To ensure our mattresses and pillows are non-toxic, eco-friendly, and produced in a sustainable way, we make sure our products and source materials meet the highest standards. Our goal is to foster healthy indoor environments and promote sustainability. To this end, the following 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 brand names.
GOTS ORGANIC CERTIFIED
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.
GOLS ORGANIC CERTIFIED
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, emissions 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.
NATIONAL ORGANIC PROGRAM
Our natural materials — organic latex, wool, and cotton — are GOTS and GOLS certified in our brand name. The factory we own in Los Angeles is also certified. And our finished products are certified. (Anything less makes no sense.) That’s why our license number is always listed under our GOTS and GOLS logos, as required. Of course, these stringent standards are fully endorsed by the USDA’s National Organic Program.
Responsible management of natural resources is integral to the organic movement. That’s why we are committed to sourcing deforestation-free, environmentally-friendly, and socially responsible natural rubber and contributing to an improvement in the way the world’s natural rubber plantations are managed. With sustainability always in mind, we are proud that the organic certified rubber plantations we co-own in India are FSC® certified.
NET ZERO CARBON EMISSIONS
Climate Neutral is an independent nonprofit organization working to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon world by putting a price on carbon emissions. With Climate Neutral, the entirety of our carbon footprint is measured and verified, from raw material production and shipping to manufacturing and delivery. We reduce where we can and purchase offsets for the balance. Avocado is the world’s first mattress brand to achieve net-zero carbon emissions — the new bar for all sustainable brands.
WIND & SOLAR POWERED
We believe in a future powered by clean, renewable energy. To practice what we preach, we buy 100% of our energy — for our factories, offices, and experience centers in the United States — from Arcadia Power, which uses only wind and solar. Our goal is to help drive awareness and demand for clean energy. Join us!
CERTIFIED FOR LOW EMISSIONS
Avocado mattresses and bedding products are GREENGUARD Gold Certified by UL Environment under our brand name. That 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.
LAB TESTED AND SAFE
Formaldehyde, which is used to make one of the adhesives that hold mattresses together, is a VOC (a.k.a. off-gassing chemical that can linger for months) that has been linked to asthma, allergies, and lung, nose, and throat cancers. The EPA considers it a probable human carcinogen. It does not belong in any mattress. For assurance, the entirety of our Avocado Green Mattress has been lab tested in environmental chambers and certified by UL Environment to be free from Formaldehyde.
ECOLOGICAL PRODUCT TESTING
Our natural latex rubber foam — from our latex processing facility in southern India — has been certified as a result of on-site inspection and comprehensive material lab and environmental testing in Germany. eco-INSTITUT verifies that our latex contains no harmful substances, no non-natural rubber content, and meets stringent standards for emissions (VOCs, formaldehyde, Acetaldehyde)
TESTED FOR HARMFUL SUBSTANCES
Our organic certified latex, wool, and cotton have received STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®: Class 1 certifications (19.0.79546, 19.HIN.68466 & 15.HIN.75800, Hohenstein HTTI). These are strict standards for human and ecological safety. It means they’ve been tested in a lab to be free from allergenic dyes, pesticides, chlorinated phenols, heavy metals, formaldehyde, and chloro-organic carriers, and are not harmful to the skin.
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. (Learn more about MADE SAFE here.) Our Avocado Green Mattress, organic mattress pad protectors, toppers, and green pillows are certified under our brand name.
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 that have been tested on animals. Instead of wool, we use a generous layer of 100% GOTS organic certified cotton batting.
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.
ORGANIC TRADE ASSOCIATION
SHAPING THE FUTURE OF ORGANIC
The mission of the Organic Trade Association is to promote and protect Organic with a unifying voice that serves and engages its diverse members from farm to marketplace. OTA’s vision is to grow Organic to achieve excellence in agriculture and commerce, protect the environment, and enhance community well-being. We are proud to be new members and serve on the Fiber Council.
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.
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
To offset 31,000 metric tons CO2e in 2018, we funded three large projects via Carbonfund to fight climate change: Deforestation Projects in the Brazilian Amazon that help protect the rainforest from slash and burn agriculture and cattle ranchers; the Aqua Clara Safe Drinking Water, which reduced the need in Kenya to burn unsustainable biomass in order to boil water; and the Burn Stoves Project, which saves lives and forests by making the burning of charcoal in Kenya more efficient and safe.
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 members 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!