OUR CERTIFIED ORGANIC 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, organic materials — GOLS-certified organic latex and GOTS-certified organic cotton and wool — delivering luxury, performance, and durability. This is why Avocado's Green Mattress is one of the highest rated mattresses in America, across every category and price range.
At Avocado, our mission isn't just to deliver luxurious, organic mattresses. We also want to be one of the most sustainable companies on the planet. That's why we're a Certified B Corp, members of 1% For the Planet and the American Sustainable Business Network, and Climate Neutral Certified.
ORGANIC LATEX IS SOFT, COOL, & DURABLE
We believe latex is the most comfortable and supportive material for use in a mattress. 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 GOLS-certified organic latex. Our latex comes from "rubber tree" farms in Guatemala and India, which are FSC® certified (C156318) for responsible forest management. Our latex foam cores are eco-INSTITUT® certified and lab-tested annually for STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certification (19.0.79546, Hohenstein HTTI) for harmful substances.
THE INCREDIBLE POWER OF ORGANIC WOOL
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 GOTS-certified organic wool in our (non-vegan) mattresses to eliminate the need for flame retarding chemicals and synthetic fire barriers, while still meeting federal safety standards for flammability. Our organic wool has also received STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certification (15.HIN.75800, Hohenstein HTTI), which means the material is tested against a list of up to 350 toxic chemicals. Our wool supply chain is also certified to the Responsible Wool Standard.
Where do we source our wool? From our 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.
CERTIFIED ORGANIC COTTON IS SOFT, LUXURIOUS, COOL, AND STRONG
Conventional cotton is often produced with pesticides. 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 use 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.
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. 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 it's so beloved. Hemp has the elegant texture of linen and is naturally breathable and durable. Growing it requires less land and water as cotton. 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 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 can rely on intensive chemical treatments to process the plant quickly and cheaply. That’s not how we do things. Avocado exclusively uses GOTS-certified organic (CU 863637) hemp, the gold standard for environmental and social responsibility.
ORGANIC LINEN IS RENEWABLE, ELEGANT, AND BREATHABLE
Conventional fabrics and the ecosystems they come from can be polluted with pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. Our linen sheets, loomed in France, are GOTS-certified organic (CU863637) and MADE SAFE® Certified. Organic linen is known for its luxurious finish, breathability, and moisture wicking.
We all sleep better when our body temperature lowers at night, and linen is breathable and cool. 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 doesn't pill or shed.
SOLID WOOD IS NATURAL, RENEWABLE, 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 wood furniture collection proudly features reclaimed wood, upcycled wood, and responsibly-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.