Our Sustainability Focus

At the Natural Bedding Company, sustainability is at our core. 

We believe that the entire lifecycle of consumer goods needs to be taken into account during production. The materials we use are all-natural and at the end of their life will return to where they came from - mother earth. We also care deeply about transparency and are committed to creating quality products that are made ethically and fairly during every stage of the manufacturing process.

From the creation of the business, being able to provide a natural, handcrafted product that does not have a negative impact on the environment has been a core value. What started off as literally a cottage industry, with Andrew making Cotton Futons in his lounge room, has evolved over the years to where we are now, crafting beautiful handmade pieces that are non-toxic and eco-friendly. What continues to inspire the brand every day is the opportunity to keep evolving and finding the best possible products and materials to ensure we stay aligned with our vision.   

Sustainability is something that we focus on during every stage of production and maintaining a carbon-neutral footprint is so important as we are all responsible for the environment. Two organisations The Natural Bedding Company works with for carbon offsetting are CarbonClick and Carbon Positive Australia.

CarbonClick is our latest addition, which can be found at the checkout. Simply offset carbon emissions by adding $2 to the cart, these funds are then distributed to various offsetting projects. Each customer that opts in will offset 75.51kg of carbon - so imagine the good that happens when everyone opts in! CarbonClick supports projects like the Rarakau Rainforest Conservation Project & Tambopata-Bahuaja Biodiversity Reserve, as well as NSW Farmers Regenerating Aussie Bush.

The Natural Bedding Company also donates 1% of all of our woodwork sales each month to Carbon Positive Australia. This organisation has made a huge impact in recent years with their 2021 contribution allowing them to; plant 203,497 trees, sequester 66,741 tonnes of carbon, restore 294 hectares of degraded land & undertake research into carbon farming participation. You can calculate your Carbon Footprint now here.

To discover more about our natural materials, please find the small selection of FAQs below which delve into our manufacturing process, sustainable approach, the use of latex fillers in the industry, and much more.

There are two main methods of processing latex – the Dunlop and the Talalay process. We use the Dunlop process, which has been practised since the late 1920s. First, the sap is extracted from the rubber tree, then put into a centrifuge machine and whipped into a froth. The froth is then placed into a mould with a small amount of gelling agent (sodium silicofluoride), covered, and steam baked. The latex is then washed and rinsed which removes any residue left over from the gelling and baking process, as well as removing most VOC’s.

Organic fillers are naturally occurring substances found in the sap, including tree minerals and salts. You’d expect them to be there, and we wouldn’t try to remove them. The latex we work with and use to handcraft our natural mattresses and pillows contains only organic fillers.

Sometimes when we have a customer come to us who has had previous allergic reactions/sensitivities to latex, it may have been a reaction to the synthetic fillers that have been used to make that product. We offer complimentary mattress material samples to anyone with allergy or sensitivity concerns.

When the sap is heated with a small amount of gelling agent (sodium silicofluoride) a minimal amount of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are formed. VOCs are carbon-based compounds, found both naturally and in many household products and most are washed out of the mattress during the rinsing process before testing and packaging. They are carbon-based chemicals that easily evaporate at room temperature and can combine with other molecules in the atmosphere to create new compounds – some harmless, others not so. This is often described as the smell from fresh paint, new furniture, new cars, etc. which arises from VOCs breaking down – a process known as off-gassing (this typically occurs when a product is first made and when a product nears the end of its life).

When there is a high level of VOCs, we find chemically sensitive people can get headaches, itchy eyes, feel nauseous or have issues breathing. Consequently, high levels of VOCs can have adverse health effects as off-gassing may persist for years after a product is made. The more natural a product is, and the more stable its make-up, the lower the level of VOCs and the safer it is. We care deeply about creating a healthy sleeping environment so we strive to ensure our Organic Latex has as little off-gassing as possible. Our latex is tested and certified to ensure it has a low toxicity.

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