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September 29, 2015

By Naturepedic

This video features the Naturepedic 2-stage Crib Mattress for Gearapalooza: The Ultimate Baby Gear and Registry Event in Chicago.

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December 17, 2014

By Naturepedic

In this profile, Naturepedic co-founder Barry Cik explains the difference between organic mattresses and their non-organic counterparts, uncovers why organic mattresses are particularly important for babies and young children, and offers his top 5 tips on what to consider when you are in the market for a new, organic mattress.

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December 1, 2014

By Naturepedic

Barry Cik is the founder of Naturepedic. An environmental engineer by trade published in his field, Barry founded Naturepedic after an eye-opening experience shopping for crib mattresses. Sent out by his wife prior to the birth of his first grandchild, Barry was shocked by the chemicals and questionable materials in the crib mattresses he found. What few natural options he encountered lacked waterproofing and had potentially allergenic materials.

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November 10, 2014

By Naturepedic

Right in my hometown of Chagrin Falls is the nation’s leading certified organic mattress and accessories maker, Naturepedic. The company was founded more than a decade ago by environmental engineer Barry A. Cik after he realized he couldn’t buy a nontoxic crib mattress for his soon-to-be born grandchild.

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Barry Cik, Technical Director of the organic mattress and bedding company Naturepedic based near Cleveland, OH, has been named one of three winners of the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA) Organic Leadership Awards. Cik, an environmental engineer who triggered an organic revolution in the mattress and bedding industry, won the “Rising Star” award for his “visionary work that is transforming organic farming and trade.”

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A pioneer and tireless teacher of the organic way for more than 40 years, an organic farmer dedicated to making his farming operation a compelling example of a better way to farm, and an environmental engineer who triggered an organic revolution in the mattress and bedding industry will be honored next month by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) for their visionary work that is transforming organic farming and trade.

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April 25, 2014

By Naturepedic

Organic mattress manufacturer Naturepedic, led by founder Barry Cik, is out in the political arena advocating for needed legislative reform of chemicals in consumer products.  On March 12, Barry stood before a Congressional subcommittee in Washington, D.C., stating (in no uncertain terms) that the outdated Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) was ineffective in protecting people, particularly children, against the dangers of toxic chemicals.  The hearing was the culmination of other meetings where Cik had met with legislators and members of the EPA to advocate change.  The battle, however, is far from over.

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The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), passed in 1976 and never updated, regulates the chemicals used in consumer products. And there are many chemicals, over 80,000 of them, in consumer products. There are many new chemicals not on the inventory of chemicals mandated by the TSCA. New chemicals exempt from the listing process include inorganics, pesticides, food additives, and any chemical produced in small quantities. The EPA and FDA don’t know exactly how many chemicals are used in consumer products, according to the Environmental Working Group.

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Today, Barry A. Cik, Co-founder of Naturepedic, a manufacturer of certified organic mattresses and bedding products for adults and children, testified in favor of stronger regulation of toxic chemicals before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce, Environment and the Economy Subcommittee, which is looking into the issue. He spoke as a representative of the American Sustainable Business Council, of which his company is a member, and on behalf of a coalition called Companies for Safer Chemicals.

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Due to consumer demand, retailers are carving out retail floor space to highlight more natural and environmentally friendly mattress options. Featuring brands that carry certifications and endorsements can differentiate a mattress, helping it stand out for both retailers and consumers. Organic certification is a powerful differentiating feature.

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