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 our material certifications, supply chain partners and corporate associations that support this urgent mission.
WHOLE MATTRESS & PILLOW CERTIFICATION
Every Avocado mattress and pillow is GREENGUARD Gold Certified by UL Environment. 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 a deeper dive into indoor air quality, pollutants and your family’s health, visit our GREENGUARD Gold Certification page.
NATURAL LATEX CERTIFICATION
Our 100% natural latex is sourced from tree-tapped and sustainable latex sources in India and Vietnam. (FYI: Latex trees do not grow in the United States). Our latex is grown using only organic fertilizers. The finished latex is tested and certified for hazardous emissions by the eco-INSTITUT® — an international product testing and quality assurance company — by our provider, LIEN A. The eco-INSTITUT evaluates the latex for an extensive list of chemicals including: formaldehyde, VOCS (volatile organic compounds), heavy metals, pesticides, phthalates, and other potentially harmful chemicals.
NATURAL WOOL CERTIFICATION
The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for textile products at all processing levels. Our wool providers adhere to the strict OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification to ensure human and ecological safety. This certifies that our wool is free from allergenic dyes, pesticides, chlorinated phenols, heavy metals, formaldehyde, chloro-organic carriers and has a pH that’s not harmful to the skin.
Free from harmful chemicals, organic cotton and wool that are certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) are better for your health and the people growing it. They are also renewable and sustainable resources, independently verified, and always ethically and responsibly sourced. We are proud to use GOTS certified materials and operate our own GOTS certified factory in Los Angeles.
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 factory in Los Angeles is a GOLS certified facility.
Our Vegan Mattress has been certified and verified by Vegan Action (The Vegan Awareness Foundation) in Richmond, Virginia. 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 organic cotton batting from Texas is used.
MADE SAFE CERTIFIED
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 bedding is currently certified, and we are in the process of certifying our mattresses.
The following 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. To achieve this goal, we’ve partnered with Carbonfund. We’ve offset our carbon footprint for our entire factory AND offset one full year of product shipments to support reforestation projects globally.
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. (We love their Google Chrome browser plugin.)
WE’RE STILL IN
SHOP YOUR VALUES
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!