Archive - August 2016

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What You Should Know About Mattress Eco-Terms
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Ask Naturepedic: What Is Food-Grade Polyethylene?
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Why Can’t You Look Under the Hood of Your Organic Mattress?

What You Should Know About Mattress Eco-Terms

Organic. I try not to be surprised by what I see labeled as an “organic” mattress. I try. The truth is, though, I’ve seen “organic” used with such reckless abandon on mattresses that I can only shake my head and sigh. With food and unprocessed agricultural products like wool, “organic” requires meeting National Organic Program (NOP) standards of the USDA. Non-food processed items, however, are different; the USDA does not certify finished products like textiles, yarns, shirts or mattresses as organic. Consumers should instead demand Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) or Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) certifications for mattresses. Without these third-party certifications, there is little way to know how “organic” a mattress is. Be cautious, however, of a GOTS logo used in reference to only a specific component such as the fabric that the mattress maker presumably purchased from a vendor. Not only is that against the rules of GOTS (a mattress must be GOTS-certified to display that GOTS[…]

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Ask Naturepedic: What Is Food-Grade Polyethylene?

At Naturepedic, we’re all about crib mattress safety. You trust us to bring you a safer option for your little one’s sleep, wrapped up in all the organic goodness nature offers. You may have seen that we use food-grade polyethylene in our mattresses, and we sometimes get questions about what polyethylene is. We hope that this blog post will help answer any questions you have about the use of food grade polyethylene. It sounds like polyurethane, are they the same thing? At Naturepedic, we don’t use polyurethane foam in any form, including memory foam, plant based or bio-based foam, soybean foam, etc. These are all polyurethane foams that are highly flammable and require flame retardant chemicals to meet flammability standards. We never use polyurethane foam or flame retardants. This is where some of the concern comes from when parents learn we use polyethylene. It sounds very similar in name but is a completely different type of material. What is polyethylene?[…]

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Why Can’t You Look Under the Hood of Your Organic Mattress?

Would you purchase a car without looking under the hood and making sure that everything was in working order? While many mattress companies offer a trial period when you can return your bed, there’s no mattress lemon law to protect you from buying a mattress with components you don’t like. Since you’d never buy a car without looking under the hood, why not do the same with your organic mattress? Naturepedic lets you look under the hood in more ways than one. Our certified GOTS mattresses ensure a pure and organic mattress, while Bedfax labels fully disclose our materials. In addition, we stand by a list of materials that you will never find in our mattresses, so you can rest assured that you’re not sleeping on a lemon. For a literal look under the hood, the EOS® Organic Sleep System mattresses let you see the inside components of your mattress and allow you to choose exactly what goes into your[…]

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