Posted June 15th, 2016
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What Chemicals Are in My Bedding?

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What Chemicals Are in My Bedding?

What Chemicals Are in My Bedding? The public, not only in America, but in Europe and the rest of the world, has become keenly aware of the use of chemicals in commonly used items. One major industrial firm1 used the slogan, "Better Living Through Chemistry" until dropping it in response to public concerns over the effects of many chemical compounds on health and the environment. It has become fashionable to deride or hold in suspicion anything labeled "chemical" or "synthetic." But this...

Boxable Adjustable Beds

Boxable Adjustable Beds For a decade, the momentum of mattress-in-a-box e-commerce has been building. From only a very few companies selling mattresses online which are compressed, rolled up into boxes, and shipped via UPS or FedEx, it has expanded to several new firms specializing in this product line. Now most major manufacturers and retailers are entering this market segment. Mattresses are being followed by adjustable beds. Leggett & Platt had already been delivering adjustable...

Marketing Mattresses Online

Marketing Mattresses Online What is Amazon best known for? Online shopping. Amazon began with selling books over the Internet and delivering them through the Post Office, UPS and FedEx. Now they sell almost anything, including beds, mattresses, pillows and sheets. More than just an online store, now Amazon is a marketplace, with manufacturers and distributors posting their products on Amazon. Likewise, eBay has expanded from an Internet auction site to a marketplace. In addition, eBay...

Sleeping on Air

Sleeping on Air Many of us have dreamed at one time or another of floating on a cloud.  Sometimes using a high-end luxury mattress is described as "sleeping on a cloud" or "sleeping on air."  That is not always just a figure of speech. When we use an airbed, we are literally sleeping on air. As with any mattress concept, the goal is restful, restorative sleep. The modern airbed had its beginning with bicycles and automobiles. The first pneumatic tires (inflated with air) used...

Coconut and Coir

Coconut and Coir Coconuts are not only something you can eat, but something you can sleep on. Coconuts are the fruit of the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera), a tree naturally found on tropical coasts. The coconut palm has spread by means of its bouyant seed floating on water, following ocean currents and tides. From beaches, it spreads to nearby low areas by dropped seeds. Coconuts are rather large and heavy for seeds, so coconut palms do not naturally range far from the shoreline. However,...

Beyond Wood Slats: Winged Slats

Beyond Wood Slats: Winged Slats Wood slatted foundations, more commonly known as European wood slats, were developed in 1956 by Karl Thomas and his son Wilfried Thomas for better support of mattresses. Just as James Marshall invented pocket coils for his wife, Karl Thomas developed the slatted frame for his. In other words each invention was to meet a need.   The Thomases sold the slatted frames under the name of Lattoflex. Wood slats became the standard flexible foundation for beds in...

Divans and Ottomans: The Alternate Foundations

Divans and Ottomans: The Alternate Foundations We in North America (United States and Canada) are conditioned to think of divans as some kind of couch or sofa which may or may not have armrests at the ends. Thus we are initally puzzled when a divan is one of the foundations available for a mattress. However, the two usages are related. After all, many people will stretch out on a divan for a nap. Ottomans, likewise, come from across the Atlantic with a different application than what we...

My Bed, the Masseuse: The massage function in beds, adjustable and otherwise

   Reverie Adjustable Bed ~ Innomax Night Magic ~ Amazing Bed My Bed, the Masseuse: The massage function in beds, adjustable and otherwise Ahh! A good massage is so nice! Especially when I am tired and/or sore.  A well-done massage stimulates blood circulation. It relieves tension and relaxes muscles. Stimulating the nerves coming out of the upper back will stimulate the digestive system, improving digestion and movement of materials. A massage can sometimes even manipulate joints...

Nylon

[caption id="attachment_862" align="aligncenter" width="382"] Uses of Nylon[/caption] NYLON Nylon is a thermoplastic amide polymer.* Invented in 1935 by DuPont chemical engineer Wallace Carothers and first used for toothbrush bristles, nylon is the most used synthetic fiber. In 1940 it was introduced as a substitute for silk in stockings. Nylon is very similar to silk, and with Japanese occupation of China the supply of silk was restricted. Then in 1942, nylon replaced silk in parachutes....

Silk

Silk Many of us have heard of the Silk Road. The name conjures images of adventure, romance, luxury, wealth, conquest and intrigue.  It was the route from China to India, Persia, Egypt and Europe by which silk was carried to market.  In ancient times, China was known as the Land of Silk. That is where production of silk began some time before 3500 b.c. In fact, our word “silk” came from the Chinese word si.   China is still the major producer of silk, producing about 3⅓ times as much...



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