Tag - flame retardants

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What Makes A Good Crib Mattress?
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The Importance of Non-toxic Baby Products According to a Pediatrician
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Don’t Judge A Bed By Its Covers
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Organic Challenge Week 2: Health & Beauty Products
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Will Our Crib Mattress Fit Your Crib?
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Are You Being Tricked or Treated by Your Mattress?
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Flame Retardants: Friends or Foes?
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Mattress Label: The Accurate Labeling Act
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The Truth About Flame Retardants in Mattresses
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Lonely Whale: An Interview with Adrian Grenier

What Makes A Good Crib Mattress?

At Naturepedic, we know that everyone’s sleep needs are different. As a new parent, shopping for non-toxic baby products can be stressful and the crib mattress is often considered an afterthought, even when your baby will be spending 10-14 hours on it everyday. Our goal during Baby Safety Month is to make sure that you make an educated decision about your crib mattress by giving you the information that you need. Below is a breakdown of our crib mattress options to make your buying process as simple as possible. If you have any questions at all regarding the different options or our products, our customer service team is ready to help! You can reach them at 1.800.917.3342 or email them at cs@naturepedic.com from 9am-5pm EST, Monday-Friday. During the month of September, Naturepedic is donating $2 of every crib mattress purchase to the Max Cure Foundation, an organization that funds research for the development of pediatric cancer drug therapies.

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The Importance of Non-toxic Baby Products According to a Pediatrician

All families agree: the items that their baby touches or contacts should be safe, their construction should be safe, and the materials that they are made out of should be safe. In reality, this is a concept that should not have to be written about. Why discuss something as obvious as not exposing your baby to harm? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. How Do We Know if a Material is Toxic? When we talk about materials, we are really talking about the chemicals that make up these materials. Chemicals, of course, can be very good. All the materials we breathe, drink, touch, and see are composed of chemicals. Many of them are harmless—but not all. It turns out that in the United States, roughly 65,000 chemicals are manufactured and released, which we regularly come into contact with in our everyday routines. These chemicals serve an incredibly wide range of purposes—including the structure of a material (think the plastic in a[…]

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Don’t Judge A Bed By Its Covers

Mattresses have become one of the most statistically dreaded products to shop for. Usually, this is because the average buyer feels out of their comfort zone—even though, in reality, they should be focusing on nothing but comfort when it comes to their new mattress. If you’ve ever felt like you paid way too much for a mattress that isn’t doing the trick, you probably didn’t ask the right questions when making your decision—and that’s totally normal. You shouldn’t be expected to know the ins and outs of what makes a great mattress, but you should spend more than 20 seconds resting on one at a showroom. Since most mattresses look the same on the outside, it’s important not to judge a bed by its cover. What actually matters is what’s inside. Do you know what materials went into the making of your mattress? At Naturepedic, clarity is critical. Instead of letting our customers judge a bed by its covers, we[…]

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Organic Challenge Week 2: Health & Beauty Products

Our skin absorbs 60% of what we put on it. That is a large percentage, especially for women who use, in some cases, 2x the beauty products that men do. Using organic beauty products substantially lowers your exposure to potentially harmful ingredients present in non-organic products. These harmful ingredients include synthetic fragrances, artificial dyes, and toxic chemicals that are associated with endocrine disruption, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and other health concerns. Studies have shown that the toxic ingredients in beauty products have been found in biopsy samples from breast tumors, ovarian cancer and more. Many of the chemicals and components that are in our everyday products have not been tested extensively for health affects. The minimal testing that has been done yielded some frightening results, so we’re encouraging you to trade out some of your common beauty products for our non-negotiable beauty products. 1. Deodorant No surprise that conventional deodorants contain toxic chemicals that have been linked to health issues over the[…]

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Will Our Crib Mattress Fit Your Crib?

Starting to shop for a crib mattress for your soon-to-arrive bundle of joy? When browsing, you may be surprised to find that from brand to brand cribs don’t just differ aesthetically. In fact, there is no set crib mattress size! If you have already purchased a crib, you can’t just blindly choose a mattress to accompany it. The number one thing to look for when choosing your child’s crib mattress is safety. So when choosing a crib mattress to safely fit inside your baby’s crib, look for a model that will pass the recommended two-finger measurement test between crib and mattress. We know we can’t pass this test for every crib with our crib mattress. But when designing our crib mattress, we do seek to fit in as many cribs as possible so your baby can have their safest, healthiest sleep. That’s why we look at the industry minimum and maximum sizes for cribs and crib mattresses and design our[…]

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Are You Being Tricked or Treated by Your Mattress?

People always talk about the monsters under your bed, but what about the spooky things hiding in your mattress? At Naturepedic we want to treat you to your best night’s sleep, so we aren’t going to trick you with false claims or promises. This Halloween, we explain how we treat you with our certified organic mattresses and how other mattresses may be tricking you. Are you being tricked or treated by your mattress? Find out if it’s time to upgrade to a new mattress.

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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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Mattress Label: 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 and our own mattress label. 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[…]

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The Truth About Flame Retardants in Mattresses

“Everyone has a fear of fire.” These words start the trailer for HBO’s documentary Toxic Hot Seat, a 2013 film exploring the overwhelming presence of flame retardant chemicals in homes, humans, animals, and ecosystems around the globe. How did they get into nearly everything we buy? What are they for, and are they really helping? You’ll find flame retardants in mattresses, couches, car seats, electronics, and building insulation. On the surface, they seem to make sense. Of course we want to reduce the risk of potential fires. However, flame retardants are a very controversial ingredient used in consumer products because they come with potential health risks. Toxic flame retardant exposure builds up in the body and has been linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, cardiovascular disease, cognitive delays, and decreased fertility. Flame retardant chemicals affect people and animals both inside and outside the home. Babies and children are especially at risk due to their still-developing bodies and endocrine systems. Read more:[…]

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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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