Flexible Polyurethane Foam

Flexible Polyurethane Foam

The most common material found in foam mattresses is flexible polyurethane foam. It is foam that is flexible (bendable and compressible) made of polyurethane.

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Bamboo – The Woody Grass

Bamboo Stalk (WGV)

Bamboo – the tallest grass in the world – joins cotton, linen, and wool as one of the ancient source materials used in modern mattresses in traditional and modern forms.

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Gold Bond Mattresses

Gold Bond logo

Most people associate the Gold Bond Mattress Company with futons and futon mattresses. That is only natural. For one thing, Gold Bond, along with Bedworks, is credited with developing and popularizing the modern Western futon and futon mattress from the original Japanese foldable sleeping mat (Gold Bond, in 1980, actually beat Bedworks (1982) by two years).

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Latex – from Bouncing Balls to Bouncy Mattresses

Liquid Latex in Cup

Latex from some plants, such as dandelions and members of the Hevea genus, contains isoprenes, which naturally polymerize as the latex congeals, forming a water-resistant material. Using heat to dry the latex increases the polymerization. In 1839, Charles Goodyear discovered that adding sulfur while curing latex made the final product more durable.

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Cotton – Ancient and Modern Fiber

Logo of the National Cotton Council

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.

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IVN (International Association of Natural Textile Industry)

IVN Logo

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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