Changing from a conventional to an organic mattress can be the most important step in terms of limiting the number of toxic chemicals you or your family are exposed to on a daily basis. A person spends between 17 to 8 hours of their day lying on their mattress (depending on their age), thus, often the bed is the place you spend the longest, uninterrupted stretches of a day. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has concluded that much of our exposure to toxic chemicals actually occurs from inside our own homes, even if we live in cities with highly polluted outdoor environments. Conventional mattresses are a cocktail of highly toxic chemicals, including VOCs, which are volatile chemicals that emit as gasses from the mattress surface. When these gases are inhaled they pose serious health risks. In fact, studies abroad have implicated mattress chemicals in SIDS deaths in infants.
Our Mattresses Are Made in the Only Organic Mattress Factory in North America:
Our mattresses are unique in that they are made in the USA in the only mattress eco-factory in North America. The factory itself is third-party certified as meeting federal organic law, which means USDA organic food could even be
manufactured in the factory (but, of course, it is not). No toxic chemicals are allowed in the factory in order to ensure that there are no opportunities for cross-contamination of the organic mattresses; for example, the employees are not permitted to wear fabric softeners or perfumes.
Many so-called organic mattresses are actually made in conventional factories in which non-organic mattresses are also produced, and as such, the toxic chemicals sprayed on the conventional mattresses as flame retardants, adhesives, water and stain repellants etc., may cross-contaminate the organic mattresses, making them decidedly non-organic. Our organic mattresses are manufactured in an 100% organic factory so there are no such opportunities for cross-contamination with toxic chemicals from conventional materials. We think this is the only true definition of organic. Anything else is greenwashing by our standards.
Our factory manufactures the mattresses themselves, and is not merely an assembler, like some companies on the web claiming to sell organic mattresses. Assemblers buy all the parts of a mattress from various manufacturers and then either put them together somewhere in a storage facility or ship them to you in many different pieces for you to assemble yourself. Assemblers are simply unable to ensure quality and purity standards that we think are essential to a mattress representing itself as organic, because assemblers have little oversight over what happens to the components during their manufacture in numerous other facilities, many of which will actually turn out to be conventional facilities in which conventional chemicals pose cross-contamination risks.
Our organic mattresses use ony the highest grade certified organic cotton.
Some companies claiming to be making organic mattresses purchase their cotton from middlemen and may not even be able to produce the organic certifications to back up their claims. These companies may say that the mattress is made in the USA, but their organic ticking (the entire outer shell of the mattress) may actually be manufactured for them abroad in foreign factories from foreign grown cotton. Another trick of the trade is for companies claiming to be organic to have the ticking made in an outside conventional fabric factory in an entirely different state, exposing the fabric to multiple contamination sources.
The cotton used in our mattresses is USDA certified organic and grown locally in Texas. Organic cotton is grown without pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, chemical fertilizers or other chemicals. Why should pesticides matter? Conventional cotton is one of most pesticide-poisoned materials in existence. Conventional cotton is regularly sprayed with pesticides and insecticides, which are known carcinogens so toxic that they cause hundreds of thousands of documented pesticide-related illnesses and deaths, including miscarriages. Most of the top ten pesticides sprayed on cotton are classified by the
Environmental Protection Agency as carcinogens. Cotton is also processed into cloth using highly toxic chemicals that include formaldehyde, flame retardants, heavy metal dyes etc., Chemicals are applied to bleached the cotton (chlorine); chemical washes and softeners are applied to the fabric, and then the cotton may be dyed with heavy metals using formaldehyde to bind the other chemicals to the fabric (formaldehyde is classified as a carcinogen by the State of California, and the EPA). Volatile Organic Compounds, highly toxic chemicals that turn into inhalable gases, are used through-out this process to make the material wrinkle and shrink resistant, stain resistant, and dyed an eye-catching color (may use benzene, heavy metals and petroleum-based chemicals.) The result is that the cotton on a conventional mattress can be far from pure and gentle, but rather end up as a toxic net of chemicals that follow you into your sleep.
Our mattresses are made with organic, un-dyed cotton that has not been treated with any chemicals, and goes from the field to our organic factory. The cotton we select for our mattresses is of the highest quality organic sateen cotton, which also distinguishes us from companies that select cheaper grade fabrics that do not hold up as well with the test of time.
Our Mattresses are GreenGuard Certified for VOC Emissions:
Our Organic mattresses are the first to be certified by the GreenGuard Environmental Institute, an industry-independent, non-profit organization which certifies products as meeting chemical emission standards. The Greenguard Institute tests products for emissions of a variety of volatile chemicals known as VOCs, including, formaldehyde. The testing is performed in a dynamic environmental chamber in which gas chromatography/mass spectrometry and reverse-phase highperformance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with UV detection is used to measure chemical emissions from solid materials. VOCs are toxic chemicals, many of which are recognized carcinogens, and turn into inhalable gases just from standing at room temperature. VOCs are commonly used to make conventional mattresses, including as flame retardants, adhesives, water and stain repellants etc., As an example of the toxicity of VOCs, the CDC found that the FEMA trailers used for Hurricane Katrina survivors were off-gassing the highly toxic VOC known as formaldehyde, causing residents to suffer from asthma symptoms, rashes, bloody noses, burning eyes, and coughs.
GreenGuard certification for our mattresses means that there is actually an independent verification in terms of the purity of our organic mattresses. You will not find such transparency with conventional mattress companies. You will also find that many companies claiming to produce organic mattresses have no third-party testing for their claims. If a company is unable or unwilling to provide certification concerning the VOC emissions from its organic mattress, there is no proof that the mattress does not use volatile chemicals in its construction.
**Tests on Memory Foam Reveal Highest Amount of Toxic Chemicals: Laboratory tests have found that conventional memory foam mattresses emit on average of 61 toxic VOCs, including benzene, propane, styrene and naphthalene, recognized as carcinogens by the EPA, as well as numerous other health organizations. Memory foam mattresses, which are often the most expensive mattresses, also turn out to be the most toxic mattresses in terms of VOC content. For example, exposure to Benzene has been linked with Leukemia, as well as other abnormalities of the blood and bone marrow. The foul smell many people report as emanating from these types of mattresses is made up of these VOCs.
**Tests on Conventional Innerspring Mattresses: Tests have revealed that conventional innerspring mattresses emit an average of 39 toxic VOCs, including Tetrachloryethylene, listed as a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer.
Meets all Federal and State Flammability Standards Without Toxic Fire Retardant Chemicals:
The government requires that all mattresses meet flame retardancy laws – no mattress can be exempted from this law without a doctor’s prescription. Conventional mattresses are known to use various flame retardant chemicals to meet government flame retardancy laws. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has reported that these flame retardant chemicals are, in turn, inhaled, ingested, and absorbed through the skin by both children and adults alike from simply sleeping on such conventional mattresses. Some of the toxic fire retardants used in conventional mattresses include boric acid (roach poison), antimony (a heavy metal linked with inflammation of lungs and developmental/reproductive problems) and DBDPO (childhood developmental toxins found in growing amounts in breast milk).
The only fire retardant used in our mattress is organic wool, which meets all government safety standards for open flammability testing. The sheep are raised in Northern California in a cruelty-free environment, where they are allowed to roam and eat organic feed. They are also never dipped into pesticides, a process used with conventional wool.
***NO SILICA: Greencradle does not permit the use of any chemicals such as Silica to meet fire retardancy laws. Silica is used by some companies making “organic” mattresses, because silica is considerably cheaper than wool. However, Silica is listed under California Prop 65 as a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer if inhaled. We thus, feel it is unacceptable to have Silica as a fire retardant in mattresses. In addition, when this silica is used in “organic” mattresses it is typically bonded to synthetic fiber, which are decidedly non-organic.
It should be noted that mattress companies trying to sell you silica-filled mattresses always make a big deal about the fact that they are wool-free, claiming they are sparing the consumer the risk of wool allergies. In reality, wool allergies are extremely rare, and largely consists of reports by people that they find wool itchy, thus, making it questionable whether such reports are even true allergies. Wool is a more coarse fiber than cotton which is why people perceive it as itchy, but this coarseness and durability is exactly what makes wool a natural fire retardant that can pass open flame burn tests. For a fact, the wool in an organic mattress never comes in contact with the skin, thus, any concern about skin sensitivities are simply not relevant when the wool is used in the inner-core of the mattress and never comes in contact with anyone’s skin.
Also, it should be noted that organic wool is not like the conventional wool that people ordinarily come in contact with. Conventional wool is sheered from sheep that have been dipped alive in pesticides that include known carcinogens and skin/eye/respiratory irritants. Organic wool does not have any such chemicals applied to it, and thus, retains a purity that few people have experienced. If an organic mattress does not have wool in it, it has to use synthetics or silica. Replacing wool with silica, a known carcinogen when inhaled, is hardly doing someone a favor. It’s like saying, wool can give you allergies, so we’ve replaced it with something that can give you cancer. While it may sound preposterous, it makes for an excellent marketing gimmick. If we wanted to we could use silica in our mattresses instead of wool, but we make a conscious choice not to, because we believe there are serious health ramifications involved.
No Synthetic Materials.
Unlike other mattress companies claiming to be organic or all-natural, OMI uses no synthetic materials, such as Kevlar or Tyvek, (manufactured by huge chemical companies). Companies may secretly used such materials while claiming to make 100% organic mattresses (and unless the consumer knows what to ask for, he will never be told about these components by these companies). Our mattresses also contain no blue plastic mesh like you would find if you autopsied some of the mattresses on the market claiming to be organic, including in baby mattresses.
The rubber in our mattresses is 100% natural, and is never blended with synthetic rubber, another trick used in so-called organic mattresses to make them cheaper. Our mattresses contain high grade certified organic cotton, meaning cotton grown without toxic pesticide chemicals and not treated with harmful VOC chemicals, such as formaldehyde, a carcinogen. Unlike other so-called organic mattresses, no green cotton, conventionally-grown cotton, or synthetic fabrics like rayon are used in our mattresses (green cotton means grown with chemicals, as only ‘organic’ cotton satisfies USDA federal law). OMI uses no petroleum or petro-chemicals, which are not only non-renewable resources, but also toxic and known to contain carcinogenic impurities from production. Nearly every mattress on the market today is made from the dirty petroleum leftover from gasoline production – ours is not.
Products imported pre-made from Asia, England or elsewhere abroad are subject to fumigation with toxic chemicals at North American ports. Many companies claiming to make organic rubber mattresses actually import the rubber pre-manufactured, and thus the rubber is commonly exposed to hazardous fumigation chemicals. Natural rubber absorbs what it comes in contact with, so it is important not to expose it to strong pollutants.
Sometimes entire mattresses are imported abroad from England and elsewhere to be sold in the U.S. under private labels or directly through retail stores, including children’s stores, again exposing the entire product to fumigation contaminants. Our natural rubber is manufactured in the U.S. Processing raw materials in America prevents the risk of fumigation and other points of chemical contamination to the end product.
OMI’s natural rubber mattresses are made entirely out of the finest Talalay rubber, and not Dunlop rubber. The Talalay rubber is tapped like a maple syrup from rubber trees, which are sustainably grown. In fact, the Talalay rubber is biodegradable and made from renewable natural resources, meaning rubber trees.
Talalay is a superior process for making natural rubber mattresses, and requires a sophisticated, six step eco-friendly process that distinguishes it from the less sophisticated Dunlop process. In the Talalay process the rubber is poured into a mold and the air is then vacuum-extracted out to create a consistent, even structure to the mattress core. The rubber is
then flash frozen, CO2 is used to turn it into a gel, and it is then heated. The mattress is then washed several times to insure its purity, before being dried. Vacuuming out the air pockets in the Talalay process makes for a more even, consistent surface.
Dunlop rubber is a less expensive process that does not extract air bubbles and thus lacks the evenness and consistency of a Talalay rubber. Dunlop rubber is exclusively manufactured abroad in foreign factories. Only Talalay rubber is made in the United States. The Dunlop process is also known to typically use sodium silicofluoride, a highly toxic chemical, as a geling agent. Talalay rubber mattresses instead are flash frozen and use CO2.
Because of the vacuum extraction, Talalay rubber has a much lower compression rate than Dunlop, which means the Dunlop mattress is actually more apt to sag. OMI’s Talalay only compresses about 3% in 7 years. Dunlop’s compression rates are many times higher, between 129%-279% more compression, which means a Dunlop mattress is considerably more likely to leave a body impression over time. Talalay rubber is also more twice to three times more durable than Dunlop.
The Benefits of Natural Rubber:
1) Naturally Hypoallergenic: Organic Rubber Mattresses are naturally mold, mildew, bacteria and dust-mite resistant. The mattresses are, thus, naturally hypoallergenic for allergy sufferers, including those with asthma, eczema and multiple chemical sensitivities.
2) Fewer Pressure Points: Natural rubber mattresses also create fewer pressure points than either innerspring or conventional memory-foam mattresses. Natural rubber mattresses have been found to provide 30% more pressure relief than synthetic memory foam. Pressure points cut off blood circulation and thus interrupt the vital flow of oxygen to your legs, arms and head, leading to discomfort and restlessness that may cause you to be unable to sleep soundly and comfortably. Less pressure points can mean a deeper, more refreshing sleep, and less pains in the spine and back in the morning.
3) Contours to the Body: Natural rubber also is unique in that it contours to the body immediately, and, thus, you don’t need to wait for body heat to melt the mattress and conform to your shape, like you would with a synthetic memory-foam mattress. Memory foam is made from the leftovers from gasoline production, a non-renewable resource. Natural rubber is renewable. Tests have shown that memory foam can have the highest VOC chemical content of any mattress on the market. Paradoxically, memory foam mattresses can be the most expensive mattresses to purchase, while also carrying the greatest load of toxic chemicals.
4) Reduced Motion Transfer: Natural 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 apt to bother someone peacefully sleeping on the other side.
5) Heat/Breathability: Natural rubber is actually 4 times more breathable than polyurethane, memory foam or Dunlop rubber. This means that a Talalay mattress will not absorb as much heat. Many people complain that their mattress is too hot, because synthetic materials, like polyurethane and polyester are actually heat magnets that do not breathe. Air does not circulate in these synthetic mattresses and, thus, a sleeper’s body temperature and discomfort level increase as a result. An uncomfortable sleeper is a bad sleeper. Natural rubber, not to mention organic wool, actually help to regulate body temperature, and thus, decreases the heat in a bed. While people typically think that wool in a bed would seem hot, in fact, wool radiates out heat, and thus actually keeps you cooler and more comfortable year-round. Heart rates have actually been shown to decrease when wool is used in a sleep surface.
Please call us if you have any additional questions. It can be hard to make sense of all the contradicting claims that you may come across (Dunlop v. Talaly) or (Wool v. Silica) or (Conventional vs. Organic), but we are confident that after doing your research our mattresses will represent the best that the organic mattress industry has to offer. No one else can come close.
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