Organic Mattresses, Inc. (OMI) is a brand of luxury mattress appealing to the discerning health-conscious, eco-friendly customer. Their 81 collections, including the Organicpedic™ and Naturals™ brands, come from “the nation’s only large-scale, smoke, chemical and fragrance-free factory.” OMI’s organic mattresses – along with organic mattress pads, toppers and covers – are hand-crafted in Northern California from certified organic cotton, wool and rubber latex. The company is passionate about supporting cruelty-free sheep farms and sustainable farming practices.
OMI Mattress Inc. Founder Walter Bader has been a longtime sufferer of multiple chemical sensitivity. The simple act of walking down the detergent aisle at the supermarket would cause his eyes and throat to burn. In the nineties, he founded an organic cleaning and personal care company. Later, he began importing natural latex mattresses from Canada and started his own company in 2003 to control every aspect of production.
Bader published a book, “Toxic Bedrooms: Your Guide to a Safe Night’s Sleep” (Freedom Publishing, 2007), to better educate consumers. He told the NY Times, “I have personally believed for 20 years that mattresses are at the same place cigarettes were in the 1930s — potentially very dangerous and no government warnings.”
OMI currently offers three organic mattress collections:
All OMI mattresses meet the following standards:
• Global Organic Textile Standard
• Global Organic Latex Standard
• USDA Certified Organic Cotton
• Specialty Sleep Association Level IV Certification
• Oeko-Tex Certified Natural Rubber Latex (derived from tree sap)
• GREENGUARD® Environmental Institute “Gold” emissions standards
• U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s LEEDs indoor air-quality program
• Consumer Product Safety Commission flammability requirements (without use of chemical fire retardants)
Some buyers ask whether organic mattresses are really worth the extra cost. Our Sleep Specialists say “that all depends,” based on your lifestyle preferences. There has been no concrete evidence that exposure to components used in bed manufacturing leads to proven health risks; but by the same token, many people have better peace of mind when they limit exposure to toxins, whether it’s about buying organic produce, meat, beauty products, cleaning supplies or beds.
Here are a few of the reasons people commonly cite for buying OMI organic mattresses:
The best way to know if organic mattresses are truly for you is to simply try them out. With 11 locally owned and operated organic mattress stores, Mattress World Northwest in Portland, Oregon is pleased to carry OrganicPedic and OMI Naturals organic mattresses on our showroom floors. Test our latex or inner spring varieties in a wide range of firmness levels to define your personal vision of “comfort.” Our knowledgeable Sleep Specialists can answer any questions you may have about organic beds, construction materials and model differences.