As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the United States is experiencing a shortage of face masks. To answer the call for the common good, Avocado Green Mattress—makers of certified organic mattresses and bedding—is refocusing a large part of its cut and sew department in its American factory to the production of reusable face masks.
The organic cotton face masks are made and sold at cost (materials, labor, and shipping) and not for profit. These masks are not particulate filtering N95 face masks, but will offer a barrier to help inhibit the transmission of COVID-19. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), this type of face mask can help prevent transmission when N95 face masks are not available.
Made with two layers of 100% GOTS organic certified cotton canvas, the organic cotton face masks feature two 14" tie straps to secure it in place. They are machine-washable and should be washed using the warmest setting available. The CDC recommends adding Clorox Disinfecting Bleach to the wash, which is expected to be effective against COVID-19 based on data for harder-to-kill viruses. They should be machine-dried using high heat and completely dry before use.
Masks are available in family packs of eight masks that contain four children's masks and four adult masks for $30 on avocadogreenmattress.com. There is a limit of three family packs per household, but bulk orders are available upon request.
Additionally, Avocado Green has developed an internal task force to source and solve the needs of medical, state, and local governments most in need by producing emergency mattresses and bedding. Capabilities include: temporary and disposable mattresses, reusable/washable sheets, waterproof wedge pillows, toppers and disposable/inexpensive pillows.
Avocado is redefining what it means to be a sustainable, ethical brand. Their vision is as urgent as it is aspirational—a world united by sustainability and social responsibility. They practice radical transparency and a "farm-to-bedroom" approach; they co-own a latex farm, factory, and wool collective in India—from where they source and process raw materials. Mattresses are handcrafted in a Los Angeles factory that they also own. Their materials, factory, and finished products are GOTS/GOLS organic certified. Their mattresses are also GREENGUARD Gold certified for low emissions, MADE SAFE® certified, and have achieved STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® for both human and ecological safety. As a Climate Neutral® Certified business, Avocado is the world's first mattress brand to achieve net-zero carbon emissions across its entire business scope. As long-standing members of 1% for the Planet, one percent of all revenue is donated to environmental nonprofits on an annual basis. As a privately held company, they currently employ a team of 500. Learn more at AvocadoGreenMattress.com.