What's In Naturepedic Crib Mattresses
(Waterproof models only )
Polyethylene is an environmentally friendly plastic that is used throughout the food packaging industry for its purity and non-toxic properties. It has a very simple molecular structure that does not require chemical additives (as opposed to vinyl/PVC) and is favored by environmental groups all over the world. Naturepedic uses only polyethylene specially formulated to meet food contact standards, creating the finest non-toxic and waterproof mattress cover available. Polyethylene is easy-to-clean and highly stain resistant while providing an excellent barrier to dust mites and other allergens.
Certified Organic Cotton
Organic cotton is the purest form of cotton, grown without synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, or GMO’s (genetically modified organisms). In mattresses, organic cotton is a healthier alternative to foams (which are chemically treated) and latex (which is allergy-prone). Naturepedic uses only U.S. grown and certified organic cotton.
Heavy Duty Orthopedic Innerspring
Naturepedic uses only the highest quality innersprings available. Steel springs are readily recyclable and provide heavy duty support without any health or allergy concerns. Our flagship crib innerspring features 252 coils at 15.5 gauge with 9 gauge border wire and additional 9 gauge center reinforcement (a Naturepedic exclusive). Our 150 coil innerspring features 13 gauge coils with 9 gauge border wire.
Note: Beware of advertisements for “coil count.” This figure does not give the actual number of coils in the mattress, but rather the number of coils in an equivalent full size mattress.
Non-Toxic Fire Protection
Nearly all mattresses today are made with polyurethane foam or latex as the primary filling material. Due to their high flammability, these materials are usually treated or wrapped with harsh industrial fire retardant chemicals. Some of these chemicals introduce health and toxicity concerns. At Naturepedic, we take a different approach. Organic cotton is a far superior filling material and is significantly less flammable to begin with. Our exclusive fire protection system is non-toxic and naturally derived. It is based on the unique fire retardant properties of baking soda and hydrated silica bonded to cellulose fiber. Baking soda is a non-toxic substance with excellent fire retardant properties and can be found as a naturally occurring compound. Silica is a natural mineral that comprises about 60% of the earth’s crust. Clay, rocks, sand, etc. are all made primarily of silica. It is a major constituent of human tissue, bones, teeth, etc., and is even available at health food stores as a food supplement. It is also a primary ingredient in natural toothpaste. The cellulose fiber used is derived primarily from eucalyptus and poplar trees and has a low carbon footprint. These materials provide the best way to meet fire regulations without the use of dangerous chemicals or allergenic wool.
Specifically, Naturepedic does not use any of the following fire retardants:
- NO PBDEs
- NO Brominated or Chlorinated Fire Retardants
- NO Antimony
- NO PAN (polyacrylonitrile)
- NO Modacrylic
- NO Dimethyl Sulfate
- NO Boric Acid
- NO Respirable Crystaline Silica
- NO Allergenic Materials (i.e. Wool)