Pssst…. Just here for the promo code?
No shame in that game! For the month of May 2017, our readers get $100 off of any size Standard or Pillow Top mattress from Avocado Green Mattresses. CLICK HERE to get shopping and use the promo code MDC100 at checkout!
Why we Went Green with our Mattresses
The average adult spends 1/3 of our lives in bed! (Ok, ok, some of us may get a bit more sack time than others!) But the truth of the matter is that we all spend quite a high percentage of our life in bed. The problem is that many of us spend that time breathing in toxins and hazardous chemicals while we do it!
Most standard American mattresses contain petroleum-based polyurethane foams, chemical flame retardants, and volatile chemicals and gasses (for starters) that join us nightly for a sleepover. These foams break down into small particles over time and become airborne, and the toxic chemicals may also be off-gassing into the air that you breathe in your home throughout the day. Some of the known side effects (even listed on manufacturer’s material data sheets!) for chemicals used in commercial mattress production are:
- cardiac arrythmias
- asthma-like allergic reactions
- skin allergies & irritation
- respiratory irritation & breathlessness
- dizziness, weakness, fatigue, nausea…
Other side effects thought to be linked to such chemicals include neurological and hormonal disruption, thyroid dysfunction, and even cancer.
Our Slow Steps to Big Change
A couple of years ago, Papa Bear and I decided to start attacking the toxic sleep problem in our home by using our tax return money to ditch the bed sheets and to buy organic ones. We knew that change wouldn’t completely solve the problem, but it was certainly a step in the right direction.
This year, though, it was time to upgrade the girls’ crib/toddler mattresses as they were literally cracking and falling apart. We decided that it would be as good a time as any to get them a “lifelong” mattress that they could grow into, so we decide to use our returns to buy them each a green twin mattress. Hopefully in another year or two we will be able to switch our mattress as well, but detoxifying our kids’ bedtime routine was definitely priority for us. They spend far more time in bed than we do, and their little systems are still developing and more vulnerable to toxic effects.
Why we picked Avocado Green Mattresses
1. They are Truly Green
There are several companies starting to come out with “green” and “natural” mattresses lately, which is AWESOME!!! Hopefully one day, non-toxic bedding will be the standard! The truth is though, that sometimes the materials used in those products aren’t quite as non-toxic or safe as they claim to be. And when they are, the price range is often out of this world (like $7,000+… which is like 6-7 times what Avocado is charging for a truly green mattress).
Avocado uses all natural, organic, and sustainable materials…
- 100% Natural Dunlop Latex Rubber – Certified by the eco-INSTITUT in Cologne, Germany, it will never contain volatile organic compounds, persistent organic compounds, heavy metals, peticides, formaldehyde, or phthalates.
- GOTS-certified Organic Cotton
- 100% Pure Joma New Zealand Wool – It is naturally moisture wicking, anti-microbial and dust mite resistant, naturally flame retardant, and regulates temperature by staying warm when you are cold and cool when you are hot.
- 100% Recycled Steel Support Coils
(This page on Avocado’s website compares their materials to materials being used by other green companies in more detail.)
Avocado’s care labels are even available on right on their site. They are the only mattress company to do this, so customers know exactly what they are buying.
2. They are More Affordable
On top of Avocado’s price points being far lower than that of their comparable green competitors, they also offer easy 0% financing with Affirm. This is such an amazing perk for people that don’t have the cash up front, but know the value of switching their bedding out sooner rather than later!
3. They Offer Free Shipping
I didn’t even get free shipping on the organic bed sheets I bought. Just sayin’….
And to take it further, they decided to use compressed shipping methods and plain, umarked boxes to save money. This allows them to donate those extra funds to good causes. Plus, it’s pretty fun to open the box up!
4. Their Mattresses are Handmade to Order in the USA.
The products are designed in Hoboken, NJ, and then they are handcrafted in California. Avocado follows California labor laws when it comes to working in their facilities, so every worker gets a just wage and safe working environment. I also love that the mattresses are made after your order is placed, meaning it hasn’t been sitting around in storage somewhere aging. It truly is new, fresh, and green when it arrives at your door.
5. They Offer a Risk-free trial for 100 Nights AND Free Returns!!!
Okay, my friends. I was so shocked to read this on their site, and honestly it was the selling point that pushed me over the edge to go ahead and buy. I am pretty frugal and really dottle when it comes to making large purchases. But the way Avocado works is that you get 100 nights to decided whether or not you love your mattress. If you decide you don’t, they will refund you in full, and either pick it up from your home or provide free return shipping. Wait, what? Where’s the catch, right? Read it again. There isn’t one. Oh yeah, and there is a 10-year guarantee too.
So… At this point I am sure you can see why we picked Avocado mattresses! We’ve had them for almost 2 months now and love them! They are super supportive and comfy, and it is so wonderful to know that my kids won’t be breathing toxins in while they sleep! What kind of mattress do you use? Let us know in the comments below!
Promo Code to save $100 on your own Avocado Green Mattress (valid in May 2017)
CLICK HERE to get shopping for your own Avocado Green Matress, and use the promo code MDC100 to receive $100 off any size of standard or pillow-top mattress bought in the month of May.
This is not a sponsored post, and our Avocado Mattresses were purchased by us out of pocket. My opinions are my own! As an affiliate, I will receive a small commission from any mattress purchase that you make through my links or using my promo codes. Thank you so much for your support! See full affiliate disclosure here.