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.
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.
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.
In 2012 the owner of T.Y. Fine Furniture, Tarik Yousef, purchased an historic 13,000 square foot building in downtown Merion Village, Columbus Ohio. After two years of renovation he opened the new TYFF showroom in this beautiful, old world community amidst picturesque architecture and some wonderful small businesses. However, one component that was missing was an outlet to bring people together, allow them to buy organic produce, meet each week and share conversation. In 2014 TYFF Sales Manager, Wes Miller along with Tarik Yousef, founded the Merion Village Farmers Market whose mission is to “foster the creation of a sense of community by offering a weekly meeting place for neighbors to come, have coffee, a bite to eat, fresh produce and listen to world class music.”
Now in its second year the market has really taken off as the community has rallied behind this new and exciting event in their neighborhood. We continue to add produce vendors with the focus on “all organic” being paramount. As the market continues to grow we have been grateful to see volunteers step up and take on some of the responsibilities of recruiting new vendors. The Merion Village Association even has a weekly tent at the market to let people know about events and the growth of this charming area.
The market is actually the manifestation of TYFF’s philosophy that our products should be made using only naturally fallen Ohio timber and our own food grade, organic finish. We work very hard to ensure that none of our artisanal wood furniture contains any harmful chemicals that will off-gas. Our line of mattresses are even certified as organic by that industries leading organization, Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).
If you find yourself in Columbus, Ohio on any Saturday (9:00-12:00) through September 26, 2015 please stop by the Merion Village Farmers Market and then visit T.Y. Fine Furniture right next door!
By Wes Miller
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
T.Y. Fine furniture is a dealer for Savvy rest products. Below is an article from their blog that we believe will be of great value to customers looking for a child's mattress.
Kids grow like weeds, and in hindsight, it’s mind-boggling how different their bodies become. But a well-designed mattress can work just as well for a toddler graduating from the crib as for an 18-year-old. Here’s a look at key mattress characteristics to help guide your choices.
At any age, there’s nothing more important than safe, nontoxic materials. Children spend more time in sleep than adults do, and during those hours they too are breathing in the off-gassing chemicals that a mattress “breathes out”—even after the initial smell is gone.
Mattresses made with synthetic foams are filled with various compounds that have been implicated in cancer, lifelong obesity, developmental brain disorders such as ADHD and autism, and even lowered IQs. Formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, is common in synthetic foams. The most dangerous compounds are chemical flame retardants, used in significant quantities in most mattresses.
Avoid Synthetic Foams
An organic mattress with a natural latex interior is the safest choice. Breathable natural latex layers not only contribute to deeper, less restless sleep, but can be changed if comfort needs change over time. Organic wool batting within a mattress casing allows flame retardancy without the added chemicals. Look for published certifications, such as GreenGuard, for assurance.
Choose Fabrics Carefully
Organic mattress casings will not expose your child to pesticide residues, chlorine bleaches, or toxic fabric dyes and finishes. For protection from allergens, add organic mattress encasements. Organic allergy pillow covers are important for allergic children, too.
Durability and Comfort
Does your little one have a future as a trampoline artist? With a layered Savvy Rest organic mattress, you can choose the type of natural latex and configuration of layers that best fit your child’s personality and activity level. Here are examples. (For more detail, see How to Choose.)
For the little girl or guy who loves to jump (especially on the bed when no one’s looking), denser natural Dunlop latex will hold up best. For extra-vigorous kids who just tend to be hard on things, the Serenity mattress with one Medium layer over two Firms works well. A combo with a little more give is Medium over Medium over Firm.
Children who are restless sleepers or highly sensitive to touch benefit from a softer, more cushioned surface. For these little ones, a good Serenity configuration is a Soft top layer over Medium and Firm natural Dunlop. (Or Soft over Medium alone, in the Tranquility model.) For an extra-cradling feel, you can substitute a top layer of Soft Talalay.
Does your child often seem too warm during sleep, even when not running a fever? Many children love the extra comfort of a Savvy Woolsy mattress topper. This wool-filled topper adds cozy cushioning to any mattress surface and diminishes heat buildup. (Sleeping on top of wool fiber helps cool the body—unlike sleeping under a wool blanket).
Older Children and Adolescents
One of the best features of a layered natural latex mattress is its adaptability. If you favor a quite-firm mattress for young children, but around puberty your child begins to crave more softness, Savvy Rest’s Serenity or Tranquility mattresses can change right along with your child’s preferences.
For example, you could set up a Serenity with Medium on top, Soft in the middle, and a Firm bottom layer while your child is young and bones are still developing. Later on, simply unzip the casing and switch the top and middle layers. Voila—instant new mattress for your luxury-loving teen!
Don’t be surprised if a child who’s slept on a layered Savvy Rest loves their mattress so much they want to take it along to their first new place when they’re ready to leave the nest.
While you’re wiping your tears (or silently celebrating), remember that you can pack a Twin layered Savvy Rest into a car—just open the casing and roll each layer into a sturdy 55-gallon bag. Even Full components will fit easily into most vehicles.
Economy in Mind
A layered organic mattress isn’t the only option when budgets are tight. Another great choice for children of any age is the economical Earthspring--Savvy Rest’s innerspring mattress that features natural latex foam and an organic casing. The Simplicity mattress, an extra-firm model, is also a good basic choice (it’s more comfortable with an added topper).
Written by Laura, April 10, 2015 - 3:38pm savvyrest.com