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Naturepedic is Now MADE SAFE Certified Mattresses
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12 Common Toxins That Can Harm Your Child’s Health
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Naturepedic Founder Barry Cik Speaks About Sustainable Furnishings

Naturepedic is Now MADE SAFE Certified Mattresses

We have big news: Naturepedic is the first in the country to have a MADE SAFE certified mattress! Since our inception, we’ve taken every step possible to ensure that the materials in our mattresses are as safe as possible. After all, we got our start after our founder Barry Cik set out to create a mattress he would allow his grandchild to sleep on that wasn’t made with toxic chemicals or questionable materials. Naturepedic has always been one of the few companies that make mattresses certified in their entirety to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) – the organic standard for mattresses endorsed by the USDA. MADE SAFE is an independent third-party certifier that scrutinizes the materials used in making mattresses to make sure that they are not made with known harmful carcinogens, behavioral, reproductive, and neuro toxins, hormone disruptors, heavy metals, pesticides, insecticides, flame retardants, toxic solvents, or harmful VOCs and more! Questionable materials commonly used in mattresses –[…]

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12 Common Toxins That Can Harm Your Child’s Health

To help keep parents informed we have created a list of 12 common toxins that can harm your child’s health. From known carcinogens, VOCs, endocrine disruptors and more: These toxins show up in a variety of children’s products. Shockingly, 9 out of 12 listed are frequently found in crib mattresses! Luckily, there is a crib mattress brand that has left out all of the potentially harsh chemicals: 1. Certified organic cotton fabric and filling 2. Food-grade polyethylene waterproofing 3. Steel innersprings or food-grade polyethylene support What’s not in a Naturepedic? 1. Polyurethane foam or any version of it (so-called eco, bio-based, soybean foams) 2. Formaldehyde potentially found in polyurethane foam or flame retardant chemicals 3. Flame retardants of any kind including “natural” flame barriers that use antimony or boric acid 4. Waterproofing agents such as PVC with phthalates or PFCs 5. Antibacterial treatments, pesticides or biocides 6. Latex, Coir with Latex, Wool or other potentially allergenic materials You can download[…]

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Naturepedic Founder Barry Cik Speaks About Sustainable Furnishings

Sustainability Furnishings Council Webinar

It’s clear that many consumers are demanding more from their products regarding health and safety, as they should. I created Naturepedic along with my sons to in order help meet that demand.

Whether a company enters the market already focused on healthier materials like we did, or whether a company decides along the way to green their offerings, resources exist to help them in their journey.

Recently I was invited to speak on a webinar sponsored by the Sustainable Furnishings Council, a trade organization that supports companies in the home furnishings sector looking to make a healthier impact. Also on this presentation was Robert Demianew of Control Union Certifications who discussed the Global Organic Textile Standard, or GOTS, and Dale Read, President of the Specialty Sleep Association, who discussed the new BedFax program.

For my part, I discussed the existing obstacles to good health facing consumers today when purchasing mattresses. Of particular note, I discussed the widespread use of flame retardant chemicals, why they are used, why they are problematic, and how Naturepedic found a way to not use them while still passing all flammability standards.

I also discussed how GOTS certification and BedFax service provides verification and transparency for consumers, topics elaborated on by the other speakers.

GOTS, BedFax, even the Sustainable Furnishings Council, aren’t creating a demand for healthier products. People already desire them. Instead, they are helping consumers identify the healthier products on the market and trust that these products meet their needs, and they are also helping companies to build better products and communicate their message. It’s all part of the same goal: helping to make our homes and planet a healthier place to live.

Watch the webinar recording now:

2015-06-18 12.03 Sustainability Essentials Webinar-How Well Can You Sleep on That Mattress from Sustainable Furnishings Council on Vimeo.

Video Link: https://vimeo.com/131129086