Podcast producer: Chris Robertson
by Sophia Ruan Gushée
If you're interested in any of the below, then this podcast will provide insight into a strategic approach to help you achieve:
In this episode, I share my conversation with Barry A. Cik, Founder / Technical Director / CEO of Naturepedic, an industry-leading manufacturer of award-winning certified organic mattresses.
Even if you're not shopping for a new mattress, this podcast is still relevant because it can help you optimize your indoor air quality as you furnish, redecorate, and de-clutter your home. That's because this podcast builds an informational framework from which to understand the toxic chemicals and heavy metals from not just mattresses, but also:
And that's because the components of a mattress are also components of most things that furnish our homes and create our consumer products.
So, back to my podcast guest, Barry A. Cik, and why he started Naturepedic with his two sons in 2003.
In anticipation of his first grandchild, Barry went searching for a suitable crib mattress. As a board-certified environmental engineer with a lifelong interest in preserving the environment, he found all of the crib mattress offerings on the market to be completely unacceptable. He was surprised to learn that most bedding manufacturers at that time used harmful chemicals and materials. For example, he has said:
I knew all about vinyl/PVC, polyurethane foam, and the various chemicals contained in them, and there was no way I was going to put my grandchild to sleep within a few inches of these chemicals.
From that moment, Barry, with his two sons, were determined to leverage Barry's background in environmental engineering to create mattress products that were safer and healthier for every child.
Naturepedic created the first and only organic crib mattress designed with a patented food-grade waterproof surface made from non-GMO sugarcane.
Since then, Naturepedic has led the industry by introducing organic mattresses designed for kids as well as luxury organic mattresses for adults. As you'll learn in this podcast, Naturepedic offers the most nontoxic mattresses that Naturepedic can create for different price points.
Today, Naturepedic has a large and growing network of retail outlets across the world and has launched many new products to meet the growing demand for high-quality, non-toxic mattresses and bedding.
Naturepedic, a leading manufacturer of practical, award-winning certifiied organic mattresses, has been recognized by the organizations below for its efforts in using healthier materials, sustainable business practices, and focusing on renewable energy and resources:
Barry continues to work hard both for the parents that depend on Naturepedic’s No-Compromise approach to safer sleep and for the generations that will inherit the sustainability movement. He believes in a healthier world without harmful chemicals, environmental toxins, or destructive business practices.
Barry has testified in Washington, D.C. as part of a congressional subcommittee exploring chemical reform and is invited frequently to speak before scientific, consumer, political, and business audiences on the benefits of sustainable product design.
Before we get started, I'd like to set the stage for what you'll hear in this podcast so that you can follow our conversation and remember key things more easily. And please remember that you can watch this conversation in the video below. You can then see some of the materials as Barry and I recorded this conversation in May. 2019 at Naturepedic's Manhattan store, which is why you'll hear some background noise, like NYC traffic and even my assistant who helped record the video.
But, generally, what you'll hear in this podcast are four main materials that can pollute our homes and bodies:
Five main healthier alternatives include:
Wood is another important component to learn about, but Barry and I don't talk about wood in this podcast.
These mattress components show up in your home in endless ways. So they are worth learning more about and noticing them in your home.
In our conversation, you'll hear Barry use the terms "GreenGuard" and "GOTS." GOTS stands for Global Organic Textile Standard. These are reassuring certifications to see on product labels. For example, to receive GOTS certification, the mattress cannot be made of polyurethane foam or contain a number of hazardous chemicals.
Look for the Global Organic Latex Standard, or GOLS certification for organic latex.
Please remember three additional resources to help you understand mattresses and home furnishings better:
[11:39] Background on the chemicals used in for consumer and industrial products.
[17.25] Most things in our homes are made of petroleum, which is highly flammable.
[21:58] Soy-based and eco-friendly mattresses. How "green" and safe are they?
[24:06] Organic cotton.
[25:25] Pure organic wool.
[26:35] Organic latex.
[27:32] Encased coils.
[28:30] Polypropylene, which is a safer plastic and GOTS-approved.
[33:54] Chemical flame retardants.
[34:40] Antimicrobial: Good or bad?
[37:36] Naturepedic creates the healthiest bedding offerings they can for different price points.
[42:38] How important is it to flip your mattress?
[42:38] Do latex mattresses inhibit bed bugs?
[43:18] How environmentally-friendly is latex?
[45:42] The comfort of healthier materials?
[47:49] Waterproofing: Conventional versus healthier approaches.
[50:34] Crib mattresses.
[52:16] Kapok and pillows.
In 2020, we're deconstructing our home, habits, and things to reconstruct a practical nontoxic and healing lifestyle. We're bringing consciousness to unconscious choices.