Certifications – Natural Mattress Matters
These are the Certifications Natural Mattress carries to ensure we use the best organic and natural products.
Organic Latex Mattress Certification
The Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) is a standard for materials and processing of organic latex as well finished latex foam. A latex mattress is not an organic latex mattress if it does not have this certification. The certification guarantees that no man-made or synthetic latex is in the mattress and that it is 100% from the milk sap of a hevea brasiliensis tree. These trees are chemical free for at least three years. Additionally, no toxic chemicals were used to wash the latex. Lastly, there was no toxic land within fifty miles of where these trees were grown.
Greenguard is a unit of Underwriters Laboratories and helps buyers identify products that have low chemical emissions which improves air quality. The Greenguard logo ensures that products are non-toxic. Greenguard uses something called vacuum chambers to let products release chemicals within a certain amount of time, and later examines them to see what was released out of the product. It is also used to know exactly what toxins are being released from other mattress manufacturers non-organic products…
GREENGUARD Gold Certification goes even further with stricter certification standards, for sensitive individuals (such as children and the elderly), and ensures that a product is environmentally safe in schools and healthcare facilities. This further means that products are tested to be at or below 1/100th of the levels established by the Consumer Products Safety Commission.
The specific requirements for organic standards as specified and certified by the USDA must be adhered to before a product can be labeled as USDA organic.
Organic operations must demonstrate that they protecting natural resources, and conserving biodiversity and are using only approved substances.
Organic cotton is grown without toxins, no synthetic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, or genetically modified organisms. This is accomplished by using beneficial insects, natural fertilizers, and innovative weeding techniques.
Specifically, certified organic cotton means NO:
- synthetic pesticides
- synthetic fertilizers
- genetically modified organisms
- carcinogenic, mutagenic, teratogenic chemicals
- endocrine disruptors
- non-biodegradable detergents, degreasers, or surfactants
- chlorine bleach
- other synthetic chemicals
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the world’s leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibers and it refers to certified organic cotton, organic wool, and other fibers. It specifies strict environmental criteria along the entire organic textiles supply chain and social responsibility. GOTS ensures that manufactured textiles are processed and handled in such a way that organic integrity is maintained every step of the way — from raw-materials all the way through manufacturing practices and completion of the finished product. Additionally, it ensures that employees are paid and treated fairly, they work in a safe, clean environment, and customers can know that the organic integrity is respected internationally.
The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 which is labeled “Confidence in textiles” is the best known and most widespread independent certification throughout the world for textiles tested for harmful chemicals. The Sustainable Textile Production (STeP) certification is awarded to production facilities along the textile chain whose production conditions have been proven to meet the standards for environmentally friendly and socially responsible criteria. The label OEKO-TEX® Standard 100plus identifies textile products that meet uncompromising standards and conditions which were tested for harmful substances and produced during all stages of textile processing.
Oregon Tilth is perhaps he most-respected certifier of organic materials in the United States certifing our organic wool supplier and they also have certified our manufacturing facility according to the GOTS standard.
Our natural Talalay latex supplier is Radium Foam, and they workswith the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (EPEA) which certifies them as eco-efficient with the Cradle-to-Cradle philosophy. The Cradle-to-Cradle organization evaluates products according to eco-friendly materials re-use, the health impact, renewable energy, water stewardship, as well as social fairness. Our natural Talalay has also achieved the Cradle-to-Cradle GOLD certification.
Germany’s Eco Institut is an independent materials testing laboratory and is respected by manufacturers and agencies worldwide. Our Dunlop supplier is Cocolatex, and they have achieved Eco Institut’s certification for the purity of their organic latex.