After a long, hard winter, gardening season is finally upon us. Naturally, we want to have the prettiest lawn and the most productive flower and vegetable gardens possible. And many of us rely on chemicals to achieve that. But did you know that the chemicals we use on our lawns and gardens are infiltrating our lungs, the food we eat and water we drink, and are even being absorbed through our skin? The pesticides drift from our yards into the air in our homes, land on our tables, chairs, couches, beds and so on. Tests conducted on the levels of pesticides in our home have shown a 10-fold increase before and after outdoor application. How many people are affected by these chemicals? A study conducted by the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) did blood and urine testing for 23 pesticides on 9,282 people across the country. They found pesticides in 100% of those who did both the[…]Read More
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[…]Read More
At Naturepedic, we appreciate the goodness of sleep, and so does our friend celebrity sleep specialist Jenni June. Beginning May 31, 2014, Jenni June kicks off her latest 15-city West Coast tour, bringing good sleep to babies, toddlers and parents! The tour begins in California with The Family Sleep Event, made up of four 20-30 minute educational discussions. Jenni June understands the frustration parents experience when children won’t sleep, so she makes sessions fun, engaging and most of all empowering. Sessions are designed to give parents immediate tips they can begin using that same night as well as suggestions for building overall good sleep habits in children. Jenni will also cover ways parents can green-proof the sleep environment of their children to promote healthier sleep. The first 100 registered guests per city get a gift bag with items valued at $80, including a Naturepedic Organic Cotton Fitted Crib Sheet. At the event, parents can also browse baby products from Naturepedic[…]Read More
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[…]Read More
I have to admit I’m not much of a fashionista. I don’t quite follow the industry, which is not to say I don’t respect it or admire it. I just don’t necessarily prioritize my time or my budget as much as my friends do. When I do buy new things, I like classics and basics. And for convenience sake, I like washables. I just don’t have the time or patience for dry clean only. Aside from the time and cost to take my “special” clothing to some other building and drop it off and pick it up, dry cleaning isn’t something that’s great for the environment. Why? Chemicals. Are they really necessary? I have countless items of clothes that suggest dry cleaning that went on the delicate cycle and once hung turned out fine. (Instinct and experience with a variety of laundered items prevails, please don’t send me your clothing bills if you test and ruin an item!) So what[…]Read More
Hollywood celebrities, organic and vegan food, wine, music and organic mattresses. Sounds like a party … And it was!
The Naturepedic Organic Mattress Gallery in Los Angeles hosted a lively Grand Opening Gala on Sunday, April 27. Festivities kicked off at noon when Debbie Levin, president of Hollywood’s Environmental Media Association, took charge of the giant scissors for the official ribbon cutting. A sunny California day added an extra special touch as Naturepedic founder Barry Cik rolled out the green carpet for the guests, literally. Of course an organic mattress store would have a green carpet!
The gala proved to be loads of fun, with plenty of conversation, laughter and shared interests concerning healthier products. The event also marked an important milestone for Naturepedic, officially recognizing our first company-owned standalone showroom. We couldn’t have asked for a better day! If you’re out that way, make sure you visit our Los Angeles Organic Mattress Gallery at 456 S. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles, one block south of Burton Way.
The Risks There’s a lot of discussion over health concerns associated with chemical flame retardants, particularly those found in mattresses and furniture. One of the most common classes of flame retardants, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), which was widely used for decades before the environmental community focused attention on it, and pressured manufacturers to stop, has been linked to an unsettling smorgasbord of issues including thyroid disruption, developmental issues in children, memory and cognitive problems, lower IQ and reduced fertility. Studies of other flame retardants are seeing links to cancer. Groups representing firefighters in various states are raising concerns about the toxicity of flame retardants, arguing they increase the risks for cancer in first responders while doing little to retard fires. So with these types of risks, why in the world are chemical flame retardants so prevalent? The question lies less with the flame retardants themselves and more with the polyurethane foam in the furniture and mattresses. Then vs. Now Travel[…]Read More