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.
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.
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.
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.
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. In 2020, Avocado went carbon negative, offsetting more carbon than it generates — the new bar for all sustainable brands.
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!
FSC forest management certification confirm that the forests we use are being managed in a way that preserves biological diversity and benefits the lives of local people and workers, while ensuring it sustains economic viability. (Rainforest Alliance is a founder of FSC.) It requires verified transactions across our supply chain. The Avocado mattress factory and wood shop are FSC® certified facilities, and the latex and wood we use are FSC® certified resources.
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.
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.
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, and Acetaldehyde).
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. That 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® is a rigorous scientific screening process that only allows the use of ingredients that are not known or suspected to harm human health, animals, aquatic life, or ecosystems. (Learn more about MADE SAFE here.) Our Avocado Green Mattress, organic mattress pad protectors, toppers, and 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 valued organizations are an active part of our health, environmental and social responsibility initiatives:
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, member organizations have given more than $250 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.
Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps form a community of leaders and drive a global movement of people using business as a force for good.
The American Chiropractic Association gives their endorsement to products of the highest quality after thorough review, analysis, testing, and evaluation by a review board of chiropractic doctors with specific and related expertise and final approval from ACA’s Board of Governors. Products are reviewed regularly to ensure they continue to meet the high standards on which the endorsement was approved.
The mission of the Organic Trade Association is to promote and protect organic trade 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 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.
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.
In 2019, Avocado Green Mattress became the first mattress company to become Climate Neutral Certified, effectively making our business “carbon neutral.” A year later, we took it a step further by going carbon negative — offsetting more carbon emissions than our company generates. Carbon offsets are vehicles for paying to remove carbon from the atmosphere or to prevent greenhouse gases from getting there in the first place by financing things like forest conservation or clean energy.
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.)
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!