Category - Corporate Responsibilty

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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
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Earth Month Q&A: Denise Hamler, Green America
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The State of Mattress Recycling and the States that Mandate It
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Business Resources to Help Create a Healthier Economy
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Earth Day Musings From Naturepedic

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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Earth Month Q&A: Denise Hamler, Green America

In honor of Earth Month, Naturepedic interviewed environmental thought leaders to find out more about their passions and perspectives with respect to our Planet. First up, Denise Hamler, Director of Green America’s Green Business Network. Hamler co-founded Green America (formerly Co-op America) in 1982, which helps people green their lives, green their businesses, and support high-impact campaigns to change the way America does business. The organization aims to advance a green economy that works for people and the planet, social and economic justice and for community and environmental health. How and why did you get interested in the environment? I think being raised on a family farm in Ohio, during the 1950-60s, instilled in me a love for being outside with plants and animals. I still spend a couple hours a week walking in the woods without my cell phone. Living in the Washington DC area I am blessed to be surrounded by so much green space – hiking along[…]

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The State of Mattress Recycling and the States that Mandate It

Some 30 to 40 million mattresses are disposed of every year in the U.S. That’s a lot of mattresses taking up a lot of landfill space. Landfill operators are not fans of trashed mattresses, either, as they are difficult to move around and don’t compact well. While mattress recycling facilities exist, they are relatively scarce. This, however, is changing.  Here are some innovations and initiatives in mattress recycling occurring throughout the U.S. Spring Back Mattress Recycling The group’s goal was to develop a sustainable mattress recycling model that would simultaneously provide employment opportunities to the disenfranchised, such as homeless individuals or former prison inmates. The team spent a year developing the model and by 2012 Spring Back Mattress Recycling incorporated as 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The program proved a success. Since then, Spring Back Mattress Recycling has expanded into other geographic areas, with operations in Denver, CO; Tacoma, WA; Charlotte, NC; and Salt Lake City, UT. Spring Back charges $20 per piece[…]

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Business Resources to Help Create a Healthier Economy

Sustainable business practices influence all levels of life: workers, consumers and businesses across the country who stand to lose greatly if we don’t protect our environment. The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) can help you keep up to date on initiatives and efforts working toward a healthier, more sustainable economy. To this end, ASBC recently rolled out a cleaner website design to enhance the public’s understanding of these important issues. Geared to businesses who want to create a more sustainable economy, the ASBC website has material that anyone interested in these issues will find useful. Highlighting topics like safer chemicals, agriculture, energy, workers’ rights, pollution, climate change and more, the website allows visitors to catch up on current research and new trends in sustainable business. Readers can also learn about pending legislation, both at the state and federal levels, and read polling reports commissioned by ASBC on some of the biggest issues of the day, like climate, extreme weather, and[…]

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Earth Day Musings From Naturepedic

We’re about organic mattresses at Naturepedic so we love Earth Day as much as National Sleep Day (Jan. 3), World Sleep Day (March 14) and even National Sleep Week in March! A combination of better earth choices and sleep is our thing. Speaking for myself, I love the centering aspect of Earth Day; it reminds me to reexamine how my choices and actions affect the planet. Instead of focusing on the gloom and doom of pollution and environmental degradation, I use Earth Day to recharge my energy toward positive action where I can make a difference. Additionally, I use Earth Day to remember how cool our Earth is. If you’ve temporarily forgotten, go look at a spider web up close or at the sprouting plants all around to recapture some of that childlike wonder about planet Earth. Competition for Planet Earth Five years ago, Vancouver (in Canada, not the state of Washington) kicked off its Greenest City Action Plan, a[…]

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