Tag - organic cotton

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Ask Naturepedic – What Is The Difference Between Kapok And PLA?
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Why Organic Cotton Is Better
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Love Earth Love Home Pledge
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Is Your Mattress Naughty or Nice?
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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

Ask Naturepedic – What Is The Difference Between Kapok And PLA?

At Naturepedic, we use high quality materials to create our mattresses, pillows, and other accessories. Our filling materials include organic cotton fill, organic wool, organic kapok, and non-GMO PLA batting. We’ve talked a lot about our cotton and wool, but sometimes our readers have some questions about our other filling materials! In this post, we’ll break down the differences between kapok and PLA so you know exactly what’s in your Naturepedic product. Organic Kapok Kapok, also known as “silk cotton,” is a fluffy fiber that surrounds the seeds of tropical kapok trees. It’s the lightest natural fiber in the world, nearly five times lighter than cotton. Kapok is also a hollow fiber that’s moisture resistant, so it helps to regulate temperature and wick moisture for a more comfortable sleep. At Naturepedic, we use only certified organic kapok. The organic certification ensures fair treatment of workers, environmental sustainability of tropical forests, and fibers grown without toxins, synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, or[…]

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Why Organic Cotton Is Better

Is there really such a big difference between conventional and organic cotton? What about claims that organic cotton is actually worse for the environment than conventional? These claims rely on the argument that conventional cotton has been genetically engineered to produce more fiber than organic cotton, making it more efficient to use in textiles like clothing or bedding. Conventional requires less water, produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and is overall a more environmentally-conscious choice, according to this article. However, this approach doesn’t take into account the long-term environmental effects of conventional cotton vs. organic cotton. It’s important to know that conventional cotton is one of the most sprayed and chemically treated crops. The pesticides and herbicides sprayed to treat conventional cotton can drift through the air and contaminate water, air, and crops. For people sensitive to environmental chemicals, this can spell disaster. Organic cotton also utilizes less energy than conventional, produces fewer greenhouse gases, and improves soil quality. Organic farming[…]

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Love Earth Love Home Pledge

As part of the Naturepedic family, you care about healthier products for your home and your family, and that means caring about the environment to protect the world we live in too. Our commitment to sustainability and the environment is one of our biggest motivations in designing healthier sleep products for your family, and we are celebrating Earth Month with a giveaway from some of our favorite Earth-friendly brand partners. These amazing prizes will set you up for a healthier home when you take the Love Earth Love Home Pledge. Win These Earth-Friendly Prizes We only recommend the best at Naturepedic, and we hope you’re as excited about our partners as we are. One lucky winner will receive our Grand Prize package valued at over $1,500 with a gift from each of these great brands that will help you Love Earth and Love Home. Beautycounter: Beautycounter is a skincare and cosmetics brand that provides safer beauty products without sacrificing performance.[…]

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Is Your Mattress Naughty or Nice?

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[…]

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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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