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Do you need a new pillow?

I just came across this great blog from our sister company, Lifekind.  I figured I would share it with you:

How do you tell when you need a new pillow?

We all have a favorite pillow on our bed that we love and gravitate toward. Mine has a special pillow cover, so I know exactly which one it is. It started out so nice and tall, and slowly, over time, became as flat as a pancake without my even realizing how much it was changing.It got me thinking: How do we really know whether a pillow is right for us or when it’s time to replace it?Here are some questions that can help you determine when it’s time to replace that beloved pillow. A “Yes” answer to any question is a good indicator it may be time to move on:
Is your pillow misshapen or lumpy?  Place it on a flat surface. Rather than laying flat,  do you notice lumps or a misshapen surface?
Does your pillow fail the “force test”?  For latex pillows, place your hand in the center of the pillow and push down. Is there sufficient resistance, or does your hand go all the way down to the surface underneath?For down pillows, fold them in half and then let them go. Natural-down pillows should slowly regain their shape, while synthetic down should spring back quickly. If they don’t, it may be time to move on.
Do you ache when you wake up in the morning?
Did you buy your pillow more than 24 months ago?
Do you wake frequently to readjust your pillow or change your head’s position?  Having an inadequate or uncomfortable pillow can cause pain and prevent a restful night’s sleep. If your neck or back hurt, it may mean your pillow isn’t properly supporting your neck throughout the night.  If you wake up periodically to readjust your head, it’s also reducing the amount of rest you’re getting. Without good, deep sleep, it can be harder to function throughout the day.Discovery News posted an article explaining why pillows become heavier as they age: “With just two years of use, one-third of a pillow’s weight is comprised of dead skin cells, bugs, and dust mites and their droppings.”  (For more information on what may be inside your pillow, visit Discovery News HERE)

Read the full article on their blog

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After I read this, I went home and checked my pillow, and found that my pillow needed to be replaced too! I chose the Crush 100% Natural Shredded Rubber Pillow for myself, while my husband enjoys a firmer pillow, so I am thinking a great holiday gift would be the Molded 100%-Natural Rubber Latex Pillow! I also saw the importance of a Pillow Barrier Cover for our pillows, to protect them from the things that we don’t want getting into them.

Crush

The Crush 100% Natural Shredded Rubber Pillow

Certified Organic Cotton Bed-Bug and Dust-Mite Pillow Barrier Cover

Wool-Wrapped 100% Natural Shredded Rubber Pillow

100% Certified Organic Cotton Pillow

The Molded and Contour 100% Natural Rubber Latex Pillows

Pillows make such a great economical choice for a gift to help family members sleep safer. With the holidays fast approaching, why not give a small piece of comfort with an OMI pillow. Or if you’ve determined that you need to replace your favorite pillow, click HERE to find your local retailer to try out an OMI pillow today.

Debuting the Lago Nouveau and the Wave Pillow Top

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 Introducing OMI’s two newest products, which debuted at the Summer Las Vegas Market: the Lago Nouveau and the Wave pillow top.

Lago Nouveau

The OrganicPedic Lago Nouveau is a two-sided, 10” sculpted-surface mattress made with a 6” core of firm 100%-natural rubber latex under an internal, soft, sculpted-surface layer, and covered with our innovative new knit cushion quilting.

Features and Benefits

  • Sculpted surface offers pressure-point relief and increases air circulation
  • Pillow top built into the internal mattress design
  • Motion-absorbing construction
  • Innovative knit cushion quilting
  • Eco-Wool fill naturally regulates body temperature
  • Naturally mold, mildew, and dust-mite resistant

MSRP (mattress only): twin $3695• full $4395 • queen $4495 • king $5995

Foundation sold separately

Wave Pillow Top 

The new Wave pillow top is made of 3” of 100%-natural rubber latex encased in certified organic cotton knit fabric. The Wave features a sculpted surface to provide comfort for sleepers with pressure-point issues. This comfortable and resilient natural-rubber pillow top provides added surface depth for sleepers, but does so with more firmness than the wool toppers without reducing the support of the mattress.

MSRP: twin $785• full $945 • queen $1145 • king $1295

 Both the Lago Nouveau and the Wave pillow top are now available.  For more information on new OMI Products, click HERE

Friday the 13th, 13 Scary Facts About Conventional Mattresses

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In honor of Friday the 13th here is a guest blog, from our sister company Lifekind, with 13 scary facts about conventional mattresses.

It makes sense that an organic mattress would use organic cotton, but beyond that, most people may not be aware of many reasons that organic mattresses really are so much better than conventional mattresses. Lucky for you, we are experts in this area, and can break it down for you.

Warning: If you’re unsettled by things that are creepy, crawly, or contaminated, do not read before going to bed!

1. Bed bugs, dust mites, mold, and germs love your mattress
Bed-bugs and dust mites love to live in the dank, dark inside of a mattress. The environment also provides the perfect environment for molds & fungi to thrive in, along with bacteria, viruses, and contagious diseases. Because conventional mattresses are typically made with man-made materials like polyurethane foam, they don’t have the inherent dust-mite resistance that is a feature of the 100%-natural rubber latex used in the organic mattresses we make at Lifekind.

2.Your new mattress may not be new
Conventional mattresses can be sold, used, returned, and then resold as “factory seconds” or “refurbished.”  Even when they are “sterilized” with chemicals, many nasty things can be left behind.  A Dateline investigative report found bed bugs in all stages of life and death, blood, numerous forms of fungi and mold, and occasional traces of urine and fecal matter in refurbished mattresses that were in the same factory and sales-floors as new mattresses.  Only 26 states have laws on selling refurbished mattresses, and the government isn’t setting a standard on proper sterilization, which means it’s up to the mattress builder to determine whether or not a mattress is sterilized.  In the Dateline report, all of the mattresses tested were contaminated.

3. It’s pumped full of hazardous chemicals
Even if your mattress is brand new and uncontaminated, you’re not in the clear yet.  Did you realize that formaldehyde and boric acid are just two of the chemicals commonly used in the manufacture of conventional mattresses?  When Walt Bader, our CEO, was writing his book Toxic Bedrooms, he had a memory foam mattress tested by an independent lab and it emitted 61 VOC chemicals?  The chemicals used in your new mattress can aggravate allergies, cause respiratory irritation or bronchitis, affect your hormone levels, and even limit the amount of oxygen your body is able to absorb. Some chemicals are known carcinogens, endocrine disruptors and reproductive toxins, with warning labels advising “Caution – do not inhale,” “Use in a well-ventilated area,” “Can cause irritation,” or “Avoid contact with skin.”

4.   It can adversely affect the quality of your sleep and health
Cellular repair, rejuvenation, growth and healing all take place while you sleep. The chemicals that are used in the manufacture of conventional mattresses can cause all kinds of discomfort, and even illness. The range of symptoms can be as varied as the people affected, but one thing is for sure: If you’re sleeping on a toxic mattress, you’re not experiencing optimal health. For more details about the effects of sleeping on a toxic mattress, check out chem-tox.com

5. The bed you sleep in can harm future generations through inherited toxicity
Even if you’re one of the lucky ones that are totally unaffected and have children who sleep well without allergies or complaints, you can be certain that your grandchildren will show detectable amounts of harmful chemicals – even before birth!  Scientists have confirmed that chemical fire retardants, such as those used in conventional mattresses, have been measured in pregnant mothers and passed through the placenta to their unborn babies.  The danger of these chemicals is that they build up and remain in fatty tissue for years, waiting to be shared with your growing baby. Even if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms, there’s no way to know how three generations of built-up toxic chemicals will affect your grandchildren.

6. Suspected to contribute to SIDS
A toxic crib mattress is definitely not what you want your brand new baby to start life on. Many of the chemicals used to manufacture crib mattresses, including chemical flame-retardants, are suspected to contribute to SIDS – a logical assumption. Taking into consideration that babies have less mass overall, breathe faster, sleep more, and can’t communicate sources of irritation except by crying, they are by default more sensitive to toxic chemicals. Although research supporting this fact is shunned in general by the mattress and medical communities, common sense and anecdotal evidence from astute parents should not be ignored.  Besides, how many mothers wouldn’t rather be safe than sorry?

7.  Not actually built to last…
It only makes sense that in order to stay in business, a company must sell more product.  Unfortunately, many mattress manufacturers prey on their best customers by employing a trick called “built in obsolescence”.  They basically build a product that is meant to wear out at a certain time interval (often using cheaper materials that will break down more quickly), which forces the customer to pay good money to purchase another mattress from them. (So how do we stay in business?  We focus our marketing on consumers that don’t yet know the benefits of organic mattresses, and we use the best salespeople on the planet: customers who love their organic mattress are always sending their friends and family our way!)

8.  …Except that they last FOR-EV-ER
And not in the “super plush and comfy for a hundred years” kind of forever (see Scary Fact #7), but they will last forever in our landfills.  Even with mattress recycling being fairly effective, there are only 11 mattress recycling facilities in the entire country.  This means that most mattresses end up in the landfills (to the tune of 10 million mattresses a year!)  The polyurethane foams and synthetic materials and fibers that are used in the construction of conventional mattresses are not biodegradable, which means that they will be polluting our Earth for generations to come.

9. Damaging to our natural resources
Commercially grown cotton is a huge offender in polluting the natural world, as are the toxic components used in polyurethane foam and the petrochemical, plastic-based fillers commonly found in, and on, conventional mattresses.  Many people are unaware that cotton is treated with substances such as formaldehyde even before flame retardants come into play, not to mention the harm that GMO crops and pesticides cause the environment.  The production and processing of conventional products is known to cause harm to the environment, and is thought to contribute to global warming.

10. The chemicals can cause irreparable harm to wildlife
The chemicals used in conventional mattress construction that can harm human health are also harmful to wildlife and pets.  Many people recall how the harmful pesticide DDT was an effective bug killer, but that it was also responsible for the deaths of thousands of birds and fish that ate the poisoned bugs, prior to being banned in the 70s.  Clearly our precious wildlife doesn’t have the option to choose organic, nor do they have the option to relocate beyond nature.

11.  Built with sweatshop labor and shipped halfway across the world
Laborers in third world countries build thousands of mattresses daily, working for wages that are a fraction of what a U.S.-based company, paying fair wages, pays their workers.  The finished mattresses are then shipped halfway across the world, subject to fumigation, and sold in American stores.  Basic economics has taught us that price is a huge reason why we choose to purchase an item in the first place, so companies will go to great lengths to make the cheapest product possible.  More often than not, products imported from overseas are sold for a fraction of what a U.S.-based company paying fair wages is able to sell its products for, which is great for the guy profiting off of these mattresses. Even when mattresses are made in the U.S., it’s important to be sure the raw materials are U.S.-grown also – otherwise you’re missing a huge opportunity to improve your own economy.

12.  Every “vote” for conventional mattresses perpetuates the problem
Beyond economics and financial support, it’s important to realize that every dollar spent makes a difference. You wouldn’t cast a ballot in favor of increasing pollution, or to support foreign labor or poor health. However, that’s what happens when you vote with your dollars and purchase mattresses made with conventional methods.  Every dollar that goes towards the conventional mattress industry encourages their practices, strengthens their lobbying power and keeps the public uninformed and in a potentially dangerous position.  Every time a consumer selects a more healthful choice, we can chip away at the old-boys club that is the mattress industry.

13. We don’t know what we don’t know…
Even all of this information is just the tip of the iceberg, a scattered few facts that reflect the limited tests and research that have been done concerning conventional mattresses.  Most of the chemicals used have been deemed safe by default, since they are already in products, but lack the research to show what the long-term or more immediate effects are.  Mattresses are today, where cigarettes were 50 years ago.  As our knowledge increases about the chemicals used in conventional mattresses, we are sure to learn even more dangerous effects they could have on consumers.

It’s a scary thought that your mattress, which should be a safe-haven in your home, could actually be bad for you.

The Midori is Back!

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Welcome the Midori Back!

The Midori is a contemporary, low-profile mattress.  Measuring at 7” high, it is a two-sided, flat-surface mattress made from one-piece 6” core of medium-firm 100%-natural rubber latex, then covered with our signature OrganicPedic® knit quilting.  The Midori was designed in the style of a firm Japanese-style sleep system.  It makes a great option for sleepers looking for firm support, as well as for children.

Features and Benefits

  • Low-profile design
  • For those who favor a firmer sleeping surface
  • Motion-absorbing construction
  • Signature OrganicPedic® fully quilted cover
  • Eco-Wool fill naturally regulates body temperature
  • Naturally mold-, mildew-, and dust-mite resistant

MSRP (mattress only): twin $1495 • full $1895 • queen $2195 • king $3095 Foundation sold separately

For more information on OrganicPedic® mattresses, click HERE.

Let’s Meet the Lago…

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The Lago is a two-sided, 10” sculpted-surface organic mattress made with a 6” core of firm 100%-natural rubber latex under an internal, sculpted-surface 3” layer made from soft 100%-natural rubber latex. The mattress is covered with our signature OrganicPedic® knit quilting.  This mattress is a true two-sided mattress, as it has two different firmness levels to offer greater flexibility to the sleeper.  One side of the mattress features the sculpted layer of soft natural rubber, giving an overall medium feel, while the second side is a flat layer of firm natural rubber latex, giving a firmer option if needed.

Features and Benefits

  • Sculpted surface offers pressure point-relief and increases air circulation
  • Pillow top built into the internal mattress design
  • Motion-absorbing construction
  • Signature OrganicPedic® fully quilted cover
  • Eco-Wool fill naturally regulates body temperature
  • Naturally mold, mildew, and dust-mite resistant

Lago Mattress Cutaway

 MSRP (mattress only): twin $3495 • full $4095 • queen $4295 • king $5795

Foundation sold separately.

Say Hello to the Flora Nouveau

Flora Nouveau

The OrganicPedic® Flora Nouveau is a revolution in the organic sleep industry. The new cushion quilting adds a sumptuous comfort layer.  Featuring a  9” height, 100%-natural rubber latex, and the option of it being  two-sided mattress, the Flora Nouveau is also available in two firmness levels: Medium-firm and Plush.

The Flora Nouveau Medium-firm is constructed using a 3″ firm latex inner core that is sandwiched between two layers of 2″ soft latex and covered with our signature OrganicPedic® knit cushion quilting.

The Flora Nouveau Plush is also constructed using three layers.  A 3″ medium latex inner core is sandwiched between two layers of 2″ soft latex and covered with our signature OrganicPedic® knit cushion quilting.

Features and Benefits

  • Excellent back support without being too firm
  • Contours to spine
  • Offers pressure-point relief
  • Motion-absorbing construction
  • Signature OrganicPedic®  fully quilted cover
  • Eco-wool fill naturally regulates body temperature
  • Naturally mold-, mildew-, and dust-mite resistant.

The Flora Nouveau is quickly becoming our most popular mattress, as it offers comfort at an affordable price.

 MSRP (mattress only): twin $2995 • full $3595 • queen $3695 • king $5395

Foundation sold separately.

 For more information about the Flora Nouveau, visit the OMI website HERE or contact the OMI Sales office for questions or order inquiries at 800-951-9196.

Who?.. What?.. Wool?

Almost everyone has owned a wool product in their lifetime, whether it was a clothing item, a blanket, carpet, or bedding — the list is endless. We all have wrapped warm scarves around our necks in the winter or covered up with a wool blanket in front of the fireplace. But did you know wool can also help you beat the summer heat?

The amazing fiber that is wool is full of hidden secrets and characteristics that most of us don’t know about. But fear not! The team at OMI is here to help you understand and appreciate this wonder material a little better.

As many in our loyal OMI family of customers know, wool is a powerful flame retardant.  It helps us insure that you and your family are sleeping safe and sound at night by creating a flame barrier in the quilting on all of our mattresses. The wool is compressed down to 5/8 of an inch, and is then quilted into the cover fabric and securely sewn all the way around. This not only allows us to avoid using chemical flame retardants, but also allows our mattresses to pass federal flammability standards with flying colors. With the wool surrounding each OMI mattresses you also get the added benefit of it helping to regulate your body temperature. Wool has the natural ability to help you sleep warmer in the wintertime and cooler in the summer while wicking away moisture.

What about wool’s carbon footprint? It’s biodegradable, as well as a natural resource that is renewable. That means it’s automatically replaced by natural processes and replenished with the passage of time. Renewable resources are part of our natural environment and form our ecosystem, which means it actually helps our ecosystem, not damage it like plastic or “poly” types of materials that can’t break down or be renewed.

It is also very important to know that wool is derived from a beautiful, living, breathing animal. Please make sure any wool products you purchase are made with American Humane Certified wool. American Humane protects farm animals by working with producers through the groundbreaking American Humane Certified™ farm animal program (formerly known as the Free Farmed program). American Humane Certified guarantees consumers that the products they select are from animals that were raised and treated humanely. The beautiful sheep that produce the wool for OMI live happy, pesticide-free lives and graze freely on organic land. They are never mishandled, and are not stressed by “mulesing” or constant shearing. In simple words, they live happy lives, eating California grass and getting a haircut every so often.

I could go on and on about the wonders of wool, the list is seemingly endless. My main point is this: discover the benefits of wool and allow it to help you steer away from products that are harmful to you and your family. Let it soften hard places and keep you warm at night, but most of all, let it help you rest a little easier every time you lay down your head to sleep.

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