Category - Corporate Responsibilty

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Flame Retardants: Friends or Foes?
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Stay Informed: The Accurate Labeling Act
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2017 Naturepedic Sustainability Report
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Functional Medicine Webinar with Naturepedic Founder, Barry Cik
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Lonely Whale: An Interview with Adrian Grenier
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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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Naturepedic and Electricity: How an REC Works
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Jessica Alba, Naturepedic and ASBC Members Take to the Senate
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Earth Month Q&A: Debra Lynn Dadd, Author

Flame Retardants: Friends or Foes?

Once upon a time, furniture and textiles were made using natural materials. Couches, mattresses, rugs, curtains—they all consisted of materials found in nature. “When you walked into a house back then, almost everything was natural,”  says Barry Cik, environmental engineer and co-founder of Naturepedic. “But now? Nothing is natural.” What changed? Where did we go wrong? Why did companies stop using natural materials? If you’re into pointing fingers or placing blame, you can (fairly) point towards petroleum and money. “Companies started adding petroleum to almost everything. Natural fibers aren’t nearly as flammable, but petroleum is much cheaper.” Check out this video to see the difference between a modern home fire with petroleum-based furnishings and a legacy home fire with more natural furnishings: Petroleum can be found in TV cabinets, plastic wood, detergents, paint, toilet seats, furniture, etc. (Click here for a list of more petroleum-based products that may shock you.) Because it is common in so many products, America saw[…]

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Stay Informed: The Accurate Labeling Act

We understand our consumers. Most of the people who love the Naturepedic brand are health-conscious and appreciate transparency, especially when it comes to making purchases. When we find information that could help our friends make the best possible decisions for their own families, we feel that it is our responsibility to share that information. It has been brought to our attention that a new bill will soon be voted on—The Accurate Labels Act (H.R. 6022.) The Accurate Labels Act is introduced and sponsored by Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R) – Ill. The Overview of the proposed bill states: To amend the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act to require that Federal and State mandated information declarations and labeling requirements applicable to the chemical composition of, and radiation emitted by, consumer products meet minimum scientific standards to deliver accurate and clear information, and for other purposes. At a time when consumers are demanding more transparency when it comes to products they use in[…]

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2017 Naturepedic Sustainability Report

“It doesn’t smell like anything.” That’s the phrase we hear almost every time a visitor tours our warehouse. That’s the phrase that makes us feel like we are doing our job. That’s the phrase we love to hear. Imagine walking into a warehouse and not being invaded by harsh, overwhelming odors. No chemicals. No dyes. Just a pleasant walk through a workplace. Our mission has always been to produce healthier sleep options, but our mission is a small portion of the ultimate goal, which is to leave this planet better than we found it. There is a lot that goes into achieving this goal, but we are committed to seeing it through by taking small steps every day. So what do we do make it happen? Our 2017 Sustainability Report outlines how Naturepedic practices what we preach. Here are some of the highlights: Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) We offset 100% of electricity use by RECs purchased from Green-e certified provider[…]

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Functional Medicine Webinar with Naturepedic Founder, Barry Cik

Ever wonder more about Naturepedic’s beginnings and what exactly it means for a mattress to be organic? So did Functional Medicine Coaching Academy, Inc. (FCMA), so they brought Naturepedic co-founder Barry Cik in for a discussion on the organic space. During his segment “Organic Mattresses & The Environment” on FCMA’s webinar, Barry explains the inspiration behind Naturepedic as well as the state of the environment and why many companies still use toxic chemicals. Specifically, Barry dives deep into the mattress industry as a case study, looking at the chemicals some mattresses contain and why to look instead at an organic mattress. Watch it Now:

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Lonely Whale: An Interview with Adrian Grenier

At Naturepedic, we’re big fans of customer and friend Adrian Grenier, whose charity work with The Lonely Whale is changing the way people think about our world’s oceans. He has been making small changes in his life and inspiring others to do the same, including sleeping organic on a Naturepedic! Those small steps add up to a big environmental impact. In honor of Earth Month, we got in touch with Adrian to ask him some questions about his commitment to sustainability and environmentalism. Why do you sleep on a Naturepedic mattress? When I joined the Lonely Whale team I started studying how products we use every day affect ocean health. One of the biggest was mattresses. I learned that most commercial mattresses use flame retardants. These chemicals show up in sea creatures, particularly dolphins and killer whales who collect the chemicals in their blubber. What’s even more devastating is that these chemicals are bioaccumulative, which means they stick around and build[…]

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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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Naturepedic and Electricity: How an REC Works

Because Naturepedic’s products are largely built by hand rather than machine, we use a relatively small amount of electricity. Nonetheless, like most businesses we have lights, computers, printers, and of course coffee makers — the usual office things. Additionally, our factory uses electricity for stitching and serging machines, powering our compressor (which in turn powers pneumatic hand tools), and even for charging our fork lift. We focus on efficiency and use less electricity than an average company, but we still use it. To reduce greenhouse gas emissions, for 100% of electricity use at Naturepedic we purchase Renewable Energy Credits, or RECs. Our RECs come from NativeEnergy, certified by Green-e, the leading independent certification and verification program for renewable energy and greenhouse gas emission reductions in the retail market. The majority of NativeEnergy’s RECs come from windpower. But what is an REC? In essence, it’s a certificate for power that is generated from renewable energy. Watch the short video developed by[…]

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Jessica Alba, Naturepedic and ASBC Members Take to the Senate

  As Sustainability Officer for Naturepedic, my role is to go beyond the certified organic products we make to strengthen our relationship to the larger sustainability picture including business practices and advocacy. When things go really well, I get to compare notes with others also passionate about sustainability. When things go really, really well, I get to promote sustainability at the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C. with Jessica Alba. Thursday, June 18 went really, really well. Serving as a Naturepedic representative for the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), I spent the day alongside actress and advocate for safer products Jessica Alba, co-founder of The Honest Company, and a team of talented business professionals, traveling the halls of the U.S. Senate to meet with a variety of senators. As members of the ASBC, we made the case for sensible reform to the outdated Toxics Substances Control Act (TSCA). Currently, a draft bill, S. 697, is being considered in the Senate. In[…]

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Earth Month Q&A: Debra Lynn Dadd, Author

To celebrate Earth Month, we interviewed environmental thought leaders to find out more about their passions and perspectives with respect to our Planet. If you haven’t already, meet Debra Lynn Dadd. As an internationally recognized consumer advocate, she’s devoted her career to toxic-free living; authored numerous books on the topic; and, runs the website Live Toxic Free. With more than 30-years of experience finding consumer products that are free from toxic chemicals, Dadd has become an influential voice on all-things “non-toxic” and was dubbed “Queen of Green” by The New York Times. Dadd authored Toxic Free: How to Protect Your Health and Home from the Chemicals That Are Making You Sick in 1984, the first book about toxins in consumer products, and has since published seven more books on the subject. Dadd also hosts Toxic Free Talk Radio every weekday, where she interviews guests who are working to create a toxic-free world. How and why did you get interested in[…]

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