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 GREEN 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 steps and has a fluffier consistency; while the Dunlop process is simple, slightly firmer and more durable. As a result, Avocado mattresses feature natural Dunlop latex because it is green, and delivers optimal support and durability.
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. The latex used for our sustainable bedding 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.
LEAN AND GREEN
Avocado Green Mattresses are handmade in Los Angeles, by a highly skilled team that’s paid a just and living wage. We marry the latest lean manufacturing methods with green processes to minimize waste, upcycle materials, reduce our carbon footprint, and keep our inventory as fresh as possible.
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 sustainable bedding is 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 eco-friendly mattresses are made from upcycled steel, and we use recycled corrugated products in our minimal 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.
Many of our products are 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. These include our Avocado Vegan Mattress, Green Pillows and Vegan Natural Latex Mattress Toppers.
MADE IN OUR
Few direct-to-consumer mattress brands own their own factory. Most subcontract out their work or import their finished product from China. In contrast, we own our 275,000 sq. ft. factory in Los Angeles, which allows us to manage our craftsmanship, material quality and production from start to finish — and offer more accessible prices.
We’re taking action on Climate Change and fully embrace the We Are Still In movement in support of the Paris Climate Agreement. To this end, we have calculated and offset our carbon footprint for our 175,000 sq. ft. factory in Los Angeles AND one full year of product shipments. We are supporting the CarbonFund.org offset reforestation projects in an effort to help sequester CO2.
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 saves 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