Just like organic food, an organic mattress is made entirely out of all-natural materials such as certified organic wool, organic cotton, and/or natural latex. An organic mattress does not contain chemical fire retardants. Conventional mattresses are made primarily of man-made materials derived from nonrenewable resources, such as natural gas and petrochemicals. Conventional mattresses are drenched in chemical fire retardants.
Can you eat an organic mattress?
Yes, the question has been asked. And no, you cannot. A lot of people have never even heard of an organic latex mattress. Nowadays, pretty much everyone knows the benefits of organic food, but what are the benefits of an organic mattress? People used to think just about their comfort when it comes to a mattress purchase, not about what it is made of.
It is a healthier choice to sleep on organic materials and avoid many of the synthetics and chemicals that have become industry standards. Walter Bader, owner of Lifekind and author of the book Sleep Safe in a Toxic World, sent several mattresses to an Atlanta-based lab. A memory-foam model was found to emit 61 chemicals, including the carcinogens benzene and naphthalene.
When you choose an organic mattress, the benefits to your family include everything from reducing chemical exposure to helping the planet.
So in conclusion, while an organic mattress is a great choice for your family, I do not recommend eating it.
We guarantee that our certified organic barrier covers will keep dust mites allergens and bed bugs out of your pillows, unless they’re already there, 🙁 in which case the barrier cover will cut off the dust mites’ food supply (flakes of your skin). Without food, the dust mites will starve and die. The barrier cover will keep bed bugs out of your pillow, but if they are already there then it is time to get new bedding.
As an added bonus, barrier covers keep your organic pillow in pristine condition. Which is great, because our organic pillows can’t be washed.
Use one of our certified organic barrier covers on a new organic pillow and it will protect it for its entire product life.
The Combo organic mattress is often the best choice for people who prefer the traditional “bouncy” feel of an innerspring mattress yet want the cushiony comfort of natural rubber latex. It’s also ideal for sleepers of different weights and statures who share a bed.
Available in two versions, the one-sided, non-flippable Combo has a two-inch layer of natural rubber added to the top of the innerspring core, and the two-sided, flippable Combo has two inches of natural rubber added to both sides.
Either version of the Combo can be supported by a boxspring for added “give” and softness, or by a wood-slat foundation or platform- style bed for a firmer, more stable feel.
As always, Lifekind’s Product Specialists are happy to answer all your product questions or help you decipher which firmness or type of mattress is best for your personal needs, and can be reached between 7:30 and 5:00 Monday through Friday Pacific time at 800-284-4983. Give us a call!
Our independent third-party certifications are shown below:
• Certified to the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS)
• 20-year limited warranty, and meets the GREENGUARD® product emission standard
• GOTS prohibits the use of ingredients like formaldehyde, GMOs, heavy metals, copper, fumigants, fluorocarbons, aromatic solvents, and chlorophenols in any part of the production process. Raw materials known to be toxic (to the earth, the ozone layer, or any living organism) are also prohibited. Additionally, GOTS explicitly requires that organic materials do not come in contact with non–organic materials.
Kids breathe and absorb toxic chemicals on an ordinary mattress!
A kids mattress SHOULD be nontoxic. Conventional mattresses are made from an array of petrochemicals, synthetic materials and chemical additives (flame retardant chemicals, mercury, boric acid, and formaldehyde). Kids spend a lot of time on their mattresses especially when they are very young. Sleep is important for healthy development, not to mention their mood. Do you spend the extra time to provide your kids with healthy food to put in their bodies? Don’t you want your kids to spend the time that is supposed to rejuventate their minds and bodies in a clean, nontoxic environment?
The Shasta – Best Organic Kids Mattress
Lifekind’s Hand-Tufted Natural Rubber certified organic twin mattress (The Shasta) is the best organic mattress for kids. It is our most budget-friendly natural rubber latex organic mattress.
Fire Protection Done Wrong
Conventional mattresses are drenched in toxic chemical flame retardants. Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are used in conventional mattresses to lower the risk and slow the spread of fire. How many kids do you know who are smoking a cigar when they go to bed? When kids sleep at night, they breathe in the PBDEs that offgas from the mattress. A 2010 study found that “children with higher concentrations of PBDE congeners in their umbilical cord blood at birth scored lower on tests of mental and physical development between the ages of one and six. Developmental effects were particularly evident at four years of age, when verbal and full IQ scores were reduced 5.5 to 8.0 points for those with the highest prenatal exposures.” There is a ton of information on the internet about the risks of exposer to PBDEs, so why not avoid the risk altogether?
Other flame-retardant chemicals currently approved for use in mattresses include:
• Antimony, a metal that may be more toxic than mercury
• Boric acid, a toxic respiratory irritant used as an insecticide
• Formaldehyde, which has been classified as a known human carcinogen
Fire Protection Done Right
My favorite thing about Lifekind certified organic mattresses (that’s a mouthful!) is the absence of chemical flame retardants. Not only are their organic mattresses made completely from certified organic materials, but they aren’t dipped in chemical flame retardants. A lot of companies that, claim to be organic use kevlar as their flame retardant. Kevlar is a petrochemical material used in bullet-proof vests. Not Lifekind – we just use naturally safer Wool! The Shasta organic kids mattress has passed the same flame retardant tests that chemical laden mattresses pass, so you are not risking any fire danger by choosing the organic option. The secret? The Naturally Safer® pure wool under the cover is packed tightly. I know, it seems so simple.
This organic kids mattress is filled with GOLS certified organic latex rubber and has layers of Naturally Safer® pure wool beneath the certified organic cotton surface of the mattress to create natural flame protection.
Lifekind’s organic kids Shasta mattress is Greenguard Certified, which means that it has extremely low chemical emissions. Why is that important? It lets you know that you can trust Lifekind’s claim that this product is safe, that a third party has tested it. Your child will be sleeping in a high-quality, nontoxic, organic natural mattress. Reducing your child’s exposer to harmful chemicals at night.
Lifekind’s factory, located in Northern California, is the first and only large-scale 100%-organic mattress Eco-Factory™ in North America. Oregon Tilth has certified our entire facility to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). That means that every product that is made in this factory is organic.
Provide your child with safe and healthy sleep.
Here are some of the features of the Shasta that make it such a great organic option for children:
• Filled with 6” of pure shredded natural organic rubber
• Layers of Naturally Safer® pure wool beneath the surface of the certified organic cotton cover, which provide extra cushioning and natural flammability protection
• Medium-firm feel
• Mold-, mildew-, and dust-mite resistant (reduces allergy exposure)
• Available in twin and twin extra-long only
• Depth: Approximately 7”
• Handmade in the USA
• 90-Day Comfort Exchange
• 20-year limited warranty
Can you reduce your child’s chemical exposure at night while a chemical mattress is still in their bedroom?
An Organic Barrier Cover can help reduce your childs exposure to dust mites, but not to toxic outgassing. You should not purchase a plastic cover because it will offgas on its own.
Lifekind also has several other organic mattress choices for kids that also ship free the month of May 2014. My 3 boys spent their early years on a Lifekind Organic Natural Rubber Crib Mattress, which I am now handing down to my little brother. This organic mattress was built to last. I used organic flannel and moisture pads on it and it still looks brand new, 9 years later. I am glad that I reduced my children’s exposure to chemicals.
Twenty years ago organic food was not so popular, but I sought it out. People would ask me, a struggling single mother at the time, how I could afford organic groceries. The heart of my decision to shop organic was, and still is, the principle of it. I know I’m directly supporting the environmental movement every day, plain and simple.
Today organic groceries can be found in almost every grocery store in America. Healthier, organic food has become the norm for many, and there is more collective knowledge about what organic means.
This message isn’t about healthy food. It’s about sustainable choices. We need to embrace change (yesterday!) and apply what we’ve learned about the food we eat to products we buy for everyday use. The chemicals used in conventional products and their manufacturing are just as dangerous as chemicals used in agriculture.
Observing the explosion of Whole Foods Market all over the map, it’s not hard to imagine a paradigm shift from “more for less” to “less is more.” Are you with me? Great! Read on for seven simple tips to help you keep your mind where your heart is while you’re shopping for everyday items.
1. Think quality, not quantity. Once you adopt a minimalist mentality, it is very difficult to go back. No more going to a dollar store for two items and ending up spending $20.
2. Support local. Read labels to find out where things are made. Unfortunately most items are made elsewhere, but it’s like striking gold when a surprise “Made in America” label is found. When you find products you love made in your region, state or country, latch on and don’t let go. Why not inform friends and neighbors, as well?
3. Disposables and planned obsolescence. Seek out longer lasting, recyclable, reusable or compostable alternatives to disposable or short-lived products you currently use, like diapers, razors, toothbrushes, feminine products, light bulbs, paper towels and napkins, paper plates, plasticware and cups, trash bags, sandwich & storage bags, and grocery bags. If you’re unsure where to find these alternatives, please leave a comment for us below.
4. Think about sources. What materials were used, using what chemicals in the process? For example, cotton fabric is made from soft plant fibers, so it’s perfect for textiles, but cotton is considered the world’s dirtiest crop involving tremendous amounts of pesticides, chemical treatments and water. Organic cotton is an excellent substitute, and as we continue buying more of it, more options will become available.
5. Awaken your senses. Commercial household cleaning products and personal-care products are made with chemicals that are toxic to the people manufacturing them, the people using them, animals that come into contact with them, and the water systems where they end up. You can smell the pollution walking down the cleaning-products isle at conventional grocery stores. If it doesn’t smell like something from nature, don’t buy it. Tip: go to a health food store and sniff the pure essential oil samplers to get a better idea of what non-toxic scents from nature smell like.
6. Educate yourself and others. Tell people what you learn about consumerism, toxics, trash, and great alternatives. We have an opportunity to change the future for the better by educating children. To get my daughter to understand what clothes (something she has a genuine interest in) are made of, we made up a game I’ll call “animal, plant or other.” Her eyes lit up when she realized that the cotton shirt she was wearing was made from plant flowers. When I explained that rayon fabric is mostly made from wood pulp, she was like, “Whaaat?!” In a fun way, that forced her to think about material processes.
7. Take it in stride. Don’t go out and replace everything all at once. I suggest you take it as it comes, which will give you time to research better options. When you need new sheets, buy organic cotton sheets. When you need new razors and toothbrushes, buy Preserve recyclables. And on and on.
This great blog from our sister company OMI, (who manufacturers all of Lifekind‘s mattresses), touches on a “hot“ topic in the organic mattress industry. Since we don’t use any chemical flame retardants, customers often ask how we can pass the flammability requirements with just wool. Well, we worked hard to make it possible. Be sure to watch the video below, which is of one our mattresses during an actual open-flame mattress flammability test (which we pass with flying colors!)
Although we know how important it is to reduce your chemical exposure during sleep (since you spend 1/3 of your life in bed), most of the country doesn’t understand the risks associated with sleeping on a traditional mattress.
As is the case with most specialty products, there is a fairly limited customer base of people who are aware of, and ready to purchase, an organic mattress. This means that there are companies out there that will say anything in order to take a mattress sale from their competitors.
Since we opened our doors, we have been fighting an uphill battle against greenwashing. Other mattress companies have thrown in a handful of eco-friendly ingredients and called their products “natural,” trying to charge a premium for something that isn’t much better than mainstream.
Now that the country is becoming more aware of the greenwashing epidemic, we have seen mattress companies telling flat-out lies and mistruths, with the hope of seducing a customer with promises they can’t back up.
One fallacy that you will see promoted is that wool alone can’t be used to pass flammability tests. This argument is often used in a company’s justification for using chemical fire retardants because it is “the only option.”
I am here today to tell you “yes.” Yes, wool can be used as the sole fire retardant for a mattress to meet federal flammability requirements. And that, in fact, we have been using wool (without any chemical treatments) as our only fire retardant for years.
The purpose of a flammability test on a mattress is to make sure that the mattress doesn’t flame up in the event of a domestic fire. We don’t claim to make fireproof mattresses (I can’t even imagine the kinds of chemicals that would go in to that!) We make mattresses that won’t turn into a six-foot fireball if your house catches fire.
Our competitors have shown photos of a piece of wool yarn that is set to fire, and predictably, the fire travels up and burns the piece of wool yarn.
As seen on strobel.com, spreading misinformation about wool used in mattresses.
Well, of course it is going to burn. It is a natural material that has been shaped into a “wick” and a flame has been set to it.
Of course, you don’t have to just take my word for it. The video below is an actual open-flame flammability test of one of our mattresses, which shows just how well our chemical-free design works.
The only raw materials used to make this mattress (or any of our mattresses) are organic cotton, wool, and 100%-natural rubber. The mattress is sitting on a wood-slat foundation. Both pieces are built in our organic mattress Eco-Factory™and are GREENGUARD® certified. There are no added chemicals, no silica barrier, or any other methods employed to assist in the flame test.
So there you have it: It is possible to pass the open-flame mattress flammability test without chemicals. And we do it every day.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.8. 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.
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! 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!
As both a mother of two perfect little angels and a Product Specialist, I have the unique opportunity of thinking about babies of all ages, everyday. Life with a newborn can be overwhelming, and every parent wants only the best for their new arrival. With that in mind, here is a simple guide to the basics of the best investments you will ever use over and over again.
1. Organic Crib Mattress – Natural Rubber: Both our natural rubber and innerspring crib mattresses are the purest thing to put your little love on for a nap, or hopefully a full night of rest, but I have some reasons near and dear to heart for recommending the natural rubber first. The properties of natural rubber make it mold-, mildew-, and dust-mite-resistant without the extra layer of a barrier cover retro jordans for sale . Some other benefits are the even feel, minimal body impressions over time (or through multiple children), and, when baby becomes a toddler jumping, bumping, thumping, and trying to escape, there are no innersprings to damage. If you consider how many children will begin life on that same mattress, the investment pays for itself as a future toddler bed or a crib for siblings yet to come.
2. Essential Bedding: Everyone who has experience with babies knows they are messy! So this “must have” is a two-parter, because both are equally essential through toddlerhood and beyond the potty-training years. First up is the non-negotiable Naturally Safer Pure Wool Moisture Protector Pad. This is a liquid-resistance barrier layer to keep any mess off your beautiful organic mattress. This low-maintenance layer requires only a warm-water rinse as needed (which can easily be done in a bathtub) and fresh air to dry. The next essential is the Certified Organic Flannel Mattress Pad to layer on top of the Wool Moisture Protector real cheap shoes . This organic cotton flannel layer is a soft, absorbent layer to catch the bulk of the mess and prevent shifting liquids from wiggling, like your little one, on top of the wool pad. This more practical of the two layers is machine washable and dryable, so it can be cleaned during play time and be ready when baby is ready for nap or bedtime.
3.Organic Cotton Travel Changing Pad: Not just for frequent changing; this genius pad will be used a million times over to create a soft, organic surface anywhere. This can be for tummy time on the floor, or in grocery carts when baby is old enough to sit unassisted cheap ladies air max . These durable changing pads wash up beautifully and are available in tan or sage colorgrown organic cotton.
4.Stain & Odor Eliminator: Babies, and kids of all ages, are natural born stain and odor experts. Diapers, spit-up, food, mud, finger paints — children don’t discriminate, and make endless messes effortlessly with an arsenal of everyday items. This is why every new parent I know gets a bottle of this miracle cleaner! The natural enzymes can tackle just about every surface in every room of the house, including carpet, upholstery, and laundry, with the added bonus of taking care of pet messes also. There aren’t enough good things to say about it, and I have never spoken with a disappointed user new balance toddler shoes sale . Most of the time people are eager to tell me about the challenges it has conquered.
5. Certified Organic Cotton Stuffed Bunny: This adorable bunny is sturdy enough to be chewed on through the newborn times, and large enough to be a play companion in the the toddler years and beyond. Another huge benefit to the size of this sweet bunny is that even a new parent can easily spot clean this guy using some Stain & Odor Eliminator on a damp washcloth and giving him a brisk rub down. The perfect organic gift for those parents who want a surprise instead of an ultrasound for either a boy or a girl.
I hope this helps narrow the choices and support the new little one in your life for sleeping, playing, and living safely for many years ahead!
In the lineup of Lifekind organic mattresses, the Duet can be something of an enigma. It’s made from three internal layers of natural rubber, which would normally lend itself to softness, but the top and bottom layers are made from the firmest natural rubber we use – plus it’s got a closed cover, which makes for a firmer mattress. Then again, the center layer is made of the softest natural rubber, and the firm top and bottom layers are sculpted into contoured ridges, which makes them softer.
So what does the Duet organic mattress actually feel like?
Overall, it’s quite firm – almost as firm as the Euro, which is the firmest mattress we make. The Duet is designed to offer uncompromising support, but also pressure-point relief via the sculpted ridges in the top and bottom layers. This can come in very handy for sleepers who need a combination of firmness (or back support and cushioning for pressure-point pain.
Think of it as a medium-firm mattress that’s cushiony enough even for side sleepers.
To talk about the Duet or any of our other mattresses with a product specialist, give us a call at 800-284-4983 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bed dressing is an art form that has been passed down from ancient times – some of the first evidence of bed-like structures is found in South Africa and dates back to about 77,000 B.C. Over the centuries bedding materials have ranged from straw and hides to velvet and woven gold, but the main purpose has remained the same: comfort. Here at Lifekind we get lots of calls from customers who want to know what kind of bedding they should get and why.
Proper bed dressing is important because not only can it improve the overall feeling of the bed, it can also extend the life of your mattress. The picture below shows the ideal bedding configuration. Since it usually works best to start at the bottom and work your way up, we will start with the underbed pad.
The purpose of the underbed pad is to keep your mattress in good shape so that it can continue to provide you with the best possible sleep for years to come. A thick wool pad is an ideal way to protect the underside of your mattress from rubbing against wood bed slats or exposed metal hardware. Furthermore, a wool underbed pad will protect the underside of your mattress from dust build-up and can even help prevent mold and mildew from forming on parts of the mattress that get less airflow (wool is naturally dust-mite resistant and has the ability to wick away excess moisture).
If a wool pad offers protection for the bottom of your mattress, it only makes sense that wool would protect the top, too! Many mattress pads are made of synthetic materials, which may prevent spills from leaking onto your mattress, but can also prevent your mattress and your skin from breathing. We believe a wool moisture protector pad is the best way to start dressing the side of the bed you actually sleep on. This pad is meant to protect both you and your mattress – wool wicks away excess moisture from your skin (guarding against overheating and skin irritation) and at the same time creates a water-resistant barrier between you and the mattress (preventing mold, mildew, stains, etc.).
Next comes the flannel mattress pad. Many people are somewhat confused by the concept of needing both a moisture barrier and an all-purpose mattress pad (I know I was when I first heard of it), but with time I have come to realize that these two are like my favorite Jack Johnson song – it’s always better when they’re together. While a wool moisture pad provides a perfect water-resistant barrier, a flannel mattress pad acts as a sponge and gives pesky spills a place to go, rather than leaking into the mattress. The mattress pad is also one of those accessories that can change the feel of your mattress – either for better or for worse. We recommend a loose-fitting pad that is made from natural fibers (cotton flannel is awesome). These two rules of thumb will ensure that the pad is breathable and that it does not make your mattress feel taught (the “trampoline” effect).
The next layers – and possibly the most important ones of all – are the sheets. The reason why sheets are so important is that they are usually closest to your skin. Keeping in mind the fact that most people spend roughly one-third of their lives in bed, it is important to choose sheets that are free of dyes, chemicals and synthetics. Organic cotton is our best suggestion because it fits this standard of purity while also boasting breathability and washability! Dust mites feed on skin cells (and our entire epidermis is replaced within a period of about 48 days), so keeping your sheets clean is the key to protecting your entire bed from these icky invaders.
When it comes to blankets, layers are the key! By choosing breathable materials and doubling (or even tripling) up, you get a cozy bed that can easily be adjusted with changing weather. Comforters are prime suspects when it comes to finding synthetic fillings and chemical additives in your bedding. Wool offers a much safer and more comfortable alternative with its natural flame resistance and temperature regulation. Top it off with an organic cotton duvet cover and – voila! You’ve got a bed that’s “dressed to the nines.”