PROMOTING HEALTHY ENVIRONMENTS
To ensure that our mattresses and pillows are non-toxic, eco-conscious and produced in a sustainable manner, we make sure that our products and source materials meet the highest standards. Our goal is to foster healthy indoor environments and promote sustainability. To this end, below is transparent information on certifications, supply chain partners and corporate associations that support this urgent mission.
Note that these certifications are in our name, not our suppliers’ name. Does it matter? Yes! When other brands show a supplier’s certification or transaction receipt, it only means they once purchased or tested an organic material. It does not mean that it is actually in the product you are buying. For trust and radical transparency, our certifications are in our name — Avocado Green Brands.
CERTIFIED FOR LOW EMISSIONS
Avocado mattresses and bedding products are GREENGUARD Gold Certified by UL Environment under our brand name. It means they’re scientifically tested to meet some of the world’s most rigorous emissions standards for chemical exposure and pollutants, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde and phthalates. Few mattresses and pillows qualify for this gold standard. For more information about indoor air quality, pollutants and your family’s health, visit our GREENGUARD Gold Certification page.
Free from harmful chemicals, our organic cotton and organic wool are certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). These renewable and sustainable resources are independently verified, and always ethically and responsibly sourced. They’re better for you as well as the people that grow it. We’re proud to use GOTS organic certified materials, operate our own GOTS certified factory in Los Angeles, and sell certified finished products under our brand name.
The Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) ensures that products contain more than 95% of certified organic raw material based on total weight. The GOLS standard features permissible limits for harmful substances, emission test requirements and polymer and filler percentages. Our latex is GOLS organic certified by Control Union under our brand name and processed in a GOLS certified factory we own in India. Our factory in Los Angeles is also a GOLS certified facility.
NATURAL LATEX CERTIFICATION
Our 100% certified organic latex is sourced from tree-tapped and sustainable latex sources in Asia. (Latex trees do not grow in the United States). The finished latex is tested and certified for hazardous emissions by the eco-INSTITUT® — an independent testing and verification firm in Germany. It evaluates the latex for an extensive list of chemicals including: formaldehyde, VOCS (volatile organic compounds), heavy metals, pesticides, phthalates, and other potentially harmful chemicals.
TESTED FOR HARMFUL SUBSTANCES
We’re proud to hold a STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®: Class 1 certification (19.HIN.68466, Hohenstein HTTI), which means our wool, latex and cotton meet their strict standards for human and ecological safety. This means that they have been tested in a lab to be free from allergenic dyes, pesticides, chlorinated phenols, heavy metals, formaldehyde, chloro-organic carriers and have a pH that’s not harmful to the skin.
Our Vegan Mattress and bedding products have been certified and verified by Vegan Action (The Vegan Awareness Foundation) in Richmond, Virginia, under our brand name. These products do not use wool and do not contain animal products or byproducts and that have been tested on animals. Instead of wool, a generous layer of 100% GOTS organic certified cotton batting is used.
MADE SAFE CERTIFIED
SAFE AND NON-TOXIC
MADE SAFE® screens ingredients for known harmful chemicals, bioaccumulation, persistence, and general and aquatic toxicity, including behavioral toxins, carcinogens, developmental toxins, endocrine disruptors, fire retardants, heavy metals, neurotoxins, high-risk pesticides, reproductive toxins, toxic solvents, and harmful VOCs. Our Avocado Green Mattress, organic mattress pad protectors and green pillows are certified under our brand name.
These organizations are an active part of our environmental and social responsibility initiatives:
1% FOR THE PLANET
GIVING BACK 1% OF REVENUES
1% for the Planet® is a global organization that connects dollars and doers to address the most pressing issues facing our planet. Started in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, founder of Blue Ribbon Flies, member organizations have given more than $150 million to environmental nonprofits to date. As members of 1% for the Planet, we are fully committed to giving 1% of our corporate revenues to verified environmental nonprofits — to help protect the environment and give back to our global community.
GREEN BUSINESS STANDARDS
Green America® awards Green Business Certifications to companies and organizations that meet or exceed their standards for social and environmental responsibility. They certify companies that are committed to using business as a platform for social change, operating in a “value-based” and environmentally responsible manner.
US GREEN BUILDING
PROMOTING GREEN COMMUNITIES
USGBC supports policies and programs that advance greener buildings and communities. Our membership in USGBC helps us to create bedding products — using natural materials — to foster healthy indoor air quality. To learn more, read their guide, “Better Building Materials: Understanding Human Health and Environmental Attributes.”
CREATING HEALTHY FURNISHINGS
The Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) is a coalition of manufacturers, retailers and designers dedicated to raising awareness and expanding the adoption of environmentally sustainable practices across the home furnishings industry. As a SFC member, we support the triple bottom line of PEOPLE – PLANET – PROFITS to develop an awareness of best practices throughout supply chains.
OFFSETTING OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
We are reducing our carbon footprint through forward-thinking energy reductions and efficiencies, combined with cost-effective carbon offsets, to eliminate our overall carbon footprint. As a Carbonfree® Partner, we offset all of the emissions from our factory and product shipping on an annual basis via carbon offsets purchased from Carbonfund to support reforestation projects around the globe.
SHOP YOUR VALUES
DoneGood brands do good for people, animals, and the planet. They obsess over what makes it into their products, where those items are sourced, and how it impacts their customers, workers, and the world around them. And they believe in quality, fairness, and sustainability over profit. We are proud to be member of the DoneGood brand community. (Try their Google Chrome browser plugin.)
WE’RE STILL IN
STANDING AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE
We believe in science. So we’ve joined nearly 3,000 mayors, county executives, governors, tribal leaders, college and university leaders, businesses, faith groups, and investors to show that we stand by the Paris Climate Agreement and are committed to meetings its urgent goals. Join us!