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Pardon my delay in this response, I see MFC has done a great job at answering most of your questions already.
Regarding certifications, I understand it can be difficult to differentiate between false and truth, especially in this industry.
The buyer should gain a trust in the chosen retailer, also being a Trusted Member on this forum means that there is full confidence in our knowledge.
Transparency is important, as long as your given all the right tools and information, you should be able to make an informed decision
Your last question regarding Organic vs Natural certifications, both are valid and free of chemicals. The main difference is in the earth that the trees are grown. GOLS certification is both costly and strict but to my knowledge is not greatly better then 100% Naturally Certified latex. Depending on budget and organic lifestyle, the choice really is up to you.
I hope this answers your question.
The latex inside the Maoli natural latex mattress is certified Organic by GOLS. The certificates are issued to the actual producers of the rubber as they have to be inspected to make sure they conform to all the strict requirements set by the third party certification.
Under the GOLS content standard all latex rubber must:
contain at least 95% organic latex content
not contain any synthetic latex
In addition to the purity and performance standards GOLS standards also includes many other important health and social guidelines. Some of the other important parameters included in the certification include:
VOC and harmful substance testing
forest stewardship practises
waste and pollution management
water management regulations
renewable energy requirements
living wage guidelines for workers
child labour is prohibited
The other question I had was the 'why' on tencel fabric being used in the mattress cover. I see that it's not GOTS-certified, but that in itself might not be a problem. I just haven't heard much about the material. Why tencel? Thanks.
GOTS stands for Global Organic Textile Standard
Tencel cannot be certified organic as it does not contain 70% organically grown fibres. It is used in our Maoli mattress to offer a lower price point mattress made with pure organic rubber and a non organic Tencel cover. The Maoli is made with both organic rubber and a non organic Tencel cover. Since the cover is not organic, we cannot call it an organic mattress, but is referred to as our natural mattress, since all the components come from safe, non toxic materials.
What is Tencel?
Tencel fibre is the brand name for lyocell fibres manufactured by the house of Lenzing. Tencel is a type of rayon cellulose fibre extracted from the wood pulp of sustainably grown Eucalyptus trees. Unlike other forms of Rayon, Tencel is manufactured in a closed loop cycle that recycles nearly 100% of all the organic compounds used during the manufacturing process. The patented system has earned them numerous accolades including the EU’s European Award for the Environment. Tencel is an ideal fiber for latex mattresses due to it’s sustainability, strength and moisture absorbing properties.
Third party Tencel certifications include:
Oeko-Tex Standard 100 (Confidence in textiles – tested for harmful substances)
USDA BioPreferred (certified 100% bio-based)
FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)
European Eco-Label (environmentally friendly)
Din Certo (compostable)
US BPI (compostable)
EcoCert (product life cycle)
Advantages of Tencel:
Accounting for the entire life cycle, Tencel is one of the most environmentally friendly fibres in the world. Derived from the wood pulp of sustainably grown Eucalyptus trees, the closed loop manufacturing process recycles nearly 100% of organic solvents used in the manufacturing process.
High Tensile Strength
Whether dry or damp, Tencel fibres retain their strength. These durable fibres can withstand decades of use making them an idea compliment to latex.
Tencel fibres absorb moisture into their unique cell structure until it can be evaporated away.
Soft to the Touch
The surface of Tencel is smoother than silk. Tencel is commonly used in face masks for the cosmetic industry due to its silky-smooth surface and absorbent properties.
The condition that allow bacteria to grow are greatly reduced due to the moisture absorbing properties of Tencel.
All the best!