Tag - recycle

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Love Earth Love Home Pledge
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Making Better Decisions: The Perfect Organic Valentine’s Day
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2015 Naturepedic Sustainability Report
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My Resolution? Recycling that mattress!
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The State of Mattress Recycling and the States that Mandate It
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Making Better Decisions: Questions to Ask Before Purchasing Plastic Toys

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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Making Better Decisions: The Perfect Organic Valentine’s Day

When you’re planning your Valentine’s Day festivities, don’t let your organic lifestyle go out the window! Whether you’re celebrating on the 14th or waiting for the weekend, this post will give you a road map to the perfect Valentine’s Day from start to finish. Morning Treat: Start the day with breakfast in bed for your sweetheart, with an assortment of your organic favorites like crepes, fruit and granola, or a savory breakfast skillet (stay tuned for a yummy recipe coming soon). If you want to add some bubbles, splash grapefruit or blood orange juice into organic champagne for a picture-perfect Valentine’s mimosa. Afternoon Surprise: Whether you and your beloved are spending the day together or going to work, keep the love going all day long! Pack a lunch or a picnic complete with some organic fair trade chocolate and a card or love letter (printed on recycled or plantable paper, of course). If you have time, enclose a small wrapped[…]

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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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My Resolution? Recycling that mattress!

Have a New Year’s resolution? The state of California does, and is even getting started a few days early. On December 30, 2015, the new Mattress Recycling Program takes effect. The program requires that all manufacturers, importers, retailers and others selling mattresses in the state of California must be registered for the program by then. To help fund the mandatory program, mattress sellers in California are required to collect an $11 recycling fee on each mattress separate from the selling price. California is the third U.S. state to institute a statewide mandatory mattress recycling program. Connecticut’s program began in May 2015, while registration for Rhode Island’s mattress recycling program was in July 2015, with the program expected to begin in 2016. The Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) is a non-profit industry organization created to run its Bye Bye Mattress programs in states that have enacted mattress recycling laws. For more information on the program, visit http://byebyemattress.com.

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The State of Mattress Recycling and the States that Mandate It

Some 30 to 40 million mattresses are disposed of every year in the U.S. That’s a lot of mattresses taking up a lot of landfill space. Landfill operators are not fans of trashed mattresses, either, as they are difficult to move around and don’t compact well. While mattress recycling facilities exist, they are relatively scarce. This, however, is changing.  Here are some innovations and initiatives in mattress recycling occurring throughout the U.S. Spring Back Mattress Recycling The group’s goal was to develop a sustainable mattress recycling model that would simultaneously provide employment opportunities to the disenfranchised, such as homeless individuals or former prison inmates. The team spent a year developing the model and by 2012 Spring Back Mattress Recycling incorporated as 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The program proved a success. Since then, Spring Back Mattress Recycling has expanded into other geographic areas, with operations in Denver, CO; Tacoma, WA; Charlotte, NC; and Salt Lake City, UT. Spring Back charges $20 per piece[…]

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Making Better Decisions: Questions to Ask Before Purchasing Plastic Toys

Thanks for joining me on our hunt for safer toys! Last week, we talked about wood toys for toddlers and preschoolers, like my own 19 month old daughter and nearly 4 year old son. I was on a mission to find safer action figures and dinosaur toys my son might still be interested in playing with. The wood toys I found didn’t meet that criteria, though there are some available. We all need to find our own level of comfort with what we provide to our children, so I began to look for some safer plastic toy options. PLASTIC TOYS Here are the questions I ask myself when looking at plastic toys, in order of what I personally consider to be the most important factors regarding safety. 1) Is it BPA free or non-detectable? Generally, I only thought of Bisphenol A as it relates to baby cups and bottles, food storage containers, etc. However, BPA is a phthalate, and a[…]

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