What is Natural Latex?

Natural Latex also known as Natural Rubber comes from the Rubber Tree (Hevea Brasiliensis) and it's acquired through a method called "tapping" where the latex serum is collected from the latex ducts of the Rubber Tree and then used to make Natural Latex.

Unlike synthetic man made latex, Pure Natural Latex is naturally anti-microbial and dust mite resistant; making it perfect for allergy sufferers or anyone who needs to breathe fresh, clean air while sleeping. Its breathable qualities allow it to keep cool in the summer and warm in the winter and it is one of the most naturally durable and cushioning materials available in nature, in addition to being biodegradable.

What does ild mean?
ILD stands for Indentation Load Deflection. In simple terms it is a measurement of how hard or soft a foam is. In more accurate terms it's the number of pounds of pressure required to indent 4" of foam by 25% using a 50 square inch indentation. You may also see it referred to as the 25% ILD rating.
The natural latex we use in our mattresses have the following ild's: extra soft - 20 ild, firm - 31 ild, extra firm - 35 ild.

I have heard of Latex Allergies; how can I be sure it will not affect me?
As of yet, there have NOT been any reported cases of allergies to Pure Natural Latex (or Pure Natural Rubber) and the general incidence of latex allergy is low, less than 1% of the U.S. population. People that are allergic to latex are normally allergic to the type of latex used in making latex gloves (workers who wear latex gloves most of the day have a risk of less than 10%) which is closed cell structure latex. However, we offer a free Test Kit before you purchase our Natural Latex products to ensure your safety.

Our natural latex is all dunlop processed, which makes it more durable.

What is Eco Wool?

Eco Wool is used in many of the mattresses and wool bedding that we carry. This wool is produced by Woolgather's Carding Mill in Montague, CA. It is shorn from sheep from select domestic wool suppliers in Northern California and Southern Oregon, along the coastal region where the fog, rain and cooler weather create wonderful grazing conditions. Although Eco Wool is not certified organic, the growers are restricted from using chemical pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, and hormones, and they adhere to sustainability and cruelty free standards. In addition, the wool is certified organically processed.

To grow certified organic wool, Eco Wool farmers would be required to raise the sheep on organic feed from the 3rd month of gestation. Instead, these lucky sheep are allowed to graze on lush, open pastures. Eco Wool is tested at the UC Davis Animal Toxicology Lab for herbicides, pesticides, and naturally occurring heavy metals such as lead and arsenic. This wool is the purest you can find, even if its growing is not certified organic. In addition, our suppliers oppose and do not use the damaging common wool industry practices of carbonizing, chemical crimping, dipping, bleaching, harmful shearing, mulesing, and overgrazing. See below for details from Woolgather's Carding Mill.

Proper Grazing Methods:

Our growers rotate sheep to different pastures to allow vegetation to recover from grazing. These farms do not overstock their pastures. Overstocking and infrequent rotation produces soil erosion, more invasive plants, and the need to bring in outside feed. Proper grazing techniques reduce soil erosion, create higher quality wool, and reduce the risk of sheep acquiring internal parasites. Don't be fooled by the word "organic" used in your local department store! While organic cotton may have been used, there is usually a chemical finish added to these products.

Predator Friendly:

Our growers are encouraged to use trained sheep guardian dogs, rather than trapping, poisoning, or shooting, and the inclusion of other larger animals, such as llamas, to protect their flock from predators. Predators play an important role in maintaining healthy ecosystems; therefore we simply scare them away from our sheep.

Healthy Veterinary Practices:

Only certain kinds of medications and supplements can be used to treat the sheep. We encourage alternative caring methods to keep sheep healthy with the use of fewer chemicals. Generally, sheep raised in open pastures are of better health and require less veterinary care.

Chemical Control:

We oppose the use of herbicides and pesticides on fields where the sheep will be grazing. We are able to determine if wool has been in contact with harmful chemicals during routine testing.

Specifications for breed, color, strength and micron-width:

Our wool blend uses wool from six to eight different breeds of sheep. Our blends are chosen to create strong, durable wool batting that retains its loft and resiliency longer. We use a mix of coarse and finer wools with varying crimps to achieve our special batting.