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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Mattress sizes can be confusing. What’s the difference, say, between an Eastern king and a California king mattress? How about a twin vs. a twin extra-long? And is a “full” the same as a “double”?
Twin (sometimes called a “single”): 38 x 75
Twin extra long: 38 x 80
Full (sometimes called a “double”): 54 x 75
Queen: 60 x 80
Eastern (standard) king, or “EK”: 76 x 80
California king, or “CK”: 72 x 84
Two twin extra-long mattresses placed side by side are the same size as an EK, so they’re sometimes used when two sleepers want differing firmnesses. Twin extra-long mattresses are also a popular choice for dorm rooms.
The full size — popularized as a “double” years ago — was previously the most popular size for couples. Now that couples are choosing mostly queen or king sizes, however, fulls are typically used for children or individual sleepers, or for guest rooms.
The most common mattress-size question of all is “Should I get a regular king or a California king?” The appeal of the California king size is an extra four inches of length, but four inches of side-by-side width must be sacrificed to achieve that, so for that reason the standard Eastern king is still the more popular choice. (Sheets for a California king can be hard to find. We do carry them here at Lifekind, however!) 🙂
Rubber trees are not bouncy. I know; I was disappointed to find this out as well. As a child growing up on the philosophies of Dr. Seuss, I assumed that rubber trees grew in giant, jungle gym forests just outside of Whoville. They don’t, for the record, and if you ever find yourself in a rubber tree forest, trying to bounce from tree to tree is not advisable.
Rubber trees actually grow on large plantations, mostly in warm, tropical climates in countries like Malaysia and South Africa. Natural rubber is a sap, and is tapped from the tree much like maple syrup. It’s very sustainable; one tree can be tapped for 40 years without harming the growth of the tree. As a person who always casts her vote for sustainability, I am obviously all for this type of production, and loving the fact that natural rubber is rising rapidly in demand. As a person who works in an industry dependent on natural rubber, I am not so thrilled to find that demand is rising faster than production. This combination always seems to end in price increases.
With more demand from other industries looking for a natural alternative to synthetic rubber in their products, natural rubber is the “it-girl” of the latex industry. Factor in rising demand from rapidly developing countries such as China, and natural rubber is becoming more and more sought after. Unfortunately, unlike synthetic substances, we have to wait years for a rubber tree to mature before it is able to produce sap that can be used to make products.
And so this story ends with higher mattress prices. The cost of natural rubber went up 20% in just the past year, and unfortunately we can’t absorb that much of a price increase and still stay in business, although we wish we could. However, when put into perspective, a Lifekind organic mattress will last at least 20 years…which is 7,305 nights (including leap years)…which is 58,440 hours of restful, organic sleep. That’s a lot of sleep for your buck.
The reviews are in, and it’s official: Customers love our new Shasta mattress!
We created the Shasta so we could offer customers a more affordable twin-size all-natural-rubber mattress made from the same certified materials we use in all our mattresses. It’s designed specifically for young children transitioning to their first adult-size mattress, and you’ll see it in our catalog offered in twin and twin extra-long sizes only.
The Shasta is filled with shredded 100%-natural rubber, utilizing remnants shaved from larger mattress cores and shredded into small pieces, helping us achieve our goal of making our Eco-Factory a waste-free facility. The shredded-rubber core is surrounded by our Naturally Safer wool, then hand-tufted with U.S.-grown certified organic cotton.
The Shasta has a feel that’s unlike anything we’ve ever made – soft yet supportive, springy and buoyant, comforting, classic, and timeless.
You’ll love it, too! 🙂
If you are looking to make space for your new mattress, consider a few creative solutions of disposing your old one. According to Greenyour.com over 33,000,000 mattresses are produced each year and 20,000,000 are thrown away. Twenty million!! A mattress is a wealth of resources that can be used for other things. My rule of thumb, which I learned from studying Permaculture, is everything can be used more then once, or in at least two different ways. Why throw away something that still has a function? Below are suggestions for ways to recycle mattresses.
– If the mattress is not soiled then Craigslist.com is a great place to sell or give it away. You could even include the metal bed frame and bedding in the price.
– Put an ad in the paper stating the mattress is free for the taking. Many people are in need and would be ecstatic to take it off your hands.
– If you are not partial to having strangers come to your house, call your local fire department or news station when there was a natural disaster in your area. They would know of families in need who may have lost everything, and your donation may be just what they needed.
– If you live in the SF Bay Area, check out http://www.BayAreaRecycle.com
– Carefully deconstruct the mattress. The wood can be broken down into wood chips, cotton and wool is great for the compost bin or as a covering for flower beds. The springs make for a great art project or can be melted down into steel.
– Ecohaul.com is a company that strives to do what they can to keep materials they pick up out of landfills. See if they are in your area!
The possibilities are endless. Be creative and if you think of any other ways to creatively reuse a mattress, let us know!
Sara, Product Specialist
Wondering about the economic viability of purchasing an organic mattress? The federal government may be able to help.
H.R. 3382, The Home Improvements Revitalize the Economy Act of 2009 — or HIRE for short — was introduced on July 29 by Rep. Henry Johnson (D-Ga.). If passed into law, it will allow a tax credit of up to $500 and deductions of up to $2K through the year 2011 for the purchase of residential building products and furnishings (up to $4K for products that meet approved environmental standards). Yay, Rep. Johnson! 🙂
The bill, which reportedly is enjoying bipartisan support, is making its way through the House Ways and Means Committee. To track its progress or for more information, go to govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-3382.
This afternoon a package arrived from one of my customers in Sitka, Alaska. It contained all sorts of goodies, like healthy specialty teas, organic hot cocoa mix – and a can of real smoked Chinook Alaska salmon! Everyone gathered ‘round my desk to admire the surprise, marveling at the generous offering.
Although I have not yet had the opportunity to visit Alaska, I can sense the heartfelt spirit of the people who live there. It reminds me why I enjoy being involved with Lifekind. The people I work with are exceptional, generous and attentive to helping others. We all believe strongly in our connection to a more organic lifestyle, drawing experience through Lifekind’s commitment to making an enthusiastic difference in organic, chemical-free bedding. I feel like I’m making a difference, and I sleep better at night.
And when I consider the generous gift package from my new friends in Sitka, Alaska, I sense they’re now sleeping better as well!
Kim, Product Specialist
The other day I heard a colleague say something that made me think. She was talking with a customer and describing today’s “chemical” mattress market as being a lot like the tobacco industry of the fifties. People were told back then that cigarettes weren’t bad for them, the same way today’s consumers are told that chemical flame retardants and formaldehyde-containing memory foam in mattresses aren’t just safe, but can even be good for them — and it worked like a charm. Skyrocketing cancer rates were the result.
Growing up in the seventies, with the Surgeon General’s warning on every cigarette pack, I wondered how Americans of my parents’ generation could have been so naive. How could they not have known that smoking was dangerous? Sure, cigarette ads featured endorsements from beloved movie stars, cartoon characters, even the family physician (“More doctors smoke Camels than any other brand!”), but average people must have known intuitively that something was wrong. Right?
I’m guessing that Americans back then, like us, wanted to believe that something they enjoyed was safe, and that the government would tell them if it wasn’t. Yesterday’s cigarette ads featuring leading physicians have become today’s two-page layouts for memory-foam mattresses in environmental magazines, targeting a health-oriented clientele that would run in the opposite direction if they knew what memory foam was actually made of.
Hazardous chemicals are a part of almost everything we use, including our mattresses, and cancer rates have never been higher. Could there be a connection? Many consumers don’t want to think so.
After all, the government would tell us if it were dangerous. Right?
(To see test results showing over 60 volatile chemicals emitting from a memory-foam mattress, see Walt Bader’s book Toxic Bedrooms: Your Guide to a Safe Night’s Sleep.)
Sylvia, Sales Supervisor