Our Blend of Organic and Pure Wool.
When you sleep, your body rejuvenates by perspiring. (Ok, some of you sweat.) It’s your body’s natural way of detoxifying. Our blend of natural and organic wool wicks away the body’s moisture keeping you dry throughout the night, allowing your body to breathe in a clean, restorative environment. How refreshing?
Did you know?
Instead of using synthetic flame retardants, WJ Southard Mattress covers each mattress in wool, a natural fire retardant, to create a natural flame barrier. Avoiding manmade based fire retardants helps to reduce your exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.
Mattresses containing wool:
The Archetype - Innerspring Mattress
The Archetype - Innerspring Pillowtop Mattress
The Cazenovian - Natural Latex Mattress
The Cazenovian - Natural Latex Pillowtop Mattress
Technical Stuff: (This is for the real mattress geeks!)
Made with our blend of organic and pure wool. Nothing else. No polyester, flame retardants or other synthetic materials.
Sheep raised in Northern California and Oregon.
Carded in Northern California
Why not organic wool?
The natural and organic wool is made right here in the U.S. Buying wool from U.S. growers means we’re supporting our own economy, and we’re cutting down on the fuels necessary to import the wool from another country.
Our mill has a personal relationship with each one of its growers in order to ensure the highest standards in quality, cleanliness, and adherence to eco-friendly and organic standards.
Together with our mill, we have developed a set of guidelines in order to maintain a superior product in the most sustainable manner possible. We have included those guidelines for you (because we know you’re the inquisitive type!)
- Specifications for Breed, Color, Strength and Micron-Width: Our wool blend utilizes wool from six to eight different breeds of sheep. Our blends are chosen to create strong, durable wool batting that retains its loft and resiliency longer. We use a mix of coarse and finer wools with varying crimps to achieve our special, uber soft batting.
- Proper Grazing Methods: Our growers rotate sheep to different pastures to allow vegetation to recover from grazing. Growers are careful not to overstock their pastures, because overstocking and infrequent rotation erodes the soil, increases the amount of invasive plants and parasites, and increases the need to bring in outside feed. Proper grazing techniques reduce soil erosion, create higher quality wool, and reduce the risk of sheep getting parasites.
- Predator-Friendly: We love all animals – including the ones that may hunt sheep. That’s why growers are encouraged to use trained sheep guardian dogs (over trapping, poisoning, or shooting the predators), as well as other larger animals, such as llamas, to protect their flocks from predators.
- Healthy Veterinary Practices: Generally, sheep raised in open pastures are healthier and require less veterinary care. But when sheep do get sick, only certain types of chemical-free medications and supplements are allowed.
- Chemical Control: We oppose the use of herbicides and pesticides on fields where sheep will be grazing. We are
able to determine if wool has been in contact with harmful chemicals through random spot-testing.
Think of it as “uncertified” wool: For many smaller, family-run wool suppliers, getting the organic certification is an expensive, time-consuming process that offers little financial incentive. Many of these “mom and pop” wool growers follow guidelines that are just as strict as the organic standards. Instead of selling it as “certified organic,” they sell it as EcoWool an equally wonderful product that offers these “uncertified organic” farmers a market for their wool products.