How to Buy an Organic Mattress Online

Searching for the most comfortable mattress can be super challenging, whether you’re looking online or in stores or both. Make it an organic mattress search to avoid toxic chemicals like flame retardants and petrochemical foams, and you’ve got a multi-layered puzzle to solve.

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With so many companies advertising “natural” and “organic” mattresses, there’s the added challenge of sifting through false claims. Use the search terms “certified organic mattress” instead of “natural,” “green,” “eco-friendly,” or even “organic mattress.”

Since Lifekind mattresses hold third-party organic certifications – GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) for our natural rubber latex mattresses, and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) for our innerspring mattresses – there’s no way toxic chemicals can be used in the growing or processing of the materials or be added to the finish product. So that makes them a natural choice for those seeking the purest mattresses available.

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Customers call us up and ask, “How can someone pick out a mattress over the phone?” The short answer is, “Have an in-depth consultation.” While there are a number of people who absolutely must try them in stores, most people feel very confident they’ve made the best choice after a 10-20 minute conversation with an organic-mattress product specialist. While we try our best to get it right the first time, we do offer a 90-night comfort exchange policy so you won’t end up stuck with a mattress that doesn’t fit your needs. Three months is a much better trial period than 5 or 10 minutes in a store!

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If you’re ready for a free, personal sleep consultation, or simply have questions, please call our friendly product specialists at 1-800-284-4983.

Meet The Lassen, Our Plush New Organic Mattress

We’ve taken aspects of our most popular mattress and pillow top – the medium-firm Euro and medium-soft Sculpted Pillow Top and created an even cushier, all-in-one, luxurious new mattress.

The Lassen Plush certified organic mattress represents Lifekind’s plushest introduction to the line. It offers springiness without springs, and a comfort level we have never offered before.

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The Lassen is a medium-plush 10.5” sculpted-surface pillow-top mattress made with GOLS-certified organic rubber latex. It starts with a 6” core of supportive medium-firm latex covered in our signature certified organic cotton-and-wool quilting. A removable two-sided pillow top (3 1/2” deep) — also made of GOLS-certified organic rubber latex — is then placed on the mattress. The pillow top is made with two surface options: our exclusive sculpted surface on one side, and a flat surface on the other. This provides sleepers with maximum comfort and flexibility. The pillow top is then covered with our signature certified organic stretch-knit cotton-and-wool quilting.

Ideal for side sleepers, the Lassen — with its sculpted surface, unique-density natural-rubber core, and 3.5″ pillow top – provides a super-soft feel. (Warning: This mattress may make you want to turn off your snooze alarm one time too many!)

For a personal sleep consultation, give our friendly Product Specialists a call at 800-284-4983 and find out if The Lassen is right for you.

Lifekind Contest: July 4th Travel Pillow and Personal-Care Kit Giveaway

July 4th Travel Giveaway

It’s Giveaway Time! In the spirit of healthy things for all Americans, Lifekind is giving away a gift each month…for FREE! July’s giveaway includes one organic Travel Pillow, available in tan or sage, plus one Naturally Safer™ Personal-Care Travel Kit, available in lavender or unscented. Total retail value is $103.95!

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This patriotic, GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard)-certified organic cotton travel-size pillow is made right here in California, has a removable colorgrown organic cotton gingham cover, and is filled with Texas-grown, NOP (National Organic Program)-certified organic cotton. View full description here: https://goo.gl/l0qRDQ

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travelkit800_04 Skip the chemical laden hotel soap and hair care and wash up Naturally Safer™ with travel size shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, liquid soap, and bar soap – designed to meet airline restrictions on carry-on luggage. View our Personal-Care Travel Kit here: https://goo.gl/O2lSoF

 

Here’s to good health and safe travels, and thank you for participating!

 

Terms and Conditions: Giveaway ends July 16, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Time. Open to residents of the U.S. only, age 18+. Products offered for the giveaway are free of charge,;no purchase is necessary to enter or win. Odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. The winner will be selected at random (by Random.org) and will be notified by email. The winner has 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Google+. Lifekind will use the information provided in this form only for the purpose of contacting the winner.
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Made in the USA

Local is the new global. When you think about it, the more energy that goes into something, the more it grows. It is inevitable that the more $$$ we spend in the US, the more it benefits our economy, and Americans in turn. Every American has heard this, and it’s time we put our money where our mouth is…and make change.

Lifekind has long adhered to these principles, and produces useful, healthy products made in the USA. Our Eco-Factory™ is located in Northern California, and produces many of the items we provide while paying workers a fair wage. Most of the other items in our catalog and web-store are also made in America!

To read more about Lifekind’s Eco-Factory™: http://bit.ly/1977uX0

 

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With Lifekind you get:

  • Better-quality products, made with your health in mind!!
  • Amazing value on truly organic mattresses!!
  • Peace of mind, knowing you’re supporting our economy!!
  • Friendly, personal customer service with real people who care!!

 

Check out this link for a fresh perspective on “stuff”: http://bit.ly/1cpjhDV

It’s a blog by Amelia Urry at Grist featuring an Annie Leonard video.

THE 2013 WHITE SALE IS HERE!

Our biggest, most anticipated sale of the year is finally here.  Our 16th Annual White Sale will not disappoint, with up to 60% OFF select items plus free shipping on orders over $99.

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

This year’s White Sale catalog introduces several new products at huge discounts.

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Our new Organic Cotton Jacquard Bedding Collection has a delicate diamond white-on-white pattern.  The diamonds seem to shimmer in the light, adding a touch of beauty to the silky-soft material. Made from 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton, they’re free of dyes or synthetic components. The collection contains sheets, pillowcases, and duvets.  Each piece is sold individually for your convenience. The pillowcases and flat sheet have a 7″ attached hem, and the fitted sheet is elasticized all the way around with 15″ pockets. These sheets are imported from India. The major reason I love them is because there’s no guess work when it comes to which direction to put the sheets on after I wash them. During the White Sale, the whole collection is 50% OFF.

We are also pleased to introduce two new items in our Baby Department.

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The first is our new Organic Swiss Dot Crib Skirt.  This dappled organic cotton percale bed skirt finishes the crib on a sweet and simple note. Fits standard cribs, with a 16″ ruffle. (Imported from India). I love this cute crib skirt because I can hide all my baby supplies under the crib and no one is the wiser!  During the White Sale, the Organic Swiss Dot Crib Skirt is 50% OFF.

 

 

Lifekind Organic Cotton Fleece BlanketThe second new baby item is the Organic Cotton Fleece Baby Blanket. Super-soft fleece makes this the perfect snuggling blanket, lightweight enough for swaddling. This snowy-white crib-size blanket is sure to become baby’s (and your) favorite, made in the USA from GOTS-certified 100% organic cotton. During the White Sale, the Organic Cotton Fleece Baby Blanket is 50% OFF.  (I recommend stocking up on these blankets – in my experience, you can never have enough swaddling blankets). Swaddling can help your baby stay calm and sleep better.  Here’s a great refresher, or if you’re learning for the first time, check out Babycenter.com on how to swaddle a baby.

I could write a whole blog on how helpful swaddling is. Warning: Don’t watch the swaddling video too many times, or it will make your biological clock tick:)

Along with these great new items, 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 always dreamed of. During our White Sale, you can purchase a top-of-the-line organic mattress for 20% off plus free shipping.  So what are you waiting for? Order online or call 1-800-284-4983 today!

 

Behind the Scenes: Where in the World is Lifekind?

Here at Lifekind, we’re blessed to be able to work in a beautiful part of the world. Our little town of Grass Valley is located in Northern California in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. It’s part of the “gold country,” or Mother Lode, region to which thousands of people came from all over the world during the 1849 Gold Rush. Grass Valley was the richest town in all the Mother Lode — at least if you talk to local historians. The Empire, its most profitable mine, operated until 1957, and is now a popular state park.

Most of the mining is over now, but vestiges remain. The Lifekind offices are located on the site of the Crown Point Mine, and rusted mining equipment and remnants of an old stone wall overlook our parking area. Our corporate offices are here, along with our warehouse, from which we send out smaller items such as sheets, pillows, and personal-care products. (Mattresses, pillow tops, and other made-to-order items are sent from our factory, in Yuba City, 40 miles away.)

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Grass Valley’s Victorian downtown, oak-covered hills, river canyons, and vibrant arts and cultural scene are major tourist draws, but there’s a fair amount of manufacturing here, too – especially high-tech and video-systems equipment. We’re surrounded by Tahoe National Forest, and our more cosmopolitan neighbor, Nevada City, is right next door. We can leave in the morning and be in San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, the Napa Valley, or Yosemite by lunch. It’s a good place to live.

 

All that AND being able to work at an organic company that’s truly making a difference in the world. What’s not to love?     🙂

Behind-the-Scenes at Lifekind: Warehouse Edition

I just walked back to the warehouse, and was greeted with a mountain of boxes getting shipped out today. Since I sit in a different department it is always fun to see the fruits of our labors headed out to our customers across the country.

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So what happens when you place an online order? After you hit “submit” and our data entry department processes it (yes, we still process every order by hand so nothing gets missed!), the order gets sent back to our warehouse to be packed and shipped. Michelle, our warehouse supervisor, has been with Lifekind for more than 10 years, and she runs a tight ship. Each order is pulled by hand, double checked by a different person, and then triple checked again before being packed for safe transport.

Our warehouse supervisor, Michelle

You may notice when you get an order from Lifekind that the box is lined with Kraft paper, with your products packed neatly inside with corn-based biodegradable packing peanuts. Before taping the box up, our warehouse staff even secure a piece of cardboard inside the box to make sure you don’t accidentally pierce your order if you open the box with a knife. I know the first time I saw Michelle pack an order, I was impressed with how efficient she is, and how nice her boxes always look.

Once the order is packed and run through the UPS computer, the package is checked again to make sure that the shipping details are correct and that if there are multiple boxes, they are all included in the shipment. We then notify the order entry department that your order has been shipped, and it isn’t until then that your card gets charged for your order. We do it this way in case something comes up (say an item is back-ordered, or you make a last-minute addition to your order) so you are getting charged only for what gets shipped to you.

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And now you have had a little peek behind-the-scenes at Lifekind. Even better though, make sure you put “Hi Michelle” in as a promo code the next time you place an online order over $99, and we’ll ship it to you for free (offer expires 12/2/12. Some exclusions apply). Interested in more Lifekind behind-the-scenes? What would you like to see?

Our Grandparents had it Right

I’ve been thinking lately about the differences between the ways our great grandparents lived compared to how we live now. My great-grandmother used to take salt baths and rubbed oils on her hands to make them smooth. She used vinegar as hair conditioner and as a softener for clothing in the washing machine. She bought all of these ingredients at the local market. My grandparents even had a horsehair mattress that was made by a merchant in town.

Why is it so common in this day and age that we go shopping for other countries’ products when ours are time tested and proven to be effective? I say, when your health and well-being are involved, support American workers and buy U.S. manufactured mattresses. I know my great grandparents would have never imagined there was any other option.

If you aren’t supporting your neighbors, then who will be there for you when you need it?

Sara, Product Specialist