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Avocado Mattress, LLC
720 Monroe Street, Studio C405
Hoboken NJ 07030
The Good Trade — 01.02.17
“14 Natural, Eco Friendly and Organic Mattresses You Can Buy Online”
Digital Trends — 11.22.16
“Feel Good About Getting a Good Night’s Sleep with a Mattress from Avocado”
Curbed — 12.01.16
“14 Mattress Companies Changing the Game Right Now”
Petroleum-based polyurethane foams
Most foam mattresses are made from either petroleum-based memory foam (a.k.a. Tempur-Pedic® or viscoelastic foam) or petroleum-based polyurethane foam (used by companies such as Tuft&Needle®, Casper® and others). Prolonged exposure to petroleum-based polyurethane foams may affect the nervous and immune system and cause cancer, neurological disorders, autoimmune weakness, asthma, allergies, infertility, miscarriage and child behavior disorders.
Avocado green mattresses are different. Our mattress products are handmade with 100% natural Dunlop latex rubber, natural New Zealand wool, certified organic cotton and support coil system made from recycled steel.
LiveStrong.com — “Urethane Foam Health Effects”
Toxic-Free Futures — “Count Your Healthy Sleep”
CNN — “How your bed may be making you sick”
Chem-Tox: Med & Mattress Illness Report Page
OrganicLife: “4 Ways Your Mattress Might Be Making You Sick”
Sleep Junkie — “Memory Foam Mattresses: Are They Safe?”
Earth Easy — “How to Reduce Exposure to Indoor Toxins”
Care.com — “Creating a Toxin-Free Home”
Talalay Latex Is Not Organic or 100% Natural
There are two manufacturing processes for producing natural latex foam — Dunlop and Talalay. Both can start with natural latex sap sustainably harvested from Hevea Brasiliensis trees. However, there is a big difference in the chemicals used. Talalay latex foam is made with water-based adhesives and contains six chemicals — acrylate resins, diphenyl diisocyanate, phenol-melamine resins, phenol-urea, polyvinyl acetate and styrene-butadiene copolymer. As a result, even if the source rubber sap is harvested from organic sources, Talalay latex can not be labeled as certified organic, positioned as organic, or considered 100% natural.
Avocado green mattresses are made with 100% natural latex rubber from sustainably-harvested sources, manufactured according to the Dunlop process.
Toxic Chemical Flame Retardants
To minimize the flammable hazard of petroleum-based polyurethane, industrial toxic fire retardants are added to the foam. The most common fire retardant is pentaBDE, a toxin associated with neuro-behavioral alterations, hyperactivity and behavioral problems.
Avocado Green Mattresses use natural wool (which does not burn) and two layers of hydrated silica — the same compounds as the gemstone opal — for fire protection. These natural fire barriers exceed all federal flammability and CPSC standards.
LiveStrong.com — “12 Dangerous Chemicals to Avoid in Everyday Products”
Environ Health Perspect — “Environmental Chemicals in Pregnant Women in the United States”
Real Food RN — “Why You Need a Non Toxic Mattress”
Dr. Axe — “Organic Mattresses & How to Pick the Healthiest Bed”
Toxic Pesticides in Conventional Cotton
25 percent of the world’s pesticides, herbicides, insecticides and defoliants are used to grow conventional cotton. It’s the world’s dirtiest crop. And it’s a key ingredient in most mattresses and bedding products.
Avocado Green Mattresses use certified organic cotton.
Mother Jones — “Should You Ditch Your Chemical Mattress?”
Rodale Institute — “Dig Deeper: Chemical Cotton”
Wellness Mama — “The Truth About Organic Mattresses”
Eco Choices — “Conventional Cotton Statistics”
Chemical Odors & Volatile Gasses (VOCs)
What’s that chemical order? Why are you suddenly not feeling well? It could be your new mattress. Noxious fumes are released as petroleum-based polyurethane foams break down, which are absorbed into the skin. Even Certi-PUR-US®-certified polyurethane mattresses can give off low-level volatile gasses and make you sick.
Avocado Green Mattresses are made with 100% natural Dunlop latex rubber foam, which has been tested and certified by the Eco-Institut in Cologne, Germany, to be free of volatile organic compounds, persistent organic compounds, heavy metals, pesticides, formaldehyde and phthalates.
Oprah.com — “Count Sleep, Not Harmful Synthetics: How to Find an Eco-Friendly Mattress”
UT News — “Crib Mattresses Emit High Rates of Potential Harmful Chemicals, Cockrell School Engineers Find”
EWG — “Toxic Dreams: Crib Mattresses May Release Risky Fumes”
Archives of Environmental Health — “Respiratory toxicity of mattress emissions in mice.”
Sleep Like the Dead — “Mattress Off Gassing Odor”
Eco-INSTITUT — Home Page (German)
Environmental Impact of Retired Mattresses
Most of the 35 million mattresses sold in the US each year contain so many toxins and petrochemicals, they are a recycling nightmare. So they end up in landfills, where toxic chemicals leach from the mattresses and contaminate the wider environment through seepage into groundwater. Avocado Green Mattresses are made with non-toxic natural and organic materials that are biodegradable as well as recyclable.
Slate — “To Sleep, Perchance More Green”
The Seattle Times — “Thinking of sending a mattress to a landfill? Sleep on it”
Bed Times — “This is no place for a mattress — Industry taking lead to recycle”