Even before Doris Day and Rock Hudson made pillow talk the rage, people have found comfort and enjoyment from pillows of all shapes, sizes and textures. Pillows are also an easy and relatively inexpensive way to spruce up a décor, introduce pop and color into an area or just be sure there’s somewhere cozy and comfortable for people to prop their head.
With all of that in mind, T.Y. Fine Furniture’s pillow inventory has expanded dramatically. For example, we now offer over a dozen organic pillow options in various sizes. We’ve also increased our offerings to include pillows whose covers are made from wool, kapok, cotton, shredded latex, solid latex and even Verona Blends made from a mixture of these ingredients.
Colors and shapes vary, too, so you needn’t worry you’ll be going home with a ho-hum square pillow. Because we know that sometimes pillows get dirty, we made
sure to offer only pillows whose covers are removable and machine-washable.
Our pillows range in price from $79 to $169 , so their cost is as soft and welcoming as they are.
Come on in to experience the comfort of these amazingly welcoming pillows.
You’ll feel like your head is sleeping on cotton.
The changing colors of the leaves and pumpkins adorning people’s doorstops means that autumn is upon us. The cooler temperatures are a welcome relief from summer’s humidity, but when sweater weather is upon us, those frigid days of winter aren’t far behind.
When the skies darken earlier, people often take the cue and go to bed earlier in the night than they might in the summer. And what better way to get cozy and relaxed then a wonderful, welcoming organic mattress!
T.Y. Fine Furniture stocks several different organic mattresses to cater to our customer’s varying desires of mattress softness and thickness. Or, if you’re not in the market for a new mattress but still crave the comfort of an allergen-free sleep experience, we also offer organic mattress toppers ranging from twin size all the way to California King.
We have partnered with Naturepedic because not only are their products manufactured with top-of-the-line organic materials, the company is also dedicated to healthful living. For example, all Naturepedic products are tested by independent third-party laboratories and certified according to the Greenguard Gold Certification Program. Naturepedic itself has earned Greenguard’s “GOLD” Certification, meeting the most stringent standard.
We offer various Naturepedic organic mattresses to fit any size budget. For example, mattresses from the Economic Organic Sleep (EOS) series are designed for luxury and comfort while also keeping an eye on practicality. Its multilayer zippered construction allows users to customize the layers in the mattress, swap out layers and even change the feel of the mattress years later. And with a 20-year warranty, Naturepedic owners enjoy many years of comfort on their mattress.
Naturepedic’s Organic Luxury Series features heirloom quality construction and materials including organic cotton fabric and filling, organic latex and organic wool. Its coils are hand-assembled and topped with a comfort layer of supportive organic latex for a delightfully luxurious feel. The mattress’s quality constructive ensures isolation of movement and pressure point relieving comfort designed to contour to the curves of the bodies sleeping on it.
If a new mattress or mattress cover aren’t in your plans but you’re still looking for an extra dose of comfort, Naturepedic’s organic cotton and waterproof protector pads, organic cotton quilted mattress pads or organic cotton luxury sheets might be what you’re looking for.
At T.Y. Fine Furniture, if you sleep well, we can too.
The Sustainable Furnishings Council is an educational and marketing organization, promoting healthy environments, within residences, workplaces and the out of doors. A balanced coalition of home furnishings industry players comprise the SFC, which was founded in North Carolina in 2006 to promote sustainable practices among furniture manufacturers, retailers and consumers alike.
I am equally as proud that T.Y. Fine Furniture also just earned a Green America Gold Level certification. Green America certifies businesses committed to using their enterprises as a platform for social change. Gaining this status places T.Y. Fine Furniture on par with other Green America-certified companies such as Clif Bar and Honest Tea.
Stop by to learn more about how you can inject healthful living into your everyday life.
Pictured is the Naturepedic EOS Organic Mattress
I ran across this article and it has such incredible information I decided to make it today's post. This is an interview conducted by the folks at www.organicitsworthit.org
In this profile, Naturepedic co-founder Barry Cik explains the difference between organic mattresses and their non-organic counterparts, uncovers why organic mattresses are particularly important for babies and young children, and offers his top 5 tips on what to consider when you are in the market for a new, organic mattress.
Q: What requirements must a mattress meet to be certified organic? How does this differ from the requirements that non-organic mattresses must meet?
A: The only organic certification for mattresses is the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).
The GOTS certification program takes all the contents of the mattress and essentially divides it into two groups, fiber and non-fiber.
- Fiber– Fiber content includes all fabrics, filling materials, and any other mattress components derived from fibers. For an organic mattress, GOTS requires that 95% of the fiber content come from USDA NOP certified organic fiber. The remaining 5% may be non-organic per certain restrictions and per GOTS approval. (GOTS also provides for a Made with Organic Fiber label if at least 70% of the fiber is NOP certified.)
- Non-Fiber - GOTS permits various accessories in an organic mattress. These include, for example, steel innersprings for structural support and flame proofing in order to comply with government mandates. All such accessories and chemical inputs must be approved by the GOTS program. If a mattress complies with all the above, then it is eligible for GOTS certification as an “organic mattress.”
Q: What is the best way to verify that a mattress is organic?
A: There is only one way to verify organic mattresses and manufacturers, and that is to check the GOTS list of certified organic mattress manufacturers. This is found at http://www.global-standard.org Search under Public Database / Product Category (Other) / Manufacturing.
Consumers are easily confused between organic mattresses that are certified under the GOTS program versus non-certified mattresses made with organic materials. In general, “organic mattresses” not certified under the GOTS program may only contain a small amount of organic fiber. With GOTS certified organic mattresses, all the materials and ingredients are reviewed and approved by an independent GOTS approved certifier.
Q: Your Company specializes in making organic mattresses for babies. Why is choosing a mattress made from organic materials so important for people at such a young age?
A: Mattresses, particularly including baby and children’s mattresses, are made with questionable materials and chemicals. For example, chemicals in mattresses may include phthalates, antimony, chlorinated or fluorinated compounds, etc. Organic mattresses essentially eliminate virtually all the possible chemicals that would be problematic.
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has recently gone on record in this regard stating the following:
“A child born in America today will grow up exposed to more chemicals than a child from any other generation in our history…Our kids are getting steady infusions of industrial chemicals before we even give them solid food…Today, advances in toxicology and analytical chemistry are revealing new pathways of exposure…There are subtle and troubling effects of chemicals on hormone systems, human reproduction, intellectual development and cognition.”
Q: Is it important for adults to buy organic mattresses as well?
A: Of course. We live in a chemical laden society. We don’t really know what all these chemicals are doing to us. One (rather simple) way of reducing our chemical exposures is to sleep on an organic mattress.
Q: How does the price of organic mattresses compare to non-organic mattresses? What is the explanation for this price difference?
A: The price of an organic mattress is usually higher than a lower-end conventional mattress, but an organic mattress is not necessarily more expensive than a typical upper-end conventional mattress. In any event, for example, the primary filling in conventional mattresses is polyurethane foam (or so-called soybean foam, which is really still polyurethane foam), which is made from petroleum. (The American Association of Fire Marshals refers to polyurethane foam as “solid gasoline”).
The primary filling in organic mattresses, on the other hand, is certified organic cotton, which is far more expensive than polyurethane foam.
Q: How easy is it to find organic mattresses? Are they widely available? If not, where is the best place to find them?
A: Organic mattresses are not difficult to find. Once again, the GOTS directory is the best way to locate certified organic mattress manufacturers.
Q: What are the top 5 things people should consider when they are shopping for a new, organic mattress?
A: Certification – “Green-washing” is widespread, with many people making green or eco or organic claims that are questionable. GOTS certification is the only way to verify whether consumer products, like mattresses, meet recognized organic standards.
• Chemical Off-Gassing Verification – Although certified organic mattresses will be low in chemical residues, an additional certification for low chemical emissions can add verification. The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute provides testing and certification for low-emitting products, including mattresses.
• Allergenic Materials Avoidance – Some materials may be allergenic for some people. For example, natural latex and wool can be problematic. People with chemical sensitivities may wish to consider whether these materials are appropriate for them.
• Firmness – Firmness is unrelated to organic or chemical considerations. However, it is important to make sure that the mattress firmness is appropriate. For adults, this is a personal and subjective matter, which means that when buying an adult mattress, it is best to be able to “test-sleep” the mattress. For babies and children, the Consumer Product Safety Commissions only recommends firm mattresses.
• Price – While organic mattresses are not cheap, there are models that are much more doable for people on a budget. A less-expensive organic mattress may essentially be just as good as one with more bells and whistles.
About Barry Cik
Barry A. Cik is a Board Certified Environmental Engineer with over a quarter century consulting experience. He is also certified by the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice and the Ohio EPA. Mr. Cik is also a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager and a Certified Diplomate Forensic Engineer. Mr. Cik is the author of a text book published by Government Institutes.
In 2003, Barry was sent by his wife to a juvenile furniture store to buy a crib mattress and other items for their first grandchild. Barry (who had never been in a juvenile furniture store) quickly realized that every single baby mattress was made from polyurethane foam and vinyl. His response to this was “My grandfather slept on straw, and I’d rather put my grandchild on straw than on these materials. This is not progress.”
Barry, together with his two sons Jeff and Jason (both magna cum laude graduates from Ivy League universities), then formed Naturepedic. The company was organic-focused from the very beginning, using organic cotton fabrics and filling as the basis of all Naturepedic products. Naturepedic joined OTA early on. In 2009, Barry reached out to GOTS and Naturepedic became the first certified organic baby and children’s mattress manufacturer.
Barry, and the entire Naturepedic family, are particularly strong supporters of the organic community, and of OTA in particular. Barry believes that the general public is more inclined to make the switch to organic products when their babies are the focus. Naturepedic is taking the organic message to increasing numbers of people who might otherwise not have realized the value of organic products in their homes.
T.Y. Fine Furniture is a certified Naturepedic dealer.
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
To convey the benefits of some eco-friendly solutions can require bales of education. Most people care about the planet and their own health. But not everyone has the time to learn all there is to know about industrial processes. For every organic spinach patch, there’s a counter-argument about distribution, convenience, or cost.
Organic cotton, fortunately, is easier to explain. There are two primary reasons to choose organically-grown cotton whenever you can. The first is your own health; the other is the health of the earth. And they’re inseparable.
Those silky sheets or satiny mattress cover? The number of chemicals that can be used to produce a conventional textile’s luxurious look or feel is staggering. Many are known skin irritants; some are carcinogenic. Pesticides are also endocrine disruptors, which subtly alter the body’s hormone balance. There is new debate about the consequences of chronic exposure to low levels of these compounds. Among concerns scientists have identified are increased risks for obesity, infertility, developmental brain disorders, and cancer.
When you choose bedding and a natural mattress made with organic cotton, you eliminate an important source of chemical exposure in your home. Because you sleep in close contact with your bedding materials -- and for years -- organic cotton may be among the most health-protective choices you make. Some experts believe that organic cotton is as significant for health as organic food. Organically grown and processed cotton will not expose you to herbicides, fungicides, or other chemical residues. For the highest quality, also look for the GOTS seal. Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification represents the most rigorous organic standards worldwide.
Then there’s the health of the planet. The environmental consequences of conventional cotton production are horrendous. Conventional cotton uses more pesticides than any crop on earth -- and more of the most toxic kinds. These chemicals poison the soil and wildlife, drift into waterways, contaminate livestock even when applied to fields miles away, and wind up in human tissue. They also destroy entire ecosystems. For example, the fourth-largest body of water on earth, the Aral Sea -- once a thriving food resource, is now too polluted from cotton agriculture to support fish.
Turning the Corner
Like our environment, human beings suffer from conventional cotton production at every step of the cycle. Agricultural laborers’ children sprayed while playing near cotton fields, factory workers exposed to a slew of toxins, and consumers who wear or sleep on fabrics that carry chemical residues -- all could testify that non-organic cotton is NOT “the fabric of our lives.” Ready for a hopeful note? More people are turning toward organic cotton. Global output has exploded, increasing over 500% in a recent four-year period.
So when you choose your natural mattress, make it an organic one. A mattress casing of pure organic cotton not only is better for your health, but the unbleached color is beautiful. It’s a natural reminder that simpler materials are safer ones for you, for those you love, and for the earth we live on together.
Written by Laura, November 24, 2012 www.savvyrest.com
I frequently speak with customers who ask why dressers tend to cost much more than a platform bed. It is a smaller item, right? It seems to be fairly simple, right? Well, the answer in short is that a dresser is in fact smaller, but it is many times more complex, particularly when built correctly.
What I have found over the years is that a good dresser will provide generations of loyal and dependable service without any issues, where a poor quality dresser will start showing signs of imposing demise, typically showing itself in the form of hard to open and close drawers. There are three reasons a drawer will catch.
1. Cheap slide or no slides at all, wear sets in quickly and eventually the drawer does not function. Ask the person making your furniture what brand the slides are used or if any are used at all, most are side mount and run about $5 a set retail. Our slides are Blum Blumotion Full Extension Soft Close slides, they cost $50 a set (one drawer) retail. They cost 10x more because they are 20x better. Who cares if a drawer slide can carry 100lbs weight if in a year it takes 100lbs force to close it, think about it.
2. Case is damaged. A poor fitting drawer or cheap slide will stick in time, causing damage to the case. This simply compounds the issue and creates a downward spiral of issues. Our cases are dovetailed together, not screwed, not nailed, and dovetailed. The areas that are not dovetailed are mortise and tenon.
3. Drawer boxes break. Dovetails are critical for a strong box, are your boxes dovetailed? Are they machine cut dovetails or hand cut? Ours are hand cut through dovetails, they are at least 3x stronger than a machine cut dovetail because they have that much more surface area. Machine cut dovetails are half blind, and yes, half blind does mean at least half as strong. Likewise, refer back to point 1, cheap slides will break good drawer boxes.
Dressers are ultimately a complex assembly. The case and a series of mating drawers. If the case, slides and drawer boxes are not up to the task, the whole assembly will fail to provide loyal service.
By Tarik Yousef
Fine living and healthy living are two concepts that we embrace with a passion here at T.Y. Fine Furniture. We carry organic mattresses and bedding, hand-made solid wood furniture built from naturally fallen Ohio timber; we care about our environment and our customers’ health. Consequently, we don’t want to build beautiful handmade furniture only to coat it with varnish, lacquers, shellac or polyurethane. All of those types of finish contain VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) that “off-gas” harmful fumes into our homes. We use our own T.Y. Fine Furniture “Food Safe Wood Finish” which was developed by Tarik Yousef and his microbiologist father using modern chemistry to innovate on recipes dating back to the 1800’s. Our Finish only contains Certified Organic oils.
So, why should anyone be concerned about whether or not the finish on their furniture contains VOC’s? I think the best answer is that after many years there is finally awareness that there really is a limit as to how many harmful substances we can all have in our homes and our lives. I’ve said this in my other blogs and I firmly believe it, the trend toward organic food and other products sweeping the country is not a fad. It’s a real organic (pardon the pun), grassroots movement driven by the desire for us all to live healthier lives.
Federal law requires that manufacturer’s include a VOC rating on the label. The worst VOC’s are: Benzene (benzol), Toluene, Xylene (xylol), Carbon Tetrachloride, Methylene Chloride, Methyl Chloroform, Ethylene Glycol, Dichloride, Perchloroethylene and Trichloroethylene. Please see if any of these compounds are listed on the wood finish products that you have in your home. If so, safely discard them!
The label on T.Y. Fine Furniture, Food Safe Finish lists the following ingredients: Organic Polymerized Flax Seed Oil and Organic Shea Nut Oil. 100% Organic and Zero VOC.
by Wes Miller