Should you ditch your chemical mattress in favour of a new luxury organic mattress?


A couple had waited anxiously for delivery of their new memory foam mattress, after months of hearing their friends rave about how this high tech material conforms to your body.  When they received and un-wrapped it, they noticed a strong pungent odour.  After only two nights of use and feeling  very nauseated and one of them suffering an asthma attack, they decided to return the mattress. Unfortunately the odour lingered in their bedroom for weeks.

We hear these types of stories regularly and you will loose some sleep if you find out what’s really inside a memory foam mattress 

Since the 1960’s, the majority of mattresses have been constructed of polyurethane foam, a petroleum-based material that releases volatile organic compounds that may cause skin and respiratory issues.  Formaldehyde, commonly known as the preservative from science class, is used to form a bonding agent that holds these mattresses together and has been linked to asthma allergies and various cancers.  In addition, there are cotton pesticides and flame-retardant chemicals that may cause cancer as well as nervous system disorders.

While PBDE, the polybrominated diphenyl ether family of chemical flame retardants have been phased out since they were banned back in 2007, mattress manufacturers still had to pass an open flame test of thirty minutes of exposure for any mattress sold in the United States.  The exact ingredients in their formulations are considered trade secrets but it has been speculated that they still contain some potentially dangerous toxins such as antimony oxide (a carcinogen) and melamine resin (which contains formaldehyde).

In a 2005 study, Walter Bader author of the book “Toxic Bedrooms” shipped several mattresses to an Atlanta based test laboratory.  One of the memory foam models was found to release sixty-one chemicals including the carcinogens benzene and naphthalene.

Now consumers are seeking out alternatives, including luxury mattresses made of natural latex, organic cotton and organic wool.

So should you ditch your conventional bed in favour of an organic luxury mattress?

We at Dormio Organic beds, use a simple natural way to fireproof our mattresses, by  wrapping them with a layer of organic wool which is a natural fire retardant and exceeds the present regulations.  These natural latex and luxury mattresses are also very durable and can last over twenty years and do not release any toxic chemicals. If there is a down side of these natural luxury mattresses, it is their initial investment cost but amortized over the lifetime, they represent a great value. In the long run it is cheaper to buy an organic mattress that lasts 20 years or more than to buy a few chemically laden mattresses that need to be replaced often.  A Dormio organic luxury mattress is a worthwhile investment for peace of mind and a healthy night’s sleep.

Dormio Organic Beds,  offers the largest selection of natural and organic mattresses and bedding accessories in Canada. We are naturally better.

Dormio Organic Beds…naturally better

Is it time to Invest in a new Natural Luxury Mattress?

Ask yourself:

Are you getting a reasonable amount of sleep but still waking up tired & achy?

Do you wake up with a stuffy nose and pressure in your sinuses?

Does your mattress have a noticeable body imprint where you sleep?

Your mass produced mattress will not last forever. In fact, the expected service life of a spring mattress is only 5-8 years.  At Dormio, we regularly have customers coming in who are replacing mass produced spring mattresses at only 2-5 years. 

Often considered a grudge purchase, most people struggle far too long on an old mattress, sacrificing their health and productivity.

A Dormio Natural Latex Mattress is not only a great investment in your health – it is a luxury mattress that doesn’t have a ludicrous price tag like some on the market.  The quality of the natural materials used in all of our mattresses is of the highest quality, whether you love our simple yet luxurious 8” high Fresh mattress, or the incredibly plush, yet supportive 20” Ashton mattress.

Partners love our mattresses because motion transfer is never a problem and each partner can choose the firmness level that works best for them — no need to compromise!

The service you will find at a Dormio location is also nothing but what you would expect from a luxury store.  We take the time to explain our philosophy, materials and product design.  There is no rush and you have the time to experience the mattresses at your leisure.  We provide constructive feedback on how your body interacts with each model, helping you choose the perfect mattress for you.  Then we will only see you for your organic bedding and when you bring your friends and family to the store for their own mattress.  Why?  Because you can expect over 20 years of luxurious comfort from your Dormio mattress.  


How Organic Latex Luxury mattresses are made

How Organic Latex Luxury mattresses are made

There are two different methods that can be used in the production of natural luxury latex mattresses and organic luxury latex mattresses. The original, more established process (dating back over 75 years) is known as the Dunlop method. The newer, more involved process is known as the Talalay method.

In the Dunlop method, liquid latex taken from the sap of rubber trees is “whipped” with air until it becomes wet foam. Then it is poured into a mold, hardened, and vulcanized.

In the Talalay process, the wet latex foam is also poured into a mold with extra room left at the top of the mold. The mold is then sealed; air is vacuumed out of the mold, which causes the foam to expand to fill the empty space inside the mold. The mold is put through a freezing process and quickly vulcanized, locking in the expanded structure of the foam.

Generally, natural and or organic luxury latex mattresses have only one piece of latex. At Dormio our natural luxury mattresses and organic luxury mattresses consist of anywhere from two to eight pieces of natural latex or organic latex. The core of the luxury mattress, which provides the underlying support, tends to be about 6″ thick and is typically made from relatively dense latex. On top of that are the “comfort” layers which are designed to give the bed a softer feel and to relieve pressure points and typically are made from softer natural latex or organic latex.

At Dormio Organic Beds we have the best selection of organic latex luxury mattresses, organic pillows, organic bedding, natural mattresses, natural pillows and natural bedding in the Greater Toronto Area.


How to choose the best pillow for you

A deep restful night’s sleep is at the heart of a productive and pleasant day and a comfortable natural or organic pillow that supports your sleeping style is part of that equation. The correct pillow can be just as important as a good mattress in ensuring a restful night’s sleep. There are few other products that you spend as much time with than the pillow. The right pillow can help ease allergies, prevent neck pain, upper back pain, and headaches. The right choice will make you more comfortable and can be essential to long-term health. Finding the pillow for you can be an adventure, that is why offer such a huge selection.

A pillow should feel just right and it should be thick enough to fill in the gap between the head and the mattress while keeping the head aligned to the body.

Department store pillows are one pillow fits all, this is like wearing size 7 shoes when you in fact need size 9. Most department store pillows are synthetic or down filled. These types of pillow fills become full of allergens over time and are unhealthy for us.

At Dormio we have over 50 different types of natural and organic pillows, ranging from very soft to very firm and from very low to very high lofts and everywhere in the middle. Most have zippers, allowing you the user to adjust the feel or height of the pillow. Natural or organic pillows are not treated with any chemicals to make them antimicrobial, They just are because we only use natural fills. Nature as a way of making these types of fibres antimicrobial without the use of any chemicals. All of our natural or organic pillows breathe very well and never make you hot. A natural or organic pillow if chosen with care can deliver a luxurious night sleep.

Natural or organic pillows tend to be pricier than your standard department store, synthetic and down filled pillows, but they don’t need to be replaced every six months to one year. They are long lasting and stay clean of allergens for a very long time. A good organic wool pillow can last a life time. Dormio specializes in everything to do with the natural and organic bed. Imagine walking in and being faced with the job of selecting the right pillow out of a selection of 60. We use the process of elimination, this is good, but this is better and this is one is even better. With our help, we can easily make the selection feel easy. Once you’ve chosen the right pillow, most can be tweaked at home by adding or removing as much fill as needed to truly make it your own.


Why choose a Natural Crib Mattress or Organic Crib Mattress?

Why choose a Natural Crib Mattress or Organic Crib Mattress?

Conventional crib mattresses are a leading source of chemical poisoning in infants. Several scientists even claim that the toxic gases emitted from crib mattresses, when inhaled or absorbed by a sleeping baby, can cause crib death or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). These claims have not been 100% scientifically proven, nor have they been dis-proven, and there is an urgent requirement for more further research.

In the mean time you can help safeguard your child from exposure to the harmful effects from these substances by using an organic crib mattress or natural crib mattress.

The bulk of traditional mattresses presently contain polyurethane foam, vinyl (PVC), phthalates, chemical fire retardants, and a lengthy list of added industrial chemicals. These chemicals can leach out of the mattress (otherwise known as off-gassing) and leave us exposed via inhalation and absorption through the skin. This can cause anything from minor skin irritations, to allergic reactions to major health issues. This can also happen through the womb. Women that are with child need to also steer clear from these types of non organic and non natural mattresses.

Our organic crib mattresses and natural mattresses do not contain these harmful substances.

Chemical exposure in mattresses is particularly problematic for babies because of the lengthy duration of time they spend early in their lives asleep and in a crib. Sleeping on a typical crib mattress, babies breathe and absorb these chemicals for ten to fourteen hours a day or more. This exposure is continuous for two years or more during the critical developmental period of their brains, nervous systems and immune systems.

Your alternative

Purchasing a natural or an organic crib mattress can eliminate the threat of harmful chemicals or phthalates. Dormio’s collection of crib mattresses fit these criteria. We use latex (natural rubber) in the core of most of our models as it creates a firm supporting core, and then we add natural or organic wool and cotton. Organic materials are vitally important when choosing a mattress but the main feature to look for is whether the mattress in non-toxic and safe for your baby.

Wool is used in our mattresses and bedding products since it is naturally fire resistant material. It does not provide a favourable environment for dust mites and it handles moisture well by retaining 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling wet. Dormio’s wool crib pads can also be added on top of the mattress to protect the surface from moisture. It is naturally moisture resistant and dries quickly. Wool can also help in regulating temperature during babies sleep. Not too cold and not too hot.

Organic cotton is the perfect fabric for covering the crib mattress and for other crib bedding. Cotton is natural, non-toxic, and highly breathable.

Investing in a proper, healthy crib mattress and bedding for your newborn is one of the most important decisions you can make as a parent as you will be providing a healthy environment for up to 70% of your child’s early life. New and expecting parents can do some research and become well educated before making these critical purchases.

At Dormio our mattresses and bedding accessories are natural or organic.

Dormio Organic Beds… naturally better!