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Important Mattress Terms to Know Before You Buy One

There are several industry terms for different types of mattresses and it’s common for a buyer to get confused with them. Terms like, “eco-friendly mattress”, “natural mattress” or“organic mattress” may seem similar, but they are very different. When you go to buy a mattress for your family, it’s important that you make an informed decision.

In this blog, we’ll discuss the difference between these mattresses so that you can make the right investment for your needs.

Eco-Friendly Mattresses

 This term is often used for mattresses made from plant based foam. However, there are no regulatory bodies to state what materials may or may not be used in this type of mattresses.  This means that the mattress may not be as green and nature-friendly as you may think. Most eco-friendly mattresses available in the market are composed of polyurethane foam.

Polyurethane foam is a polymer that’s created by linking large molecules of isocyanates with modified oil molecules called Polyols. Thepolyolsare either partially or wholly derived from plant oils. The plant oils are usually extracted from soy beans, coconut, canola, palm kernel, castor beans, peanuts and other seeds. Polyols are also derived from petroleum or petrochemical-based products.

Since there isn’t any regulation, many eco-friendly mattresses use bio-based polyurethane foam made from compatible blends of plant oil-based and petrochemical-based polyols. In such cases, the mattresses aren’t really eco-friendly options.

Natural Mattresses

The term “natural” can be misleading. The mattress may be partly natural or all-natural, made with materials like cotton, latex, wool, etc. But, this doesn’t mean that the components are not exposed to chemicals during production and processing. Also, partly natural mattresses will come combined with synthetic materials. If you opt for this type of mattress, make sure to check out certifications to backup their claims.

Organic Mattresses

This term is used for mattresses that are wholly composed of natural components, this includes the core, padding and ticking. The natural components are also chemical-free as they’re not exposed or treated with any chemicals while rearing and processing. A high-quality organic mattress also doesn’t have fire retardants and synthetic batting materials (Batting is a soft material that is meant to cover the springs or coils of a mattress so that they don’t poke you).

An organic mattress is a healthier and safer option for your family. It promotes health, lifestyle and good sleep. The natural, chemical-free components eliminate the risk of exposure to toxic chemicals that can trigger severe health concerns, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and various forms of cancer.

Be aware that unlike food, textiles and finished products aren’t regulated to assess how much organic materials were used in its construction. When you’re looking to buy an organic mattress for your family, check for its certifications from GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) or equivalent bodies.

Now that you know the difference between the important mattress terms, pay attention to the mattress label before buying.  If you’re looking to buy a 100% organic mattress in Toronto, visit Dormio Organic Beds.  We offer only certified organic mattresses with limitless customization according to your needs. You can also visit our showrooms in Mississauga and Vaughan. Call us at our toll-free number 1-855-535-8687 to make a shopping appointment.

How do they produce Organic Wool?

At Dormio, Organic Wool is an important part of our mattress “recipe”. 

 

 We use wool for several reasons:

1)     Insulates to keep you warm in the cold but stay cool in the heat through moisture control.

2)     Provides natural dust mite resistance.

3)     Is self-extinguishing.

4)     In thicker layers, creates a unique cloud like feel for sleepers.

What do we mean by Organic Wool?

 

All of the wool used in Dormio Mattresses has been certified by The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).  Organic Wool differs from mass production wool in many ways, starting in the pasture, right through final production. 

Mass produced sheep are pastured on pesticide laden fields and often fed GMO feed.  Residual amounts of the chemicals used for dipping (external pest control) are found in the final product.  On the other hand, organic sheep must be fed organic feed or enjoy foraging in the organic pasture.  Farmers are obligated to maintain herd number management that does not exceed the natural capacity of the land.  This is important and it prevents overgrazing that negatively impacts the livestock, wild flora and fauna and can eventually lead to desertification. Proper pasture management will also contribute to a farmer’s integrated pest management program.  Since chemical parasiticides are not available, farmers employ tactics that manage, rather than try to eradicate parasites and pests.  Soil organism activities, correct species selection and competition, crop rotation and, enhancing the natural cycles of the area are just some of the techniques employed. 

Mass produced wool is cleaned (scoured) using harsh detergents or acids.  A far better process is the use of hot water, gentle soaps, and, biodegradable detergents and degreasers.  This results in a softer final product, exhibiting residual protective lanolin and more of the natural qualities of wool. 

 

Without a doubt, Organic Wool is the better choice both for health and the environment.