The Organic Trade Association is honoring Barry Cik, the founder and Technical Director of Naturepedic Organic Mattresses, for his visionary work that is transforming the organic industry.
An environmental engineer who triggered an organic revolution in the mattress and bedding industry, Cik has been selected to receive the Rising Star Award September 17 during OTA’s Organic Leadership Awards Celebration in Baltimore, MD.
“Barry has made invaluable contributions to demonstrating how organic practices can change our world for the better,” said Laura Batcha, OTA’s Executive Director and CEO. “He is one of three individuals who were nominated by their peers and chosen unanimously by OTA’s Board of Directors to receive 2014 Organic Leadership Awards.”
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.
When Cik discovered the state of the baby mattress industry while he shopped for a crib mattress for a grandchild, he became 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. Cik strongly believes in being certified to the world’s most stringent quality and environmental standards, demonstrating 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). This year, Naturepedic 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.
About The Organic Trade Association: The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America. OTA is the leading voice for organic trade in the United States, representing over 6,500 organic businesses across 49 states. Its members include growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers' associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers and others. OTA’s Board of Directors is democratically elected by its members. OTA's mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy.