- Absolutely no chemical or synthetic components in these mattresses.
- Core consists of layers of 100% Certified Organic Cotton.
- Support structure is extra firm 252 tempered steel coil springs.
- Provides a 6" deep strong, supportive mattress with a nice even top for safety.
- Silky Soft unbleached covering is a quilted outer layer of organic cotton fabric, a thick layer of organic cotton batting and a thick layer filled with Organic Wool.
- Certified Organic Cotton Quilted Cover keeps Cotton and Wool batting from shifting and is grown in harmony with nature, free from chemicals, pesticides and dyes.
- Two Styles Available:
- Acorn Sprout Reversible Without Edge Supports - no extra support at mattress edge.
- Acorn Sprout Reversible with Edge Supports
- Wool is naturally moisture, dust mite, mold and bacteria resistant, which is beneficial to allergy and asthma sufferers and helps regulate body temperature because of wool's natural moisture wicking and thermal properties.
- Purchasing Organic products helps protect you and the environment by improving soil quality, promoting biodiversity and reducing the amount of toxic pesticides, fertilizers and other chemicals in our ground, air and water.
- Mattress uses naturally flame retardant Wool to exceed all the higher California flame retardant guidelines without chemicals for a chemical free baby environment.
- Fits all standard Cribs and meets all Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards.
- Size: 28" x 52" x 6".
- Manufactured in the USA.
- Organic Cotton Source: USA.
- Organic Wool Source: New Zealand.
- Warranty: 5 years.
- These Crib Mattresses are hand made to order, please allow 2 - 3 weeks for delivery.
Benefits of Organic Cotton & Wool Baby Crib Mattresses
Conventional crib mattresses are covered in vinyl that have been softened with the chemical Phthalate, a toxic substance shown to be in the body of children and adults and banned by the State of California for use in children's mattresses. Substances called Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE's) are used as flame retardants on conventional crib mattresses and synthetic Polyurethane foams used in the mattress core and quilting release Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's). The chemicals a baby is exposed to in a conventional crib mattress can cause endocrine disruption, immune suppression, asthma and allergies, behavioral problems and even cancer. Chemical exposure is more problematic in infants because their defense mechanisms are not fully developed and the chemical exposure to weight ratio is greater
Our organic baby crib mattresses are the purest they can be. No fillers, no blends, no inferior materials, no paper, no chemical based flame retardants, no boric acid. Just Organic Cotton and Pure Organic Wool.
- No Formaldehyde
- No Phenols
- No Arsenic
- No Antimony
- No Phthalates
- No Toluene
- No Cadmium
- No Pesticide Residue
- No Chemical Flame Retardants
- No Dioxins
- No Boric Acid
- No Benzenes
Conventionally Grown Cotton
Conventionally grown cotton is a very chemically intensive crop and consumes approximately 25% of the insecticides and 10% of the pesticides used for agriculture. Producing enough cotton for one T-shirt requires about a 1/3 to 1/4 of a pound of pesticides and fertilizers. According to the US Department of Agriculture, fifty-five million pounds of pesticides were sprayed on conventional cotton grown in the U.S. in 2003 and over 2.03 billion pounds of synthetic fertilizers were applied to conventional cotton in 2000. Synthetic chemical fertilizers and toxic pesticide use increases the likelihood of human exposure even if there is no direct contact with these substances. These chemicals leach into the groundwater and contaminate our drinking water and end up in our food supply. Their production requires use of non-renewable petroleum based ingredients and the manufacturing process, storage and transportation produces more potential pollution.
The US Environmental Protection Agency considers seven of the top 15 pesticides used on cotton in 2000 in the United States as "possible," "likely," "probable," or "known" human carcinogens. The US General Accounting Office has said "Exposure to pesticides can cause a range of ill effects in humans, from relatively mild effects such as headaches, fatigue, and nausea, to more serious effects such as cancer and neurological disorders. In 1999, EPA estimated that nationwide there were at least 10,000 to 20,000 physician-diagnosed pesticide illnesses and injuries per year in farm work. Environmental effects are evident in the findings of the U.S. Geological Survey, which reported in 1999 that more than 90 percent of water and fish samples from streams and about 50 percent of all sampled wells contained one or more pesticides. The concern about pesticides in water is especially acute in agricultural areas, where most pesticides are used."
Conventionally Grown Wool
When thinking of wool, we think of the sheep where wool comes from. In the US alone, over 14,000 pounds of insecticides were applied directly to sheep in year 2,000 to help control mites, lice, flies and other pests. The application of toxic pesticides to sheep is not only dangerous to the health of the sheep, but to humans and the environment as well. Pesticides used for sheep pose serious health consequences to farm workers with impacts ranging from depression and anxiety to central nervous system damage and reduced bone formation. These pesticides are also toxic to fish and wildlife through transfer from the application site via irrigation and storm water run-off. Antibiotics are also used on conventionally raised sheep to facilitate growth and compensate for overcrowding and unhealthy living conditions. These antibiotic feed additives can contaminate surface and ground waters through animal waste and can make their way into the human food chain where they can impact the ability of medicines to overcome bacteria resistance to antibiotics in humans.
Organic Cotton and Wool
The National Organic Standards Board of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines organic agriculture as "An ecological production management system that promotes and enhances biodiversity, biological cycles and soil biological activity. It is based on minimal use of off-farm inputs and on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony." Certified Organic means a verification process was performed by an independent state or private organization to ensure that the strict organic standards were followed in the crop or product's production. Organic standards regulate the farm production of the raw material, but in Organic Cotton production, the finished materials can be treated with synthetic chemicals and toxic dyes and still be labeled Organic. Certified Organic Wool fiber production is different as it has stringent requirements in fiber processing. When choosing Organic products, it is important to know if the product was made from "Certified Organic" base materials and any potentially harmful finishing processes used to produce the final end product. Making a shift toward organic production will have a major beneficial impact on all of us by reducing toxic chemical human exposure and pollution to our air, water, food and land.
- Provides a comfortable, soft feel.
- Is a durable and strong material that resists abrasion.
- Can absorb up to 27 times its weight in moisture making it great for bath products.
- Helps regulate body temperature and provides protection in both cold and warm conditions. Cotton will absorb perspiration from the skin and release it to the drier air to help keep you cool.
- No synthetic pesticides, fertilizers, irradiation, sewage sludge or genetic engineering were used for the previous three years.
- Farmers use beneficial insects that are natural predators to pests, improve the soil through the use of organic compost and crop rotation and pull weeds mechanically or physically.
- Reduced soil erosion, retention of soil nutrients and no contamination from toxic pesticide use that can remain persistent in our environment.
- A natural flame retardant and is used in place of toxic synthetic chemical flame retardant products to meet federal standards.
- Resistant to compression and springs back to shape to provide long life durability. A wool fiber can be bent up to 20,000 times without breaking compared to 3,200 times for cotton.
- Helps regulate body temperature and provides protection in both cold and warm conditions. Wool works to balance moisture conditions and will absorb perspiration from the skin and release it to the drier air to help keep you cool. In humid environments, wool provides a layer of dry air next to the body. Can absorb up to 30% of its weight in moisture without feeling wet.
- Produced in accordance with federal standards for Organic livestock production.
- Genetic engineering and hormones are prohibited.
- No synthetic pesticides can be used in feed, externally or on pasture land. Sheep can not be dipped in pesticides to control pests and grazing land must be free of synthetic chemicals for at least three years.
- Animal feed must be organic from the last third of gestation period.
- Livestock health is maintained through good management practices.
- Fiber processing restricts chemical use and requires separation of organic and non-organic fibers.
The Cost of Organic Cotton and Wool
There are several factors that impact the cost of Organic Cotton and Wool products. At the present time, Organic textile products cost more than a comparable conventionally grown textile product. As demand for Organic products increase, the growing, manufacturing and distribution costs will decrease to a point closer to conventionally grown products. Buying Organic products also helps to create a market transformation in which higher demand reduces costs and provides finished goods through more mainstream sources. Here are a few reasons why Organic Cotton and Wool products are more expensive.
- Economies of Scale - conventional product sales substantially exceed Organic product sales. The costs associated with the growing/harvesting, manufacturing and distribution are higher due to the smaller quantities.
- Organic Farming is more Labor Intensive - because Organic farming uses mechanical and human intervention rather than pesticides for crop maintenance, growing costs can be higher.
There are two costs associated when purchasing Organic products:
- The Purchase Cost - this is the cost you pay for your product at the retail outlet.
- The Environmental Cost - this is the cost you don't see when purchasing the product. There is a real financial cost and a personal cost associated with the use and exposure to toxic chemicals. The financial impacts may be through increased health care costs or through toxic waste cleanup and treatment of our air, water and land. Personal costs are more devastating such as those from disease, birth defects and changes to our wildlife.