Monthly Archives: October 2011

Why sleep on an organic mattress?

Because we sleep away about one-third of our lives.

While we sleep, our immune system recovers and prepares for the day ahead. If your mattress is filled with airborne allergens and chemicals toxins, your immune system will battle these rather than repair itself.

A standard mattress laden with polyurethane foam, toxic flame retardants and water/stain-resistant chemicals will have your immune system working overtime trying to fight off all of these toxins.

An organic mattress where materials are all-natural, clean and free of chemicals, the cotton is grown without pesticides; the latex is free of synthetics and for additional comfort and fire protection, organic wool will have your immune system at ease allowing to repair and prepare your body for another day ahead.

Easy choice isn’t it?

Organic bedding may cost more, but think of it has an investment on your health.  When you purchase your family car you look at safety, comfort, and peace of mind.

Remember you’ll be sleeping on your organic mattress for many years more, much longer than you’ll drive your car.

So invest wisely and sleep well

Dormio Organic Beds…naturally better

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Does natural memory foam exist? Part 2

How can it be petroleum free when the definition of memory foam says it is a polyurethane.

How can something contain diphenyl diisocyanate and claim to be natural?


What is Methylene diphenyl diisocyanate?

Most often abbreviated as MDI, is an aromatic diisocyanate. It exists in three isomers, 2,2′-MDI, 2,4′-MDI, and 4,4′-MDI, but the 4,4′ isomer is most widely used. This isomer is also known as Pure MDI. MDI reacts with polyos in the manufacture of polyurethane. It is the most produced diisocyanate, accounting for 61.3% of the global market in the year 2000.[1]

MDI is the least hazardous of the commonly available isocyanates but is not benign. Its very low vapour pressure reduces its hazards during handling compared to the other major isocyanates (TDI, HDI). However, it, like the other isocyanates, is an allergen and sensitizer. Persons developing sensitivity to isocyanates may have dangerous systemic reactions to extremely small exposures, including respiratory failure. Handling MDI requires strict engineering controls and personal protective equipment.

Now, does that sound like natural or organic?

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Does natural memory foam exist?

How can it be petroleum free when the definition of memory foam says it is a polyurethane?

Memory foam is Polyurethane with additional chemicals increasing its viscosity and density. It is often referred to as “Visco-elastic” polyurethane foam, or low-resilience polyurethane foam. Higher-density memory foam softens in reaction to body heat, allowing it to mold to a warm body in a few minutes. A lower-density memory foam is pressure-sensitive and molds quickly to the shape of a body pressing against it, returning to its original shape once the pressure is removed. The speed with which a foam returns to its original shape after a weight is removed is often part of the marketing message among memory-foam mattress producers, many of whom tout “newer generation” foams with “faster recovery.”


When new, some memory foams give off a distinct chemical odor, which many people find unpleasant and some say is akin to the smell of paint. This odor decreases with airing, but some remain sensitive. Emissions from memory foam mattresses may cause more respiratory irritation than other mattresses.

Memory foam, like other polyurethane products, can be combustible. Laws require all bedding, including memory foam items, be resistant to ignition from an open flame such as a candle or cigarette lighter. There is concern that high levels of the fire retardant, commonly used in memory foam, could cause health problems for users.

Manufacturers caution about leaving babies and small children unattended on a memory foam mattress, as they may find it more difficult to turn and rotate and may suffocate.

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Dormio Introduces Alpaca Bedding

Duvets, mattress pads and pillows

As warm as a down duvet but less fill is needed to keep you warm so you won’t get hot and sweaty underneath. Alpaca fibre duvets are a great alternative for those who cannot tolerate down.

Why Alpaca Wool?
Because it is warmer, stronger, lighter and cleaner than any other product. It is believed to be the best possible filling available today to provide you with a warm, comfortable, healthy and stress free sleep.

An alpaca fibre duvet will absorb up to 35% of its weight in moisture, keeping you dry and comfortable while you sleep.
The fibre is grown without herbicides in a stress free environment and the animals are not dipped in pesticide baths. No chemicals, dyes or bleaches have been used during the processing. This fibre does not contain lanolin or grease. This porous, naturally dry and clean fill prevents dust mites and other allergens from settling in.

Made in Canada eh…… The work shop is located in the Monashee Mountains of BC in the little town of Cherryville.  The office faces farmer’s fields and at any given time there could be cows, horses and many deer roaming around. Sounds Canadian! The fibre used is usually from the underbellies and legs of the alpacas, which is most hollow and the most insulating.

General info on alpaca fleece………

Alpaca fleece is the natural fibre harvested from an alpaca. It is light weight or heavy weight, depending on how it is spun. It is soft, durable, luxurious and silky natural fibre. While similar to sheep’s wool, it is warmer, not prickly, and has no lanolin. Alpaca is naturally water-repellent and difficult to ignite. Huacaya, an alpaca that grows soft spongy fiber has natural crimp, thus making a naturally elastic yarn well-suited for knitting. Suri has far less crimp and thus is a better fit for woven goods. The designer Armani has used Suri alpaca to fashion Men’s and Women’s suits. Alpaca fleece is made into various products, from very simple and inexpensive garments made by the aboriginal communities to sophisticated, industrially made and expensive products such as suits. In the United States, groups of smaller alpaca breeders have banded together to create “fiber co-ops,” in order to make the manufacture of alpaca fiber products less expensive.

Types of Alpacas

Suri Alpaca









There are two types of alpaca: Huacaya (which produce a dense, soft, crimpy sheep-like fiber), and the Suri (with silky pencil-like locks, resembling dread-locks but without matted fibers). Suris are prized for their longer and silkier fibers, and estimated to make up between 19-20% of the North American Alpaca population. Since its import into the United States, the number of Suri alpacas has grown substantially and become more color diverse. The Suri is thought to be rarer, most likely because the breed was reserved for royalty during Incan times. It is often said that Suris are less cold hardy than Huacaya, but both breeds are successfully raised in more extreme climates than those in which they were developed in South America.


Alpacas have been bred in South America for thousands of years. Vivunas were first domesticated and bred into alpacas by the ancient tribes of the Andean highlands of Peru, Argentina, Chile and Bolivia. Two thousand year old Paracas Textiles are thought to include alpaca fibre. In recent years alpacas have also been exported to other countries. In countries such as the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand breeders shear their animals annually, weigh the fleeces and test them for fineness. With the resulting knowledge they are able to breed heavier-fleeced animals with finer fiber. Fleece weights vary, with the top stud males reaching annual shear weights up to 7 kg total fleece and 3 kg good quality fleece. The discrepancy in weight is because an alpaca has Guard hair which is often removed before spinning.

The Amerindians of Peru used this fiber in the manufacture of many styles of fabrics for thousands of years before its introduction into Europe as a commercial product. The alpaca was a crucial component of ancient life in the Andes, as it provided not only warm clothing but also meat.

A pair of Huacaya alpacas near an Inca burial site in Peru






There is a cross between alpaca and llama that is a true hybrid in every sense  producing a material placed upon the Liverpool market under the name Huarizio. Crosses between the alpaca and vicu have not proved satisfactory. Current attempts to cross these two breeds are underway at farms in the US. According to the Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association, alpacas are now being bred in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, and numerous other places.

In recent years, interest in alpaca fiber clothing has surged, perhaps partly because alpaca ranching has a reasonably low impact on the environment. Individual U.S. farms are producing finished alpaca products like hats, scarves, and footwarmers. Outdoor sports enthusiasts recognize that its lighter weight and better warmth provides them more comfort in colder weather, so outfitters such as R.E.I and others are beginning to stock more alpaca products. Using an alpaca and wool blend such as Merino is common to the alpaca fiber industry in order to improve processing and the qualities of the final product.

Fibre structure

In physical structure, alpaca fiber is somewhat akin to hair, being very glossy. Alpaca fiber is similar to that of merino wool fiber, and alpaca yarns tend to be stronger than wool yarns. The heel hole that appears in wool socks or in elbows of wool sweaters is nonexistent in similar alpaca garments. In processing, slivers lack fiber cohesion and single alpaca rovings lack strength. Blend these together and the durability is increased several times over. More twisting is necessary, especially in Suri, and this can reduce a yarn’s softness.

The alpaca has a very fine and light fleece. It does not retain water, is thermal even when wet and can resist the solar radiation effectively. These characteristics guarantee the animals a permanent and appropriate coat to fight against the extreme changes of temperature. This fiber offers the same protection to humans. Alpacas as animals are soft on the environment, making alpaca a truly green textile.

Alpaca fiber contains also microscopic airbags that make possible the manufacture of light textiles as well as different kinds of clothing. The cells of the central core may contract or disappear, forming air pockets which assist insulation.


Good quality alpaca fiber is approximately 18 to 25 micrometers in diameter. Finer fleeces, ones with a smaller diameter, are preferred, and thus are more expensive. As an alpaca gets older the width of the fibers gets thicker, at between 1 µm and 5 µm per year. This is often caused by over nutrition; if fed too much nutritious food the animal doesn’t get fat, instead the fiber gets thicker.

As with all fleece-producing animals, quality varies from animal to animal, and some alpacas produce fiber which is less than ideal. Fiber and conformation are the two most important factors in determining an alpaca’s value.

Alpacas come in many shades from a true-blue black through browns-black, browns, fawns, white, silver-greys, and rose-greys. However, white is predominant, because of selective breeding: the white fiber can be dyed in the largest ranges of colors. In South America, the preference is for white as they generally have better fleece than the darker-colored animals. This is because the dark colors had been all but bred out of the animals. The demand for darker fiber sprung up in the United States and elsewhere, however in order to reintroduce the colors, the quality of the darker fiber has decreased slightly. Breeders have been diligently working on breeding dark animals with exceptional fiber, and much progress has been made in these areas over the last 5-7 years.

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Wool Comfort Package

Sweating at night happens because we reach a point in our bed where the bed is no longer able to absorb more heat. The next step the body takes to cool itself down is sweating.

By surrounding yourself in wool you create air flow. Wool doesn’t absorb heat, wool breathes with you.

Comfort package….wool mattress pad, wool duvet and wool pillow

Twin  package:

Natura Twin Classic Comfort Wool Topper  $149

Natura Twin Classic All Season Duvet  $179

Natura standard Wool Cloud Pillow   $ 71

Total Value  $399

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Double package:

Natura Double Classic Comfort Wool Topper  $179

Natura Double Classic All Season Duvet  $209

Natura standard Wool Cloud Pillow (2) @ $71  $142

Total Value $530

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Queen package:

Natura Queen Classic Comfort Wool Topper  $197

Natura Queen Classic All Season Duvet $239

Natura Queen Wool Cloud Pillow (2) @ $77  $154

Total Value  $590

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King package:

Natura King Classic Comfort Wool Topper   $239

Natura King Classic All Season Duvet  $269

Natura King Wool Cloud Pillow (2) @ $89  $178

Total Value  $686

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Taxes and shipping will be added on checkout, but the discount will be reflected on the official invoice that will be sent from Dormio Organic Beds.

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Dormio Organic Beds…naturally better

Best selection of natural and organic quality mattresses and bedding in the Toronto area!