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Screen Use and Quality of Sleep, Part 2

Screen usage is one of several factors influencing how well we sleep. Some of the others are activities, diet, health conditions, emotional state, stress, room atmosphere, sleep partner, bed, mattress, and pillow. We can have the right bed, mattress, and pillow, control the other factors, and still sabotage our sleep with bad screen device habits. At the end of the day, what we sleep on and what we do combine to shape our sleep experience.

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Screen Use and Quality of Sleep, Part 1

An Analysis of Responses to the Survey: Screen vs. No Screen Using results as of 11/30/2017 Part 1: Survey Responses Throughout 2017, MemoryFoamMattress.org (MFM) has been conducting an online survey on the use of electronic devices before going to bed. It is an...

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Down and Memory Foam Comparison Charts

Down and Memory Foam Comparison Charts   Top Down and Down-Feather Pillows on Amazon as of 11/17/2017 Manufacturer (# of Models) Total Reviews Total Gross Rating Overall Average Rating East Coast Bedding (6) 756 3,386.1 4.5 DOWNLITE (6) 499 2,221.2 4.5 Continental...

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Allergy Standards Certification

ASL is a global organization. It began in Ireland in 2006, and is headquartered there. It has merged with like organizations in other countries, such the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America in the United States and the Asthma Society of Canada (now Asthma Canada).

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American Down & Feather Council (ADFC)

The American Down & Feather Council (ADFC) is “a section of the Home Fashion Products Association (HFPA).” Its members are companies which manufacture products using down and feathers or distribute, buy/sell, or process feathers and down. ADFC itself, as a national association, is a member of the International Down and Feather Bureau (IDFB), and its members have IDFB membership through ADFC.

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International Down and Feather Bureau (IDFB)

Based in Bregenz, Austria, the International Down and Feather Bureau (IDFB) is “the global association of the down and feather industry.” As such, it promotes the use of down and feathers in home products (bedding), apparel, and sporting gear.

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Responsible Down Standard (RDS)

The Responsible Down Standard (RDS), a certification standard for down and feathers, is part of the Textile Exchange (TE), a standards and certification organization concerned with fibers and fabrics used by consumers. As such, all firms seeking RDS certification must first become members of TE, meeting its overall standards.

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Textile Exchange

Textile Exchange (TE) was organized and incorporated in 2002 in Texas as the Organic Exchange. Its first focus was on organic cotton in a state where cotton is an important crop. With public concern over the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers in producing widely-used fibers, several suppliers were promoting their cotton as “organic.” Textile mills, apparel manufacturers, retailers, and consumers needed to know if organic claims were genuine.

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Down and Feathers, Part 2

Marketing, Sourcing, Issues, and Certifications Down and Feathers in the Marketplace While down and feathers have been used in featherbeds and pillows for a long time, they are now increasingly used in other applications, such as covers (duvets, comforters and...

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Down & Feather Bedding on Amazon

Down Pillows, Featherbeds, and Down Comforters With over 100 Customer Reviews on Amazon (As of 11/03/2017)   Down Pillows Sample of down feather pillows w/ 100+ reviews Pillow Manufacturer Avg Rating Price # of Reviews Set of 2, Luxury Goose Feather and Down Bed...

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Down and Feathers, Part 1

he terms “featherbed” and “down pillow” have connotations of luxury, and for good reasons. At a time when most mattresses were sacks filled with whatever was more cushioning than a dirt floor, feathers and down were the softest cushioning materials available. Not only were they cushioning, they were also insulating, keeping the sleeper warm when the floor was cold.

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Spandex – A Long Stretch to Cover

Lycra, Spandex and Elastane are all names for the same Fiber   First developed by DuPont, Lycra is a polyurethane fiber. The two prepolymers, one long and flexible and the other short and stiff, link to form a folded or twisted fiber which can be stretched up to five...

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