The Sheared Comfort of Wool

Wool

Along with linen and cotton, wool is one of the oldest textile fibers in the world, and the oldest animal textile fiber. Along with this, sheep, the major producers of wool, join goats and cattle as animals with the longest history of domestication. Wool has been around for millennia, and will remain a significant fiber for the foreseeable future, even with the widespread use of synthetic fibers, including its use in mattresses.

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Materials in Mattresses

Materials in Mattresses

A material truth is that a mattress can be no better than what it is made of. What is inside is critically important, but what is on the outside also matters.

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Underwriters Laboratories (UL)

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Those of us who grew up in the 20th Century remember seeing the UL tags and labels with the legend, “Tested by Underwriters Laboratories” on almost all new electrical products. We knew the device should be safe if used as recommended.

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IVN (International Association of Natural Textile Industry)

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IVN stands for Internationale Verband der Naturtextilwirtschaft. The English translation is International Association Natural Textile Industry. It is a standards setting and certifying organization for textiles. Based in Germany, its mark is used by companies in German speaking nations and neighboring countries.

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Layla Sleep

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ayla Sleep is described as a “family owned” mattress manufacturer. It is located in Fremont, California, but the manufacturing is in Phoenix, Arizona. It features copper-infused memory foam, Thermo-Gel in the cover, and two firmness levels in one mattress.

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IMO Certification

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IMO stands for Institute for Marketecology, also known as Control Body IMO. It is a for profit business employing more than 400 experts in over ninety nations, which inspects, tests, evaluates and verifies businesses as to whether they meet the standards of certifying organizations.

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Spindle Mattress

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Overall, judging by customer reviews and independent reviewers, if you want an all-latex mattress, the Spindle Mattress is a good one for the price. Spindle does let you know if, by your measurements, sleeping position, and preferences, the Spindle Mattress might not be your best option.

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Intertek

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Intertek is an international corporation whose business is testing, evaluation and certification of products and their manufacturing processes for safety, performance, and verification of claims.

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The Lull Mattress

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The name of this memory foam mattress suggests that it will lull a person to sleep. Judging by customer reviews, a majority of owners feel like that is what it does. That is what Lull CEO Sven Klein wanted when he and his wife shopped for a new mattress.

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Fair Trade Certifications

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Fair trade standards were originally monetary, pertaining to the percentage of the end price (paid by consumers) that reached the other end of the supply chain, the original producers. Over time, this broadened to include working conditions, social/community conditions, and accessibility of education. Now it also includes sustainability, environmental responsibility, and climate.

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