PROMOTING HEALTHY ENVIRONMENTS
To ensure that our mattresses and pillows are non-toxic, eco-friendly 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 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 provider, JOMA Wool of New Zealand, adheres 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.
ORGANIC COTTON CERTIFICATION
Free from harmful chemicals, organic cotton is better for your health and the people growing it. Organic cotton is also a more sustainable and ethical option, instead of conventional cotton. We’re proud that our cotton is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). The cotton used in our ticking is sourced from our partner in South India, Bannari Amman Spinning Mills (fun fact: their facility is powered by windmills), then finished at our textile manufacturing processing center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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.
REDUCING 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, supporting third-party validated renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects globally to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and the threat of climate change.