Organic Trade Association Honors Organic Visionaries
The Organic Trade Association recognizes pioneers of the organic industry with the 2014 Organic Leadership Awards. Oregon Tilth client, Barry A. Cik of Naturepdic Organic Mattresses, was honored with the Rising Star Award for his lifelong interest in preserving the environment for future generations and the organic revolution in the mattress and bedding industry.
As the founder and Technical Director of Naturepedic Organic Mattresses, Barry A. Cik has a lifelong interest in preserving the environment for all future generations. A professionally trained environmental engineer, Cik combines his passion for improving our quality of life with his technical knowledge.
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 establishedNaturepedic in 2003. Since that time, Naturepedic has expanded from a small family business to a nationally known company. Moreover, 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. All Naturepedic mattresses have been certified to meet the highly sought-after Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Naturepedic this year became the first GOTS certified organic mattress manufacturer to have all of its products attain Level IV certification by the Specialty Sleep Association.
“Organic mattresses and bedding were unheard of ten years ago. Today, they are well accepted, 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—and their choices matter,” says Dale T. Read, President of The Specialty Sleep Association.