At Naturepedic, green chemistry is not a futuristic goal. Green chemistry is the founding principal upon which the company was built. Barry A. Cik founded Naturepedic when he couldn’t find a single crib mattress on the market for his first grandchild that wasn’t chock full of chemicals. A highly degreed and certified environmental engineer with 25 years of experience, Mr. Cik proceeded to turn the mattress industry upside down with his organic and non-toxic revolution.
One of the two most challenging obstacles in developing a mattress using green chemistry is passing the Federal Flammability Testing Standard without using any flame retardant chemicals or barriers. With intelligent design and the use of naturally flame resistant certified organic raw materials, Naturepedic was able to succeed with this endeavor. Naturepedic’s certified organic mattresses pass Federal Flammability Testing without the need for any fire retardant chemicals or barriers.
The second biggest green chemistry obstacle in the mattress industry is in designing a waterproof crib mattress without creating a load of chemical emissions. It is vital to keep fluids from getting into a mattress because once they get in, they are there to stay and provide a breeding ground for potentially harmful bacteria, molds and mildew. The best way to prevent this is to either use a waterproof cover or waterproof the mattress itself. The only available methods to waterproof are with chemicals or with plastic. Chemicals were out of the question for an organic, chemical free mattress. So Naturepedic investigated each type of plastic to find the safest plastic available. Food-grade polyethylene, commonly used in the food industry, and which meets the FDA standard for food-contact, is the safest and most practical choice. Another great feature to polyethylene is that because there are no plasticizers to evaporate out, the plastic never dries up and cracks.
Additionally, every Naturepedic product has achieved the highest UL GREENGUARD Gold certification, and, as well, has one or a combination of OCS100 (Organic Cotton Standard), GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) and/or GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) certifications. These organic certifications require a rigorous, expensive evaluation every year to verify the raw materials used, the process, the facility and the final products.