Tag - sustainability

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Naturepedic 2016 Sustainability Report
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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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Making Better Decisions: Environmentally Friendly Travel
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The Trick of the Track: Forest Stewardship Council®/ Rainforest Alliance
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My Resolution? Recycling that mattress!
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Making Better Decisions: Gift Wrap Outside the Box
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Making Better Decisions: Holiday Gifts
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Organic: Bee Friendly

Naturepedic 2016 Sustainability Report

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.[…]

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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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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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Making Better Decisions: Environmentally Friendly Travel

I do what I can to protect the planet with my better decisions, so when I started to plan a vacation, I wanted to make sure I could do it with the environment in mind. From purchasing carbon offsets to traveling with only a carry-on, I feel confident I can enjoy my trip without worrying about its impact on the planet. Before You Travel Your environmentally-friendly travel begins before you even leave home. – Pack light: Traveling with only a carry-on or small bag reduces carbon emissions. The more weight a vehicle has to carry, the more fuel they consume. – Adjust your thermostat: Don’t forget to turn your home thermostat down in the winter or up in the summer before you leave to conserve energy while away. – Use a light timer: Rather than leaving lights on for the duration of your trip, set up a timer to reduce energy consumption. How You Travel How are you traveling, and[…]

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The Trick of the Track: Forest Stewardship Council®/ Rainforest Alliance

Naturepedic seeks the best materials to create comfortable, healthy sleep products. To source such materials, we demand independent certifications: cotton filling certified organic by the USDA, latex certified organic to the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS), natural wool certified to one or more organic standards. An entire Naturepedic mattress is then certified organic and non-toxic to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Certifications are one of the ways we find the good stuff. There is another important aspect to third-party certifications, though, which concerns what happens to the land and farmers. For example, GOTS and GOLS certifications don’t just mean certified organic. They also mean materials made and harvested responsibly considering worker welfare along the entire supply chain, from the first little spout of a cotton plant to the final manufacturing step in the mattress. In looking at the impact of materials way before they show up in a mattress, Naturepedic has earned Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Chain of Custody[…]

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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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Making Better Decisions: Gift Wrap Outside the Box

The season of giving is upon us, which means piles of wrapping paper, ribbon, and bows will take a short journey from the gifts to the garbage can. According to Use Less Stuff, Americans produce 25% more garbage between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. That’s 1 million extra tons of garbage per week, leaving plenty of room to make better decisions when it comes to holiday waste. As the designated environmental hippie of the family, excess around the holidays can be a big source of frustration for me. One year, my mother gave me a fabric gift bag. “I put a gift in it,” she told me, “but the REAL present for you is the bag!” She gets me. (Finally). Today’s blog is all about how you can make a few simple changes to your holiday gift wrapping routine can mean a big impact for the planet. Reduce A simple way to improve your environmental impact is to reduce the[…]

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Making Better Decisions: Holiday Gifts

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! A time for family and friends, generosity, and good cheer. There are many celebrations and religious holidays in the winter season, many of which involve the giving or exchanging of gifts. How can you make better decisions about the gifts you give this holiday season? Much to my coworkers’ amusement, I have been labeled the Scrooge of the office because I am not your typical holiday gift shopper. But it’s not because I’m against generosity. In fact, quite the opposite is true! I find it nearly impossible to give gifts because I have been building up my anti-consumerism muscle over the years. I want my gifts to be meaningful for the recipient and the environment. Because of this, I typically end up making homemade baked goods, crafts, or artwork to give as gifts. If I don’t make something myself, I prefer to buy secondhand, upcycled/recycled, or from a small local business. I[…]

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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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