Organic Mattress Company Naturepedic Wins Organic Trade Association “Rising Star” Award

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Barry Cik, Technical Director of the organic mattress and bedding company Naturepedic based near Cleveland, OH, has been named one of three winners of the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA) Organic Leadership Awards for his “visionary work that is transforming organic farming and trade.”

Barry Cik, Naturepedic

We make sure all Naturepedic products are made with the utmost quality, take care of our exceptional workers, and are certified to all the most stringent standards in the world.

Barry Cik, Technical Director of the organic mattress and bedding company Naturepedic based near Cleveland, OH, has been named one of three winners of the Organic Trade Association’s (OTA) Organic Leadership Awards. Cik, an environmental engineer who triggered an organic revolution in the mattress and bedding industry, won the “Rising Star” award for his “visionary work that is transforming organic farming and trade.”

“These outstanding visionaries have made invaluable contributions to demonstrating how organic practices can change our world for the better,” said Laura Batcha, OTA’s Executive Director and CEO. She added, “We are excited to honor these three individuals who were nominated by their peers and chosen unanimously by OTA’s Board of Directors.”

“Naturepedic is immensely proud to win OTA’s ‘Rising Star’ award,” said Cik. “We make sure all Naturepedic products are made with the utmost quality, take care of our exceptional workers, and are certified to all the most stringent standards in the world.”

Horrified to discover the state of the baby mattress industry when he shopped for a crib mattress for a grandchild, Cik was determined to create mattress products that were environmentally safe. Working with his sons, he established Naturepedic in 2003. Since that time, Naturepedic has expanded from a small family business to a nationally-known company with sales of organic mattresses – from crib to luxury adult – as well as bedding.

Cik strongly believes in being certified to the world’s most stringent quality and environmental standards, and demonstrates to other companies that such goals are attainable. For example, all Naturepedic mattresses have been certified to meet the stringent Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). This year, Naturepedic became the first GOTS-certified organic mattress manufacturer to have all of its products attain Level IV – the highest level – certification to the Specialty Sleep Association’s Environmental and Safety Program.

“Organic mattresses and bedding were unheard of ten years ago. Today, they are commonplace and coveted. Barry triggered an organic revolution in the bedding and mattress industry through all of his community and political efforts. In fact, the industry will truly never be the same because people now know they have a choice,” says Dale T. Read, President of The Specialty Sleep Association.

The award was presented at OTA’s Annual Awards Celebration Wednesday, September 17 in conjunction with the Natural Products Expo East.

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