Our mattresses do not cut corners by using chemical/synthetic fire retardants, fire barriers/socks or Kevlar bullet-proof string (made by Dupont) to pass the fire tests. We also don’t believe in PLA, a polyester. Hydrated silica fire barriers or “socks” are not clean or green and, may actually contain known carcinogens. We’ve burned a lot of mattresses (no fun) and indeed untreated organic wool, plus some good old-fashioned sewing know-how, absolutely does meet all fire safety laws. Mother-nature can do it all.Why Not Natural Wool?
There is a difference between organic and “natural” wool. Organic wool, unlike “natural” wool, meets GOTS organic standards for raising the sheep and for processing the wool. The sheep are never dipped in toxic pesticides, a process used with conventional wool that introduces known carcinogens and skin/eye/respiratory irritants. No chemical mothproofing, anti-felting, carbonization or other toxic chemical treatments are allowed in certified organic wool. No chlorine (which is used in cleaning natural wool). Organic wool retains a purity that few people have touched before. Although our organic wool is quilted inside the cover so you can’t touch it, you would be surprised to find how soft and non-scratchy it feels compared to conventionally-treated wool.GOTS CERTIFIED ORGANIC RUBBER LATEX
What king of organic rubber?
Milkbed only use the highest grade of certified Organic Dunlop rubber. The Organic Dunlop rubber is tapped like maple syrup from organically grown rubber trees, except what comes out is creamy white milk (i.e., “milkbed”). Biodegradable, sustainable and renewable, organic rubber trees remove tons of carbon dioxide from our atmosphere each year. Organic certification means monitoring and testing how the rubber itself is grown and processed, the avoidance of toxic chemicals, and fair labor standards.No Foams.
Milkbed never allow petroleum, polyurethane or memory foams, anywhere in our mattresses, because these are not only non-renewable resources, but contain unnatural added toxins that simply don’t belong in a bed. Some of these synthetics foams now come with “certifications” from private companies, but check out the fine print in terms of the “limits” allowed and you would be surprised.No Springs:
Springs can create pressure points. Pocketed coils are wrapped in unknown fabric, and there are no certified organic alternatives. Springs wear down over time.
The Benefits of Organic Rubber Latex:1) Naturally Protective of You:
Organic Rubber is naturally mold, mildew, bacteria and dust-mite resistant, which makes it popular with allergy sufferers, including those with asthma, eczema and multiple chemical sensitivities.2) Less Pressure:
Nobody needs all that pressure in bed. Organic rubber mattresses also create fewer pressure points than either innerspring or conventional memory-foam mattresses. Pressure points can cut off blood circulation and interrupt the vital flow of oxygen to your legs, arms and head, leading to discomfort and restless sleep. Less pressure points can mean a deeper, more refreshing sleep, and less pains in the spine and back in the morning.3) Likes Your Body
: Organic rubber is unique in that it naturally contours to the body on contact. No need to wait for body heat to slowly “melt” the alien chemicals in your bed. Memory foam is typically made from the leftovers from gasoline production, a non-renewable resource and has various toxic chemicals that come with risks. Believe your nose. Run. The fewer chemicals we breath in, the better for all of us.4) Less About Them, More About You:
Organic rubber also reduces motion transfer, so sleepers are less likely to be disturbed by their partners. This means that a person moving on one side of the bed is less likely to bother someone peacefully resting on the other side (but it won’t make your partner invisible so if that is what you are looking for, get your own room).5) Heat Up Your Bed?
Organic rubber can be many times more breathable than polyurethane or memory foam. If your mattress is too hot, it may be because synthetic materials, like polyurethane and polyester are heat magnets that do not breathe well. Air does not circulate as well in synthetic mattresses, which may increase body temperature and discomfort levels. An uncomfortable sleeper is bad in bed. Organic rubber with its peephole, breathing passages, not to mention organic wool, actually can help to regulate body temperature, decreasing the heat in a bed. While people typically think that wool in a bed would seem hot, wool radiates out heat, keeping you cooler and more comfortable year-round. Heart rates have been shown to decrease when wool is used in a sleep surface, helping with deeper and more restorative sleep cycles. So if your heart rate goes up, it will be purely by choice.Visit www.milkbed.com