Tag - sustainability

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Organic Challenge Week 4: Household Items
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Organic Challenge Week 3: Cleaning Supplies
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Organic Challenge Week 2: Health & Beauty Products
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Say Hello to Halcyon
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2017 Naturepedic Sustainability Report
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5 Green Staycation Tips
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Naturepedic 2016 Sustainability Report
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Love Earth Love Home Pledge
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Making Better Decisions: The Perfect Organic Valentine’s Day
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2015 Naturepedic Sustainability Report

Organic Challenge Week 4: Household Items

Welcome to the fourth and final week of our Organic Challenge! This week, we’re focusing on some household item transitions that will dramatically cut down your exposure to toxic chemicals. Many of the chemicals found in the average home have been linked to allergies, birth defects, cancer, and psychological abnormalities. Just like the other Organic Challenge products, many of the chemicals listed below have never been adequately tested for negative health effects. For example, products that kill 50% of lab animals through ingestion or inhalation can still be designated “non-toxic.” The average home today contains 62 toxic chemicals. This is more than a chemistry lab at the turn of the century. We’re here to help you start removing these toxins from your home. Here are our 5 non-negotiable items to trade out to get you moving towards a healthier lifestyle. 1. Cookware Companies that sell cookware are notorious for marketing themselves as “safe” or “clean” when they aren’t. Cookware is[…]

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Organic Challenge Week 3: Cleaning Supplies

Welcome to week three of our organic challenge! In the ever changing world of what we should eat or not eat, what we should put on our skin or not put on our skin, and what we should sleep on, there are a few areas in the home which we overlook: cleaning and yard products. We are here to help guide you to make better buying decisions for a happier and healthier life! The first thing to remember is to read labels. At Naturepedic, we are always concerned about companies that use “greenwashing” as a marketing tactic to sell you products. Greenwashing is when companies make unsubstantiated or exaggerated claims about their products being natural, green, eco-friendly, or organic. It’s always important to be leery of companies using these descriptors on their products, and to check for government regulated certifications. If you have questions about what is actually in a product, head over to Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Guide to[…]

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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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Say Hello to Halcyon

We mastered the art of creating an organic mattress that looks as good as it feels, and we are so excited to share the results with you. So without further ado, we’re proud to introduce our new luxury line: Halcyon. A perfect combination of elegance and comfort, the Halcyon collection was designed to provide safe, healthy sleep in style. This collection features three organic options: Azure, Arcadia, and Elysium. Each option features the finest organic cotton and latex, a luxury wool blend, and encased support coils to provide unparalleled comfort. So what makes this combination of materials so special? Let’s take a look at what’s inside each mattress. Organic Cotton – This means there are absolutely no harmful chemicals. Organic cotton is the purest form of cotton and a healthier alternative to synthetic fabrics and foams. Naturepedic uses only U.S. grown and certified organic cotton as filling for its mattresses and buys directly from USDA certified sources. This increases purity,[…]

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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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5 Green Staycation Tips

Yes, taking a destination vacation is great, but have you ever tried relaxing at home? Hear us out. Do you ever feel like you need a vacation after your vacation? Because let’s be honest, vacations are fun, but there is so much to do and see in such a short amount of time, and that can be exhausting. Avoid the vacation hangover by trading in the beach and amusement parks for a quiet week at home. And since you’ll be in full rest and restoration mode, it wouldn’t hurt to make it a healthy week—for your mind, body, and spirit. It can feel like a week at a wellness retreat! Here are some tips for planning the perfect Green Staycation. 1) Meditate. Think of this is a daily, mini-vacation for your mind. Whether it’s in the morning or at night, take at least 15 minutes a day to meditate. Meditation is a great way to manage anxiety and stress, helping[…]

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Naturepedic 2016 Sustainability Report

When you work around big bales of fluffy organic cotton like I do, you’re definitely in tune with Naturepedic’s connection to the environment and sustainability. Many people see only the final product, however. Our yearly Sustainability Report, then, is our way of showing everyone the greenery, so to speak, happening before that mattress is made. All of our mattresses are made at a single manufacturing facility in Ohio, and since we own the building, we control the processes. That means no pesticides on our lawn, environmentally friendly cleaning products, energy efficient lighting. If we see something to be improved, we improve it. Nonetheless, we don’t grow our own cotton, harvest our own rubber tree milk for our certified organic latex, weave our own certified organic fabrics, or raise our own happy sheep for wool (although we do make our own encased coils). For the materials like these, we find suppliers who care as much about the environment as we do.[…]

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Love Earth Love Home Pledge

As part of the Naturepedic family, you care about healthier products for your home and your family, and that means caring about the environment to protect the world we live in too. Our commitment to sustainability and the environment is one of our biggest motivations in designing healthier sleep products for your family, and we are celebrating Earth Month with a giveaway from some of our favorite Earth-friendly brand partners. These amazing prizes will set you up for a healthier home when you take the Love Earth Love Home Pledge. Win These Earth-Friendly Prizes We only recommend the best at Naturepedic, and we hope you’re as excited about our partners as we are. One lucky winner will receive our Grand Prize package valued at over $1,500 with a gift from each of these great brands that will help you Love Earth and Love Home. Beautycounter: Beautycounter is a skincare and cosmetics brand that provides safer beauty products without sacrificing performance.[…]

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Making Better Decisions: The Perfect Organic Valentine’s Day

When you’re planning your Valentine’s Day festivities, don’t let your organic lifestyle go out the window! Whether you’re celebrating on the 14th or waiting for the weekend, this post will give you a road map to the perfect Valentine’s Day from start to finish. Morning Treat: Start the day with breakfast in bed for your sweetheart, with an assortment of your organic favorites like crepes, fruit and granola, or a savory breakfast skillet (stay tuned for a yummy recipe coming soon). If you want to add some bubbles, splash grapefruit or blood orange juice into organic champagne for a picture-perfect Valentine’s mimosa. Afternoon Surprise: Whether you and your beloved are spending the day together or going to work, keep the love going all day long! Pack a lunch or a picnic complete with some organic fair trade chocolate and a card or love letter (printed on recycled or plantable paper, of course). If you have time, enclose a small wrapped[…]

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2015 Naturepedic Sustainability Report

At the risk of sounding cheesy, I’ll say it anyway: every day is Earth Day at Naturepedic. What I mean is that seeking continual improvements to benefit planet and people is woven into our business, not something external we dig up for a few days a year. People know Naturepedic for organic mattresses. Beyond the visible products, though, is a thriving culture of continual research and exploration. As we launch our second annual Naturepedic Sustainability Report, I thought I would complement it by sharing some of the behind-the-scenes work at Naturepedic that goes into being a leader in the green marketplace. 1. Vendors Naturepedic makes certified organic products, meaning we need suppliers that can meet our demanding criteria. Truth is, we ask a lot. On the minimum, suppliers must meet strict social and environmental criteria of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), and that is a HUGE minimum requirement! GOTS examines factors from worker safety to inputs used. Remember, that’s[…]

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