Why A Dormio Natural Latex Mattress?

Why buy a Dormio Natural Latex Mattress?

This is the first in a series of posts outlining the problems with traditional mattresses and why we believe Dormio Natural Latex Mattresses are the best sleep solution available today.

Today our world is awash in chemicals.  Daily exposure to chemicals takes many forms; pesticides in our food, pharmaceuticals in our water, VOC’s from plastics and synthetics in the home – even the interior fittings of our car.  Today’s homes are so well sealed that while we save money on heating and air conditioning,  we also seal in all of the VOC’s released by synthetic materials as they off-gas. Acute reactions to these chemicals include eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, nausea/vomiting and asthma.  Chronic exposure can increase risks of cancer, endocrine disruption, liver damage and chronic inflammation just to name a few.  So while we can’t eliminate exposure to these chemicals, making smart choices can limit how much our bodies absorb.

The gasses released by traditional inner spring, foam and especially memory foam mattresses are a soup of toxic chemicals that your body takes in not only through breathing but are absorbed directly through your skin.  This list includes chemicals such carcinogens such as benzene and naphthalene.  While manufacturers no longer use PentaBDE as a fire retardant, they are very nebulous about what has replaced it citing proprietary formulas.  Industry insiders suggest they have moved to fire resistant fibres and resins that are known to contain other carcinogens such as formaldehyde and antimony oxide.

With a Dormio Natural Latex mattress, you can reduce your daily chemical exposure by 1/3. Our mattresses have no synthetic fibres or synthetic latex blended into the latex so you are assured of a safe chemical free sleep. We use organic wool as our fire retardant so there are no worries about any mysterious proprietary formulas.

No chemicals and unparalleled comfort together in one mattress will give you the best, safest night of sleep you have ever had.

Dormio Natural Latex Mattresses are Different by Design!

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Dormio Toronto Store

Tuesday April 8th, the store is finally open and the weekend has come and gone.  Our grand opening of the Toronto store has successfully happened.  Our grand opening specials will continue and the celebration will go on for several more weeks.  Look for our newsletter in the next few days with more specials and bargains.
Our new store has the same look and feel as our Mississauga/Oakville store, making shopping for your new mattress an easy and enjoyable experience.
Our Toronto Store will be managed by Lance Hunter.  Lance is not new to the industry and customer satisfaction is what drives him.  Drop by to say hello and check out what we have done.  We think you will be impressed.

Sleep Healthy,

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When should I replace my old mattress and what do I replace it with? Making a switch after sometime, make it a good one!

If you are sick and tired of replacing your fairly new mattress because of premature sagging and lack of support, you are not alone. Today’s traditional mattresses are not lasting very long and gradually get worse daily as you sleep on it. Many people keep going through many mattresses, and want to finally settle down with just one. That almost sounds like dating rather than courting or marriage. Many get discouraged because they keep buying mattresses that don’t last very long, sag prematurely or just don’t provide the level of support that’s needed.

Sleep loss is a growing problem. We all recognize the sensation of satisfaction after one gets up from a deep/dead-to-the-world sleep. Unfortunately this sensation eludes most people. Too many in our society are too familiar with how it feels to lose valuable sleep, tossing and turning all night because the mattress keeps you awake.  So what is one to do!!

If your mattress is keeping you up, the time to replace it is NOW.

A natural latex mattress is an organic option. These organic mattresses will provide comfort and support for at least 20 years.  Latex is extremely elastic, resilient and durable unlike other foam or pillow top mattresses which give out, cave in, sag or bottom out in very short periods of time. A good natural latex mattress forms to the contours of the body and it quickly regains its original shape over and over and over. As a matter of fact a natural latex mattress will keep its original shape for 20 or 30 years. However, when shopping for a latex mattress, one has to be careful that it is natural latex and not synthetic or blended latex. Many claim that the mattress is 100% latex. One has to ask if it’s natural to ensure they are choosing a mattress with no harmful chemicals or toxins. Only natural latex is resilient and durable.

At Dormio we specialize in organic latex mattresses. All of our latex mattresses are made with natural latex, not synthetic or blended latex. One of the main benefits of a latex mattress is the fact that if produced correctly has the ability of being an ultimate option for an organic sleep system. Buying a blended or synthetic mattress is like buying a “gold chain” which not real gold but just gold plated. Browse our list of products on our site or visit one of our showrooms and experience what a healthy and organic sleep is all about. We will be more than glad to assist you and explain the pro and cons of various types of benefits in the market.

Sleep Healthy,

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What is a Zippered Design?

zippered design

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.

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Where does the Rubber for Latex Mattresses come from?

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 Health,

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