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The Dangers of the Foam Crib Mattresses

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During the in first years, infants and toddlers spend at least 50% of their time sleeping, so it is essential that the time is spent on a healthy and comfortable mattress. Here is a great article, “Keep Your Baby off that Foam Crib Mattress,” by Katherine Martinko from Green Home, that discusses the dangers of the foam used in many baby products such as crib mattresses, car seats and more.

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What do crib mattresses, cushioned car seats, and change tables all have in common? Yes, babies use them, but all of these items contain foam. This is problematic, since foam releases volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the environment. VOCs come from the variety of resins, catalysts, solvents, and adhesives that are used in the manufacturing process, and they continue to volatilize long after production.

Chronic exposures to low levels of VOCs have been linked in the past to infant allergies, asthma, and lung infections, but researchers have now done something different. They have measured the actual quantity of VOCs being emitted in a sleeping baby’s bedroom, and what they found is quite scary.

Researchers from the University of Texas, led by environmental engineer Brandon Boor, analyzed 20 new and used crib mattresses made from either polyurethane foam or polyester foam. In a bedroom-sized chamber with a heated steel cylinder to imitate the heat released by a sleeping infant’s body (which would speed up the release of VOCs), they compared measurements of VOCs within the room (10 feet away from the crib) and within the infant’s breathing zone (2.5 cm/1 in above the mattress).

According to Chemical & Engineering News, they found 30 different VOCs, including some that are classified as environmental pollutants and developmental disruptors. New mattresses released four times as many VOCs as old ones on average.

But most importantly, they found that VOCs were significantly higher in the infant’s breathing zone than in the middle of the room, which is serious when you consider that many infants sleep 12-14 hours a day in close proximity to foam.

The good news is that consumers don’t have to wait around for the industry to fix itself. There are alternative solutions that use latex, natural rubber, organic cotton, eucalyptus fibre, and/or coconut coir fillings, and are coated in organic cotton or wool, which are natural flame retardants. If you’re looking for a crib mattress, start by checking out this helpful list at Inhabitots. If you can’t afford a natural mattress, one of the study’s coauthors recommends setting aside a new mattress for six months before bringing it into the house, giving it time to off-gas sufficiently.

Check out our previous blog about OMI’s certified-organic crib mattresses, Providing a Safe Sleeping Environment.

For more OMI product information, click HERE

A Look Inside the OMI Duo

Here is an informative video featuring Whitney, OMI’s National Sales Manager, discussing the key features of the OrganicPedic® Duo.

For more information on the Duo mattress, click HERE, or check out our previous blog about the benefits of the Duo Mattress, How Opposites Attract…the Duo.

The Luxurious 81

Have you ever thought about a mattress that can evolve with your body, that can change as your body changes over the years? OMI has created a mattress that allows you to do just that. When you order the 81, you choose our standard configuration or select a completely custom configuration tailored to your exact needs.

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100%-natural rubber latex mattress. The OrganicPedic® 81 is the apex of personal luxury. With 18 interchangeable options of comfort and a separate 3” sculpted layer, the 81 creates a truly customized sleep experience. Each individual latex sleep zone is covered in the finest organic cotton knit (which feels “like butter”) and embroidered to identify the comfort option it provides. Experience the hand-crafted quality, attractive design, and 81 personal sleep zones of the OrganicPedic 81.

SURFACE: Sculpted

FIRMNESS: Customizable
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DEPTH: 14″

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MSRP (mattress only): 
queen $9195 • king $10995

Are You Sleeping on an Oil Field?

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Here is an excerpt from the article “Are You Sleeping on an Oil Field?” by Channaly Philipp, about the health risks of traditional foam mattresses and the benefits of organic:

If you sleep on a conventional mattress (like most people do), you’re spending a third of your life lying on toxic chemicals. If this little-known fact has you tossing and turning, read on.

Since the 1960s, mattresses have been made of polyurethane foam, a material derived from petroleum that emits volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The popular memory foam mattresses are made from this material.

But VOCs are only part of the cocktail of chemicals in foam mattresses. Required to be flame-resistant, foam mattresses are imbued with flame-retardant chemicals that can cause cancer and nervous-system disorders.

Walt Bader, a sufferer of a condition called multiple chemical sensitivity and the author of “The Toxic Bedroom,” had several mattresses analyzed by a lab in Atlanta in 2005. One memory foam model was found to emit 61 chemicals.

The next year, he published the first definitive list of chemicals outgassing from memory foam mattresses.

Nine of these chemicals are recognized as carcinogens by just about every significant health organization in the world,” Bader said on his website. “And do you know what has happened? Nothing.”

The outgassing is not only nefarious to people who suffer from respiratory issues, but some of the chemicals are also known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors.

As more people become educated about what they’re sleeping on, they are turning to organic mattresses and bedding in greater numbers.

.Organic mattresses, made of natural materials such as wool, cotton, and rubber latex, present an alternative to conventional mattresses and are becoming increasingly popular.

Wool is a natural fire retardant, and is excellent for regulating temperature and air circulation—a boon for anyone suffering from night sweats. The natural materials are also resistant to dust mites, which are a trigger for asthma and allergies.”

For the full article, click HERE.

Add A Little Softness To Your Life

As you are transitioning your bedding from summer to winter, think about adding a layer of comfort to the surface of your mattress with a natural rubber topper.

The Allura

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This 2″-deep natural rubber topper offers surface softness without taking away the support of your mattress.  It’s made with a single core of USDA certified organic natural rubber latex sap, and covered with our signature OrganicPedic® knit quilting.

For more information about OMI pillow tops, click HERE.

 

Foundations 101: Understanding Support and Function

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When buying a new bed, you might generally think about finding the right mattress, then dressing up your bed with new linens.  Often the foundation for a mattress is completely overlooked.  A foundation not only provides support, but can also help the mattress in other ways.

First, the foundation ensures proper air circulation, which helps lessen the chance of mold and mildew.  Second, it provides fabric-to-fabric contact so the mattress does not rub against a rough surface such as the wood or metal of a frame. Lastly, it allows you to adjust the height of the mattress from the floor.

Natural rubber mattresses are recommended to be placed on wood-slat foundations, while innerspring mattresses should be placed on box-spring foundations.

OMI offers both types of foundation:

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Our 8″ box-spring foundation is constructed with 2″-thick boards of cabinet-grade, untreated, kiln-dried fir. The heavy-duty steel springs (free of potential toxins from solvents and oils) are covered with a layer of durable organic cotton canvas, padded with organic cotton batting, then upholstered with the same organic quilting materials as our mattresses.

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Our wood-slat foundation is made of cabinet-grade, untreated, kiln-dried fir. A layer of durable organic canvas is placed over the 2″-thick boards, padded with certified organic cotton and pure wool batting, and upholstered with the same organic quilting as our mattresses. Slats are spaced approximately 2.5″ apart. The wood-slat foundation is made in several different heights: 2”, 3.5”, 8”, 10”, and 12.”

You don’t need a foundation if you have a platform bed. The slats on the platform bed should be between 2” and 3” apart and between 2” and 3” wide.  If your platform bed consists of a solid surface, the mattress will not ventilate properly and will be subject to mold or mildew. We recommend our Wool Underbed Pad to protect your mattress from rubbing on the slats and developing wear over time.

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For more information about OMI or to find a retailer near you, click HERE.

Our Dedicated Organic Factory

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As the customer service rep here at OMI, I receive many calls in regards to our organic factory.

We created our dedicated 100%-organic factory (the first large-scale organic factory in North America) long before many of the current certifications were even available. As certifications come along, we make sure to grab them at the first opportunity so that we can continue to provide the purest product available. Being the first to have an entire factory GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified, the first to have a mattress Greenguard certified, and the first to have our latex GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) certified show just this. We take our certifications very seriously. Our GOTS certification ensures that everything going in or out of the factory is certified organic, from the raw materials to the finished products. If there were any types of synthetics or added chemicals, we would lose our certifications, and we will not allow that to happen.

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When it comes to the cleanliness of our factory, we go above and beyond. An OrganicPedic mattress never touches the floor unless it’s covered in our food-grade plastic, hermetically sealed and ready to be shipped. Employees don’t wear perfume, smoke, or even use fabric softeners. We instituted a clean room sewing environment in the sewing room. Shoe booties are required so dirt and contaminants are not tracked in. We make sure it is “so clean if you dropped a peanut butter sandwich on the floor, you could still eat it.” Anything that could potentially contaminate mattresses, top-of-bed items, or raw materials is kept out so that your mattress is left just in the state you are buying it in: ORGANIC.

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OMI also goes a step further to ensure the purity of each and every product by ozone sanitizing our raw materials. We developed a method of ozone sanitization to naturally purify and prevent contamination of yeasts, molds, and bacteria. No chemicals or harsh bleaching treatments needed!

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Little waste is produced at our factory. Latex scraps are turned into shredded rubber to make pillows and organic cotton pieces are put back into the quilting of our fabrics, etc. There are no trash cans on the factory floor. Everything is reused!

The OMI factory is one of the most impressive places I have personally ever seen, from the cleanliness to the certifications to the ozone sanitizing and recycling habits. This is just a small idea of what goes on in our factory. For more certification answers, check back in the future for a blog on “understanding our certifications.”

This Bed is JUST Right!

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Did you know that several destination hotels and resorts feature luxurious OrganicPedic mattresses in their guestrooms? Many locations across the country have put their guest comfort and the purity of their space first by featuring OrganicPedic mattresses.  These inns provide their guests with fun activities, impeccable hospitality, and of course, a great night’s sleep.

Just like Goldilocks, we are all searching for the mattress that is “just right.” If you are still on the fence about which OrganicPedic mattress to buy and need a little extra time to feel a mattress before you purchase, staying at one of these exclusive resorts can help you find your perfect mattress.

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In partnership with Houston retailer New Living. Modern B & B is featuring an OrganicPedic Terra mattress in their Treehouse room.

New Living is offering a promotion to try out the Terra (at a discounted rate); If you decide to purchase an OrganicPedic mattress from New Living, your stay at Modern B & B is 100% applicable to your purchase! Call Molly at New Living for more information: (713) 521-1921. Click HERE for more information.

Modern B &B rates and information:

(832) 279-6367

4003 Hazard St, Houston, TX

www.modernbb.com

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The Blue Pearl in Laguna Beach, is a yoga, hiking, and cleansing retreat center featuring an OrganicPedic mattress in every room. Either the Terra or the Lago will welcome you to a wonderful night of peaceful, safe sleep.

For rates and information:

(949) 715-1674

21095 Raquel Rd, Laguna Beach, CA

www.thepearllaguna.com

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Park Lane Guest House is one of the best-kept secrets in Austin, TX. They have a Terra in their Garden Cottage, and plan on bringing OMI mattresses into every room of their guest house in the future. The innkeepers even sleep on the Terra, and are the biggest testament to its comfort and luxury!

For rates and information:

(512) 447-7460

221 Park Ln, Austin, TX

www.parklaneguesthouse.com

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Grace Grove Center is a healing center for digestive aid. They feature either the Terra or the Midori in every room. And our Matons can be found in the living room.

For rates and information:

(928) 649-0456

1280 E. Willow Point Rd, Cornville, AZ 86325

www.gracegrove.com

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Topia Inn is an award-winning inn that features OMI mattresses in four of their beautifully designed rooms. The Greek and Iroquis Rooms have Duo mattresses, the French Room has the Midori, and the African Room has the Classic Innerspring.

For rates and information:

(413) 743-9600

10 Pleasant St, Adams, MA 01220


www.topiainn.com

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Green Gate Guest House is Northern Minnesota’s premier sustainable lodging. With the feel of a vacation rental, they feature an OMI Lago in their Sunrise Room.

For rates and information:

(218) 290-2607

5748 Country Rd 138, Biwabik, MN, 55708

www.greengateguesthouse.com

It’s Time for the Winter Las Vegas Market

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Everyone gets excited to attend Vegas with the hopes of winning big, and OMI is no different.  As we gather in Las Vegas at the World Market Center, we will be presenting a HUGE industry announcement as well as introducing new products.  (If you can’t visit us in Las Vegas stay tuned on the OMI blog for more information.)

Mark your calendar and book your flight to come and check out OMI’s brand new showroom, January 28th – February 1st, at Showroom C-1507.

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Call the OMI sales office at 1-800-951-9196 to schedule an appointment at Market and for more information on new products and announcements.

Visit our website HERE.

Man’s best friend deserves a comfy organic bed too!

Do you think of your pet as a part of the family? They need just as much care and adoration as you would give a child, right? I know our National Sales Rep, Whitney, would agree with this statement. I have seen her with her sweet lil’ pup, Tootsie, and she’s like her four-legged daughter. So of course she is going to take extra care of her lil’ lady!

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What would be a better present for miss Tootsie this Christmas than an OMI pet bed?

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Just as synthetic materials outgas in our own beds, these same materials can be hazardous to our pets. Research has found that aromatic oils in red cedar can be a direct cause of respiratory or allergic reactions in small animals. With an added cover made with synthetics and chemical dyes, your poor lil’ guys may not be sleeping as soundly as you might think.

Our organic pet beds are filled with 100% certified organic cotton and organically grown buckwheat hulls sewn inside separate chambers. The separate chamber design allows pets to customize their bed to their own special shape, and ensures years of comfort. The smaller round bed, great for cats or very small dogs, is constructed with an outer ring of 100% natural rubber.

Along with our pet beds, we make a removable washable cover made from heavy-duty colorgrown organic cotton canvas in an attractive sage green color.  (Colorgrown cotton is cotton that grows in colors naturally, without bleaches or dyes.)

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OMI Pet Beds are available in three sizes:

Small/Round: For pets under 20 lbs. - 20″ diameter – Wt. 7 lbs.

Medium: For pets up to 40 lbs. – 28″ x 32″ - Wt. 14 lbs.

Large: For pets up to 120 lbs. – 36″ x 48″ – Wt. 28 lbs.

Click HERE to check out a local retailer for more information on a safe bed for your best friend! 

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