CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio – Organic mattress maker Naturepedic has installed a new roll-packing machine that will cut down on the company’s use of plastic packaging.
The new roll-packing machine wraps the mattresses, comfort layers and toppers in kraft paper helping to keep 55,000 pounds of plastic out of landfills each year, the company said. The paper is free of coatings and is fully recyclable.
“The mattress industry is not perfect, even organic mattress brands like ours, and sometimes plastic packaging materials are unavoidable,” said Jason Cik, Naturepedic co-founder and chief operating officer. “However, Naturepedic is committed to using the safest, healthiest and most sustainable materials we can secure in both our products and packaging. Switching to kraft paper roll-packing is a huge win for the environment.”
According to the U.S. State Department’s Organization for Economic and Co-operation and Development, plastic production will triple by 2060. Currently, more than 350 million metric tons of plastic waste is produced each year.
In addition to the new kraft paper packaging, Naturepedic’s packaging will also feature printing done with environmentally safe soy inks, using outside printers that use FSC-certified paper, printing labels on FSC-certified or recycled paper, sourcing cardboard packaging with high amounts of recycled content and printing locally as much as possible to reduce its carbon footprint.
Founded more than 20 years ago as a manufacturer of certified-organic mattresses and other sleep products, Naturepedic is a member of Organic Trade Assn. and 1% for the Planet.