We take the zipper for granted; it has become one of the most commonly used inventions on Earth. We build all Dormio Organic mattresses with zippered covers. Without it we would just be another mattress. The zipper is 100 years old, and billions of people rely on it every day for various reason. You’ll find zippers on everything from jackets, pants, boots, backpacks, tents and luggage, to purses, pencil cases and now on your Dormio mattress.
The concept of a zipper got its start when an American, Elias Howe, earned a patent in 1851 for his Automatic Continuous Clothing Closure. His idea was ahead of its time, but Howe was so busy with his other inventions (including the sewing machine, which would later make zippers much easier to install) that he never got around to commercializing the radical new type of sliding fastener. It wasn’t until many years later that Whitcomb Judson came up with something called the Clasp Locker, and later the Judson C-Curity Fastener. Unfortunately, his invention could be tricky to close, and sometimes would open by itself. As a result it wasn’t very popular with the general public. The idea might have disappeared all together and left us all living in a button-down world until a Swedish electrical engineer named Otto Frederick Gideon Sundback, who had immigrated to the United States took Whitcomb’s design back to the drawing board and came up with the system of tiny interlocking teeth now known as the zipper.
In 1913, the zipper, then called the “separable fastener” was patented. The Lightning Fastener Co. in St. Catharines, Ontario, of which Sundback was president, started manufacturing the new fastener, but it took a few more decades to really grab the world’s attention.
Here are some zipper facts:
The zipper was originally used in footwear and bags for holding tobacco.
One of the first big customers was the U.S. military, which used zippers in gear and uniforms issued to World War One troops. Zippers made it much easier to put on your pants if one was in a hurry.
The children’s clothing and adult fashion industries didn’t start using zippers in great numbers until the 1930s.
Zippers really took off in 1937, when they caught the attention of a number of French fashion designers.
In 1954, Levi’s introduced a special zippered version of its overalls called the 501Z, replacing the button-fly. The company eventually brought in zippers across its line of jeans, but not until the 1970s.
Once the airtight zipper was perfected in the 1950s, it found its way to the depths of the ocean on diving gear, into orbit and eventually to the moon.
NASA helped develop airtight zippers for fighter-pilot pressure suits and later adapted them for space suits, including the ones used for the Apollo 11 moon landing (Neil Armstrong’s zippers)
According to Fort Lauderdale’s Sun Sentinel newspaper, a local Sheraton hotel had a zipper more than 1.8 kilometres long built in 1988 as a promotional gimmick. The zipper was draped from a hot air balloon and then taken and wrapped around the hotel to promote its nightclub, called Zippers.
And finally Dormio Organic mattresses…..
If for whatever reason we need to change the feel and/ or support of your new mattress, it’s as simple as unzipping the cover and making the necessary changes. Even though we do our best to put together the best possible mattress for you, the only way to truly know if it’s 100% right is to sleep on it. So if your new mattress needs to be just a bit softer or just a bit firmer, no problem. We can make these minor adjustments right in your home.
Dormio would like to thank Elias Howe, Whitcomb Judson and Otto Frederick Gideon Sundback for making it possible to build our zippered mattresses.
If your new mattress doesn’t feel right, we’ll make it right………every time.
This article was written by John Aprile who is the President of Dormio Organic Beds. Dormio provides its clients with natural sleep options through its wide range of products such as organic mattresses, natural latex mattresses, organic pillows and sheets.
Most of the world’s rubber comes from Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Indonesia. These countries are all located in South-east Asia.
Brazil is believed to have provided the world with the first rubber tree, Hevea Brasiliensis, but Brazil no longer plays any significant part in the natural rubber trade. Seeds were exported from the lower Amazon area of Brazil to London UK by Henry Wickham, a local planter acting for the British Government in 1876. The seeds were germinated at the Tropical Herbarium in Kew Gardens, London later that year. From there seedlings were exported to Ceylon (Now Sri Lanka). In 1877, 22 seedlings were sent from Ceylon to Singapore, where they grew strongly, and the technique of rubber tapping was developed. This is the process of extracting the latex from the rubber tree. Basically, an incision is made into the tree and the product then flows out. It’s very similar to the process we use in Canada to extract the maple syrup from maple trees.
Prior to this, the trees had to be cut down before the latex could be extracted. As you can imagine the rubber tapping method is much more environmentally friendly.
By 1900, most of the techniques and agricultural practices required to establish large plantations had been developed. One key technique was bud grafting. This is essentially a cloning technique which ensures that genetically identical trees can be produced in unlimited numbers. The rubber industry often talks about high-yielding clones, or other types of clone; and this is the basis of that terminology.
Over the next 40 years or so, the British in Malaysia and the Dutch in Indonesia cleared large areas of the rainforest to create rubber plantations. Simultaneously, local farmers saw the opportunities of rubber cultivation, and planted small groves of trees to supplement their own income. This gives rise to two types of rubber plantations in most producing countries: the plantations and the smallholdings.
Smallholdings tend to produce solid rubber, while plantations are essentially large-scale farms, with professional management. Most latex comes from professionally managed plantations.
We hope this has explained where rubber comes from and how it’s extracted. This is the key component in our natural latex mattresses which is known as the core. The core is made up of natural latex which is extracted from rubber trees in an environmentally friendly manner. When looking for an organic mattress, consumers should be aware of how the organic mattress is formulated and what it exactly contains.
Unfortunately mattress manufacturers are not legally required to list what the mattress is made of (in terms of materials, toxins, chemicals, etc) so consumers have to do their own due diligence.
To assist our clients and to make their organic mattress shopping experience much more stress free and enjoyable we provide our clients with unparalleled knowledge. We explain each of our beds, how they are made and what they are made of. Our goal is provide our clients with a naturally better sleep and our product line speaks exactly that.
Browse our site to view some of our products or better yet, visit our showroom in Mississauga and lay down on our latex mattresses.
Sleep is so critical, that it isn’t any wonder why everybody is trying to design a mattress that will help people get a better night’s rest.
Mattress manufacturers have tried to reinvent the mattress for many years using different materials for spring mattresses. Then the memory foam mattresses or the “natural” memory foam mattresses were introduced. All of them gained some sort of popularity and crept its ways into the homes of many consumers. Some were more comfortable than others but always with the use of many chemicals. The search for the ultimate sleep system still remains, one that is both comfortable and chemical/toxin free. Is it more important to be comfortable or safe while sleeping? Hard question, but I think both, no comprises.
You may be wondering now, is there a mattress both comfortable and organic. You better bet on it, the people at Dormio Organic Beds have been working on this solution and have created a range of options. The Dual Support Natural Latex Foam Mattresses are both comfortable and chemical/toxin free.
What is a latex mattress and why is it so comfortable?
Natural latex foam is very eco friendly since it is made with hevea milk from a rubber tree. Hevea milk is referred to as the “milky” sap from a rubber tree. It’s extracted much like the maple syrup from the maple trees here in Canada. Natural latex foam is durable and the latex foam mattress we offer is made with 100 percent natural foam which is expected to last more than 15 years.
Latex mattresses aren’t new, they are just becoming more popular and here’s why:
Latex is natural and stays naturally clean.
Latex is durable, unlike petroleum based foams which are very resilient and always bounces back.
Latex is able to take your body shape without creating pressure points, thus reducing tossing and turning during the night.
Latex doesn’t transfer motion. Your partner’s movements won’t disturb you.
Latex breathes, its tiny holes allow it to expand and contract with you, keeping you at a comfortable temperature.
Dormio has designed the most comprehensive latex line available anywhere in Canada.
Built entirely in Canada, the Dormio line up is designed for comfort. Not just for now, but for many years to come.
All of the units are zippered. This simply means that you can open up the casing and change the feel of your mattress by stacking the latex layers in a different order, or by simply adding new ones. You are not stuck with the same mattress feel forever, and since latex mattresses last for so long we think this a key factor when deciding what mattress to buy. Buy it for now because you like the way it feels but also buy it for the future because you can change the way it feels.
In addition to the latex, we also use a lot of wool. Wool is critical, as this allows us to avoid using chemical as fire retardants, as it meets fire regulations naturally. Wool also adds “plushness” and controls temperature in our beds. And yes, the wool we use is completely organic.
Latex, combined with wool is the ultimate in sleep comfort. You can change the feel of your mattress anytime as your life changes. Oh, did we mention that most of our mattresses offer dual comfort. The mattress can feel the same throughout or the left side could feel different than right side, you decide. This means, you and your partner can each have the desired firmness/softness.
Our many years of experience tell us that the Dormio line up is as good as it gets. Contact us via phone our visit us at our comprehensive Mississauga Showroom.
Our contact details can be found at http://dormio.ca/contact-us/
Wool is the perfect fibre for mattress padding, which is the reason we use wool whenever possible in our Dormio organic mattresses, organic wool pillows and organic wool toppers. It’s a natural, safe and mildew resistant fibre that science cannot imitate for its versatility, practicability, fire retardency and breathability. Wool keeps you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter so it’s the ideal material for organic mattresses. Wool can absorb one third of its weight in moisture before feeling wet, yet water evaporates quickly due to its air channels between the fibres. Its excellent wicking action is perfect for keeping us dry when sleeping. We produce about a pint of water vapour during an eight hour sleeping cycle. Wool keeps a sleepers skin dry instead of wet and clammy.
Wool is renewable and is harvested without slaughtering the sheep. Organic wool is produced on farms where the sheep are raised organically; they are fed and cared for without the use of chemicals. The sheep do not go through routine chemical treatments such as drenching, dipping for parasites, antibiotics, vaccines, or growth hormones. Sheep that are raised organically graze on organic fields and are fed organic food. Only hot water and biodegradable soaps are used to wash organic wool and no sulfuric acid solution is ever used. The wool is then hand selected for carding.
Not only is organic wool the most breathable and insulating natural fibre on the planet, when used properly on an organic mattress, but it’s also a great substitute for fire retardants, as wool is a natural fire retardant. Organic wool lets us produce a chemical free mattress for clients looking for a safer and healthier sleep.
Now you may be wondering how our organic wool is exactly utilized in the creation of our organic mattresses. There are 3 components which go into our organic mattress.
- Natural Latex is used as the core of the mattress.
- Organic Cotton used to cover the entire mattress (also known as the ticking)
- Organic Wool is used as the padding for the mattress
The organic wool is an essential part in adding to the comfort of the natural latex which is used as the core. Due to the natural latex, organic mattresses are sometimes referred to as organic latex mattress or natural latex mattress.
At Dormio we just love wool and use it generously on most of our products. Our organic latex mattresses use wool, we have the largest selection of Organic wool duvets you’ve seen anywhere. We even use wool in our Organic Alpaca duvets, a 30/70 blend works wonderfully and then of course we have the largest selection of organic wool pillows available anywhere in Toronto and GTA. Visit us today and browse our large range of organic latex mattresses, organic pillows, sheet and duvets. We are sure you will find something to help you get a healthier sleep. You can even call us for more information or continue browsing our site. You will find a list of products at http://dormio.ca/shop/.
It‘s amazing how many people associate a firm mattress to be good and a soft mattress to be bad. In fact either firm, medium or soft may work for any individual depending on body weight, height, body shape, sleeping position, health conditions and personal preference. That is the reason dual comfort mattresses make so much sense. Age will also be a factor when choosing the firmness. As we get older, our circulation is not as vibrant, our veins and arteries have less elasticity, and this means that a firm mattress that may have been comfortable when you were younger may now create pressure points that reduce circulation to different areas of your body creating muscle pain and soreness. This is the reason most sleepers have to change position frequently throughout the night or wake up in the morning feeling tired and sore.
Modern commercial mattresses are designed to provide mattress shoppers with a surface that produces an instant soft gratification. Pillow-top mattresses are ideal if the sleeper wants to be surrounded by a soft layer of comfort. However if you have purchased the correct mattress firmness you should not need a pillow top for functional support. A soft pillow top will almost always result in a permanent body impression that will be created over time. A natural latex mattress with a soft natural latex layer topped with wool will increase air circulation beneath the body and reduces pressure points, while always returning back to shape.
Here are some factors to consider when choosing the firmness of your mattress:
Sleeping positions should play a part on the type of mattress firmness that is suitable for you. As a rule stomach and back sleepers would be better off on a firmer mattress while a side sleeper requires a softer more forgiving surface.
Weight and height should play a part on the type of mattress firmness that is suitable for you. Generally a heavier person requires a firmer mattress than someone who is lighter
Body shape should play a part on the type of mattress firmness that is suitable for you. Usually someone with more curves requires a softer mattress that someone with less curves.
Your sleeping position, weight, height and body shape is probably different that your sleeping partners sleeping position, weight, height and body shape. Shouldn’t you get a mattress that is right for you? You definitely should, but that doesn’t mean you and your partner have to share one mattress type!
At Dormio Organic Beds, we are able to offer this feature to our clients because most of our mattresses are dual comfort. This means, you and your partner can individually have your preference in mattress firmness while sleeping on the same bed. And the best part is the mattress layers are changeable within the comfort of your own home. If you want your side of the bed to be softer or firmer, you can simply interchange the layers of the mattress and obtain your desired mattress type.
For example, our Dormio Pacific Organic Mattress consists of 4 layers of 2” natural latex, 3 on each side of the bed and one top piece of 2” pillow top. The cover is organic cotton quilted to organic wool. By moving these layer up or down you can achieve different comfort levels.
See the picture below for a better visual.
Now it will literally be “my side, your side” or better yet “my organic side, your organic side”.
Let us customize your side and then the other side and put it all together in one mattress. It really is that easy. We have the best selection of organic customizable mattresses anywhere. In-fact this is our specialty. Dual Comfort and Organic Mattresses, it can’t get better than that!
Drop in and visit our showroom or even better call us and book an appointment and let us show you what real rest on a real mattress is all about.