Category: Natural & Organic

04 Feb

Organic Cotton

100% Organic Cotton

Organic Cotton Surrounds Every FloBed Latex Mattress

Organic Cotton where it counts most…next to your body. You spend all day in a harsh world. Retreat to a natural bed covered with organic cotton for a true safe haven. Cotton, the original sustainable fabric, grown and processed without chemicals.

natural cotton

What is organic cotton? Organic cotton is the version of its conventional counterpart grown without pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, chemical fertilizers or any other chemicals, and that makes it hugely different, especially considering that cotton (organic or otherwise) provides about half of all the world’s fiber needs.

Conventional cotton is one of the most chemically-dependent crops, sucking up 10 percent of all agricultural chemicals and 25 percent of insecticides on 3 percent of our arable land; that’s more than any other crop per unit. That adds up to 1/3 of a pound of chemicals to produce enough cotton for a t-shirt, and 3/4 of a pound for a pair of jeans. And that’s just not bad for the planet; 20,000 deaths occur each year from pesticide poisoning in developing countries, many of these from cotton farming, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Organic cotton on the other hand, uses agricultural methods designed to help sustain the land it grows on, the people who grow and harvest it, and the planet in general. Organic farming really starts with the soil. Compost, frequent crop rotations and cover crop strategies replace synthetic fertilizers to keep the soil healthy and productive. Weeds are controlled by innovative farm machinery, hand labor or flame devices rather than herbicide applications. Rather than attempting to eradicate all insects with chemicals, organic farmers cultivate a diversity of natural enemies which prey on insect pests, and lure pests away from cotton by planting trap crops. Insect pests can be effectively kept in balance with well-timed introduction of beneficial insects to fields. In warmer growing regions, where the cotton plants must be killed or defoliated to pick a quality crop before the onset of winter rains, organic growers shut off water early, and apply certified certified materials to promote cotton boll opening and leaf dropping, readying the fibers for harvest. In the US, both conventional and organic cotton are mostly machine-picked; in some developing countries, cotton is still harvested by hand.

When it comes time to harvest by hand, it follows then that organic cotton is also much safer for those who pick it. Workers aren’t exposed to breathing or otherwise ingesting toxic chemicals while active in the field, and don’t have to worry about the same nasty chemicals getting into their water supply if they live nearby. They can raise healthier children and livestock, and everyone is happier (okay, we made that last part up, but it seems to fit, right?).
Organic cotton certification: Like other organic products (food is the most prominent example), organic cotton must be certified as such by a third party, based upon pre-determined rules and regulations for what is and isn’t allowed in the cultivation process. Here in the United States, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulates the organic certification process, based on the standards set in the Organic Food Production Act of 1990 (OFPA); because organic cotton is grown around the world, and the US supply is not large enough to keep up with demand, other certification groups are often cited for products we see and use.

The Dutch organization SKAL (one we’ve seen around a lot), for example, works in Europe, South America, Africa and Asia to certify different agricultural products as organic. Among the rules for certification, in addition to the ongoing ban of pesticides and other chemicals, is that the soil cannot have been sprayed with any of the banned substances for three years, so proper organic certification takes significant time, effort and bureaucratic rule-following (some might call it hoop-jumping or cutting red tape, but we won’t) but the results are something to be proud of: a truly sustainable product.

05 Aug

FloBeds visits Latex Supplier Talalay Global

Dave inspects Talalay latex core in production

Visit to Talalay Global (formally Latex International) in Connecticut

Dave visits Latex International again in 2009 and checks out the plant!
This company provides FloBeds with the ingedients to make the best talalay latex mattress in the world.

Dave report to work

Reporting to work.

You, Robot... over here!

Hey you, Robot… over here!

Robot, reporting for duty...

Lets make an Extra Firm Core.

Robot goes to work

Nice and smooth… easy now.

Looking Good

Nice work, if I don’t say so myself.

VP Kevin congratulates Dave on making a great mattress

VP Kevin Stein
congratulates me on my great Mattress!

Dave makes a core

Oh! I just love this stuff!

04 Aug

vZone Latex Mattress

vZone Latex Mattress

In addition to the top to bottom & side to side customization of our Select & Deluxe models, the vZone features head to toe adjustable zoning to provide pressure point relief for hips and shoulders as well as additinoal lumbar support. With the Posture vZone, your Talalay latex mattress is customized and adjustable in every direction! Pain Relief in Bed!

vZone Natural Latex Mattress shown on fir slats Plush - vZone for targeted pressure relief in shoulders and hips. Extra lumbar support.Soft - vZone for targeted pressure relief in shoulders and hips. Extra lumbar support.
vZone Firm
Medium - vZone for targeted pressure relief in shoulders and hips. Extra lumbar support.Firm vZone for targeted pressure relief in shoulders and hips. Extra lumbar support. vZone contoured spinal support with pressure relief
02 Aug

Care of your Organic Cotton & Wool Mattress cover

Organic Wool - Comfort and Fire Resistant, Naturally

FloBed Covers

You can’t judge a mattress by its cover…
but it’s a good place to start!

FloBeds cares what you surround yourself in. That’s why we use the best materials we can procure in our Latex Mattress Line.

Organic Cotton Euro Knit quilted to one inch Pure Wool

cotton and wool - the best cover we know how to make

Cotton Euro Knit quilted to Wool on all 6 sides… Top, Bottom and 4 sides

Pure Wool is quilted into every FloBeds Latex Mattress.
You can’t see it, but you will appreciate it.

A cover should be durable, breathable and of quality fibers. Our covers are made of Organic Cotton European Stretch Knits quilted to Organic Natural Wool, a bedding wonder. Wool breathes well and on a hot night and will wick away a third its weight in moisture. Dust mites don’t like wool. Wool springs back to its natural shape. We don’t use any poly-foam in our covers because it breaks down in 4 or 5 years, it sucks in dust and moisture, and it doesn’t breath. We don’t use a pillow-top in our beds.  The cover should not interfere with the pressure relief and core support of the components beneath.

What to look for in your mattress cover:

  • Organic Cotton surface.
  • Stretch knit to allow mattress to conform to your body
  • Top of cover should not be pulled tight, creating “hamock effect”
  • Natural Wool to provide air circulation
  • Natural Wool to wick away moisture (we all throw off water water when we sleep)
  • Chemical Free (most companies use chemicals to meet Federal Fire standards… FloBeds was the first to use only wool!)
  • Quality… Your cover should fit snug and be well tailored

cotton is so nice
Patrick and his sheep

01 Aug

Certified Pure, Chemical Free Mattress

Mattresses so pure, you can rest assured!

You spend a third of your life in bed… consider what you’re sleeping on. FloBeds has. We were the first to use wool to pass the federal fire standards for mattresses. Organic Cotton is obvious… but we even wash it before quilting it to our organic wool. Solid Ponderosa Pine builds up our slat foundations, FCS certified of course. You deserve the best in your latex mattress.

Milk from Rubber Tree for Pure Latex Rubber

Natural Latex

made from the milk of the Rubber Tree… 100% natural.
Certification – Oeko-Tex Natural Talalay
Our Talalay latex mattress is baby-safe, buoyant, and breathable.

Organic Cotton Euro Stretch Knit Cover

Organic Cotton

Luxurious Euro Stretch Knit. And even then, since it is next to your body, we even wash it before quilting it to our organic wool.
GOTS Organic Cotton Certificate

Organic Wool from Healthy Sheep raised outdoors

Organic Wool

healthy sheep Plein-Air raised outdoors… organically. Wool is how we pass the Federal Open Flame Test (most companies use chemicals or artificial components).
GOTS Organic Wool Certificate

Ponderosa Pine FSC supports FloBeds

FSC Pine

We use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified Ponderosa Pine in our foundations.
FSC Certification

Oeko-Tex Certified

Oeko-Tex Flag Certificates of purity:
See our Oeko-Tex Certificates
. Find out more about Oeko-Tex. The organization is looked to world-wide for assuring the human ecological safety in regards to textile related products.
Find also our Organic Certifications on this page.

30 Jul

Vegan Mattress by FloBeds Chemical Free Natural Latex with Organic Cotton

Vegan Mattress: Organic Cotton Natural Latex


100% Organic CottonOrganic Cotton where it counts most… next to your body. You spend all day in a harsh world. Retreat to a natural bed covered with organic cotton for a true safe haven. Cotton, the original sustainable fabric, grown and processed with out chemicals. Our cover is a luxurious soft 2-ply Organic Cotton Euro Knit quilted to more organic cotton for breathability. This is our Vegan latex line.

In our Vegan Line, we have eliminated the wool in our cover which we use to meet Federal Fire Resistant standards. Our Vegan customers will need to have a doctors prescription so we can make your mattresses with out the wool.
Good for you… Good for the whole world.
natural latex under organic cotton and wool
FloBeds Natural Latex is certified pure. No petro-chemicals. Just natural rubber harvested sustainably from the rubber tree. Conforms to your body naturally. Caressing every curve. Supporting where you need support. The FloBeds Organic Cotton Natural Latex mattress is personalized for your body… and your partner’s. Each side can be personalized from soft to extra firm. FloBeds 100% Natural Latex is biodegradable and it is Oekotex Certified
Good for you… Good for the whole world.Forest Sustainability Councilsustainable pine and birch in foundation
FloBeds foundations are made from FSC certified pine sustainably harvested from Ponderosa Pine forests in the western United States and Birch Forests in Western Europe.
Latex Mattress ships in 2 Boxes
Smart Packaging saves on resources. A King Size FloBed Mattress ships in two UPS cartons. Mattress and Foundation ships via UPS in just 4 cartons. Save fuel and trees. The FloBeds Factory-Direct-to-You business model further saves fuel and distribution costs.
2 latex cores and cover coming out of boxrecycle green mattress: latex, woo, cotton
Easy to recycle. Every part of a Green FloBeds Mattress and Foundation is 100% recyclable and biodegradable (Cotton, Latex and Pine). And if you choose our wood legs, the entire bed is made of natural compostable materials.
FloBeds Green Mattresses: Good for you… Good for the whole world.Organic Cotton, Organic Wool, Natural Latex

Follow this link to see our line of:

Vegan Natural Mattresses

28 Jul

Once Upon a $20,000 Mattress

February 8, 2004, Sunday
MONEY AND BUSINESS/FINANCIAL DESKPersonal Business

Not a Fairy Tale:
Once Upon a $20,000 Mattress

By ELIZABETH OLSON (NYT) 1336 words
FORGET about $6,000 shower curtains. If you are really looking to splurge, how about an ultraluxurious mattress?
Last summer, Evette White decided on a king-size model from Hypnos of Britain, which has been supplying beds for Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the royal family for four decades. How much did it set her back? Mrs. White would disclose only that it was at least $10,000. But she said she and her husband, Timothy, 42, thought it was well worth it.
”I had just gotten a new Volvo Cross Country, and it cost a lot — $40,000 to $50,000 — but I only spend a couple of hours in it each day,” said Mrs. White, 38, who is a partner in a marketing firm in Nashville. ”We’re spending six to eight hours sleeping every night, and I realized it is kind of silly that we don’t spend more for our mattress.”
Make that mattresses. Mrs. White says she also bought Hypnos twin mattresses for each of her three children.
A growing number of consumers are reaching similar conclusions. Some are spending as much as $20,000 for mattresses made by hand from materials like imported lamb’s wool, cashmere and silk. Behind the trend, industry experts say, are the aging baby boomers, who have a penchant for luxury products anyway and who often struggle to get a good night’s sleep. Some have become accustomed to high-end beds after staying in luxury hotels, industry experts say.
”As you age, you tend to have more aches and pains, and you gain more weight,” said Nancy Blatt, a spokeswoman for the International Sleep Products Association in Alexandria, Va. ”Higher-quality bedding becomes more important. We know from the manufacturers that people are buying bigger and better bedding.”
Although the trade group has not yet compiled statistics for 2003, Ms. Blatt said that in 2002, about 17 percent of consumers spent $1,000 to $2,000 on mattress and box-spring sets, up from 14 percent in 2001 and 13 percent in 2000. (The average price paid for a mattress in 2002 was $600, she said.) Only 3 percent spent more than $2,000 in 2002, up from around 2 percent the previous year, Ms. Blatt said. But even those numbers are significant, she added, because manufacturers sell an estimated 73,000 mattresses daily in the United States.
OVERSEAS makers of high-end mattresses have been expanding their presence in the United States. Hypnos, a family-owned company based in Princes Risborough, England (866749-7667 or www.hypnos.ltd.uk), set up offices in Franklin, Tenn., south of Nashville, about 18 months ago. In a factory in Gallatin, Tenn., northeast of Nashville, a team of workers makes the Royal Comfort line of mattress and box spring sets by hand. The line was sold initially through some upscale stores, but last October, Hypnos also began selling its products through the Mattress Warehouse chain in some Maryland and Virginia stores.
The VI-Spring Company of Plymouth, England (www.vispring.co.uk), which has furnished mattresses to luxury ocean liners since 1901, began selling its handmade beds in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Los Angeles in recent years. And two t-op Swedish brands, Dux (www.duxbed.com), of Trelleborg, and Hastens Beds (www.hastens.se), of Koping, are also more widely available.
Stefan Peters, the marketing director for Dux, a family-owned company with 35 Duxiana stores in the United States, says that American sales and the number of American stores have doubled in the last six years. He declined to provide specific sales numbers.
Luxury mattress makers in the United States also report an increase in demand.
Shifman Mattress, a Newark company that sells its products through Bloomingdale’s and high-end furniture outlets (www.shifmanmattresses.com), says sales have risen by an average of 19 percent a year for the last 16 years. The company is expanding production through an addition to its factory that is to be completed this summer. It takes about a dozen people 8 1/2 to 12 1/2 hours to make a queen-size mattress, the company says; each bed is stuffed with fine cotton processed by the company and is tufted by hand. Its top-of-the-line king-size model goes for about $12,000.
James P. Ross, a vice president for marketing at Stearns & Foster, the luxury brand of Sealy (www.sealy.com), which is based in Trinity, N.C., says Stearns & Foster now turns out more than 650,000 mattresses and box springs a year, up from 120,000 a decade ago. Stearns & Foster mattresses are priced from $1,000 to $5,000 for a queen-size version and up to $6,000 for a king-size set.
Mr. Ross said the company began to notice a change in consumer buying habits in 1996, when thicker, pillow-t-op mattresses started gaining popularity. ”The market began exploding as baby boomers hit their peak spending years,” he said. ”People are building huge houses with bigger bedrooms, and they are also installing wider staircases, which has made buying bigger mattresses more practical.”
”The new players,” he added, ”are building awareness of the upper end of the market.”
Buyers are drawn to the companies’ assertions that these mattresses are more comfortable, and more hypoallergenic, than ordinary, less expensive versions. But are they really worth the $5,000, $10,000 or $20,000 that some people spend?
Some customers think so. Mrs. White said she and her husband had quickly noticed the advantages of the Hypnos over other mattresses. ”It’s like buying clothes off the rack versus custom-made,” she said.
Dr. Scott D. Boden, a professor of orthopedic surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine and the director of the Emory Spine Center in Atlanta, says that there is ”no one perfect mattress” for everyone. What one person may find comfortable, another may not, even among the high-end products, he said.
A study published last year in The Lancet, a British medical journal, said that, contrary to some common advice, mattresses with medium firmness were generally more beneficial to people with chronic back pain than the firmest ones. But Dr. Boden said the ideal mattress was one that could ”adjust the firmness, rather than committing to one firmness.” Among the companies that offer adjustable firmness are Dux and Select Comfort of Minneapolis. Select Comfort’s king-size models sell for $3,300 (www.selectcomfort.com). (editors note: And of course FloBeds latex and memory foam mattresses.)
OF course, mattress buyers will not know whether they have found the right fit until they have had a chance to try a bed out for awhile.
In its new Manhattan store in Union Square, Dux installed two sleeping chambers — with lights that dim and surround-sound stereo — for customers to do just that. Each room is equipped with the company’s three Dux Bed models, including its t-op version, called the 7007, with three layers of springs; a king-size version costs $9,070. The mattresses are made up with linens and Dux pillows.
”We built the rooms because we often heard, ‘This feels great, but you don’t really know what it’s like to sleep in,”’ said Stephen Pino, the store manager.
Jan F. Geniesse, 38, a mother of two from Manhattan, recently used one of the sleeping chambers. ”I slipped off my shoes and got into the bed,” she said. ”I fell asleep right away. When I got up, I said, ‘This is it.”’ She said she had slept for about 10 minutes.
After spending $8,000 on a queen-size 7007 model (including pillows) with its three layers of springs, including a t-op layer that can be unzipped and the coils readjusted, ”my husband says we’re mattress-poor,” she said. ”Every night, though, when we get into bed, we say, ‘Ah, this is the best investment we’ve made.”’
Stephen Pino, manager of a Duxiana store at Union Square in Manhattan, with a $4,000 to $6,500 mattress. The store has two sleeping chambers for customer tryouts. (Photo by G.Paul Burnett/The New York Times)
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Copyright 2003 The New York Times Company

27 Jul

Somma Style Controlled Cylinder Flotation

FloBeds Somma Style Positive Control Flotation

After offering waterbeds since 1971, this was the last water based system we offered. We made it so it was convertible to 100% Talalay Latex. Most of our customers chose to go all latex… and we finally said goodbye to water:) Latex has the same natural pressure relieving qualities, without the hassle. See which latex mattress is right for you.
Go ahead... make my bed!

How we made our last FloBeds Flotation system

Positve Control
Cylinder
Positive Control Cylinder flotation mattress.
The original Somma was a drop top design with 3 inches foam in the top. When Land and Sky purchased the Somma tradename they modified the design. A few years later Halcyon purchased the flotation business from Land and Sky and the Somma design was one more step removed from the original design.
Our customers were not looking for the cheapest tube bed, but one that felt as good as the original Somma waterbed. We decided we needed to make our own (we already make latex and memory foam mattresses). This is the design we feel will give the best Somma feel and because we have used 100% latex foam rubber in the design it will outlast the original Somma Flotation Mattress.

somma flotation mattress
  • Adjustable His/Her cylinder firmness.
  • Belgium Damask cover quilted to Northern Californa Shasta Wool.
  • 2″ convoluted latex. (2-1/2″ memory foam is used in the Memory Somma)
  • 2″ Zoned Latex (for lumbar support and shoulder relief)
  • Dual contour safety liners protect mattress and contain water in case of spill

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Why FloCare Flotation Mattress?

Because water naturally yields to the weight and contours of the body,
FloCare’s flotation mattresses effortlessly cradle and caress every curve.
Sleep-disruptive pressure points are eliminated, allowing the body to rest naturally…in deep, soothing comfort.

dead bed A conventional mattress crates pressure points
on those areas of greatest weight concentration.
space FloCare flotation mattresses and Latex Mattresses conform to the body’s exact shape, providing total support and eliminating uncomfortable pressure points.

 

 

12 Oct

3 Ways To Make Your Bedroom Natural

Here are 3 easy tips that will help  you sleep in a natural environment:

  1. Sleep on our 100% Natural Talalay Latex Mattress. Derived from the hevea brasiliensis, or rubber tree, latex has natural qualities that simply make it the PERFECT MATTRESS MATERIAL. 100% Natural Latex provides the best comfort and support for your individual sleep needs AND consumer peace-of-mind. Good for you…good for the our environment!
  2. Use our 100% Natural Twice Fluffed Latex Pillows
  3. Make sure your mattress is on our foundation. It all starts with a good foundation. Our Euro Slat, Fir Slat and Pine Slat Foundations take the place of a traditional box spring set, but are built like a house. Natural wood, no harmful chemicals.
10 Aug

5 Things You Should Know About Organic Plein-Air Wool

What Most People Don’t Know About Organic Plein-Air Wool

• Pure organic Plein-Air Wool® fiber used in bedding materials promotes maximum air-flow around your body, and provides natural moisture- wicking to help you sleep cool and dry.
• NO chemicals or acids are used in the production or processing of organic wool. The sheep are not dipped or treated with any pesticides or herbicides.
• The organic wool fleece used in our mattress covers is washed with pure fresh water and baking soda – no additives – preserving the natural lanolin content and a skin friendly pH value of 7.5.
• Organic wool also provides chemical-free fire resistance!
• Wool’s natural absorbency offers another distinct advantage. Because of its extraordinary ability to hold moisture, wool fiber is inherently flame-resistant.

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