Soaring Heart avoids synthetics and makes sure all of our materials are natural, organic, and grown responsibly—no synthetics, no chemicals.
Soaring Heart supports small farms and ranches and has vetted each of our suppliers. All of our organic cotton and wool is grown by people who are passionate about the industry, their craft, and providing a quality product.
Soaring Heart has an ethic of transparency. We tell our customers exactly what is in our products and exactly what is not. Soaring Heart was one of only two companies recognized in The Mattress Matters, a report by Clean and Healthy New York, for full disclosure.
Soaring Heart takes the time to ensure your mattress is made right. We promise your mattresses will be built to the highest standards of comfort and craftsmanship; yours. Each stitch of our organic mattresses, organic futons, organic shikibutons, and organic bedding is handcrafted.
At Soaring Heart, we take pride in going against mainstream mattress manufacturers because we believe that every Soaring Heart mattress is honest, individual, and beautiful—just like the people who own them.
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What makes a Soaring Heart mattress so supportive, healthy, and long-lasting? Two simple things: craftsmanship, and using only the highest quality materials. Every fiber and stitch has been inspected and tested. Every farm, carding mill, cotton gin, and latex plant has been vetted and scrutinized. Each supplier we work with is someone we have a personal relationship with and can attest to their commitment to organic processing, exquisite craftsmanship, and environmental stewardship.
We believe that a mattress should be simple. The simplest way to make a beautiful mattress is by using time-tested construction techniques and only the finest natural and organic materials.
Organic latex is an amazing material. It is uniquely strong and durable and at the same time very comfortable and healthy. With its natural elasticity, latex supports and conforms to the geography of the entire body, easing pressure on hips and shoulders while also supporting the small of the back and the waist.
An organic latex mattress has a 20-year warranty but can last 30 years or more without any significant change in support or softness. Latex's long-lasting comfort can easily carry a person from childhood well into adulthood because latex does not dip or flatten out over time.
Organic latex in its raw form is a milky substance from the Hevea rubber tree that flows in ducts just outside of where the sap runs. The tapper harvests latex by scoring the bark of the tree with a knife just deep enough to reach the latex ducts. The dripping latex is collected and mixed with:
The Dunlop process used to make our organic latex is relatively straightforward: compressed air is mixed with the latex and the mixture is whipped like a cake batter. Then the mixture of latex and air is poured into a mold and baked until it is firm. The firmness of the final product depends on the ratio of air to latex.
Below are some pictures from our Mike Schaefer's trip to the latex plantation and factory in southern India.
More than 20 years of experience has taught us that rubberized latex is safe and hypoallergenic for just about everyone. Latex is also naturally resistant to dust mites, mold, mildew, fungus, and bacteria. Including latex in your sleep system can be very beneficial to people with allergies.
Our Dunlop latex has been tested and certified to be safe by an independent testing laboratory, The eco-INSTITUT. Our latex is produced in accordance to the Global Organic Latex Standards (GOLS), which are the strictest organic standards in the world and is certified by the Control Union to guarantee no shortcuts are taken from tree to mattress.
Soaring Heart Natural Beds works exclusively with premium New Zealand organic wool. Our wool is a blend of certified organic wool from sheep raised on small farms (most under 100 animals). By blending wool fibers of various thicknesses our goal is to produce better, stronger, more durable sleep products. Plus, our exacting specifications require our wool buyers vet our ranchers to ensure both their proper treatment of animals and compliance with the highest global organic standard because we firmly believe that happy sheep = happy sleep!
Wool is one of the best materials to use in mattresses or bedding. Soft, resilient, and an amazing insulator, the naturally complex structure of wool is unmatched by anything synthetic. The surface of wool fiber is comprised of overlapping scales and a thin, finely porous membrane. This unique layered structure gives wool the ability to quickly absorb and disperse water vapor while repelling actual water droplets. Wool is stronger and more resilient than most fibers. It lasts longer because its natural crimp acts like a spring, continually flexing and bouncing back to its original shape.
Wool is an incredible insulator. It surrounds the body with a layer of air that adjusts to your body temperature, so wool has the remarkable property of keeping you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. "Wool in the summer?" you ask. Think of the Bedouins in the desert, loosely dressed in lightweight clothing made from the wool of their own goats and sheep, insulating them from the sun.
Wool not only keeps in warmth and keeps out excess heat, it also breathes, meaning that air can cycle through the spaces in the fibers. This means the body will stay dry while finding the temperature range it needs for the most restful sleep. Wool makes a great comforter, keeping you warm without making it too hot or damp to interfere with your sleep cycle.
Because it turns to ash when exposed to flame, wool cannot ignite and therefore requires no fire retardant. Incorporating wool as the outer layer of any bed we build makes that bed more fire-resistant as well.
Cotton fiber or "batting" is the most common fill ingredient in traditional futons. Cotton is durable and strong, and it provides plenty of firm support with just enough flexibility to be a great natural foundation for any bed. As with all of our ingredients, we cross-align layers to provide a consistent even surface.
The three parts of the cotton plant used to make cotton batting are:
1. Staple - The staple is the long, strong and most desirable fiber of the plant. It’s also the most expensive.
2. Linter - These are shorter, weaker fibers that are the most commonly-used cotton fiber because they are readily available (Soaring Heart doesn't use any linter in our products).
3. Motes - These are small pieces of underdeveloped cottonseed that add strength, consistency, and mass to cotton batting.
Our organic cotton blend successfully passes all federal flame testing without having ANYTHING added to it. No boric acid, no chemicals of any kind.
We are very proud to be using the highest-quality organic cotton, grown right here in the US. The cotton batting is composed of 60% staple fibers and 40% mote. You’re not just paying a premium for an organic certification; this cotton uses the superior staple fiber as opposed to linter which is often used in bedding. This superior blend is best for bedding as it holds up very well over time with minimal felting or compression.
When purchasing an organic cotton futon or shikibuton, it's important to note that the organic cotton batting starts out much fluffier than standard cotton, so your bed might not start out feeling as firm as you're used to. Organic cotton batting will compact down and become pleasantly firm after a short while.
To learn more about our organic cotton and where it comes from, click here.
There is not very much organic cotton grown in the US, only about 16,000 acres as of 2011. However, when cotton is grown organically, pesticide use in the world is drastically reduced. Organic farming does not employ synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers, making organically grown cotton a very clean, pure, natural product without any toxins whatsoever. Organic farming also depends on healthy soil management that reduces erosion and runoff.
Organic cotton is not only healthier for our beds, it is healthier for the natural environment in our farming communities.
For our mattresses (excluding the Balsa, Madrona, Sitka, and Laurel latex mattresses, which are quilted with organic sateen and wool), we use 7-ounce cotton twill made with 100% organic-certified cotton. The toppers and duvets use a 300 thread count sateen fabric. This fabric has been scoured to remove the cornstarch sizing.
At Soaring Heart Natural Beds we fill our pillows with a variety of materials including wool, cotton, and latex. Some of our more interesting fills are organic roasted buckwheat hulls and sustainably sourced kapok fibers. All are comfortable and when matched with the right sleeper, make the Perfect Pillow.
Kapok fiber comes from the seedpod of the Ceiba Pentandra tree, one of the tallest trees to grow in rainforest climates around the world, and one of the only sustainable resources cultivated in the rainforest. This water-resistant lignin/cellulose fiber is about eight times lighter than cotton fiber and many times more buoyant than cork--qualities that allow it to be lifted into the air by the slightest breeze, distributing the seeds inside to new areas of the forest where they may take root.
This airiness is also what makes kapok fiber an excellent pillow filling. It stays fluffy and light without absorbing body moisture, and it is practically
impervious to mold, mildew or decay. The inability of kapok fiber to absorb moisture also makes it an inhospitable environment for dust mites, so kapok can help to control allergies.
At Soaring Heart, we only use organic buckwheat hulls that have been carefully selected for our pillows. The buckwheat is also roasted, ensuring that the hulls contain no live mold spores, stems, flowers, or other foreign particles.
Buckwheat hulls are a byproduct of milling buckwheat; in traditional Japanese sleeping arrangements they are used as filling for pillows. The hulls move freely within the pillow casing, meaning that they fill in the contours presented to them, then settle together to hold the weight with a passive, individualized, breathable support.
Buckwheat doesn't retain body heat, so sleeping on a buckwheat pillow always feels cool and dry.
A new mattress that properly supports the neck and spine relieves pressure points and reduces tension in the muscles and joints will greatly increase your quality of life. And a mattress that is exquisitely crafted with superior, organic materials and zero chemicals or fire retardants is even better. Our organic mattresses and futons are made from materials that offer intrinsic health benefits such as thermal regulation and dust mite resistance. At Soaring Heart Natural Bed Company, our philosophy is better health through sleep and we constantly set the bar higher on what a quality mattress can offer.
Conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, and chronic pain can be positively affected by improving one's mattress setup. People suffering from allergies, multiple chemical sensitivities, or other auto-immune irregularities may also find comfort in our all natural and organic products because they are synthetic and chemical free.
At Soaring Heart we provide options for you to explore while offering as much information about those options as we can. We believe very strongly that our natural approach to making organic mattresses will improve overall health for everyone.
That said, we are experts in designing and crafting organic mattresses, but we're not healthcare professionals, and we do not make any claims or guarantees to diagnose, treat or cure any medical condition or physical ailment. Always consult your doctor before making any medically-related decisions.
Our sample kits contain small, individually sealed pieces of just about every material that we use to make our beds. Click the link above to request a sample box today.
To test the materials, we recommend either sleeping with the sample material in question inside your pillowcase overnight or sealing the sample in a jar overnight and cautiously smelling the air inside the jar in the morning. See how you react to each material. If you have no reactions, congratulations! Chances are that a bed built with the sampled material will be just fine for you to sleep on.
If you already know you are allergic to any of these materials, please exercise caution when considering exposing yourself to them, and proceed in a manner in which you feel comfortable.
The Federal Government doesn't require fire retardants—especially chemical ones— it requires that a mattress pass two tests. 16 C.F.R. 1632 (C.F.R stands for “code of federal regulations”) requires mattresses made and sold in the US to pass a “cigarette test,” during which cigarettes are literally thrown on the mattress and can only smolder a one-inch radius from the origin of flame in order to pass. In 2007, the federal government made these regulations stricter, passing C.F.R. 1633. To meet the requirements of C.F.R. 1633:
• The mattress must be sent to a third-party burn facility and withstand 70 seconds of open flame emitted from a blowtorch that sits about a foot from the mattress.
• The mattress manufacturer must keep files on the premises to show said tests have been passed, as there are surprise audits to make sure you are in compliance.
• In order to sell a mattress that does NOT pass the flame test, the customer must produce a prescription from a medical professional that states the patient requires a bed free of whatever materials are used to pass the flame test.
NOWHERE does it state that chemicals must be used to pass these tests. All of our mattresses pass both of these tests using absolutely no synthetic or chemical flame retardants. Period.
The lofty softness of wool batting creates a supple cushion for heavier parts of the body such as shoulders and hips.
At the same time, wool's natural resilience fills in the curves that naturally occur in our backs and sides, gently supporting them. It is the perfect top layer of a bed or for use in a pillow.
In addition to providing you with a soft, supportive surface, wool is also a thermal regulator. It surrounds you with a layer of body temperature air, so it has the remarkable property of keeping you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. This is because wool is very breathable, allowing air to pass between the fibers while still maintaining its springy structure, which helps normalize your body temperature, keeping you cool and dry throughout the night.
Wool possesses other therapeutic properties as well. It often makes sleep possible for people with arthritis. Because it keeps joints from heating up while at the same time supporting the body, wool relieves the inflammation and stress of arthritis. People who suffer from fibromyalgia also sleep better on wool, because it reduces and relieves pain felt at pressure points, which makes deep sleep achievable. Some studies have even shown that preemie babies thrive better in incubators lined with wool. We've seen people greatly benefit from our Deluxe Organic Wool Topper, in particular.
Wool also helps to reduce dust mites. Dust mites are the biggest source of airborne allergies in the United States, and since wool disperses moisture so quickly, dust mites can't thrive in its low humidity. And because it stays so dry, wool also resists mold and mildew. So for people with allergies, wool can offer some major benefits.
Did you know that most people who think they're allergic to wool actually aren't? Most perceived wool allergies are merely contact-irritation from the texture of the wool fibers rubbing against the skin. Actual wool allergies are usually due to a chemical reaction to the lanolin in wool. All our wool products are inside cotton cases and no skin contact ever takes place.
Though our wool is impeccably clean, it is very minimally processed, so it does smell like wool. The scent is faint, it fades fairly quickly and, in fact, we find it pleasant. But for people with high sensitivity, we recommend getting a sample box first.
We make all our organic mattresses, organic futons, organic shikibutons, and bedding using only 100% organic cotton which is grown without pesticides and is completely chemical free.
Organic cotton is hypoallergenic. Because there are no chemicals used in the production or growth of the cotton, none end up on or in your body, thus helping to reduce risks of asthma, skin irritation, and allergies.
Cotton is also a very supportive material, compressing minimally under pressure. This means that an organic cotton futon or shikibuton will keep its form instead of compacting down overnight as would beds made with materials such as down or polyfiber. Minimal compression keeps the back in an elevated and straight position, reducing tension and strain on the spine and easing back pain and aching.
Like our wool, our USDA-certified organic cotton, although impeccably clean, is minimally processed. It does have a slight linseed smell, which dissipates over time. If you are sensitive to odor, we recommend getting a sample box first.
In addition to being amazingly supportive and completely botanical, organic latex is hypoallergenic, dust mite resistant, mold and mildew resistant.
As a result, many of the most common allergens in the home and bedroom are reduced or eliminated when sleeping on organic latex, giving allergy sufferers a comfortable place to rest and wake up. Mold and mildew spores can also have an impact on the health of people who are not allergic, sometimes severe. Reducing your risk for mold or mildew is a very important step to a healthy home.
Organic latex contains no synthetic materials, no chemicals, and no fire retardants. Therefore, organic latex does not outgas, making it safe for children and adults alike. Unlike many foam mattresses that are made with petroleum products, latex doesn't need to be aired out and is 100% safe.
One of the most important health benefits of latex is its unparalleled support. Organic latex contours to the curvature of the body, forming to the unique shape of each individual, and providing them with a luxurious night's sleep. Latex cradles the body in a neutral position, keeping neck, shoulder, spine, and hips in proper alignment. This reduces stress and strain on joints, leading to a deep and relaxing rest and a morning free of aches and pains. Studies have shown that latex relieves 30% more pressure than memory foam.
For those suffering latex allergies; 1-6% of the general public, almost all latex allergies are caused by synthetic latex and are contact allergies. For people who are allergic even to natural latex, the organic latex used in our mattresses is made using processes that eliminates a significant portion of the protein associated with the allergy. Plus, the latex cores of our beds are inside three layers of wool and cotton, so direct skin contact never occurs.
Organic latex, like any other material, has a scent. Latex is rubber and because there are no odor-neutralizing chemicals or perfumes in it, it has a very slight rubber smell, which will dissipate over time. If you are highly sensitive, we recommend ordering a sample kit.
Each tatami mat is made with up to 66 pounds of rice straw that has been compressed down to two inches, making a firm, flat sleeping surface with just a little give and plenty of air flow. Tatami mats are great for any mattress, but really make a noticeable difference with shikibutons, especially single shikibutons.
Due to a shikibuton’s thin construction, if it is placed on slats the slats can often be felt through the shikibuton. Some people can even feel the slats through two shikibutons. A tatami mat has a smooth and rigid surface that keeps the shikibuton flat, supported, and properly aerated without the dips and valleys that slats create.
Our tatami mats are made in Taiwan and are heat treated, not chemically treated. Customers with high sensitivity should note that our tatami mats are made of grass and, especially when new, will have a cut grass odor. This odor will dissipate in time.