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.
Cotton, one of the oldest textile fibers, continues to be one of the most used, even with the wide use of synthetic fibers as well as other natural fibers, and it still is an important material in many 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Original Adjustable Air Bed for Home Use Why air support is needed (Comfortaire illustration) The Company Comfortaire was established in 1980 by Bob Walker to design, make and sell mattresses with adjustable air support for regular home beds. Pressure relief of fluid support made waterbeds popular through the 1970s. Walker…
Michael Hughes founded PlushBeds in 2007 in California. It was incorporated in 2015. It is one of the senior companies when it comes to making and selling boxed mattresses online.
In an interview with Joe Auer of review site Mattress Clarity, Michael Hughes of PlushBeds said he and his wife had trouble finding an environmentally friendly mattress in local stores, so they looked up mattresses online. Very few websites, like those of Tempur-Pedic and other established brands, were well done with good information (but high-priced). Lesser-known brands were inconsistent, unreliable, and not original.
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.
HIBR has made a dent in the markets for pillows and memory foam mattresses. Most of this is due to their innovation in materials technology and design. Their first mattress draws on a concept initiated by Dr. Swartzburg, but with innovative applications.