Raising the Standard, OMI Obtains First Global Organic Latex Certification

Organic Mattresses, Inc. (OMI) set a new standard in the organic mattress category by becoming the first mattress manufacturer to obtain the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS). GOLS is the first global standard for certified organic natural rubber latex. This third-party certification guarantees that the California-based OMI mattress company’s latex mattress cores are certified organic. From the factory to mattress manufacturer and the materials and production processes must conform to specific sustainable and humane processing and manufacturing practices to qualify for the certification

To become GOLS certified, OMI worked with third-party auditors to ensure the organic latex sap used in its mattress cores is USDA-certified, can trace the raw rubber latex-tree sap components to their sources and suppliers and verify there is no commingling of organic and nonorganic materials throughout the supply chain. The company also worked with auditors to identify and minimize the chemicals used to process the latex; confirm environmental practices that reduce, reuse, and recycle waste; prove they have quality-control systems in place and show that they provide a safe working environment.

“Not only is this certification a milestone for OMI, it is also a way for retailers and consumers to distinguish legitimate organic sleep products from unsubstantiated marketing claims,” said OMI’s President and Founder Walt Bader.

“This designation is not only a game-changer for the bedding industry, it also offers retailers a trustworthy endorsement that resonates with individuals who want organic and environmentally-friendly products that are made safely.”

With this recognition, OMI solidifies its position as a mattress manufacturer offering retailers and their customers an entire line of certified-organic latex and innerspring mattresses and sleep accessories manufactured in a large-scale GOTS-certified Eco-factory™ created solely to manufacture organic products. Despite the recession, retailers who have sold the OMI line have seen phenomenal growth in sales.

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About Organic Mattresses, Inc. (OMI): OMI is a full-circle environmental company dedicated to supporting America’s organic and sustainable farmers. OMI’s handmade custom organic mattresses are manufactured in Northern California in a large-scale GOTS-certified Eco-Factory™ created solely to manufacture organic products. OMI mattresses qualify under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s LEEDs indoor air-quality program.