BEYOND ORGANIC CERTIFIED NATURAL MATERIALS
The materials we use are just as important as the materials we don't use. No polyurethane foams, no off-gassing adhesives to bind the layers or toxic flame retardants. Instead, our mattresses boast premium, natural materials — 100% organic certified latex, cotton, and wool — delivering more luxury, performance, and durability than any synthetic material. This is why Avocado's Green Mattress is the highest rated mattress in America, across every category and price range.
When it comes to sourcing materials, we set a new standard for the mattress industry. We raise our own sheep responsibly to certified organic standards. We clean and process our wool naturally. We own our rubber tree farms and make our own latex foam cores. We handcraft each mattress in a GOTS certified factory in Los Angeles that we own, and has been in continuous operation since 1987, with the finest materials from around the world. And we obsessively test and redundantly certify everything in our brand name for trust and transparency — from our farms all the way to the finished mattresses — to be natural, organic, safe, responsible, and sustainable.
ORGANIC LATEX IS SOFT, COOL, & DURABLE
Latex is undeniably the most comfortable and supportive material for use in a mattress. No synthetic material — like polyurethane foam, memory foam, synthetic latex, or colorful plastic grid — comes close to the comfort, breathability, resilience, and durability of pure and natural latex.
Yet not all latex is the same. There are no ecological or social responsibility standards for “natural” or synthetic latex. So we don't use them. We only use 100% GOLS organic certified Dunlop latex. And we make it ourselves. We co-own more than 4,000 hectares of organic "rubber tree" farms in southern India, which are FSC® certified (C156318) for responsible forest management. And we even make our own GOLS® certified organic latex foam cores. These are eco-INSTITUT® certified for purity and lab-tested annually for STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certification (19.0.79546, Hohenstein HTTI), to further ensure no harmful chemicals are present.
ORGANIC WOOL IS BETTER THAN SYNTHETIC FIBER
For thousands of years, people have used wool in bedding to stay comfortable and cool because of its unique thermoregulating properties — it keeps you warm when it's cold and and cool when it's hot. That’s because the hollow fiber structure of wool allows for large volumes of air, giving natural insulation, elasticity, and resilience. Wool can absorb significant amounts of water (up to 30% of its weight) without ever feeling wet. This delivers natural temperature-regulating properties that complement our organic latex foam. Better still, it’s naturally flame resistant. It tends to char and self-extinguish, rather than burn. So we use pure 100% GOTS certified organic wool in our (non-vegan) mattresses to completely eliminate the need for flame retarding chemicals and synthetic fire barriers, while still easily meeting federal safety standards for flammability. Our organic wool has also received STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certification (15.HIN.75800, Hohenstein HTTI) to ensure no hidden flame retardants or harmful chemicals are present. There is simply no more sustainable and renewable fiber than organic wool. Sheep just need sunshine and green grass to thrive. Furthermore, we are the only mattress-maker in the world to use wool certified to the Responsible Wool Standard, which ensures our wool comes from farms that have a progressive approach to managing their land, practice holistic well-being for the sheep, and respect the Five Freedoms of animal welfare.
Where do we source our wool? From our own organic certified, responsibly managed flocks in the Himalayas — where more than 200,000 sheep roam the mountains. These tan, brown, and black Gaddi sheep are a domesticated breed related to Merino that thrive in the far north of India, with exceptionally fine and dense fleece. They graze across more than 40,000 hectares of certified organic pastures along the steep steps of the Himalayas at altitudes of 8,000 to 14,000 feet above sea level. We directly employ more than 100 farmers, 400 herders, and support more than 50 villages with fair, living wages.
CERTIFIED ORGANIC COTTON IS SOFT, LUXURIOUS, COOL, AND STRONG
Conventional cotton depends on heavy chemicals. It's one of the world's most polluted crops. The impact on human health and the environment is irresponsible and unsustainable. We never use conventional cotton. (Nor do we use polyester or synthetic stretch-knit blends in our mattress and pillow covers.) Instead, we only use premium 100% GOTS certified organic cotton from India — an incredibly soft yet highly durable natural fiber. Our Vegan Hybrid Mattress (which is made without wool) uses USDA certified organic cotton fiber, farmed using National Organic Program (NOP) standards. It has received STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certification (19.HIN.68466, Hohenstein HTTI). It provides a luxurious finish, unparalleled comfort, and ample air circulation.
Better still, organic cotton is grown without harmful chemicals, leaving the soil, air, and water free from harmful contaminates. Organic cotton also helps mitigate the climate crisis, as it produces around 46% less carbon dioxide compared to conventional cotton. It also uses up to 90% less water to grow since our organic cotton growers generally rely on rainwater for irrigation.
NATURAL ALPACA, ONCE RESERVED FOR ROYALTY
Living in the harsh, wind-swept Andes at elevations above 12,000 feet, alpaca developed a highly sophisticated wool. It has the delicate texture of cashmere, the luster of silk, and the functionality of sheep’s wool. It is lightweight, temperature- and moisture-regulating, flame-resistant, and antimicrobial. It isn’t itchy and doesn’t contain oil or lanolin. It’s also hypoallergenic. Once reserved for Incan royalty, alpaca wool is now one of the most sought-after fibers in the world. We use alpaca wool in our Alpaca Duvet Insert, Alpaca Topper, and our Alpaca Wool Throw Blankets. Read more about why we love alpacas.
ORGANIC HEMP, AN INCREDIBLY SUSTAINABLE SUPERPLANT
Farmers have cultivated hemp for fabrics for thousands of years — and it’s easy to understand why. Organic hemp is one of the most sustainable fibers on the planet. It’s also naturally breathable, hypoallergenic, antibacterial, and extremely durable — with the elegant texture of linen. Growing it requires a third of the land and a quarter of the water as cotton and doesn’t need herbicides. Hemp is also a natural pest reducer, so it doesn’t need pesticides, either. And because its roots grow up to nine feet deep, hemp is a regenerative plant, returning 60 to 70% of nutrients back to the soil.
Hemp farms are also extremely effective carbon sinks — sequestering the climate-change causing gas at twice the clip of forests. But not all hemp fiber is processed equally. Most companies use non-organic hemp, which requires intensive chemical treatments to process the plant quickly and cheaply. That’s not how we do things. Avocado exclusively uses 100% GOTS certified organic (CU 863637) hemp, the gold standard for environmental and social responsibility among fibers.
ORGANIC LINEN IS RENEWABLE, ELEGANT, AND INCREDIBLY BREATHABLE
Conventional fabrics and the ecosystems they come from are polluted with pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. Our organic linen is held to a stricter standard. Loomed in France, our linen sheets are GOTS certified organic (CU863637) and MADE SAFE® Certified so you can rest assured our linen is responsibly and sustainably grown. This is better for you, our farmers, and the planet. Best of all, organic linen has a luxurious finish, breathes easily, and wicks away moisture better than any synthetic.
We all sleep better when our body temperature lowers at night, and no fabric is more breathable and cool than linen. Woven from the renewable stalks of the flax plant — one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world — linen is weightier and more durable than cotton, with a textured feel and elegant drape that softens over time and never pills or sheds.
SOLID WOOD IS NATURAL, SUSTAINABLE, AND TIMELESS
A lot of furniture is mass-made with cheap particle board or synthetic laminates. Each piece looks exactly the same. Not at Avocado. Our natural furniture collection proudly features reclaimed wood, upcycled wood, and sustainably-harvested wood. Consistent with the values driving Avocado, we individually craft every piece in our FSC® C156318 certified Los Angeles woodshop with exceptional attention to quality, durability, and detail.
We always use 100% solid, domestically sourced wood like maple and walnut or reclaimed wood from buildings constructed 50 to 100 years ago. Because of their abundance and shorter lifespan, maple and walnut are some of the most sustainable timbers. They are also hardwoods, so they're extremely durable and long-lasting. And by utilizing reclaimed wood, we divert wood waste from landfills and reduce emissions associated with the logging, transport, and processing of new wood while helping to safeguard our natural resources.