Glossary

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A

Allergy

Allergies are on the increase, in the last 10 years at an accelerating rate. There are several reasons for this, one is the higher sensitivity and the increased knowledge, another is the unfavorable living conditions, especially in the urban areas. The so-called stress factor is increasing, job, travel distances, cost of living, electronic media, ... The nutrition is rather diminished by more industrial food production, more and more complex mixtures, instead of simple, directly digestible food. Electrosmog through the superposition of electromagnetic and electrostatic fields. Mold due to poor building materials and other (synthetic) materials. And the house dust allergy, actually a protein allergy, for which we recommend a product for prophylaxis that works well, costs little, and is quite easy to use. More extensive information about this can be found under Materials: BioNeem.
At the place where we sleep we should also protect ourselves from the permanent influence of electro-smog, the superposition of electromagnetic energy (through mostly insufficiently insulated power lines), and electrostatic energy (through friction, mainly through synthetic mattresses), with power isolation(*) and natural materials. Good indoor air also contributes significantly to a night of healthy sleep and helps to reduce the symptoms of allergies.
(* ask your electrician)

Allergy mattresses

The topic is much too big and complex to be covered in a few sentences or a few products. Because of the materials we use, plastic, environmental and stress allergy sufferers are generally well looked after in our company.
We mainly address house dust allergy sufferers, for them, we recommend the use of a normal natural mattress in combination with BioNeem/Milbopax, the product against mites (see above), with a natural active ingredient formula. You can find more information in the BioNeem factsheet.
For those who wish to stick to the old method of regular washing, we recommend a mattress design with a removable, washable cover and a separate climate insert. You will find these covers in the configurator with the designation E pure or F pure.

Alpenland wool (Merino new wool)

Our wool comes from classic Austrian sheep breeding (not imported from overseas and not chemically pre-treated). The shepherds lead their sheep from pasture to pasture and shear them in spring. This corresponds to the so-called species-appropriate farming and the chemical analysis of the quality of organic wool.
We have built this flow of material for over more than two decades and have created the brand Alpenland-Qualität because of the reliably good products.

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Building Biology

Building biology tries to make our living/life in the house healthy. Based on old knowledge, from the local tradition to Feng Shui, and developed with new knowledge of today's science, it is about creating meaningful living space, with good materials, for a good indoor climate and the right place for the respective needs. Wikipedia and the page of the Institute for Building Biology provide further information. With our products, we also try to make a good contribution to a healthy living space.

Building Biology

The term bulk density refers to the amount of raw material used in crosslinked materials - such as foam - and is measured in kg/cbm. It provides information on the density and therefore the firmness of the material. Foam and cold foam are usually hardened chemically so that a bulk density of 30-50 kg appears to be firm, an effect that doesn't last long. A strong, durable material needs density, i.e. bulk density. Natural latex has between 70 - 85 kg bulk density, decent cold foam around 60 kg.

BioNeem

TN-MP100 is the name of the active ingredient formula after Prof. (em.) Remboldt. The product with this active ingredient provides natural mite prophylaxis and enables house dust allergy sufferers to enjoy normal sleeping comfort. The product can also be used as a spray for the bed environment and other upholstery.
You can purchase it in the pharmacy (very cheap in some Internet pharmacies), under the name "Milbopax". Detailed information (still directly from Prof. Remboldt) can be found in the BioNeem factsheet.

C

Climafill etc.

This is a compact fleece made of fine polyamide fibers, which an alternative to virgin sheep's wool, is fully washable and therefore suitable for allergy sufferers. However, its climate and hygiene characteristics are inferior to those of virgin wool. In addition, electrostatic frictional energy is created, which feels unpleasant on the skin. The accumulation of moisture also leads to sweating due to its poor climatic properties. We no longer use such poly fleeces.

Climate-active

Natural fibers are highly diffusing (diffusion), i.e. they are permeable to moisture and air and thus ensure a dry, healthy sleeping place.

Climate inlay

A natural fiber fleece in a light jersey cover, which is placed in a mattress (under the cover) to improve the sleep/bed climate.

Coconut fiber

Obtained from the protective shell of the coconut, the material is stable, elastic, climatic, and auto-insecticidal. Like horsehair, coconut fibers provide good ventilation and additional stability in the sleeping pad. Therefore the material is also called vegetable horsehair.
For more information see the coconut fiber factsheet..

Contact area

This is the surface of our body with which we touch the mattress while lying down and sleeping. A good mattress is elastic and adapts to the body and its contours without enclosing it. At the same time, it gives it stability.

Corn fiber

The corn fiber, or better the yarn made of fermented corn fiber, serves as a filler for quilts or as a fleece for mattresses. The soft, cuddly material does not diffuse like new wool, is closer to poly-fibers in its composition, and causes heat and moisture accumulation. Therefore it is not suitable for heat-sensitive people. But it is fully washable and is therefore often used as a material for allergy sufferers.

Cotton

Cotton is important for a mattress, whether as cover material or as fleece inside. Cotton is antistatic and skin-friendly and also ensures a good sleeping climate by means of a good diffusion effect (passage of moisture).
The raw material for the 2nd Human skin is produced in an amount of 20 million tons per year, still mostly in "anti-ecological" mono-cultures. Groundwater contamination and desertification to a great extent are the results. Therefore the certified organic cotton is important for the conservation of our natural world.
More information on C.O.C. - Controlled Organic Cultivation - organic cotton is the international term for cotton from certified organic cultivation.

Why do we not always utilize controlled organic cotton: Unfortunately, there is still a difference in the commodity price, which makes the amount of cotton in some FUTON noticeable.
The raw material for the 2nd skin of humans is produced in a quantity of 20 million tons p. y., still mainly in environmentally destructive monocultures. Groundwater contamination and desertification to a devastating extent are the consequences. Therefore, controlled organic cultivation (n.b.A.) (GOTS) is important for the preservation of our natural world. All our fabrics, whether drill/satin, jersey, terry cloth, velour, or double jersey are made of 100% cotton and except for the terry cloth, all are in organic quality.
More about this under n.b.A. ... Organic cotton is the international term for cotton from controlled organic cultivation ... Interesting information about this topic can also be found here: www.biothemen.de or at GOTS ... detailed information about cotton is also available in our cotton factsheet.

Cuddly wool (fleece/deep-pile)

A patented process in which the wool fibers are processed "standing" instead of „lying" makes the fleece significantly puffier, more breathable, more resistant, and noticeably more cuddly, pleasant relief of pressure for the skin. Used correctly, this wool is a great gain in quality of use and comfort, naturally made from pure Alpenland virgin sheep's wool. You will find this special wool in our Ergomulti mattresses, or the cover version 'E' or ‘F'.

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Deep-pile wool, fleece wool

A patented process in which the wool fibers are processed "standing" instead of "lying", makes the fleece significantly puffier, more breathable, more resistant, and noticeably more cuddly, pleasant pressure relief for the skin. Used correctly, this wool is a great gain in quality of use and comfort, naturally made from pure Alpenland virgin sheep's wool.
You will find this special wool in our Ergomulti mattresses, or the cover version 'E' or ‘F'.

Density

The term density refers to the amount of raw material in cross-linked materials - such as foam - measured in kg/cm³ and provides information about the density and thus the strength. Foam/cold foam is usually chemically hardened so that even densities of 30-50 kg make a firm impression; however, this does not last long. A strong, long-lasting material needs density, i.e. volume weight. Natural latex has a volume weight between approximately 70 - 85kg, good cold foam has a volume weight of approximately 60kg.

Diffusion

Describes the moisture transport through materials. Specifically, this is the passage of moisture through the membrane-like surface of organic materials, i.e. the distribution of perspiration/body moisture. Natural fibers are highly diffusible and create a dry, pleasant, and healthy sleeping climate.

Double cloth / double jersey

A knitted fabric with two sides. In a technically complex process, two layers are knitted together parallel, a simple jersey for the underneath, and a noble one made of fine yarn for the upper side. In addition, a soft filling thread is inserted into the space between the layers. The result is a heavy, soft, elastic cloth that forms heating chambers and thus, as with its softness, ensures rapid warming. With us of course in organic quality (GOTS).

E

Ecological

ecological' means the conscious/sensitive handling of natural resources in the sense of preserving the natural environment. The use of renewable raw materials in a reasonable amount and regenerative energy are two important components. An eco-product does not have to be 'organic' (e.g. a 5l-car), an organic product does not have to be 'eco' (e.g. imported fruits from overseas).

Elasticity

The wonderful feature of natural latex/rubber is its point elasticity. Of all elastic materials, it is the absolute winner per score. It adapts to the body shape of the sleeping person and relieves the backbone and muscles. If an elastic cover (E) is added, this effect is not significantly affected. With a firm cloth (F) we get a more stable surface. The SAG factor provides information about this.

Electrosmog

Electrosmog is the overlapping of different electrical fields
Synthetic materials (mattresses) generate an electrostatic charge through friction. This puts the skin under tension, similar to electromagnetic radiation. If there is additional electromagnetic radiation, e.g. by the power line in the wall, electrosmog is created. To keep your sleeping place free from such influences, it is recommended to use natural materials and to keep the sleeping area free of electricity. Any electrician can easily install this in the breaker box.
Extensive information on this topic is available from the Ministry of the Environment NRW (PDF/3MB): Information brochure electrosmog

Ergomulti

The products of our Ergomulti mattress collection are natural latex mattresses of premium quality, the ones with the best price-performance ratio.
Of course, good products always have imitators, but our equipment, the great variety of products, and the fair price calculation are hard to copy.

F

Fleece Wool

A patented process in which the wool fibers are processed "standing" instead of "lying" makes the fleece significantly puffier, more breathable, more resistant, and noticeably more cuddly. Pleasant pressure relief for the skin. Used correctly, this wool is a great gain in quality of use and comfort, of course, made of pure Alpenland virgin sheep’s wool. You will find this special wool in almost all our mattresses.

Futon

The word futon comes from the Japanese language and means "sleeping place".
Our futons today, modern and adapted to our needs, have hardly anything to do with the original Japanese.
You can find everything about futons at Futonwerk.

Freeze

The body function of freezing makes us aware of imminent hypothermia, so we shiver and shudder, which brings movement, which in turn produces heat. This does not work during sleep, which is why we need a warming cover that protects us. As we get older, we get colder, which is partly due to the decreasing resistance of the skin and requires an even better protective cover. An air-conditioning blanket is a useful way to maintain the right temperature during sleep ... see article natural hair blankets.

G

GOTS

The Global Organic Textile Standard, once created by our quality association IVN, is the leading certification standard for organic cotton today. The cloths we process (except terry cloth) all comply with the GOTS.

H

Horsehair

Shearing hair of the mane, the fur, and the tail — steamed, curled, and needled — is climate-active, hygienic, stabilizing, and yet elastic. A horsehair cover is especially interesting if you sweat a lot (which is often due to the duvet).
It also makes the mattress firmer because the elasticity of natural latex is blocked.

House dust allergy

(mainly) a protein reaction, triggered by the fine particle-small excrements of the mite, which attach themselves to the house dust and spread in the room.
Further information under Allergy and BioNeem

I

Interior Cover

A light jersey cover around the mattress core, which simplifies handling when removing the cover for washing (cover 'pure‘) or airing, and avoids frictional energy because it is made of pure cotton.

IVN

IVN = Internationaler Verband der Naturtextil-Wirtschaft e. V. is the largest and most important association of natural textile manufacturers/processors/traders and initiator of the international certification standard GOTS.

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Jersey

Jersey is a smoothly knitted, elastic fabric which name refers to its historical origin. Jersey is usually a rather light cloth, e.g. for a T-shirt or in our case as an under-stitched cloth, the underneath of the mattress cover, or the cover of the mattress core, where it is simply called stocking; not to be confused with double jersey.

K

k. b. A.

"kontrolliert biologischer Anbau“ (controlled organic cultivation) - cultivation in accordance with natural crop rotation, without the use of artificial fertilizers and pesticides, without genetic engineering, and with a sensitive consumption of water - these are the most important ecological requirements for natural textiles from k.b.A. The production conditions and improved living conditions of the local workers are also among the sustainability standards. „Kontrolliert biologischer Anbau“ (controlled organic cultivation) is a protected term. The control is carried out by IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Movement) and independent partner institutes such as Demeter. Back to cotton..

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Latex

The term latex is too general for us and is often used incorrectly. That is why we speak of natural latex or natural rubber, which means that 100% of the contained polymers are pure latex juice from the rubber tree "Hevea Brasiliensis" and the latex contains at least 95% polymers (3-5% are "foamers"), so no extenders. For more information see natural latex.

Latexed coconut fiber

Coconut fiber coated with natural latex is vulcanized and forms a springy-elastic material with good climate characteristics. As a mattress filling, rubber coke may only be used as a central core, embedded in latex, because its elasticity alone is not enough, but there it creates firm latex mattresses of good firmness, with light springing and the best climate.

Life cycle assessment

The life cycle assessment of a product adds up all environmental impacts (energy consumption, emissions, etc.) that the product has from production to disposal.
The determined value can be represented in kj/t (kilojoules per ton).
Wikipedia, you will find more information on this topic.

M

Molleton

A molleton protector is a soft cotton cloth with elastic straps at the corners, for hygiene and stain protection. It hardly affects the lying characteristics and is fully washable and dryer suitable. Here only in k.b.A. (organic) quality.

N

Natural latex or natural rubber

Natural latex and natural rubber are just two different terms for the same raw material.
100% natural is the decisive predicate because this means it does not contain any synthetic polymers. This is the only way to create a unique, highly elastic quality. The chemical structure of natural latex' has extremely long molecular chains, which form the unique elasticity. Imagine the material as a very dense three-dimensional net that stretches in all directions.
Each core of the natural latex foam, is baked in large steel molds, is cellularly breathable, and highly elastic. We call this elasticity "point elasticity" because the material yields and adapts itself individually at every point of body contact. Therefore the material is perfectly suited for the use as a sleeping pad and is the optimal material from an ergonomic point of view. Finally, the long durability (also a consequence of the elasticity) is remarkable, as the material hardly wears out under pressure. A good quality natural latex core is neither noticeably nor (relevant) measurably worn out after 10 years of use
The enormous body adaptation in combination with a correspondingly high core gives us a little bit of the feeling of weightlessness.
Allergy: an allergic reaction to natural latex cannot be excluded, but so far (at least in the form of an upholstery core) it is not known to cause any allergic reactions. If you are allergic to protein and are worried, please have a sample of the natural latex send to you for testing.
Ecology: the raw material rubber is completely decomposed, but the 3-5% binding substances (phosphorus, sulfates) would partly be deposited in the drinking water, therefore a natural latex core belongs in the waste incineration, where it has good calorific value with only a few residues. As the natural latex foam has very high durability, the ecological balance is very good, especially compared to synthetic foams.
History: the tree "Hevea Brasiliensis", which was originally settled in the Latin American tropics, uses photosynthesis to produce the milky juice that the Maya already knew how to use (presumably soccer was born there and not in England) and from which we obtain our precious raw material. In the 18th century, an Englishman smuggled a shipload of seedlings into the Asian colonies of the British Crown. Legend has it that only a handful of the seedlings survived and this formed the basis for the triumphant advance of this wonderful material around the world. Around 1900, John Dunlop modified the vulcanization process developed by Charles Goodyear to create the permanently elastic foam that we still produce today.
More information can be found on the natural latex factsheet.

Natural hair duvets

Many people sweat or freeze at night ... mainly because of inappropriate blankets. Nobody dresses in the heat of summer with a thick sweater or nylon shirt, but at night many people do exactly this by covering themselves with duvets made of poly materials (polyester, polyamide, microfiber) or feather beds. It is mainly about diffusion, the transport of moisture, which these materials cannot do. However, if you want a pleasant, healthy, hygienic sleeping climate with a gentle warmth that maintains your body temperature and allows moisture to pass through, you can use natural fibers. You can find out which material is right for you on our duvet page.

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Organic

The term organic/biological, means the cultivation of herbal raw materials in a natural, original way, without chemical additives, so first of all something 'good'. However, there are different views and definitions of what is meant by this. An organic product is not necessarily also an ecological product, e.g. fields can also be fertilized with organic slurry and the groundwater can be contaminated with it, globally transported food, such as fruit and vegetables from China or South America or biodiesel, an ecological as well as ethical disaster.
Above all, for us, it means cotton from controlled organic cultivation, which comes from the same regions as the conventional ones, mostly from Turkey. This has always been our main focus because it is probably the biggest problematic product in our field.

Organic Cotton

Controlled organic cultivation, kbA, international designation.

Origin

We know the origin of the materials we use very well. All textiles are made in Germany, the fibers are also made in Germany and Austria. The natural latex in our mattresses is produced in Italy, Belgium, and Indonesia (by a German company).
All materials are made for us and according to our specifications and principles.

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Polymer(s)

Polymers are long, chain-shaped molecular structures. In natural latex, they are remarkably long and therefore stretchable, hence the elasticity of the material.

Point elasticity

Refers to the compression or stretching of any point of the surface with the least possible effect on the rest of the surface. The smaller the affected area, the higher the point elasticity. Diagram: SAG factor. Natural latex has the highest point elasticity of all upholstery materials.

Q

QUL

"Qualitätsverband umweltverträgliche Latexmatratzen e.V.“ (quality association for environmentally friendly latex mattresses e.V.) (tested by eco-Umweltinstitut, Cologne). The test criteria of the QUL, first established in 1996, is the most reliable "purity instance" for natural mattresses. About 250 relevant pollutants are covered in the strictest and best-balanced test catalog. We have always tested our mattress materials (except for cover Deluxe Standard) according to this principle.

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Rubber

from CA-HU-CHU - "watering tree" This is what the Maya once called the rubber tree "Hevea Brasiliensis", whose bark juice provides the rubber. Originally from South America, rubber is now mainly cultivated in plantations in South-East Asia ... read more in the article natural latex.

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Satin fabric

Satin is a noble fabric (in atlas binding), where the weft thread (cross-thread) only tunnels under every 4th - 5th warp thread. This results in smooth surfaces (bottom warp, top weft) with good elasticity. Satin is the first choice as a cover material for mattresses in the corresponding weight/quality class; cover variant 'F' in all Ergo mattresses.

Sanfor

Sanforizing (also known as shrinking) is a mechanical process in which cotton fabric is prepared for washing so that it does not shrink. The term goes back to the inventor Sanford L. Cluett, who developed the technique in the 1920s.

Size

The choice of mattress size is an individual decision and depends on your sleeping habits. Almost all products are available in almost any width and length, up to max. 200 x 240 cm.
For the length, we recommend body height plus 20 cm. We recommend a width of 100 - 140 cm for people sleeping alone. Young couples are usually happy with a width of 140 cm, otherwise, 160 - 180 cm is usually a sufficient width for a good, shared sleep.
By the way: With increasing width, the mattress cover loses its elasticity. This means that smaller mattresses of the respective "design" are firmer than the larger ones.

Sleeping Climate

A healthy sleeping climate is characterized by cool (17 °C) and oxygen-rich, relatively dry (55%) air; a bed made of natural materials with high climatic activity makes a good contribution to this.
Further information and advice are available from us or on the internet, under the key word building biology; here you can find an info page from "Das Haus".

Sleep process, sleep phases

Sleep takes place in different phases, which can be illustrated by different brain frequencies.
Sleep takes place in different phases, which can be illustrated by different brain frequencies. It begins with the so-called alpha-phase (meditative phase), here the brain has reached an oscillation frequency of about 13 Hz and we are in transition to light sleep, from there it goes quickly into a deep sleep and below 4 Hz, in between REM phases again and again, at the beginning of the night more deep sleep (1-2 hours), later more and more REM (1-2 hours), most of the time light sleep (3-4 hours).
At night, or when the body is at rest, the glands secrete large amounts of growth hormones, which are responsible for cellular regeneration. These glands can work best during sleep since most organs are less active.
During deep sleep, an important part of these vital and life-energy-creating processes takes place.
Well-being to the one who is bedded in such a way that it can take place, whose sleeping pad is so stable and elastic that the body can hold a secure position and also move without having to activate the whole muscle apparatus.
Movement occurs mainly in the REM phase, when jumpy moments of the day are discharged and, of course, in light sleep, so that all parts of the body remain in the various positions in a balanced way and the fluids can flow in a balanced way. 30 - 60 movements take place on average during the natural sleep process; here too, the base needs to be well elastic.
Just as interesting as unexplored is the Alpha Phase, the gateway to sleep, during which we can also float between consciousness and subconsciousness and make contact with others in an energetic way. It is also what characterizes the newly discovered short sleep during the day. This is only a very brief outline of a very complex process that we humans are still far from understanding - so far there are only a number of hypotheses about the meaning and function of the institution of sleep. The only thing that is certain is that it is indispensable for the Homo Sapiens and preferably takes place in the dark because we then produce more melatonin, the body's own sleeping pill.

Solid Wood

Made of the whole wood, as opposed to laminated wood, plywood, multiplex, MDF, or chipboard; stick-glued wood is also considered solid wood.
Here is a well-designed carpenter info page with lots of wood science.

Sweating

Sweating is a state of overheating in which the skin releases moisture to cool down by means of evaporative cooling, which works well if there is enough air around us. Under a blanket, however, which does not let the moisture escape satisfactorily, it comes to congestion, so that the moisture hinders the skin breathing, which wakes us up or causes twilight sleep, which is not enough for recovery ... continue reading the article natural hair duvets.

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Test & Certificate

It is a difficult topic, and there are many stories and anecdotes about it. At this point, we would just like to explain why we do not emphasize test products and certificates.
As far as the area of tests/product testing or tested products is concerned, there are — as everyone knows — two organizations that have mastered this topic, Stiftung Warentest, a semi-governmental institution, which is credible in theory, due to its status, but whose test results are nevertheless only partially reliable, as one basically tries to keep the companies indemnified.
In the field of mattress tests, it is noticeable that the test criteria are sometimes so lax, that even really lousy products still score fairly well. Consumers looking for quality do not have any useful help in making a decision. Instead, the significantly larger group of "savings buyers" is approached, inferior products are evaluated in a separate group with simple test parameters, thus encouraging a decline in quality.
The other institution 'Ökotest' is a private publishing house and cannot guarantee the safe separation of advertising customers and test aspirants.
There are conclusive, reliable tests/test results from both sides, as well as those that require a lot of humor ... as long as you are not affected.
For example, in the field of natural mattresses, there are cases where one competitor who uses the same QuL-certified materials as others, was given a lower grade because different results were obtained in that batch of materials. It also could have been the other way around and in each case, it is clearly noticeable for the one with the lower grade, and consumers feel uncertain. Also one measures with double measure, with Ökotest a fully synthetic (and miserable in price/performance) Tempur mattress is found to be ' good' in the 2nd attempt (after 'sufficient' in the 1st test) (Stiftung Warentest: 'unsatisfactory'), while natural mattresses are immediately devalued, if they contain synthetic material shares. This is not comprehensible.
It is known from both Stiftung Warentest and Ökotest that products from certain manufacturers are preferred in the respective test, while other, equally relevant products do not appear. So if manufacturers do not do the appropriate 'lobby work', they have a reduced chance of being included.
The conclusion is that the test is too much of a marketing tool that is fought over by the industry but often does not offer quality-oriented consumers satisfactory support, especially since quality products often come from small manufacturers and - due to their low market significance - do not even appear in the test.
With time, we have gained enough experience with tests and test results from Stiftung Warentest and Ökotest (mainly positive ones) to make the decision not to work with the marketing instrument 'test result'.
We commit ourselves to remain true to our basic ethical rules and to achieve the quality goals that we are fundamentally striving for. And we want to present our information and statements, both written and oral, in such a way that every consumer can easily understand and comprehend them.
It is a similar matter to the certificates.
The certification criteria are often unclear to the consumer and it requires trust in the respective certification agency.
Products or manufacturers who receive a certificate from an organization must fulfill certain conditions for this purpose, but compliance with these conditions is not necessarily checked (or is not necessarily verifiable), but it is assumed that they are met. Thus, in the end, one must trust a company again. In effect, a certificate is also just a marketing tool.
If, for example, the certification of organic cotton is guaranteed by the fact that the manufacturer/processor sends a sample to a test laboratory once a year, you will ultimately trust this manufacturer/processor. If a textile product is decorated with an eco-label indicating that it has been tested for 200 harmful substances, it makes a good impression and lures us to purchase it. However, it is just as hard to tell whether it has been produced in a questionable way somewhere in Central Asia, as it is to tell whether it really comes from a certified organic farm because many conventional products also pass several tests for harmful substances. Also one must know, which test parameters are used and how much sense it makes.
There are also many examples and stories here that ultimately make it clear that it's all about trust, and we want to build this up through the greatest possible degree of openness in product presentation and consulting, rather than through a seal.
In order to make this clear, it should be mentioned that the author and founder of Futonwerk co-founded and built up the QuL, but turned away from this association due to an indifferent ethical attitude — in an already small circle of members — and corresponding courses of action. Today we are still a member of the IVN - the mother association of the GOTS.

V

Velour

Velour made of pure organic cotton, certified, which is a particularly elastic, noble knitted product, similar in production to fine terry cloth, but with open loops. It absorbs moisture and provides excellent climate control.

Virgin sheep's wool

Our natural pure virgin sheep's wool comes from Austrian sheep breeding, is not chemically pre-treated, and corresponds to the quality of organic wool according to chemical analysis. It is usually gently needled with 500 g/sqm (or 700 g/sqm fleece wool) and completely envelops the other layers like a coat. Due to the dense structure of the fibers, with their waxy-lipid surface, new wool is highly climate-active and hygienic. Wool can absorb half of its own weight in moisture unnoticed and can easily release it again. The lanolin (wool wax) ensures the natural filtering of perspiration particles (fat/acid/salt/protein) and prevents material degradation. We use Alpenland quality. To our new sheep's wool factsheet.

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Washing instructions

Mattress covers of natural mattresses are usually not washable because of their virgin wool quilting, which a) will shrink when washed and b) loses its hygienic effect. (Fully washable covers are mostly quilted with poly-fibers and are climatic as well as hygienically questionable). A cover quilted with virgin wool normally does not need to be washed for about 10 years of use. If you put on a molleton cloth, the mattress is well protected anyway.
Alternative: an unquilted cover, as available with Ergovlex, which is sanforized and therefore fully washable. The necessary climate insert is inserted loosely.

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