Naturepedic, a manufacturer of certified-organic mattresses and sleep accessories, with headquarters in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, has earned the Rainforest Alliance’s Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody certification for the natural latex used in its products. Natural latex is produced from the sap of the rubber tree (hevea brasiliensis). This FSC certification ensures that forestry products meet rigorous environmental, social and economic criteria to protect land, ecosystems and workers.
Naturepedic uses third-party certifications to substantiate the wellness and environmental claims it makes for its product line. The company employs an in-house certification, legal and marketing team that carefully researches, reviews and applies for certifications and endorsements by reputable third-party organizations.
Naturepedic founder and environmental engineer Barry Cik, who totes a rather large binder filled with his company’s awards and certifications, said: “We are extremely pleased to have received this FSC certification as a testimony to our commitment to the global environment. Naturepedic already occupies the rare position of holding both Global Organic Textile Standard and Global Organic Latex Standard certifications.”
The company also has earned 10 awards and honors from baby, child advocacy, family and parenting organizations.
In 2015, Naturepedic was named a Champion of Change by Practice Greenhealth, an organization promoting sustainable and greener solutions in the healthcare industry. Naturepedic’s organic pediatric pads are used in more than 100 U.S. hospitals.
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