With the costs of foam, steel and other raw materials continuing to rise, family-owned producer Gold Bond Mattress relies on one of the oldest natural fibers – cotton – as an alternative. Producers have used cotton as a cushioning material in mattresses for more than a century, but its use has declined in the 21st century as companies have turned to various types of foam and other fire-retardant (FR) barriers. Gold Bond has not cut back and relies on cotton today more than ever.
“As the cost of raw materials, especially polyurethane foam, continues to increase, cotton is a fantastic alternative,” said Robert Naboicheck, president of Gold Bond Mattress. “Not only does it help a manufacturer keep costs under control, it helps meet the consumer’s desire for more sustainable and natural materials in products.”
Gold Bond has a distinct advantage when it comes to obtaining cotton suitable for mattress cushioning. Its Hartford, Connecticut, factory has six cotton garneting machines that process more than three million pounds of cotton annually. One of only a handful of U.S. companies that still does its own cotton garneting, a process that removes impurities and other foreign materials from raw cotton, Gold Bond sources its materials from North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
“There aren’t many of us left, but our ability to do our own garneting allows us to respond quickly to consumer demand for natural products, and adjust our product specifications as the price of foam and steel continues to climb,” said Naboicheck.
A pioneer in the development of futon mattresses in the 1980s and 1990s, Gold Bond has always incorporated cotton into its story. The brand's current lineup of futon mattresses include models certified organic by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). Today, Naboicheck is seeing increased cotton use in all types of innerspring mattresses.
“It’s a wonderful cushioning material, and with the cost savings it can provide, I think you will see it used more and more,” he said. “And there’s no sacrifice in quality or comfort.”
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About Gold Bond: Founded in 1899, Gold Bond is one of the nation’s largest family-operated independent mattress, specialty sleep and futon manufacturers. The company is a leader in mattress manufacturing techniques and more than a century of experience bring product innovations, high manufacturing standards and executive leadership to the industry. Handcrafted in Connecticut with the majority of the raw material made in America, Gold Bond products incorporate the latest comfort technologies in their futons and mattresses, such as Talalay Latex, encased coils and visco-elastic memory foam. Gold Bond currently ships to 40 states and five countries, and its products are available at more than 500 retail showrooms.