that simply are not there. WHAT DOES ORGANIC MEAN? If a mattress contains “organic” cotton but has a cotton fabric cover treated with a chemical flame retardant, is the mattress organic? What if the mattress is waterproofed with chemicals like PFCs? You probably don’t want a mattress off gassing fair amounts of VOCs regardless of whether there is organic cotton there or not, so how do you know what “organic” actually means on a label? How do you know if the[…]

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A Hidden Guest Bed With Your Symphony Organic Mattress

Psst. I’ve got some inside information for you. Naturepedic’s newly redesigned and sublimely comfortable Symphony organic pillowtop mattress offers a hidden “guest bed.”  We don’t market this as a feature, so this will be our little secret. If you have a Symphony, I doubt you’ll be offering it to guests, not even to a favorite sister. With a base of two layers of support coils, each coil individually wrapped in certified organic cotton fabric and hand assembled, how can you be expected to go without that glorious support and isolation of movement? I’m not judging. I didn’t even mention the 1 inch of certified organic natural latex foam built into the base. Listen. I understand. The Symphony takes comfort to a remarkable level. This base alone is already incredibly comfortable as a cushion firm mattress. Of course on top of this base you have a two-sided pillowtop made with 3 inches of organic latex. One side of the pillowtop is[…]

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The Naturepedic Factory – What’s tha Fresh Smell?

During my first visit to the Naturepedic mattress factory, something struck me. The smell. The factory smelled fresh. As strange as this will sound, I thought it smelled … good. I’ve been in many factories, and good smelling is generally not a characteristic noticed. Bakeries? They smell good. Factories? Not so much. Honestly, I first noticed the lack of expected smells. Where was the combination chemical/solvent/adhesive/plastic smell I associate with factories? Not there. I knew in advance the entire factory was certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), but I still had an expectation of, well, a more industrial smell. The lack of a heavy synthetic odor caught me off guard, but in a good way. Adding to my sense of surprise were the sounds, or, again, lack of. There was a LOT of activity, but the factory wasn’t loud. All around was a beehive of productivity, with people hand-stitching at sergers, cutting organic cotton with large hand shears, and more. Sure, there[…]

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