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When we started making our Latex Beds in the 1997 we were the only ones in the United States other than the once mighty Englander. Back then Europe had regional manufacturers of latex mattresses. Natura of Canada started showing up at trade shows not too much later. Now, it seems every innerspring company in the country wants to add a couple of inches of latex and say “featuring 100% latex“. It’s a crying shame. A couple of the higher end lines have an all latex mattress, top-to-bottom and side-to-side, and are charging a king’s ransom (but they have a big distribution network to support, suppliers, factories, distributors, retailers and, of course, Madison Avenue). If you find one that is entirely Talalay Latex, like ours, you can expect to pay a thousand or two more than our prices. But back to the question: “Who’s using all the natural latex?“. Here is a graph of what natural rubber is looking like on the commodities market.
I believe three things are affecting the price of rubber.
1) We’re selling so many latex mattresses;)
2) The Chinese and other developing countries are using a lot more rubber, from automobiles to consumer products.
3) Wall Street is making tons of money in the commodities market, and you and I are paying for those bonuses.
We are working hard to keep the price reasonable for you, and, of course, we still back up our beds with the best customer service in the business (some say the best they have seen since they fell in love with Nordstroms). Again, this is where our Manufacturer Direct model works so well for our customers: every increase in product cost does not get marked up 2 or 3 times.
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Sage sleep advice from FloBeds founder, Dave Turner, who also happens to be the Mayor of our fair city of Fort Bragg, California… Really, he’s our founder and our Mayor! We had to give him his own “column”.
Life is too short for a cheap mattress. OK, something original… Quality is important. As my kids say: “Huge”. We don’t cut corners when it comes to the quality of our components. And because of our manufacturer-direct-to-you model, our prices are still reasonable. But right up there with quality and our attention to detail is our attention to YOU. We’re real good at getting your mattress Just Right for your body. And when we don’t, were the best at making it right. We can tune our beds to you. If we can’t… we give your money back. It’s not complicated, but it takes a lot of attention. We promise to give you our attention. I hope you enjoy our new improved look. Thanks Eve.
People who care about the environment and live a green lifestyle want their bed to be all-natural too.
Purchasing a mattress is a significant investment, so here are some tips to help you get the best value when you buy green.
First, know what materials to look for. You’ll avoid mattresses made of environmentally unfriendly materials if you look for organic cotton, untreated wool, natural latex and sustainably harvested pine.
The organic cotton should be where it counts most… next to your body. Organic cotton is the original sustainable fabric, grown and processed with out chemicals.
Mattress covers should include natural wool. Wool is naturally fire and pest resistant, so a blend of wool and cotton is better than cotton-only. Organic wool allows air-flow around your body, and naturally wicks away moisture. You’ll not only sleep cool and dry, but sleep with peace of mind, knowing the wool is the finest wool gathered in the most sheep-friendly way. Organic wool is free of pollutants and harmful substances with zero chemicals used during the growing and processing. There should be wool on all six sides of the mattress.
When you look inside of a green mattress, expect to find certified natural latex. Not foam, not metal springs, just layers of 100% natural latex. 100% natural means there are no petro-chemicals, just natural rubber harvested sustainably from the rubber tree. 100% natural latex is a great green choice as it’s biodegradable and Oekotex Certified.
The wood foundation should be all natural too. Look for foundations made from FSC certified pine sustainably harvested from Ponderosa Pine forests in the western United States and Birch Forests in Western Europe.
Next, learn about the maker of the mattress; this is easy since very few companies specialize in building green mattresses.
Visit their web site to see what they have to say, and ask around to see what their customers say about their products and service. Then call the company and see how much they know about green products and what they’re like to work with.
Once you find a mattress made of quality organic materials, produced by a company with a good reputation for quality and service, find out where to purchase their bed. Most retail mattress stores do not offer all-natural mattresses so the best place to find a green mattress is online. Buying on-line direct from the manufacturer works because you get to really sleep on the bed so you know how your body feels in the morning. Just make certain they have a money back guarantee and will work with you to get ‘just right’.
Buying on-line can also be good for the environment. Ask if the company uses Smart Packaging to save on resources. A king size mattress and foundation can be shipped in just 4 small cartons which saves fuel and trees. And buying direct from the factory saves fuel and distribution costs.
Finally, you can rest easy if you know your green mattress can be recycled at the end of it’s life. Every part of a green sleep system should be 100% recyclable and biodegradable.
FloBeds was the first mattress company to use wool (and no chemicals) to pass the new Federal FR standards.
FloBeds Green Organic Mattresses: Good for you… Good for the whole world.
Hello FloBed Bloggers, I have finally persuaded my father to get up to speed with the new “hip” and “cool” technology (where the vast majority of his business is already done online). A big part of what I’ll be doing is helping get the viral marketing campaign on board. I’m lucky my father is allowing me to be my creative self. This video, however, was my fathers creation (although i want to take a little credit for moving the mountain;) which they made while i was still in D.C. with my NAIA/American Red Cross internship.
This Video is the first of our YouTube videos, involving everyone that was at work that day. It also involves another local business, Furniture Mart. And as you will see, we liberated their Serta Sheep from their show room window. Enjoy!