|Why Natural Rubber and how is it manufactured?|
|How is Organic Cotton sourced?|
|How is Organic Wool processed?|
|Can I see the organic certifications?|
Natural Rubber is the most durable and elastic material available. A natural rubber core is ideal for mattresses; flexible yet stable, it is absorbent, resilient and provides excellent heat and moisture regulation and air circulation.
Natural rubber is a renewable resource. It is the milk or sap tapped from the Hevea Brasiliensis - the common rubber tree - grown on Malaysian plantations especially selected for their high quality product. Our supplier is located in an area that produces the finest quality rubber for mattress use; an extremely durable, elastic material characterized by its ability to retain its shape and original firmness. Because the product is manufactured where the sap is harvested, we are helping to sustain the local economy and provide jobs without depleting the natural resources of the country of origin.
An important element of the manufacturing process is that the processing of the Hevea Milk is done close to the plantation. We do this because rubber destabilizes when it is kept in a liquid form for too long. This can be avoided by the addition of chemicals, but since we want our product as pure was possible, we cannot do this. For our products, the milk is harvested in the morning and by afternoon it is being molded into sheets that are shipped to Canada where they are expertly covered at our supplier facility.
We use the Dunlop system to produce a 97% natural (not synthetic) rubber for our own mattresses. This process involves only air, natural soap and vulcanization agents (3% Zinc Oxide which in turn is considered non-toxic), which are used to ensure to the rubber keeps its form.
All of our bedding contains pure, organically grown and harvested cotton.
Cotton grown in industrialized countries is saturated with pesticides and herbicides and absorbs all the chemicals that modern fertilizers deposit in the soil. Machine picked, it is full of impurities, oil. leaves and dirt.
The cotton used in our bedding is cultivated and hand picked in the traditional co-operative manner that has been followed for centuries in the Acete and Chincha valleys high in the Peruvian Andes. It is grown organically without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides or defoliants to fertilize the crop, control plant growth or fight pests. No synthetic chemicals are used to strip the leaves in preparation for the harvest or during the manufacturing process. Hand picking ensures that it is the cleanest, purest most resilient cotton fibre available.
Europe's oldest and most prestigious certification agency KRAV of Sweden has certified our organic cotton. Their stamp of approval is not only a guarantee of organic standards, but also that social rights are observed in the production of our cotton. All the cotton used in our batting, filling and fabrics is this clean, pure, organic product. It is woven to very high standards into the finest, softest fabrics in Germany and Switzerland.
How is Organic Wool processed?
The wool in our bedding comes exclusively from Texel, an island off the coast of Holland. It has a population of 13,300 people and over 100,000 sheep. The people of Texel have been raising sheep for over 600 years, and have developed a unique breed of sheep that is both hardy and produces wool of unrivalled quality.
Texel sheep have adapted to a very windy and harsh environment to produce a unique, long wool fibre with a high crinkle factor and high natural lanolin content. Products made from Texel wool are softer, thicker, warmer, and longer lasting. It is especially well suited to sleep products because of its superior durability, insulation, and moisture regulation.
Texel wool is harvested from a sustainable source without detriment or harm to the animal. Each sheep is shorn every spring producing about 11lbs of high quality wool. The sheep are raised organically on a land that has never been used for agriculture and thus, has been protected from chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides.
Using craftsmanship based on experience and environmental sensibility, the raw fleece is processed without the use of any dyes or bleaches. Bleached wool contains toxic compounds including highly toxic dioxin, something we all can do without. The wool is cleaned using a unique chemical free process that produces exceptionally clean wool, while retaining high natural lanolin content.
All wool used in our bedding must abide by strict requirements to be considered for use. In this way we are able to ensure the purity of our finished product.
Our wool must be free of any sort of plastic, baling twine, and mothballs. Fleece must be well skirted; no mat of hay, timothy heads, burrs, belly hair, manure etc.
Processing is restricted, usual processes performed on wool are not allowed, such as:
1. Carbonizing, a process which uses carbonic acid to dissolve chaff;
2. Shrink proofing;
3. Chemical scale removal; and
4. Moth proofing. Any process that uses chemicals or produces toxins in the wool is strictly forbidden.
Finished batting can only be washed with vegetable based soaps instead of chemical pesticides. All fibre lubrication, static control, or wetting agents are vegetable based and petroleum free. Finally the wool must be stored in an unscented atmosphere.
No. Only the Rubber Mattress is made with 6" of Natural Rubber. The innerspring mattress doesn't have any rubber but untreated metal coils to provide support. However, both mattress types are covered with an organic cotton cover. Furthermore, organic wool is sewn into the organic cotton cover to meet Canadian fire retardancy requirements, since wool acts as a natural fire retardant.