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. 

5 Tips to Find the Perfect Mattress for Couples

Choosing the best mattress for you and your partner is tricky. Individual specifications such as firmness levels, motion transfer and various other factors need to be taken into consideration. A couple can have different sleep preferences; meaning it’s common for one person to sleep well while the other person to stay away due to discomfort.

It’s a fact that a good night’s sleep is essential for good physical and emotional health. The stress of poor sleep can take a toll on even the best of relationships. Waking up with body aches and back pain, soreness, reduced energy and a grumpy mood is draining. Since a mattress is the basic foundation of a good rest, you need to select it very carefully.

Here are some key points you should consider when purchasing a mattress as a couple.

  1. Get the Right Size

Sometimes, there isn’t much space left when two adults try to stretch out comfortably, even if you have a full-size or double bed. This is because a full-size bed offers double the size of only the average sleeping space for two people. Opting for a king-size mattress is a better option, especially if your partner is tall and you have the space to place one in your room. Don’t forget to measure the dimensions of your room before going to buy the mattress.

  1. Look for Great Support

A good quality mattress provides even support to your body in different sleeping positions. Proper support is required to maintain a neutral spine alignment. However, couples resting together exert more pressure on the mattress which is why an ideal couple’s mattress should have individual weight distribution for each side. If one person is heavier, choose a mattress that offers excellent support and quality material to sleep on. This will ensure zero downward slopes in the middle of the mattress when the heavier partner rolls, thus eliminating interference with the support while you sleep.

  1. Check for Motion Transfer

Prioritize finding a mattress with little motion transfer so you won’t be woken by your partner’s movements. Studies show that the average person moves about 40 to 60 times when sleeping. If a mattress can’t dissipate or absorb movements like tossing, turning or rolling, it isn’t a perfect mattress. Memory foam mattresses provide great support and motion absorption, but they have a distinct feel that’s not perfect for everyone. An organic latex mattress is the better alternative.

  1. Focus on Comfort and Safety

These are two of the most important factors to consider when buying a mattress. Choose a mattress with a medium firmness with equal support and pressure relief for your body weight, type, and sleeping positions.

Most conventional synthetic mattresses are treated with toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, pesticides, dyes and flame retardants. They can cause allergies and various other health hazards like cancer when exposed to your body for a long time. An organic mattress is free from toxic chemicals and it also has antimicrobial properties. It’s a healthier and safer option for you and your partner.

  1. Customize Your Mattress

A couple’s mattress that offers dual comfort through customization is perhaps the best choice for you. This type of mattresses allows you to adjust the thickness and firmness level on both respective sides so that neither you nor your partner compromise personal comfort. At Dormio Organic Beds, we offer limitless customization for organic latex mattresses. Our Premium Collection, Premium Gold and Premium Plus Collection offer dual comfort, internal layering and zippered covers to adjust the respective sides of the mattress according to your needs.

Keep these tips in your mind when you go shopping for a couple’s mattress. A great mattress will help you relax and sleep better and turn your bedtime into the best time of your lives!

A good nights sleep is an absolute essential to our health

With a good nights sleep being an absolute essential to our health it’s no wonder everyone in the mattress industry continues to come up with innovative mattress designs that are meant to provide you with a better night’s rest.

For many years mattress manufacturers have been reinventing our sleeping surfaces with different materials for the tried and true inner spring mattress design. Then came the revolution of memory foam for mattresses. All of them garnered their share of followers and devotees and found themselves inside the sleeping quarters of homes across the nation. Some of the designs provided more support and comfort than others but all contain many chemicals. To achieve the ultimate sleep system, it is essential that the mattress be both comfortable, supportive and free of toxins and chemicals. Given the choices of mattresses available and their potential chemical hazards, most people ask “Is the comfort and support factor more important than the healthy clean sleeping factor?” For some this may seem a difficult question but I think the honest to goodness true answer is both. No compromises to either are necessary.

You might be wondering to yourself, “Is there a mattress that can be both comfortable and supportive while at the same time remain healthy, organic and an environmentally green choice?” You bet  there is! The good people at Dormio Organic Beds have been hard at work tackling what was once a contradiction in the industry. Here we have created the solution and are offering it up in a range of options. The Dual Support Natural Latex Foam Mattresses are supportive, comfortable and free from chemicals and toxins.

Now to explain further we will answer the question that many ask. “What is a latex mattress and what makes it so comfortable and supportive?

Natural latex foam is an extremely environmentally friendly material made with the hevea milk from the rubber tree. Hevea milk is the “milky” tree sap from a rubber tree. It’s extracted in the same manner as maple syrup from maple trees here in Canada. It is a highly renewable resource. Natural latex foam is a long lasting material and the latex foam mattresses we offer are made using 100 percent Dunlop latex and come with a twenty year warranty.

Latex mattresses are not a brand new invention. They have made a resurgence in popularity as a new generation has now discovered them and here’s why:

Latex is a true green product and stays naturally clean.

Latex is durable and always bounces back quickly to its original form, providing you with continual support as you move.

Latex’s exceptionally long life span means less environmental impact. Longer lasting products equals fewer transportation and manufacturing impacts on our environment

Latex is able to immediately conform to your body shape without having to wait until it has been softened up by your body heat to conform, such as the case in chemical based memory foams. This reduces pressure points and tossing and turning throughout the night.

Latex doesn’t transfer motion. You and your partner will not be disturbed by each others movements.

Latex is breathable and natural.  Latex’s tiny holes enable it to both expand and contract with your movements, keeping you at a more constant and comfortable temperature.

Dormio has designed and displays the most complete line of latex mattresses available anywhere in Canada.

All crafted in Canada, the Dormio mattress collections are designed for supreme comfort. Not just for today and tommorow but for many, many years.

All of the Dormio mattresses have zippered covers. This means you can open up the casing and re-arrange the layers to change the feel and support of your mattress. Since latex mattresses outlast all other types, we believe this to be a key factor when deciding which mattress to buy. Buy it for today because it feels right, but also buy it for the future because the mattress can be changed as you and your needs change.

In addition to natural latex, we make extensive use of organic wool. Organic wool is crucial, as this allows us to avoid the application of hazardous chemicals such as fire retardants. Wool is a natural flame extinguisher and it meets fire regulations naturally.  Wool also gives and added layer of “plushness” and controls the temperature in our beds. All the wool we use is completely organic.

Natural latex, paired with organic wool is the ultimate in sleep comfort. You have the choice to modify the feel of your mattress anytime as your needs change. Oh and did we mention that the majority of our mattresses offer dual zoned comfort? The mattress can be made to feel the same on both sides but it can also be customized by each side to meet your requirements. Make the left side a bit firmer than the right if you need.

Our many years of experience and our many happy clientele let us know that the Dormio line up is the best on the market. Contact us by phone or come by and visit us at one of our three Greater Toronto Area Showrooms.

Our contact details can be found at http://dormio.ca/contact-us/

Sleep Healthy

Is it time for a new pillow?

Waking up with a tight, stiff or achy neck even after a full nights sleep?  Do you suffer from allergy symptoms such as a runny nose, red, itchy eyes?  It could be time to consider a new organic or natural pillow.

Feather filled pillows can contribute to allergy symptoms unless the feathers have been thoroughly cleaned by having all the dander and microbes washed out?  These feather filled pillows are susceptible to hosting large populations of dust mites.  This requires a strict and routine cleaning schedule, often involving professional dry cleaning.

A perfect complement to your luxury bed or luxury mattress is an organic wool pillow with an organic cotton cover which not only stays naturally clean, but it is also hypoallergenic and antimicrobial. Mould and mildew cannot exist in this environment because there is no moisture retention. Wool will naturally expel moisture during your sleep.

If you like the feeling of a pillow with feathers because you can bunch it up to suit your sleeping position, then try a shredded latex pillow.  It offers you a similar consistency and possesses the same hypoallergenic benefits of an organic wool pillow.  Dormio’s premium organic shredded latex pillow have a removable organic cotton cover to facilitate ease of cleaning further helping you to maintain a healthy sleep environment.

See the following additional tips for choosing the right pillow.

Choose pillows that are:

Designed to assist the spine in keeping a natural alignment.

Designed with the ability to be fluffed so as to fit the specific contours, shape, and sleeping position of the user.

Designed to support different sleeping positions: Back sleeper, side sleeper, stomach sleeper.

Designed to cradle and support the head.

Designed to provide tactile softness.

Designed to eliminate pressure points.

Designed to allow facial air circulation.

Designed as hypoallergenic.

Dormio Organic Beds…naturally better

The best selection of natural and organic quality mattresses and organic bedding in the greater Toronto area!

Natural Organic Wool Duvets an essential ingredient in Luxury Mattresses and Luxury Bedding

Natural organic wool is commonly referred to as a miracle fibre. It is an outstanding insulator, excels with moisture control, possesses natural flame resistant properties, is incredibly resilient and a host of several other great characteristics.

For thousands of years man has enjoyed the beneficial properties of this unique fibre. However it is only now in modern day times that science has unravelled the mystery as to why natural organic wool holds the title as the miracle fibre and what makes it the ideal choice for luxury mattresses and luxury bedding products. The answer to the mystery lies in each natural organic wool fibre.

Moisture Control

The core of each natural organic wool fibre is exceptionally absorbent – able to absorb up to 30% of its own weight in moisture. Compare this number to cotton which absorbs just 8% while most synthetics are as low as only 2%. The fact is that natural organic wool is the most hydrophilic (able to absorb moisture) of all the natural fibres. Natural organic wool fibre is unique in that it will release moisture slowly by evaporation. It helps you stay warmer in the winter months, cooler in the heat of summer and eliminates dampness in luxury bedding overall.

Natural Temperature Control

As the natural organic wool fibres release absorbed moisture, heat is also given off.  In fact, a single gram of natural organic wool gives off 27 calories of heat when it goes from damp to dry.

Naturally Non Allergenic

The keratin in natural organic wool is the same protein as in nails and hair.  Dust mites – a leading cause of allergies – prefer a damp, not dry location. The tiny scales which cover each natural organic wool fibre further assist in creating inhospitable conditions for dust mites.

How to choose a natural organic wool duvet for your luxury bed

The natural organic wool fill should be high bulk to retain lots of air for insulation, resilient and light weight for a luxurious feel. A flat, heavy wool duvet indicates lesser quality wool that will not offer the same level of insulation or luxury.

The cover should be luxuriously soft, breathable and allow the natural organic wool fill to contour to the sleeper’s position. If the cover is too stiff, rustles or lacks breathability it means the cover is probably down proof cotton which will cancel out the beneifits of wool’s moisture controlling properties.

Dormio Organic Beds has a huge selection of natural or organic Duvets to complement your luxury mattress. We have organic, all season, winter, summer and washable luxury duvets. It’s an amazing selection and our knowledgeable staff is here to consult with and assist you in making the most luxurious choice for you bedding needs.