1. What are the health benefits of a Organic Natural Mattress?
About one third of a person’s life is spent in bed; this is far too long not to have a good night’s sleep and to be exposed to chemicals in the bedroom if the bed and furniture are not made from natural materials or by non-natural manufacturing processes.
Here are some of the health benefits from sleeping on organic natural mattresses from INNATURE: → Materials that are free from toxic chemicals are used to make the mattresses, and top covers are made of Organic cotton/hemp fabric. The mattresses are handmade, using natural methods and materials which do not use plastics, adhesives, solvents, flame-retardants, or formaldehyde.
→ Free from electromagnetic stress, which is common with inner sprung and synthetic mattresses. Long term exposure to harmful electromagnetic fields may exacerbate existing health problems and has been associated with conditions such as fatigue, irritability, sleep disorders, hyperactivity and emotional disorders.
→ We offer a firmer and more resilient bed than a conventional mattress and box spring system. By varying the thickness and density of latex and coconut fibre at the middle of the core, we offer a choice of firm through medium soft options, all providing excellent postural support. Natural latex dynamically conforms to the body’s movement throughout the night, adjusting to the contours of your body while providing gentle postural support in any sleep position, free of the disturbance of “roll-together”.
→ Latex, Coconut fibre and wool are hypo-allergenic, anti-microbial and dust-mite resistant. They are breathable and allow body moisture to disperse, keeping you warmer in winter, and cooler in summer.
2. How long do Natural Mattresses last?
INNATURE Organic Natural Mattresses are expected to last 12-20 years. Different factors (weight of the sleeper(s), proper rotating & care, etc.) can make a mattress last more or less time than this. Natural Latex mattresses can last longer than this and often give you a great sleeping environment for up to 20 years.
3. What is the difference between a Natural Mattress and a conventional mattress?
Conventional mattresses are filled with synthetic materials. While your mattress label may tell you what your mattress is made of, it doesn’t tell you what these materials are made of and how they can affect your health.
For example, most mattresses contain polyurethane foam. Polyurethane foam constantly breaks down and releases chemicals, which is called off-gassing. Polyurethane foam is made from chemicals that are known carcinogens. Other toxic chemicals that can be found in conventional mattresses are PBDEs (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) or boric acid. These are used in mattresses as a flame retardant.
PBDEs: these have been shown to have health effects in animals and are so toxic that Europe is phasing out the use of them completely!
Boric acid: this chemical is also quite toxic, and is in fact used as a roach killer. The EPA and CDC warn of reproductive, developmental, and neurological damage. It has many known health risks associated with inhalation, a few of which are: inflammation of the upper respiratory tract (including dry throat and cough), eye irritation, and reproductive damage in men (including low sperm count).
What is that smell in memory foam? It is the off-gassing of toxic chemicals and is noticeably strong for weeks to months. This has been known to cause headaches and other severe health reactions in people who sleep on them.
4. Can I get one custom made to my specifications mattress?
Just call us or email. Have the size of the mattress you want us to make ready. If you already have a frame, please take inner measurements and tell them to us.
Tell us which firmness you prefer or what the reasons are for your getting a new mattress. We will help you to make the right choice. Then we will give you a quote and time frame in which your mattress can be ready.
Click here to view our selection of Organic Latex Mattresses
5. 14 day customer comfort exchange policy. What does that mean?
This is something we are happy to offer to customers in situations where people are buying a mattress without trying it first… as customers from other cities or parts of NZ are willing to do.
The policy means that if you are not happy with your choice of firmness of the mattress and tell us why, we are happy to exchange the mattress core to another design which we both think will be more suitable for you. In this case we will share expense of returning a mattress back to the factory and cost of an additional delivery back with the customer.
If the design that was chosen by you is more expensive you will need to cover the difference. If it is cheaper, we will offer you additional items to compensate the difference (such as a set of natural pillows or a mattress protector). Click here to view our selection: Latex Mattresses
6. How long will it take for me to get my order?
If we have the mattress of your choice in stock we can freight it or deliver it to you as soon as we receive the payment.
Otherwise it takes 4-5 working days to manufacture.
For a bed frame, please, allow 1 – 4 weeks manufacturing time (simple designs such as Zen, Gypsy, Vida, Lida can be made in 1 – 2 weeks, other designs will take up to 4 weeks as we are very busy with orders).
When we freight our goods nationwide we use a furniture moving company to avoid any damage. Please allow an additional 3 days to 1 week for North Island deliveries and 1 to 2 weeks for South Island deliveries.
7. Which toxic chemicals are used in synthetic conventional mattresses?
A “toxic soup” of chemicals such as formaldehyde, PCBs, PBDEs, and boric acid.
Health Hazards: Symptoms such as headache, nausea, fatigue, and sore throat, as well as conditions such as allergic reactions, respiratory distress, reproductive dysfunction, and cancer.
If you want to know more we recommend you read the book “Toxic Bedrooms” by Walter Barder.
You can avoid all these toxins by choosing an INNATURE natural mattress.
8. Do you also make futons? What is the difference between futon and natural mattress?
We make INNATURE futon mattresses in a variety of sizes, thicknesses and firmness. All our futons are covered with an unbleached Organic cotton/hemp fabric cover. We stitch our futons by using the buttoning technique which is much better then just stitching. It is stronger and keeps all the layers together very well.
The main materials used for futon mattresses are layers of wool and cotton. In some designs we add Natural Latex (30 or 50mm) and Coconut fibre coir ( 75mm) to give a futon mattress certain qualities.
The difference with Natural mattresses is that a futon mattress feels different – it is “quiet ” and has no bounce. It costs less but also lasts 7-10 years. It requires more maintenance: flip it and air it in the sun. It is very portable – easy to move around when you move house.
It is a popular option for young people or for people who love futon mattresses.
9. Why is it so important to get the organic natural mattress for my baby?
One of the most important decisions you can make for the care, comfort and health of your baby is your choice in mattress.
Babies and toddlers spend 10-14 hours a day sleeping and playing on a bassinet or cot mattress. A child’s every breath inhales air no more than six inches away from it. As such, for the first few years of a child’s life, the mattress is the single most prominent object in the child’s environment.
Conventional synthetic mattresses (foam and innerspring) are made using an array of toxic chemicals and more parents are becoming aware of the negative effects these chemicals are having on the health of their children.
In the shop a child’s mattress label may tell you what the mattress is made of,but it does not tell you what those materials are made from, because if it did you would end up with a list of very dangerous and harmful chemicals.
• Polyurethane foam, for example, is made from a base of petrochemicals combined with a staggering array of additional chemical ingredients used as stabilizers, catalysts, surfactants, and blowing agents. Each of these chemicals is associated with a host of environmental problems as well as numerous health hazards. Polyurethane foam is extremely flammable. To combat this hazard, toxic industrial fire retardants are added. The most common chemical fire retardant used to treat polyurethane foam has been pentaBDE, a toxin associated with hyperactivity and neurobehavioural alterations. PentaBDE is not bound to the foam, so it leaches out into the surrounding air. PentaBDE has recently been banned in Europe. It has also been banned by the State of California as of 2006. However, there is currently no planned government action to recall the millions of baby mattresses presently in use that contain pentaBDE.
• Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), the surface material used in nearly all baby mattresses, is widely considered to be one of the most toxic and environmentally unfriendly plastics in use today.
• Phthalates, associated with asthma, reproductive effects, and cancer, make up 30% by weight of the PVC surface of a typical baby mattress. The FDA and Consumer Product Safety Commission have issued general warnings regarding the use of phthalates, yet the PVC surfaces of baby mattresses still contain phthalates.
• The PVC surface of a typical baby mattress is also treated with toxic fire-retardant chemicals such as antimony, arsenic and phosphorous. Various biocides are often added as well.
At INNATURE we are especially proud of our natural cot and bassinet mattresses and bedding range for babies and children, “Little Kiwi”. Our mission is to offer to all “little kiwis” a natural alternative to synthetic and unhealthy mattresses, which dominate the local market. We believe that little ones deserve the safest start in life. A baby’s lungs, nervous and digestive systems are still developing and more parents are choosing to create and maintain a healthy, free from toxic chemicals and electromagnetic stress environment for their children.
The natural materials we use in our mattresses have been specifically chosen for their unique health promoting properties, which all allow good air circulation and provide comfortable support for the body.
• 100% Organic Natural Latex
Natural rubber latex is made from 100% natural rubber extracted from the Hevea Brasiliensis tree, a renewable resource grown in Malaysia. Latex is bio-degradable and environmentally friendly. The latex we use in our mattresses has no fillers or additives compared to about 30% inert fillers contained in other foams. It is recognised for its therapeutic properties and its ability to provide orthopedic support. Latex naturally adjusts to the contours of your body, providing gentle support that maintains proper spinal alignment without restricting capillary blood flow. This reduces tossing and turning and allows a deeper, more restful sleep. Latex is hypo-allergenic, and breathes to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Bacteria, mildew, and mould cannot live in latex.
Latex can last up to 20 years.
• Coconut husk fibre rubberized with natural latex
Coconut fiber is obtained from the fibrous husk of the coconut from the coconut palm. It has a high lignin content and thus a low cellulose content, as a result of which it is resilient, strong and highly durable. Sri Lanka produces 36% of the total world brown fibre output. That is where we source this sustainable material from. The fibres are compressed together with natural latex glue giving it a rubbery texture (rubberised coir). The coco fibre has excellent moisture and air permeability properties which keeps the mattress internally dry. It is also very strong and durable, yet extremely elastic, making it a great addition to a mattress to provide firm support for the spinal column.
Our coco fibre is not fumigated when entering the country because of its special but still natural production process.
• NZ wool
The properties of real wool make it a perfect material to provide a dry and safe sleep in New Zealand climate. Wool fibres are hygroscopic. This means wool has the power to readily absorb and give off moisture. It can for instance, absorb moisture up to one-third of its own weight. Synthetic fibres can only absorb 2-3 per cent of moisture before they begin to feel wet. It also naturally retards fire as it is harder to ignite than most synthetic and cotton fibres used in equivalent products. We use New Zealand wool from the South Island, bonded to 500g density in our mattresses and other products. It is washed and processed in a very friendly to nature way. You can still smell the sheep, but only just a little…
• Unbleached organic cotton (45%) / hemp (55%) fabric
This mix of organic cotton and hemp was specially chosen by us for making natural mattress covers for the New Zealand climate.
Our research has shown that pure organic cotton was not robust enough to perform well in our climate and gets mouldy too easily in the winter. But woven in combination with hemp, which is mould resistant and has good anti-bacterial qualities known for centuries, it makes a perfect lasting fabric for covering our mattresses and other sleeping products, like mattress protectors, pillows and duvets.
We combine all these fibres to create natural mattresses with a variety of firmnesses.
Our range of bassinet mattresses includes two types:
• 2” Coco wool mattress. Firm
Made of 30 mm coco fibre core and 4 layers of 500 gsm wool (2 layers on each side). Covered with ORGANIC 45% cotton / 55% hemp fabric. Hand stitched.
Can be rectangular or oval. Size 40×80 (cm).
• 2” Latex wool mattress. Medium.
Made of 30 mm Natural Latex and 4 layers of 500 gsm wool (2 layers on each side). Covered with ORGANIC 45% cotton / 55% hemp fabric. Hand stitched.
Can be rectangular or oval. Size 40×80 (cm).
For a cot we offer 3 different types of design to create different firmnesses:
• 4” Coco fibre core/wool cot mattress. Firm.
Made of 75mm coco latex core, 500g NZ wool, cotton cover and finished with an Organic cotton/hemp cover quilted with 250g NZ wool.
• 4” Coco latex cot mattress. Medium Firm.
Made of 75mm coco latex core – 25mm latex/25mm coco/25mm latex, 500g NZ wool, cotton cover and finished with an Organic cotton/hemp cover quilted with 250g NZ wool.
• 4” Latex wool cot mattress. Medium.
Made of 90mm Organic latex core, cotton cover and finished with an Organic cotton/hemp cover quilted with 250g NZ wool.
We also offer a range of natural pillows, breastfeeding pillows, products for co sleeping, duvet inners, mattress protectors, cot bumpers and bedding.
We are enjoying creating new products and would be very happy to hear your ideas and thoughts.
You are very welcome to contact us with any question or to place an order.
All our products can be customised.
All our products come with warranty and care instruction.
Better sleep naturally…
10. Which sizes of mattresses you make?
We can make any size and shape…
Here are the standard sizes for NZ.
Long Single size
|King Single size||Double size||Queen size||King size||Super King size|
|90 x 190cm
90 x 200cm
|105 x 200cm||135 x 190cm
135 x 200cm
|152 x 202cm||167 x 202cm||182 x 202cm|
11. What is a healthy bed?
At INNATURE, we understand that the centrepiece of every healthy bedroom is a healthy bed.
When seeking a healthy bed, you should look for non-toxic materials including untreated timber and natural finish, organic cotton, hemp, eco wool, coconut fibre and chemical-free pure latex. You should also seek a bed that provides excellent support and correct spine alignment as well as pressure point relief. At INNATURE we combine all of these natural materials to make healthy beds so you can sleep well every night and wake up refreshed every morning.
Better sleep naturally!
12. When do I need a new mattress?
The best person to tell you if you need a new mattress is none other than yourself. Here’s a checklist to determine whether or not it’s time for a replacement.
Is your mattress more than 8 years old?
Are you still feeling comfortable with your current mattress?
Do you wake up feeling all kinds of aches and pain in your body?
Do you wake up tired, rather than rejuvenated?
Does your body have numbness in the shoulder area when you wake up?
Do you have trouble getting to sleep because of too much fidgeting in bed?
Does your mattress have lumps? Uneven surface? Holes? Torn stitching?
Are you becoming more and more allergic?
Are you bothered when your partner moves on the bed?
If you answered “yes” to three or more questions, call us (09) 838 0087 or 0508 466288.
We will offer you excellent quality natural mattresses of different firmnesses to choose from… and we guarantee your sleep – and that also means “life” 😉 – will get better.
Click here to view our selection: INNATURE Latex Mattresses
13. The evolution of the modern mattress…
Innerspring technology was first commercialised in the late nineteenth century, but it wasn’t until the post-WWII era that chemical components were introduced into the mattress manufacturing process. Their introduction was the result of new wartime chemical discoveries, along with the need of chemical companies to find new consumer products that could utilise military technology and expanded production facilities that had been created for the war effort.
The late twentieth century brought 100% foam-rubber mattresses, pillow-top mattresses, pocket-spring mattresses, adjustable beds and even airbeds. The modern mattress has now become a collection of chemicals and synthetic fibres – constructed of polyurethane foam, which is made from a petrochemical base combined with a scary cocktail of stabilisers, catalysts, surfactants, fire retardants, antimicrobial additives and colourants. Unfortunately, the safety of these components, both on their own and in combination with each other, may be causing significant damage to our health. These chemicals are associated with environmental problems as well as human health hazards such as chronic bronchitis, impaired lung function, breathlessness, nausea, vomiting and allergic reactions. Some are potential carcinogens and reproductive toxins.
More and more research is being done to show how harmful some chemicals are to us. It is quite scary when we look around and see how many products in our day to day life might use some or many chemicals in their manufacture – anything from our clothing to baby products. Many people are taking matters into their own hands by doing their own research into products they are purchasing.
At INNATURE, we encourage you to research your bed purchase before making a purchase, this is why we put information on our website and have other references listed. We think it’s important for you to use your purchasing power for you and your family’s long term benefit. Better sleep naturally.
Click here to view our selection: INNATURE Latex Mattresses
14. Are healthy beds worth the investment?
If you aren’t getting a good and thorough night’s sleep, if you are sick regularly, are physically and mentally drained, are taking time off work, end up having long term health issues – for any of these reasons having a healthy mattress is worth the investment.
A healthy mattress doesn’t cost any more than the big name brand ‘therapeutic’, ‘lumbar support’, ‘no roll together’ mattresses on the market but it is priceless in terms of the peace of mind it can deliver to you knowing that you and your family are sleeping on safe and healthy mattresses.
The life expectancy of an INNATURE mattress is 15-20 years which means that over this time your initial investment would work out to as little as 30 cents a day. So yes, at INNATURE we believe that a healthy bed is definitely worth the investment. Better sleep naturally!
Click here to view our selection: INNATURE Latex Mattresses
15. What are health benefits of Natural Mattresses?
• Organic mattresses made with certified organic cotton, hemp, wool, coconut fibre and 100 percent natural rubber latex provide a safe and comfortable sleeping environment without the use of synthetic products made from non-renewable sources that risk environmental damage.
• At the end of a natural mattress’s life cycle it is 100 percent biodegradable.
• 55% HEMP/45% ORGANIC COTTON FABRIC – This mix of organic cotton and hemp was specially formulated by us to make natural mattress covers for the New Zealand climate. Our research has shown that pure organic cotton was not robust enough to perform well in our climate and gets mouldy too easily in the winter. But woven in combination with hemp, which is mould resistant and has good anti-bacterial qualities, it makes a lasting fabric perfect for covering our mattresses and other sleeping products, like mattress protectors, pillows and duvets.
• NEW ZEALAND WOOL – Wool is the optimum material for mattress padding. It is a safe, natural, mildew-resistant fibre that science cannot imitate for its breathability, versatility, practicality and fire retardancy. Wool is nature’s ideal insulator, keeping you cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Wool fibres are hygroscopic. This means wool has the power to readily absorb and give off moisture. It can for instance, absorb moisture up to one-third of its own weight. Synthetic fibres can only absorb 2-3 per cent of moisture before they begin to feel wet. At Innature, we use New Zealand wool from the South Island, bonded to 500g density. It is washed and processed in an eco-friendly way.
• RUBBERISED COCONUT FIBRE – Coconut fibre is obtained from the husk of the coconut. It has a high lignin content thus a low cellulose content, and as a result, it is highly durable. Sri Lanka produces 36% of the total world coconut fibre output. That is where we source this sustainable material from. The fibres are compressed together with natural latex glue giving it a rubbery texture (rubberised coir). The coconut fibre has excellent moisture and air permeability properties which keeps the mattress internally dry. It is also very strong and resilient, yet extremely elastic, making it a great addition to a mattress to provide firm support for the spinal column. Our coco fibre is not fumigated when entering the country because of its unique and natural production process.
• 100% NATURAL LATEX – Natural rubber latex is made from 100 percent natural rubber extracted from the Hevea Brasiliensis tree, a renewable resource grown in Malaysia. Latex is bio-degradable and environmentally friendly. The latex we use in our mattresses has no fillers or additives compared to about 30% inert fillers contained in other foams. It is recognised for its therapeutic properties and its ability to provide orthopedic support. Latex foam naturally adjusts to the contours of your body, providing gentle support that maintains proper spinal alignment without restricting capillary blood flow. This reduces tossing and turning and allows a deeper, more restful sleep. Latex is hypo-allergenic, and breathes to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Bacteria, mildew, and mould cannot live in latex foam. Latex can last up to 20 years.
At INNATURE Ltd, we are dedicated to bringing you the healthiest sleep products that have exceptional quality!
Better sleep naturally!
16. How to shop for a mattress?
Most people will say the most important criteria when shopping for a mattress is comfort. A high level of comfort can be achieved by choosing the right materials in the manufacture of an 100% natural mattress. As a bonus, they are safer too. The level of comfort or firmness of a mattress for a person should be chosen depending on his or her age, sleeping position and surface-softness preference.
Older people generally need a softer mattress due to the body not being as elastic and due to less circulation. People who are predominantly stomach and back sleepers need a firmer mattress due to their weight being distributed evenly over the mattress. Side sleepers generally need a softer mattress as they have the weight of their hips and shoulders directly on the mattress. This creates a pressure zone which can limit circulation and cause pain and discomfort if a firmer mattress is used.
At INNATURE you are able to visit the showroom factory where the mattresses are made and see our products first-hand. You can even meet the people making them!
Hence, you can rest assured that you are buying quality and a truly environmentally sound product when you invest in an INNATURE mattress.
We care about the well-being and happiness of our customers and are happy to offer a “2 weeks customer satisfaction policy”. Better sleep naturally!