Bed Bugs & Kidney Beans

Did you know that even though bedbugs keep evolving resistance to nasty pesticides, there is one thing that can stop them in their tracks?

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Kidney bean leaves… apparently bed bugs get trapped by the microscopic hook-shaped hairs on the bean leaves, stopping the bugs from making it to your bed or furniture. (Listen to the Scientific American podcast here)

And even though scientists made a synthetic version of the kidney bean leaf, the synthetic leaf just trips the bugs up for a minute, instead of actually stopping the bugs like their natural counterpart does.

The bad news is that the leaves work best when they’re fresh, so those of us without a kidney bean plant in our backyards are still going to have to wait until we figure out a natural way to stop bed bugs.

Fortunately, bed bugs are repelled by natural rubber, which is the main ingredient in most of Lifekind’s organic mattresses.  And for those of you who don’t yet have a natural rubber mattress, or have a sensitivity to natural rubber, we have the organic cotton bed bug and dust mite barrier cover.

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This organic cotton cover is made of tightly woven organic cotton that zips on over your mattress and prevents bed bugs and dust mites from penetrating the fabric, therefore protecting your mattress from nasty little critters.  The dust mite barrier covers are 100%-certified organic cotton and are machine washable.  Not only are they available in many different sizes to fit all mattresses, but we also make them for pillows, too.

The bed bug and dust mite barrier cover is, hands down, our best-selling item.  Not only do our Lifekind customers sleep better knowing their mattresses are protected, but the barrier covers have a second use:  they keep everything clean!  Our customers, even those who have natural rubber mattresses and pillows, swear by our barrier covers to protect their bedding from spills and stains. Double bonus, right?

Lifekind Customizable Wool-Wrapped Natural Shredded Rubber Pillow

Hands down, the Customizable Wool-wrapped Natural Shredded Rubber Pillow is our bestselling pillow. It combines the best qualities of natural rubber and wool, creating a divinely comfortable pillow with medium support. The pillow’s zippered closure makes it possible to remove some of the rubber to customize it to your best comfort level. Made from natural rubber latex, with Naturally Safer® pure wool in the outer chamber. Handmade in the USA. 

Like our natural rubber mattresses, the natural rubber used in our pillows comes from the sap of the rubber tree and does not contain synthetic rubber, often referred to as “latex” or “styrene-butadiene rubber” (SBR).

Lifekind Deals for Fall: Get Certified Organic Bedding for Less!

At Lifekind, we believe the bedroom should be a retreat to escape from toxins and replenish your soul. Our goal has always been to help customers lower their daily exposure to hazardous chemicals by offering the purest consumer products available. For customer assurance, we use USDA-approved third-party organizations to confirm our use of certified organic raw materials.

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Our fall catalog is out, and it has some great discounts.  If you can’t wait for your copy, here’s a glimpse of some of the organic deals it contains:

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Did you know that one of our most popular online items is our GOTS-Certified Organic Cotton Dust-Mite & Bed-Bug Pillow Barrier Cover?  This pillow barrier is so awesome because is protects your pillow from stains, bed bugs, and dust mites.  Our pillows are not treated with chemicals, and they should only be washed, very carefully, as a last resort.  The pillow barrier cover can be washed, so it makes a great insurance layer that can substantially extend the life of your pillow. Right now they’re discounted at 25% off.

LifekindComboOrganicMattressA certified organic mattress is an investment, and you should protect that investment with equally pure bedding.

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All of our organic mattress pads are 20% off right now as well. This includes our flannel pad, moisture pad, and underbed pad.  The flannel pad should go under your sheet, and acts as the first line of wetness defense.  The moisture pad acts as the “insurance layer.” It goes under the flannel pad and directly on top of the mattress, helping to prevent any dampness from getting through. The wool underbed pad can be placed directly on the platform underneath your mattress.

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Other great organic discounts in our fall catalog include 25% off certified organic sheet sets, mattress barrier covers, wool pillows, and more.

Lifekind loves its customers, and would like to offer the promo code EXTRA5 to give you an extra 5% off your order (ends Oct 15).  Organic luxury for less. You deserve it!

Love Black Friday bargains, but hate crowds? Cyber Monday is for you!

I admit it, I’ve been one of the crazy people lined up outside a store at 4 am in the freezing cold, battling substantial crowds on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. What would possess me to do such a thing on the day after Thanksgiving? The answer is always the same: the bargains! I’ve gotten huge discounts and been able to stockpile gifts for Christmas jordan kicks
, and even my daughter’s November birthday (on the years it comes after Thanksgiving). I usually save so much money it makes the crazy crowds and long waits worth it (even if I always ending up catching a bug from all the people). Last year, though, I hit on something even better than Black Friday: Cyber Monday.

Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving) is typically the day when online retailers post huge discounts equal to deals you may find in stores on Black Friday.

Rather than mapping out stores, waiting for printed ads, and braving the blistering cold, I now do everything from my computer. I bookmark pages, create logins for faster purchases, fill and save virtual shopping carts, and print pages for my master list.

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. For items that end up in your cart without a recipient, remember: ‘Tis the season for those in need, as well. You can always donate purchases to a local charity. Saving money and doing good deeds? Sign me up!

One note is that Cyber Monday sales are often very short – just a set number of hours, instead of days like sales usually are. And just like Black Friday sales, once a deal is gone, there are no rain checks or backorders, so it’s worthwhile to set your alarm and start shopping as early as you can new balance running shoes for women
. A lot of stores even start their sales at midnight, so it doesn’t hurt to check before you go to bed on Sunday.

Another strategy I use is to search online for special promo codes to get even bigger discounts such as free shipping or specific discounts off featured items. Also, when items are no longer needed by me or my family, I take them to a local consignment store, sell them online, or have a yard sale. This adds to our holiday-shopping budget and passes along big savings to a fellow bargain shopper, both good things at this time of year.

We usually have a Cyber Monday sale here at Lifekind, and even though our marketing team keeps the actual discounts under wraps until the actual sale starts (they don’t even tell us Product Specialists!), the discounts are usually awesome. This year our SALE IS STARTING EARLY! Shop now to receive 20 percent off your order and free shipping on orders over $99. Save some green on your organic mattress and bedding!

Happy shopping!

Our Top 10 Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Spring is here, which means it’s time for spring cleaning!  OK, I know that you aren’t as excited about that as I seem to be, but hopefully these tips and tricks will help you when you are getting your house in tip-top shape this spring.

1. Put an organic bed-bug and dust-mite barrier cover on all of your pillows and on your mattress.  Even though natural rubber mattresses naturally repel dust mites (it’s not a very hospitable environment for the little buggers), these covers can also keep the surfaces of your bedding clean, and can be thrown in the wash very easily.  If you have an older innerspring mattress, a dust-mite barrier cover can keep the dust mites away from you.  If you already have covers on your mattress and pillow, this is the time to throw them in the wash.

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2.  Freshen up your non-washable bedding by airing it out in the sun.  Wait for a nice sunny day, and put your wool comforter, pillows, couch cushions, and anything else that can’t go in the washing machine out in a sunny part of your yard.  You can even sprinkle a little bit of baking soda on the surface while it sits out in the sun for extra freshness.  The sun is a natural brightener, and will make your bedding feel nice and refreshed.

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3.  Instead of using your dryer to dry your bedding, hang it outside to dry.  Not only will it give you that great straight-off-the-line crispness, it doesn’t cost anything, and is a great way to save on energy costs when you are washing all of your bedding.

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4.  Is your house feeling a little stuffy after being closed up for the winter?  Open all of the windows on a nice day, and let it air out.  It makes a huge difference in switching your mind from “winter mode” to “spring mode,” and makes the chore of cleaning a little bit more enjoyable.  If your house is especially stuffy, try one of our HEPA air purifiers.  Lifekind has several different sizes that can handle an area as small as your car to a space as large as 1,300 square feet!

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5.  Dust all of your surfaces, starting at the top of the room, and work your way down to the floor, saving vacuuming for last. Don’t forget to wipe down your light fixtures and baseboards to remove contaminants that aggravate allergies.

6.  Vacuum after you have done the rest of the cleaning. If you vacuum first, you will just end up knocking all of the dust from higher up in the room back onto the floor, and you will need to do the floors again.  Save yourself a step.

7.  For hard, water-safe surfaces throughout your house, you can use our All-Purpose Cleaner and Degreaser.  It is made with grapefruit-seed and orange-peel extract, and has a nice, clean scent, so your house will smell great, without smelling like chemicals.  I usually dilute it for wiping down counters, painted walls and other light-duty cleaning, but also use it full strength for tougher cleaning.AllPurposeKO8.  Flip your mattress!  Most of our mattresses need to be flipped only once a year, and this is the perfect time to do it.  If you have a mattress that doesn’t need to be flipped, you can still rotate it (move the head of the mattress to the foot) so that it wears evenly and will last as long as possible.

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9.  Move all of your appliances and clean out from behind them, including vacuuming off the dust from the back of the fridge, getting the schmutz from around the stove (full-strength Cleaner and Degreaser works great for this!), and all of the lint that hides around your dryer.  These hidden allergens can be annoying your sinuses, even if the rest of your house is spic-and-span clean.

10.  Put a few vases of fresh flowers around your house. Even though this isn’t really cleaning, it is a great way to put a smile on your face and remind yourself that spring is just around the corner after a long, cold winter!shutterstock_73432741
Bonus Tip: Don’t forget to change your household air filter.  You should be doing this every month to make sure your HVAC system is working as well as possible, but if you haven’t done it in awhile, do it now!

Are you eating organic foods and sleeping on a chemical mattress?

Are you eating organic foods and sleeping on a chemical mattress?

Americans are aware of the benefits of choosing organic when they’re in the grocery store, but so many people I meet haven’t even thought about their bedrooms.

We spend about 1/3 of our lives in bed, so it’s important to make sure your sleep environment is as free from chemicals as possible.

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Lifekind is America’s most trusted name in organic mattresses and bedding. As you flip through the pages of this catalog, you will see that not only do we make the world’s purest mattress (backed by our Purity Promise), but we also offer a full line of organic bedding essentials and personal-care products.

And don’t forget, when you use promo code NEXT14, we’ll take 20% off your next order!

My Top 6 Favorite Naturally Safer Personal-Care Products

After working at Lifekind for over 2 years now, I feel like it’s time to give our readers a list of my top 6 favorite Naturally Safer personal-care products. In no particular order here they are:

 

Naturally Safer Rejuvenating Shampoo– This amazing shampoo helps relieve dandruff, psoriasis, and scalp irritation from chemical processing thanks to the special “herbal complex” listed high on the ingredient list. This herbal complex contains rosemary, ginseng, arnica montana, and hypernicum (aka St. John’s wort), all of which are proven effective soothers in the plant world. The nourishing botanicals also include coconut oil, panthenol (vitamin B5), and tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), which help to moisturize and leave hair shiny air max cheap sale
. The MSM (a naturally occurring sulfur) nourishes both hair and scalp in a gentle formula that won’t strip natural oils, but still really cleans.

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Naturally Safer Rejuvenating Conditioner– My 11-year-old daughter’s smiling face and tangle-free hair are the greatest testimonials I have for this conditioner. She is blessed with very long, thick hair that equates to a three-and-a-half-half hour endeavor to pick through after a lice scare at school (oh, a mother’s love…). We discovered that using this conditioner after the MSM Revitalizing Shampoo in the shower, then rubbing a pea-size amount through the ends of her hair left her hair smelling fresh, and no more tangles, naturally. Life is beautiful when a mother and daughter smile together!

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Naturally Safer Crystallite Deodorant There is no subtle way to sing the praises of this deodorant – it really works! I tend to be a rather, ahem, odoriferous lady, and this is the only natural product that can keep up with me. Within a week of switching, even my husband noticed. Customers often ask if the active ingredient, potassium alum, is unsafe or contains aluminum; the good news is, according to Dr. Mercola, “Potassium Alum or Ammonium Alum are natural mineral salts made up of molecules that are too large to be absorbed by your skin cheap online jordans free shipping
. They form a protective layer on your skin that inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria.”

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Organic Buckwheat Hull Heat Lumbar Wrap– Use it cold for sprains, or warm to ease muscle pain; ease fever discomfort on your head, or sooth your spine while on your back in bed. You can tie it around your waist, or tuck under the shoulders to treat the neck and stay in place. I truly love this lumbar wrap; it gives relief anytime, in any space!

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Naturally Safer Organic Body Polish– Did you make a New Year’s resolution to work out and get in shape? This can help you stay on track. Last year when I took up running, and felt pained even thinking about moving, I discovered this fantastic treat after a workout air max trainers cheap
. The crystalline salt helps to smooth skin and the natural oils mean no need for moisturizer once you are out of the shower, so feel free to indulge without adding extra time in your routine. Adding organic lavender and geranium essential oils means you will feel calm and rejuvenated — perfect after a long day or a slow morning. The organic sunflower and safflower oils are easily absorbed and formulated to blend with water so the greasy shower effect is greatly reduced. Still, use caution though, as you will be extra slick!

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Naturally Safer Moisturizing Lotion with MSM– A common question we hear is: What is MSM? MSM, or methylsulfonylmethane, is a naturally occurring (deodorized) sulfur that supports the joints and connective tissue, reduces hyperpigmentation, and has anti-inflammatory properties. As if that wasn’t enough to convince you, this lotion also helps treat itching, minor burns, sunburns, bug bites and rashes. The optional lavender scent comes from the addition of organic essential oil and gives some extra “oomph” in relieving these everyday ailments, along with a calming fragrance.

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The “honorable mention” of this blog is the Naturally Safer Personal-Care Travel Kit. A great way to travel with your favorites, or try a little bit of everything until you love it all as much as I do.

Top 10 Customer Favorites

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We’ve just wrapped up another great year here at Lifekind and we would like to take a moment to look back at the products that made our customers happiest in 2013.  So, here’s a list of last year’s Top 10 Customer Favorites (in no particular order) and a brief description of why they’re so great!

10. Certified Organic Cotton Towels

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First up, we have our lovely 100% Certified Organic Cotton Towels.  These generously sized terry towels feature a twill pattern and a 550-gram weight – making them both elegant and absorbent!  Our customers love the softness of these towels and many of them comment on how nicely the slim binding avoids puckering after being washed.  Your skin is most vulnerable after you bathe, so it is important to choose your towels carefully.  Our towels are free of dyes, chemicals and pesticides – just like all of our products – making them a great way to finish your bathing routine!

9. Pure Organic Sheet Set

Next we have our 300-thread-count sateen sheet sets.  Just like the name states, these sheets are PURE (free of all the icky things I just mentioned above).  Who would want to sleep on anything less?  These sheets are soft, durable and all-around a great value!  Each set contains one flat sheet, one fitted sheet and two pillowcases (except for the twin set, which contains one standard case and the king set, which contains two king cases).  Many customers purchase this set as the first step in their transition into an organic sleep environment.  What better place to start than with the first thing that touches your skin when you crawl into bed?

8. Organic Flannel Mattress Pad

Eighth in line is our double-layer essential Flannel Mattress Pad.  Our catalog says, “If you purchase only one accessory for you mattress, this should be it!”  And the continued popularity of this product reminds us that it’s true… think of this pad as the sponge between you and your mattress.  Your sheets keep you cool and clean and your moisture pad provides a moisture barrier, but the flannel pad soaks up any spills (and can be washed in hot water, unlike wool).  The corner straps keep the pad in place without making your mattress feel more taught.

7. Certified Organic Dust-Mite & Bed-Bug Barrier Mattress Cover

This item is a must-have for anyone with allergy concerns!  Our 100% certified organic cotton mattress barrier cover has a tight weave to keep out invaders while still allowing your mattress (and your skin) to breathe!  By skipping out on the synthetics you also skip out on the “crumpling plastic” noise you get with some other mattress covers.  The heavy-duty zipper is brass (so it won’t rust) and makes it so much easier to remove and wash the cover.  Our barrier cover is also available in different sizes and depths, so we are sure to have what you need.

6. Organic Embroidered Toddler Pillow

Our certified organic cotton toddler pillow with the included embroidered pillowcase is a best-seller online – and who could be surprised?  Not only is it totally adorable, but it is safe for the little ones who use it!  The boudoir-sized cotton pillow is just the right size for a little head, and the cotton sateen material of the pillowcase is soft to the touch.  All of the cotton in this pillow – from the batting to the cover to the pillowcase – is certified according to the Global Organic Textile Standard (one of the highest organic certifications you can find).  While this is true with all of our pillows and mattresses, it is especially comforting when it comes to caring for our precious babies!

 

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5. Naturally Safer Pure Wool and Certified Organic Cotton Pillows

All of our pillows are popular!  The certified organic cotton speaks for itself, but you may be wondering what it means to buy Naturally Safer Wool… well, here’s the deal: our wool comes from sheep that are treated humanely and live on certified organic farms.  The sheep themselves are never fed any antibiotics or any food that has been treated with pesticides.  Which means that you can feel good about your purchase while it helps you feel good, too (by helping you sleep!).  Customers appreciate the fact that our wool and cotton pillows come in multiple sizes (Boudoir, Standard, King, Euro and Body) and multiple lofts (Light, Medium and Full).

4. Customizable Wool-Wrapped Natural Shredded Rubber Pillow

Then there’s our one-of-a-kind wool-wrapped shredded rubber pillow, which can be customized according to the loft/firmness you prefer!  The adjustments are made possible by the brass zipper, which opens into the center compartment of the pillow and allows you to remove/add the shredded rubber pieces.  The wool forms the outermost layer of cushioning and gives the pillow a uniform feel.  Our down- and feather-loving customers are thrilled that we offer a cruelty-free alternative!

3. The Wooly Pillow Top

Of the many pillow tops we offer, this one gives you the most “bang” for your buck!  Three inches of long-staple Naturally Safer pure wool creates a cloud-like sleeping surface and regulates your body temperature (which makes it a comfortable addition to your bed all year long).  Our wool and cotton fillings are always free of chemical fixatives, so the hand tufting is what keeps this pillow top fluffy.  This product boasts a GREENGAURD certification on top of its other designations, which means that it has been tested and meets low VOC-emission standards.

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2. The Euro Mattress

This is by far our most universal mattress – meaning that it is comfortable for the widest variety of people.  Whether you lean more toward a firm mattress or a cushy one, the Euro seems to do it all!  The reason for this is the natural latex core that comprises this mattress.  Natural latex (and when I say “natural” I mean 98% natural sap from a latex tree with 2% formatives, not the 20% natural latex which comprises most “natural” mattresses) provides 30% more pressure-point relief than memory foam, and none of the “sinking” feeling.  Natural latex has sort of a split personality: when you put direct pressure on it with your hand or butt, it gives, yet when your entire body weight is distributed across the mattress, the latex “pushes back” giving you the support you need.  Three firmness options give this mattress versatility!

1. The Euro Soft-Top

What do you get when you add a half-inch of med-soft rubber to the top of our best-selling Euro mattress?  The Euro Soft-Top!  This mattress is two-in-one: the rubber/wool cushion quilting gives this mattress a soft, “melty” feel on one side, while the reverse side is the traditional Euro.  This Euro Soft Top gives you a touch of luxury while boasting a more reasonable price point.  Like the Euro, this mattress is available in three firmnesses: medium, medium-firm and firm.

~  Bonus: Naturally Safer Moisturizing Lotion with MSM

We ran out of room on our top 10 list, but we just had to throw this one in because our customers love it so much!  The reason for this is in the ingredients list: methylsulfonylmethane (MSM).  This sulfur-containing therapeutic agent is derived from trees and has the natural ability to relieve pain and inflammation.  The superior moisturizing ability of this lotion will be evident from the very first use and with time it may even relieve the symptoms of arthritis and other similar conditions.  This lotion is hypoallergenic and free of cetyl alcohol, artificial preservative, animal products and parabens.  It is ideal for use on delicate skin (like the skin on your face, or your baby!).  And on top of all that, this lotion is available in “unscented” or our wonderful “lavender” option.

With our Annual White Sale going on right now, it’s an ideal time to order the products you’ve had your eye on.  Click here to check out our full selection!

The 2014 White Sale is Here

Our biggest, most anticipated sale of the year is finally here.  Our 17th Annual White Sale will not disappoint, with up to 50% OFF select items plus free shipping on organic mattresses.

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Don’t wait till the end of January to take advantage of these great deals!BOGO

This year’s White Sale catalog has huge discounts, including, for the first time EVER, Buy One Get One FREE items.  For example, you can get two All-Season Wool Comforters for the price of one.  That is a killer deal.  Our comforter will keep you cool during the summer months and nice and warm during the winter.  Wool is amazing. We blog about it all the time!

But if you think that BOGO deal is incredible, you’ll have to pick yourself up off of the floor when you hear that Lifekind’s organic pillows are also Buy One Get One FREE.

LifekindWhiteSheetsOur new organic cotton Dream Sheet Set is woven with high-grade GOTS-certified organic cotton and available in white. These organic linens are known for their high tear strength and long life, and come in a handy bag that can be reused over and over. 300-thread-count weave in a sateen finish. During the White Sale, the whole collection is 30% OFF.

Along with these great new products, we also have awesome staple items on sale.  Here is a list of just a few of our customer favorites:

Don’t forget:  Mattresses are on sale too!  Now is the perfect time to order the organic mattress you’ve been dreaming of. During our White Sale, you can purchase a top-of-the-line organic mattress for 25% off plus free shipping.  So what are you waiting for? Order online at lifekind.com or call 1-800-284-4983 today!  Product Specialists are standing by.

 

Where the Natural Rubber Meets the Road

At Lifekind, many of the products we make contain natural rubber, which can be confusing for some who haven’t tried it. 
 
“Do you use the same kind of rubber that’s in tires?” callers ask. “Is my bed going to smell like a tire store? What’s it made from, exactly?”
 

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While car tires and natural-rubber mattresses have their main ingredient — natural-rubber sap — in common, the similarities pretty much end there. Car tires have a slew of toxic substances added, such as styrene-butadiene co-polymers, oils, halogen, “accelerators,” “antiozonants” and carbon black, a delightful material made from the partial burning of coal tar and other “heavy” petroleum products to make a black, ashy powder. (The International Agency for Research on Cancer has labeled carbon black a “possible human carcinogen,” and it’s a powerful respiratory irritant. Definitely not something you’d want to sleep on!)
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In contrast, 100%-natural rubber foam is a springy, resilient, off-white material that contains about 98% rubber-tree sap in its final form. The remaining 2% is made of non-harmful materials such zinc oxide, sulfur, sodium, and fatty acids – quite a difference. (And it smells nothing like a tire store!) It’s the top choice for organic mattress materials right now, and its popularity is growing. 
We’re always happy to send a sample to anybody who would like to check it out — just ask. We think you’ll like it!