BE THE CHANGE
A mattress is a “highly considered” purchase, as it should be. There are a lot of factors to balance: materials, quality, value, brand reputation, reviews, warranty, and so on. But far too often, the impact on the environment and human health is an afterthought. It shouldn’t be. On the contrary, we believe that it’s important for the health of the planet, and our own health, to drive change by opting for an eco-friendly mattress as well as other eco-friendly products.
A GREENER CHOICE
There are two manufacturing processes for producing natural latex foam — Dunlop and Talalay. Both can start with all natural latex sap sustainably harvested from Hevea Brasiliensis (“rubber”) trees, and both can be be made in a wide variety of firmnesses. However, Talalay latex requires more processing and chemical additives when being manufactured; while the Dunlop process is simple and energy efficient. As a result, Avocado mattresses feature 100% natural Dunlop latex because we believe it’s a healthier choice and more eco-friendly.
Natural latex is the milky fluid that’s extracted from the bark of rubber trees grown in Southeast Asia. After their 7th year, rubber trees can be continually harvested throughout their 25-30 year life span. They are then harvested for their wood, replanted, and the cycle repeats. Our latex is grown in Southeast Vietnam without pesticides, using only organic fertilizers. Rubber tree plantations help prevent soil erosion and promote biodiversity. Our latex manufacturer’s plant is even powered by its own bio-fuel. In these ways, natural latex is more ecologically-friendly & sustainable than many other types of crops.
MAKING ‘EM FRESH
Avocado Green Mattresses are handmade in southern California, by a skilled team that’s paid a just and living wage. Each mattress is made only after its ordered. They’re never stockpiled or stored in warehouses. Our “craft on demand” strategy reduces our carbon footprint, lowers our raw material waste, reduces inventory expenses, and provides more efficient shipping options. The result is the “freshest” possible product for our customers at more accessible price points.
Most mattresses are made to last just 8-10 years. Because our mattresses are made with all natural latex (one of the most durable mattress materials available) and we use a top-of-the-line innerspring unit, our mattresses are built to last. Over time, the financial and environmental cost of buying one quality mattress is far less than the cost of 2 or 3 polyurethane foam mattresses.
More than 50,000 mattresses end up in landfills each day. Many of these are made with petrochemicals and will pose an environmental hazard. However, eco-conscious consumer should opt natural that are recyclable. That’s because latex mattresses last nearly twice as long (reducing waste), and nearly every component inside can be recycled. (As further examples: the fabric-encased innersprings used within our mattresses are made from upcycled steel, and we use recycled corrugated products in our minimal, unbranded packaging.)
Most mattresses contain all sorts of glues, flame retardants and petrochemicals that can contaminate our water and food sources. However, the majority of the natural materials that we use — such as latex rubber, pure wool and organic cotton — are biodegradable. By opting for products with natural materials, you are using your wallet to help protect the environment and promote a greener and more sustainable world.
Our products are designed in Hoboken, NJ, and manufactured in California. We do not own these facilities. Instead, we embrace agile and progressive business partnerships to ensure the highest standards — in terms of quality materials, workmanship, safe working conditions, fair treatment of workers, and environmentally safe manufacturing. This maximizes resources, empowers people, improves efficiency and makes working toward zero waste manufacturing possible.
To be Earth-Friendly, we use plain, unbranded, recycled boxes to ship our products, and minimize our use of printed materials. (We are working hard to make the rest of our packaging as eco-friendly and green as possible, with more improvements coming soon!) This save valuable resources, energy and money — which in turn, allows us to focus more on our charitable and environmental initiatives. For example, we proudly give back 1% of our revenues to 1% for the Planet.
“Honesty defines this company that believes natural materials are key to restful sleep and long-term health. Mattresses are a highly considered purchase, but somewhere in the process concerns about environmental impact and human health are lost. The passionate team behind Avocado believes it’s important to drive change by opting for eco-friendly products that ultimately help protect the environment and promote a greener and more sustainable world.” — Green Building & Design Magazine