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Ask The Crib Mattress Specialist: Why doesn’t Colgate offer an organic mattress?

Colgate Mattress™️ created the “Ask the Crib Mattress Specialist” series in response to frequently asked questions from our valued customers. Through this blog series, we hope sharing our thoughts on these topics will help you better understand why we handcraft our products with your baby in mind using the highest industry standards.

If you have a question you’d like included in the series, we’d love to hear from you at [email protected]

Question: Hello, Crib Mattress Specialists! 

I know and trust the Colgate Mattress name — in fact, it’s the brand most recommended to me by friends, family and even Google. But I really want to make sure my baby’s crib mattress is organic and you don’t seem to have an organic crib mattress offering? Why is that? 

– Curious Caroline

 

Hello, Caroline! Thank you for your question.

The term “organic” is frequently used across different industries to describe various types of products — ranging from foods to cleaning products to bedding and everything in between. But such common usage of the term can make it difficult to discern when items truly are in fact organic (meaning certified by an industry authority) and when they’re not.

Additionally, there isn’t one universal “clearinghouse” across all industries that sets the standard for when and how the term can be used. And so “organic” can be defined differently depending on the product — and at the discretion of the manufacturer.

The Global Organic Textile Standard provides certification for products such as sheets and mattresses. However, it’s still common for some manufacturer and retailers to set their own standards for what they’ll sell with an organic label.

For example, some manufacturers call a mattress organic even if only one component is organic. Colgate does not consider a mattress organic unless the entire product and all of its components are organic. If we use an organic cotton cover on a foam mattress, for example, we will say that the cover is organic but will not call the entire mattress organic.

“Last we checked, there’s no such thing as organic metal innersprings or organic foam. We choose to call our natural products “eco-friendlier” in order to be transparent with our customers,” says Dennis, Colgate’s Crib Mattress Expert.

Here at Colgate, integrity is paramount. So, while some manufacturers use the term “organic” generously in their marketing, we choose to be more judicious with how and when we do so. As a family-owned and operated business for three generations, we take exception when companies intentionally mislead consumers and market products that aren’t truly organic — that’s an ethical line we don’t cross. We proudly handcraft all of our mattresses here in the USA using the highest quality components.

Learn more about all of our products here.

You Voted & We Won The 2019 Eco Excellence Awards

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Colgate Mattress is honored to be among this year’s select group of Eco Excellence Awards winners. We pride ourselves on eco-friendlier manufacturing practices that are not only good for the planet, but also allow us to craft the safest and highest quality crib products possible for your family.

Nursery Category Winner’s Circle

The winning Eco Spring 2-N-1 was designed to bring more natural sleep to your baby. It’s high-quality innerspring crib mattress features a dual-firmness design, engineered to provide both the firmness infants need for proper development and the comfort toddlers prefer.

The Eco Spring 2-N-1’s exceptionally sturdy spring unit is surrounded by eco-friendlier foam made with plant oils and coir fiber insulator pads from coconut shell husks. These sustainable component materials are covered with a certified organic cotton cover, which is waterproof backed, tear-resistant, and best of all, ultra-soft on baby’s skin.

 

About the Awards

The awards, sponsored by Natural Child World (NCW) Magazine and now in their 9th year, recognize excellence in social and environmental sustainability for products, services, companies and websites across the whole foods, health and wellness industries. This year, over 500 products were reviewed, 1 Million + unique visitors, and over 350,000 fans voted!

NCW Magazine has been a champion of sustainability and social responsibility for nearly a decade, supporting companies and people committed to finding healthier and smarter ways to for children to thrive. NCW Magazine is part of the Natural Child World platform that serves as a voice for companies who are making smart choices in how they interact with the world and a support forum for parents in making better and more informed purchasing decisions.

 

The Eco-Conscious Crib Mattress Company

Colgate recognizes that we have a responsibility not only to parents to produce eco-friendly products, but also a responsibility to our community and planet to continually look for ways to be a more eco-conscious manufacturer. Colgate has a longstanding history of innovation, including introducing the first foam crib mattress made from sustainable plant-based oils. We continue to design & manufacture award-winning crib mattresses that are safest for baby.

For more details about the award-winning Eco Spring 2-N-1 Crib Mattress, CLICK HERE.

Colgate Mattress Partners with Baby2Baby

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Colgate Mattress, the nation’s oldest family-owned manufacturer of crib mattresses and accessories, has launched its support of Baby2Baby with crib mattress donations. Baby2Baby is the leading charitable organization that provides children living in poverty, ages 0-12 years, with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves.

Baby2Baby

In the last 8 years, Baby2Baby has distributed over 70 million items to children in homeless shelters, domestic violence programs, foster care, hospitals and underserved schools, as well as children who have lost everything in the wake of disaster. As America’s trusted crib mattress specialist, Colgate Mattress has an opportunity to make a difference by supporting families in need with safe, sound crib mattresses.

“No topic is more near and dear to our hearts than the safety of children,” says Colgate Mattress President Alan Wolkin. “A parent should never have to choose between feeding his or her child and providing a safe sleep environment. Baby2Baby helps new parents so they don’t have to make that impossible decision, and we can’t think of a better charitable partner for our family-owned and operated business.”

Dedicated to Safe Sleep

Colgate Mattress has a longstanding history of leadership in the crib mattress industry. We have had the honor of teaming up with industry experts, charitable organizations and influencers who are dedicated to getting out important messages about baby sleep safety, including First CandleDelivering Good and JPMA.

For more information, visit https://colgatekids.com/pages/safety-development.

How to Choose the Best Crib Mattress

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A quality crib mattress not only makes bedtime something to look forward to, but it also acts as your little one’s growth center and ensures safety while sleeping.

Colgate Mattress has been family-owned and operated for over 60 years and knows that selecting your baby’s first mattress can be an overwhelming task. That’s why we pride ourselves on helping you understand the differences between mattresses and what features are most important. Take a look at these quick tips as you begin to determine how to choose a crib mattress that is just right for your little one.

Look for a Firm Mattress

Whether you’re searching for a foam or innerspring mattress, look for firmness. For both types of mattresses, the general rule is: the firmer, the better. Newborns develop rapidly over the first two years, which is why you need to find a mattress designed specifically to cater to an infant’s growth. A firm and flat mattress base provides the resistance necessary for developing and strengthening muscles as an infant begins to push up, turn and eventually stand in the crib.

You Can’t Tell a Mattress by its Cover

With a mattress, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Understanding the different components inside the mattress is essential for your baby’s safety and comfort. For instance, are there any cushioning layers? What materials are used? Is there a flammability barrier? Is there waterproof backing? There’s much more to a mattress than just a cute cover. Consider an all-natural option, like the Colgate Natural I, created for the parent wanting a mattress for their baby that is made with 100% natural components for the healthiest and most comfortable sleep environment possible.

Examine the Labels

One place to start? The label. Manufacturers are required by law to reveal what a mattress is made of. Don’t buy a mattress from a manufacturer or retailer that doesn’t tell you this information through the label, in-store displays, or online specifications. In fact, you should be able to find out the components of each individual layer, from cover to cover. Colgate products not only meet, but exceed federal flammability standards.

Buy New

If possible, buy a new crib mattress. Not only does it ensure the mattress is sanitary, but you also won’t have to worry about how it was previously used or stared. One exception to the rule: if you a buy a new mattress for your first child, keep it clean, and store it in a dry environment (consider Colgate’s storage bag), then you can use it for your next child.

From Our Family To Yours

Over six decades ago Colgate Mattress was born with only a $1,500 loan in a small, 4,000 square foot building with one sewing machine and a couple employees. Today, we’re proudly recognized as a crib mattress leader in innovation and safety by families who are raising their own generations on handcrafted Colgate crib mattresses, as our family has for over 60 years.

This month, we thought we’d share a bit of our heritage and core values with our customers, who we consider family.

 

America’s Trusted Crib Mattress Specialists for Over 60 years

Colgate Mattress is a third generation, family-owned business with a long heritage of crafting premium crib mattresses. After serving in World War II as an airplane mechanic, founder Sol Wolkin worked at several textile companies and realized there was a lack of quality crib mattresses.

In 1955, Sol and his wife Anne Wolkin opened Colgate Mattress Atlanta Corp. Colgate expanded several times at its original location before relocating to its present 60,000 square foot location in Atlanta’s historic Cabbagetown neighborhood.

Colgate Mattress was built on the values of integrity, loyalty and honesty. Known for personal and professional ethics, Sol and Anne passed these principles onto their three children, Alan, Joan and Richard, their five grandchildren and their four great-grandchildren. Sol was honored by the Georgia House of Representatives for his contributions to the state as a long-time manufacturer and employer.

Today, Colgate continues to embody the spirit and high standards that Wolkin instilled in the business and its employees, some of whom have been with the company for decades.

 

We Make the Safest Crib Mattress

Our family has always chosen to use non-toxic barrier fabrics instead of harsh fire retardant chemicals. Colgate products not only meet, but exceed federal flammability standards. Each crib mattress is put through a stringent testing program, ensuring a safe night’s sleep for both you and your baby.

 

Leader in Innovation

Colgate Mattress has a longstanding history of innovation in the crib mattress category. We introduced the industry’s first foam crib mattress made from sustainable plant-based oils and continue to design and manufacture award-winning crib mattresses that are safe, healthy and comfortable for baby.

We are proud to be among the first members of the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA), an organization dedicated to enhancing child product safety. Among many other recognitions, Colgate Mattress was recently named a 2018 JPMA Innovation Award Winner.

JPMA Innovation Award Winner

 

Celebrities Choose Colgate

We’ve always said that customers who have an appreciation for craftsmanship and quality can truly appreciate all that goes into our crib mattresses. So who better to prove our point than Martha Stewart whose eye for detail and high standards have made her legendary? Martha Stewart who bought a Colgate mattress for her grandchild and featured the company on her TV show.

We are dedicated to making sure every parent has the ability to buy a safe crib mattress for their baby and offer mattresses in all different price ranges to ensure that every parent can afford a mattress for safe sleeping. It’s no wonder Colgate is so popular, even actress mamas like Christy Carlson Romano and Katrina Law picked a Colgate Mattress for their little ones.

Christy Carlson Romano Crib

 

Colgate Gives Back

We are working with First Candle to launch a consumer-facing Instagram campaign called “Flip My Crib” that will kick off on April 12th. During the month-long contest that will conclude on Mother’s Day (of course), new and expectant moms and dads are invited to send in pictures of their nursery and crib illustrating safe sleep guidelines to a win prize bundle and be featured on the First Candle and Colgate Mattress instagram feeds. The contest aims to increase awareness about the vital importance of safe sleep practices.

Colgate has also partnered with Delivering Good to provide Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Irma victims with crib mattresses and pads. Colgate also gives to SIDS research, the Rebecca’s Tent women’s shelter and the Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta. Fostering local, national and international relationships has helped sustain Colgate Mattress, which was among national retailer buybuy Baby’s first vendors.

 

Want to Learn More?

For more information about our history and industry innovation, visit https://colgatekids.com/pages/about-us.

Colgate Named Best of Year 2018 Award Winner by USA TODAY NETWORK

Colgate Mattress has been announced the official recipient of the Best of Year 2018 Award by Reviewed.com, a part of USA TODAY Tech – the most comprehensive source for unbiased, trustworthy and lab-tested reviews! Reviewed.com editors named the Colgate Eco Classica III “Best Crib Mattress” in the Parenting Products category.

Since 1955, Colgate has worked tirelessly to earn the trust of parents and along the way we’ve been recognized by industry groups and consumer product organizations for producing the highest quality crib mattresses available. While the health and safety of your baby is our primary focus, we are honored by these recognitions.

The Colgate Eco Classica III will be prominently featured on Reviewed.com, USATODAY.com, and the entire USA TODAY Network throughout the holiday shopping season. You can read Reviewed.com’s full review below.

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Amongst all the crib mattresses we tested, the Colgate Eco Classica III performed the best. It is both CertiPUR-US and Greenguard Gold certified, which means it comes out of the package with very little smell, and the smell it does have is somewhat earthy and not unpleasant. These certifications also mean, of course, that the mattress is considered to emit very low levels (if any) of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). That’s a plus because nobody wants their baby breathing in that business all night.

The Eco Classica III is also a dual-sided mattress, so it’s a good combination of safety and comfort from birth through toddlerhood. The infant side is firm without feeling too hard for comfort, while the toddler side has just enough give without being too soft. The edges are squared instead of rounded, which makes for a secure crib fit. While it may protect the mattress itself from liquids, the cover soaks them up and stained terribly in our tests. The fact that you can’t remove and wash the cover feels like a glaring design flaw, but top it with a mattress protector, and it’s a great mattress.

Buy the Colgate Eco Classica III

 

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What do you do when you are done with your Crib Mattress?

What can you do when you are done with your crib mattress?

We get calls regularly from customers asking where to recycle a used crib mattress.

Currently recycling facilities do not accept crib mattresses, but we have colgate stores bannera few suggestions below on how you can donate, reuse or repurpose your crib mattress.

1. Donate your used crib mattress to a shelter. Contact a local shelter to determine if they are accepting baby crib mattress donations. Colgate supports many women’s shelters with generous donations of crib mattresses to make sure that all babies have a safe place to sleep. If you know a shelter that needs baby mattresses, please send us their information.

2. Donate your crib mattress to local furniture banks where people in need can gather good, used products for their home. Colgate can help to direct you to your local furniture bank. Some cities have them, some do not have furniture banks.

3. Sell the crib mattress components to a recycler. You can actually sell the steel from Colgate innerspring mattresses to a local recycler. Colgate uses top quality American steel for the innerspring portion of the crib mattress.

4. Reuse the Coir Fiber in your garden, underneath your pet’s doghouse, as a welcome mat (good conversation starter) or even under your car to keep your garage dry!

5. Repurpose the cover as a weed protector in your garden or under the arts and crafts table to keep floor clean.

6. Repurpose the crib mattress as a backstop for sports (great for preventing baseballs from dinging your house or bruised noses from run-ins with basketball poles) .

7. Reuse the crib mattress as a doggie bed with your dog’s favorite blanket. Great option for getting Fido out of your bed or off the couch!

8. Store your crib mattress in your storm shelter or basement to use as head coverage if you live in a tornado prone area. CDC (The Center for Disease Control) recommends protecting your head during a tornado with household objects such as mattresses and blankets (http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/tornadoes/during.asp)

 

A Word from Colgate Mattress on Crib Mattress Donations

Colgate takes pride in the products we manufacture. Once your children have outgrown their baby mattress consider donating, reusing, or repurposing instead of sending it to a landfill. Colgate encourages donations to your local womens shelter or furniture bank. Donating your crib mattress is acceptable everywhere. The best way to protect the environment is to use a product more than once in its lifetime; set a great example for your children!