Providing ways for our customers to live a comfortable and natural life is at the heart of T.Y. Fine Furniture’s mission. So when we learned about a luxurious couch constructed with the finest in natural fibers, we knew it was right for us. And hopefully, for you, too.
The Verona Sofa offers elegant and organic seating complete with cushions constructed of natural latex wrapped in luxurious organic wool batting. The finest in certified organic materials such as cotton duck, sturdy hemp and a soft hemp-cotton blend comprise the cushions, so you know every moment spent on this unique creation will be soft and luxurious. While this natural sofa is formal enough for a living room, its simple elegance makes it ideal for any décor. Not only that, seat cushions can be customized to the owner’s preference and, as such, are available as either firmer or softer.
The Verona Sofa features other characteristics that make it stand out among its lesser peers. For example, materials involved in creating the Verona include:
- Certified sustainable solid hardwood (maple)
- GOTS-certified organic upholstery (in hemp, cotton duck or a hemp-cotton blend)
- Cradle-to-Cradle certified Natural Talalay latex foam
- Natural jute webbing
- Natural coir (coconut fiber with natural latex)
- Zero-VOC natural linseed oil
- Low-VOC water-based stain with linseed coating
Moreover, the authentic Verona Sofa uses no flame retardants, formaldehyde glue, cardboard, metal coils, particle board, plywood or veneer. All natural means just that, so no fake fillers are used in these beauties.
Every Verona Sofa also enjoys unparalleled attention to construction details such as Mortise-and-Tenon joinery and removable seat and back cushions. Each Verona Sofa is built by hand by Savvy Rest, a highly regarded manufacturer of organic mattresses based in central Virginia.
Not only is this amazing sofa constructed from the finest in natural fibers and materials, it is available in several colors, too. Selections include Lavender, Navy, Brown, Black, White, Honey and Sweet Potato. Yes, Sweet Potato!
We look forward to welcoming you to the shop and showing you the amazing luxuries this wonderful organic sofa offers.
There’s something so clean-feeling about a new mattress, isn’t there? You might feel like practically body-surfing onto it in delight. Ooo, this one feels so pristine. Ohhh, that one has such velvety fabric. Ahhh...here’s one that’s blindingly WHITE. That means pure, right? ....Right?
Here's why it's important to think about what’s beneath the surface of synthetic fabrics. What organic textile standards forbid offers some clarifying clues.
GOTS-certified organic fabric must meet the stringent and relatively new Global Organic Textile Standard. The U.S. National Organic Program requires that in addition to using organically-grown raw materials, GOTS-certified textiles must exclude a few things.
Toxic fabric dye
Pretty fabric colors, including many natural-looking hues, are almost always produced with killer dyes. Pun intended. Most synthetic dyes start with highly-toxic and carcinogenic coal tar which, while it won’t rub off on skin, pollutes the water near textile factories. Worse are the heavy metal “mordants” used to treat fabric before dyeing to help it absorb color. Cadmium, copper, nickel, cobalt and chrome are used during most dye processes. Discharged in water exiting the plant, they kill aquatic animals and harm the health of communities downstream.
Toxic fabric finishes
Sand-blasting may produce a soft finish, but it poses a serious health threat to workers. Chlorine bleaches poison both the people who apply them and the water that exits the textile plant. Formaldehyde, a known carcinogen used to produce many elegant fabric finishes, is also forbidden under the GOTS standard. A more recent industrial development is extra-insidious—nano-particle treatments intended to make fabrics “antibacterial” may kill some germs, but also damage DNA.
A factory’s effluent, or the wastewater that is flushed from the plant after use, cannot be released unless it has been treated and filtered. Without this precaution, textiles made in the plant will not be certified organic. The requirement protects local groundwater and also prevents toxic impacts on eco-systems downstream.
Organic certification also covers worker welfare. Organic-textile workers must be paid a living wage and cannot be blocked from forming unions. Most importantly, child labor is forbidden. These criteria are critical when an organic textile is imported from a country where exploitative labor practices are common. In the U.S., child labor in textile manufacturing ended with the passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act in 1938.
GOTS-certified textiles must be kept separate from non-GOTS-certified products. This measure prevents contamination from the toxic chemicals and finishes that are routinely used to manufacture conventional textiles, and may linger in the facility.
When you choose a mattress made with an organic casing, you’ll sleep easier. In addition to helping safeguard your own health, choosing certified organic fabric is one way you can make the world’s dreams more peaceful, too.
Written by Laura, February 16, 2015 www.savvyrest.com