Here is an informative video featuring Whitney, OMI’s National Sales Manager, discussing the key features of the OrganicPedic® Duo.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
For more information about OMI or to find a retailer near you, click HERE.
Are you looking for a mattress that is low profile and firm, and can help with pressure point relief? The Cascade may be the perfect choice. It is also one of our fully certified organic mattresses, made with GOLS-certified organic Dunlop natural rubber.
100%-Natural Rubber Latex Mattress
The OrganicPedic® Cascade is a two-sided mattress made from a 7 ½” core of medium-firm 100%-natural rubber latex that has a sculpted top, covered with our signature OrganicPedic® knit quilting. The Cascade has a sculpted surface on one side and a flat surface on the other. Made with USDA-certified sap.
SURFACE: Sculpted FIRMNESS: Medium or Firm *DEPTH: 7 ½”
MSRP (mattress only): twin $2095 • full $2695 • queen $2995 • king $4295
Foundation sold separately*
For more information about the Cascade, visit the OMI website HERE or contact the OMI Sales office for questions or order inquiries at 800-951-9196.
As the hot nights of summer are coming to an end, fall is bringing cooler weather. It may be time to think about adding a blanket to your bed. Here are our new offerings for staying cozy and warm on chilly autumn nights:
Perfect for lightweight warmth or for layering in colder seasons. The pebbly textured fabric is 100% organic cotton in a crepe weave. Offered from crib to king sizes.
Baby Heirloom Blanket
Featuring detailed hearts. It is woven of 100% certified organic cotton, and is machine washable.
Most people would assume that wool is used only to keep you warm on cold winter’s nights. They don’t realize how amazing wool is, and that it can actually help you keep cool in the summer.
When customers mention that they are getting too hot when they sleep, we often suggest either the Wooly pillowtop or the Wooly Lite. Both these pillowtops are filled with plush layers of our organic Eco-Wool. Wool is a great natural heat regulator, and actually wicks body heat and moisture away from you during warm nights. (It also helps regulate your body temperature during the cold winter months, so it’s a great choice year-round.) The Wooly is covered in certified-organic cotton sateen, and its feel closely resembles that of a feather bed, adding a nice, luxurious feel to any mattress.
The Wooly (3”)
The 3″-deep Eco-Wool Wooly is well suited for sleepers who need a softer surface depth or who enjoy a bed with a “nesting” feel. (Depth is approximate.)
Starting at $545
The Wooly Lite (1.5″)
The economical 1.5″-deep Eco-Wool Wooly Lite is perfectly suited for the sleeper who needs just a little extra surface cushioning. (Depth is approximate.)
Starting at $385
Contact your local retailer for more information; click HERE to find a store near you.
Add a little softness to you bed and beat the summer heat!
Yesterday, I was walking out of my house and realized my entire outfit was made out of cotton. It got me thinking about the fact that it wasn’t made out of organic cotton, but conventional cotton. I thought I would do a little bit of research as to why one would choose organic instead. Here’s what I found…
Information provided by Organic Trade Association, http://www.ota.com
Save the Planet! Buy Organic!
We know that not everyone likes the feel of latex mattresses. Did you know OMI has a 100% certified organic innerspring mattress? For those who love the feel of an innerspring mattress but don’t want to sleep on a conventional mattress. Our Classic mattress is made using organic wool, virgin steel innersprings, and a luxurious organic woven cotton cover.
The OrganicPedic® Classic is an 8”, two-sided traditional innerspring mattress made in a variety of coil counts. The innerspring is covered on both sides with certified organic cotton canvas and several layers of our sanitized certified organic cotton padding. The padding is covered with another layer of cotton canvas, then internally hand-tufted to keep the padding from shifting and to minimize body impressions. The edges are reinforced with extra-heavy-duty side support springs. This two-sided mattress is covered with our Signature OrganicPedic® quilting.
SURFACE: Medium-Firm *DEPTH: 8″ PADDING: Inner Hand-Tufted Sanitized Certified Organic Cotton
MSRP (mattress only): twin $1895 • full $2395 • queen $2595 • king $3095
As I threw my sheets in the washing machine last night, I caught myself wondering if I wash my sheets enough. At once every two weeks it already feels like I am always changing my bedding, but I did a little research anyway on the recommended time between washing sheets anyway, to see what the world has to say on the subject.
You wouldn’t think it would be a very hot topic, but everybody seems to have very different and (strong) views on washing sheets. Some people are religious about washing them every week, while others don’t see the point in changing out bedding but once a month. There are the fanatics out there that change their sheets several times a week, and studies have even found Western cultures in which changing the sheets only three times a year is the norm.
If you only wash your sheets once a month and you sleep an average of eight hours a night for 30 nights, that’s 240 hours on your sheets every month, or the equivalent of wearing the same clothes for 10 days straight (with fewer mustard stains, I would guess).
Your body, even straight out of the shower, will slough off dead skin cells (which attract dustmites), hair, dirt, oil, and sweat. And when it comes off of you, that means it’s staying in your bed. (Just writing that out makes me rethink my every-two-weeks sheet-changing regime. A change to once a week is definitely in order!)
On mornings when you don’t change your sheets, pull your covers back when you get up and let your bed air out while you shower or eat breakfast. And even though it may feel like just another thing to do in the morning, taking a couple of minutes to make your bed will make it that much sweeter to climb back into it at night, plus it will help keep dust and pet hair out.
I keep extra sheet sets in my linen closet to make for an easier change on sheet day. I can pull the old sheets off and put the new ones on right away, so if I don’t get to laundry that day, it’s not a big deal. Avoid storing sheets in plastic containers, which can trap moisture and help with the growth of mildew.
Frequent washing will break down even the highest quality sheets. Replace them when you see obvious signs of aging, such as stains, faded patterns or fraying hems.
When you decide it is time for a new pair of sheets, check out the new set that OMI has added to our bedding collection! The Pearl Organic Sheet Set is a 300-thread-count beautiful sateen weave in GOTS-certified organic cotton. They come in a creamy ivory color, and all sets include pillowcase(s), one fitted sheet and one flat sheet. (Twin and Twin XL include one standard pillowcase, Full and Queen sizes receive two standard/queen pillowcases, and Eastern and California King sets include two king-size pillowcases.) Check out our previous blog Introducing the Pearl Organic Sheet Set, and for more information on how to purchase a set of our beautiful sheets find your nearest retailer HERE.