HEALTHY MATERIALS MATTER
Our latex foam from India and Guatemala has been awarded the eco-INSTITUT label. eco-INSTITUT Germany GmbH is the leading laboratory-testing seal for latex. It is required for GOLS certification, which shares the same testing standard. The eco-INSTITUT label means our latex foam rubber is low in hazardous emissions and pollutants; eco-INSTITUT Germany GmbH has thoroughly tested our latex for harmful substances; our latex foam rubber fully meets the requirements of the eco-INSTITUT label; the polymer content of our latex (which excludes minimal processing agents) is natural rubber.
Our latex is certified under the name Signature Foam PVT (now called Avocado Organic Latex). You can view our certificate (held by our latex processor Signature Foam) here.
THE ECO-INSTITUT STANDARD
The scientists at eco-INSTITUT are experts in testing for healthy living products and furnishings. Their ultra-modern lab in Cologne, Germany, includes 90 glass and stainless steel emissions test chambers. eco-INSTITUT’s test criteria for certification include compliance with limit values for harmful substances and the provisions of European and German chemicals legislation. They also go beyond the standards of mandatory legal national requirements.
HOW INDOOR AIR QUALITY IMPACTS YOUR HEALTH
We spend 90 percent of our lives inside, and indoor toxins can be really dangerous. The EPA estimates that thousands of products release invisible gasses, known as volatile organic compounds (or VOCs), which can cause all sorts of nasty ailments. Think eye, nose, and throat irritation, headaches, loss of coordination, and nausea. They can damage the liver, kidney, and central nervous system, and some are suspected or known to cause cancer. Children are especially vulnerable.