Just like any other industry, there are loose regulations associated with some certification companies and a lot of greenwashing that happens in the mattress world. It's important to ask all the right questions, do your own research and consider which mattress is best suited. We believe the best customer is an educated customer, which is why all of our staff is well-informed.
Here are some of the common certifications used here in Canada.
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS)
Some certifications are useful and offer peace of mind, while others mean virtually nothing or could be disguising a potentially harmful material you wouldn't knowingly choose.
Lets take a closer look...
GOTS - they cover detailed ecological and socially responsible textile manufacturing guidelines for the entire supply chain with independent certification. This certification is the gold standard of organic fibers and is certainly one to search for if it is important for you to be organic. This qualification suggests that no harmful chemicals are introduced in the manufacturing or processing of the fibres. Processing must also be committed to strict environmental and employment concerns in order to protect employees and the earth.
GOLS - is the first global standard for organic latex and is regulated by Control Union Certification. To earn the GOLS certification, a product needs to "contain more than 95% certified organic raw material." For latex goods, this certification is one to look for and is important. In order to guarantee purity and consistency, select latex products that have the GOLS seal, as impure latex may have negative health implications. GOLS establishes a clear path and procedure on the route from field or farmer level to the certified organic latex product manufacturer. Among other factors, manufacturers that are given approval to produce organic products under the GOLS logo have to follow mandatory social and environmental regulations.
GreenGuard - is a third-party governing body that tests and certifies materials used in building products, furniture, and other items to ensure better indoor air quality. This certification means the product has no greater than 1/100 of the currently published ACGIH® Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) and that the product has met specific guidelines determined to be safer. GreenGuard conducts product testing only for chemical emissions. They specifically measure the evaporation of chemicals that act as a gas at room temperature. GreenGuard does not consider manufacturing or supply chains; it only checks the final product provided for certification.
Oeko-Tex - certifications for Oeko-Tex and Eco-Institut require safety testing of hazardous substances and VOCs in materials used to manufacture such goods. STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX ® comes from a stand-alone examination of raw, semi-finished and finished textile items at each stage of production. This qualification applies to the individual products and does not measure the finished product.
CertiPUR-US - is a foam certification alliance comprised and operated by those in the foam industry. This certification checks for the use of already prohibited chemicals and tests for VOCs to the limits set by the foam producers. Although it's definitely better than nothing, it seems biased as the certifier works in the foam industry and sets the safety standard making the findings less valuable compared to other certifications who are solely focused on consumer protection. CertiPUR does not test for intake or skin contact therefore being certified does not necessarily mean that the product is 'safe' or 'non-toxic'.
There's so much knowledge out there, and it can be difficult to find out what's true, embellished, or a lie. Now that you know more about certification, you can feel confident when making purchasing decisions, especially for mattresses. As consumers, we have the power to choose the purchase healthy, sustainable products with known materials and meaningful certifications.
Sunshine Mattress Co. products are proudly certified by GOT and GOLS - because we care about you and the enviroment.
As many women enter pregnancy, they are faced with many physical issues including cramps. morning sickness, nausea and sleep disruption. All of which become physically draining as their bodies go through a lot of changes to accommodate the growth for their new bundle of joy. Expecting mothers should take special care of the amount of sleep they are getting and making sure that their sleeping posture is maintained. For many moms-to-be, sleeping troubles can be fixed by following a few simple tips.
- Avoid fluid intake at night - frequent urination is common in pregnant women, especially during the first trimester. The increased bathroom visits are a big reason for sleep disruption at night, that's why many women will consume plenty of fluids during the day and will cut down before bedtime. It will help reduce late night trips to the bathroom and ensure that you get a peaceful sleep.
- Stay active - nightime leg cramps become worse in the third trimester, keeping you awake and in discomfort. To avoid painful leg cramps, exercising regularly can definately help - unless your doctor advises against it. Walking, swimming, stretching or any other activies that you are familiar with can improve blood circulation, therefore reducing leg pain.
- Sleep on an Organic Mattress - they are soft, supportive and hypoallergenic, thus providing a comfortable and safe sleeping environment for mom-to-be. Many women develop allergic symptoms during their pregnancy that can be triggered from chemically-treated synthetic mattresses. Sleeping on a hypoallergenic organic mattress made of natural materials such as wool or latex will help maintain a comfortable body temperature and will avoid allergic reactions caused from chemical fumes.
- Sleep on your left side - it helps in giving proper blood flow to the fetus, uterus and kidneys and nutrients to your placenta. That said, because your liver is on the right side of your abdomen, sleeping on your left side keeps your uterus away from that large organ and reduces the pressure the baby puts on your organs, thus helping with heartburn issues. If sleeping on your left is uncomfortable, try using pillows, one under your knee and another under your belly.
- Take naps - t's important that your body is being rested, especially if you are not getting enough sleep at night. Improper sleep at night can make you feel tired throughout the day. Consider taking a 20-30 minute nap during the day, but don't snooze for more than that, as long naps can make you feel even more tired and confuse your normal sleep cycle.
At Sunshine Mattress Co. we are happy to help expecting mothers maintain good quality sleep with our organic mattress, pillow or duvets. We can introduce you to a sleep system that is designed to change as your body changes, while also introducing you to our Baby and Kids Collection. Visit our Showroom and feel the difference of Sunshine Mattress!
Latex mattresses are one of the most popular types available, they are a healthier, more comfortable and of course the better alternative to synthetic memory foam.
Here are some reasons why you'll love them.
- Unparalelled Comfort
Comfort is one of the most important factors when it comes to buying a mattress. After all, you want a good sleep, and latex mattresses deliver the ultimate comfort by conforming to your body so you get a soft sinking feeling accompanied by buoyant support.
- They're Durable
Natural latex is a highly durable material that tends to last longer than other mattress materials like synthetic foam. The natural resilience of organic latex mattresses allows them to instantly return to their original shape after compression. Latex mattress will last for 15-40 years , significantly longer than the average of the other beds of 5-10 years. This ensures that less mattresses and fabrics are used and discarded.
- They're Ecofriendly
Natural latex comes from hevea brasiliensis trees which are tapped as they continue to grow, live and clean the air. Sustainable latex farms use a cyclical system to ensure that new trees are always planted to replace trees at the end of their lifetime. It is biodegradable and recyclable. At the end of its time as a mattress, the latex content can be recycled and ultimately degraded if it is put in a landfill.
- Naturally Hypoallergenic
Unlike conventional synthetic mattresses, which trap dust and moisture and promote the growth of dust mites, moulds and other allergens, latex mattresses are naturally antibacterial, dust resistant and antifungal. Chemical odour is a common issue with synthetic mattresses, whereas organic latex mattresses are chemical-free, which is why they do not off-gas. The hypoallergenic properties make them a great option for people with allergies.
- Perfect Support
Latex is highly responsive to body weight, which helps to reduce relieving pain pressure points. This promotes correct alignment of the spine, as the heavy parts of the body fall into latex like hips and shoulders. The lighter parts, such as the head and the neck, maintain the natural curvature of the body. This reduces pressure on your back and neck and increases circulation in your blood.
- They Don't Transmit Movement
Latex mattresses have a natural resilience that ensures the movement on one side of the mattress is not transferred to the other. Combined with our internal layering design which gives each sleeper control of the firmness, you'll forget that your partner is sleeping next to you!
- They're Breathable
Latex has a natural, open-cell structure that encourages air flow. During the production, natural latex mattresses are punctured by pinholes placed at regular ventilation intervals. This breathable design helps to create a temperature-neutral atmosphere that keeps you cool and relaxed at night. In short, buying a latex mattress means that your sleep is not disturbed by built-in heat as its breathability dissipates warmth and moisture.
You can select your level of comfort based on your weight and sleeping position. Both Adult Sunshine Mattresses are available at varying levels of firmness from Soft to Firm to help you get the right level of support. For example, a firm mattress is best suited for stomach / back sleepers, whereas a soft mattress is a better option for people who sleep on their sides.
What are you waiting for! Come check it out for yourself!
A customer spoke to me a little while back. She told me she had woken up without pain for the first time in years. But she didn't have one of our mattresses yet! She had gone on vacation and slept on the perfect hotel mattress. She wanted that mattress for her home. Naturally, I was ready to help!
You know that if you stay at a name brand hotel you can expect a pretty excellent bed. Why? How? What's their secret? What model mattress do they use? Do you want the answer?
Hotels have to replace each mattress after about 1000 nights of use.
That's it! That's all!
OK, also your sheets were freshly washed. Unless you're replacing your linens every single day, hotel bedding will feel newer and cleaner. And when you're on vacation you're usually more active and excited and get better use of your day, which will make all beds feel better. But the real secret is that no (name brand) hotel bed is older than about 3 years.
Hotels will buy the very cheapest mattresses they can get away with under their brand's standards. They have to buy cheap mattresses, because they're replacing so many beds so often. Once a room has been used 1000 times, they haul the mattress away and replace it with the least expensive one they can find.
These are usually coil spring mattresses with thin sewn in pillow tops. The very same kind you're waking up on in pain. After less than 3 years, your top of the line coil spring mattress will sag. The pillow top will drift to one side. A corner might curl up. Your ten year investment is already shot.
That customer didn't want to replace her mattress every 3 years. She wanted one solid purchase that would last her a very long time. A quality mattress that was customized to her needs, yet internally flexible to cater to future needs. Sunshine Mattress was the perfect fit, and she woke up pain free from that moment on! Will you?
All products bearing an organic label need to pass very strict inspections of every stage of their production. The governing body for organic cotton is the Global Organic Textile Standard. The Standard requires no pesticide use, no added chemicals, a clean growing environment, and dignified working conditions for everyone involved.
This is really hard for cotton because it's traditionally the most heavily poisoned crop on the planet.
Cotton grows on bushes. Little cotton balls develop inside leafy casings. These little cotton balls are fluffy and warm and safe and everywhere you want to be if you are a bug laying eggs. You can understand why heavy pesticide spraying might be desirable.
It gets worse, though. Those casings surrounding the cotton balls? There's not really a great machine for getting those off. So, to harvest cotton, people drive giant lawn mowers over whole rows of bushes. The debris (cotton, casing, sticks and all) is then soaked in an acid that melts everything except the cotton balls. The cotton just absorbs it alongside all the pesticides. Fun!
That's how you get t-shirt material. Not Sunshine organic mattress material. How do we do it?
We have a relationship with a sea island community that farms extra long staple cotton. We pay top dollar for consistent access to pretty much the only clean cotton on Earth. The extra long staple means that every strand of fiber in those cotton balls is significantly longer, so the cotton goes further, and it's economical to pick by hand for a fair wage. The cotton is grown without pesticides. No mass mowing or acid baths. Your health is important, so clean materials are our highest priority.
At Sunshine Mattress Co. we take great care to earn one of the most difficult organic certifications there is. It's worth it.