Today, I’m here with Tim Masters, father of five and owner of My Green Mattress, an organic mattress company. In 2007, Tim and his wife created an organic sleep solution for their infant daughter who was suffering from severe skin sensitivities. They then launched a complete line of natural, non-toxic, and organic certified mattresses for the entire home. I highly recommend these mattresses, and one thing I love is that they are very budget-friendly.
We discuss all things related to mattresses, sleep, and health, including what VOCs are, what certifications there are in mattresses, and how to know if your mattress is healthy or not. In addition, we talk about the chemicals that are often added to mattresses and the truth about what builds up in your mattress over time, and how to avoid it.
This was a fascinating conversation, and the information is helpful for any mattress choice you make. I hope you will enjoy it.
Episode Highlights With Tim Masters
- Why he works with high school students to teach entrepreneurship
- How he got into the world of mattresses
- What VOCs are and why indoor air can be so much more polluted than outdoor air
- How to navigate all the terms related to mattresses: GOLS, GOTS, organic, etc.
- What a certified organic mattress facility is and why this matters
- How to know if your mattress is really healthy or not and how to check third-party verification
- The flammability testing mattresses have to pass and why this often leads to harmful chemicals
- Why wool is a good alternative for flammability
- Why the average queen size mattress weighs 17 pounds after ten years
- How to use a mattress protector to help your mattress last longer
- The difference between springs and no springs in a mattress
- How long a well-built mattress typically lasts and ways you can extend the life of your mattress
- Things to pay attention to when choosing a mattress online
- And more!
Resources We Mention
- My Green Mattress
- Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t by Jim Collins
- Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek
- Jack Welch and the GE Way: Management Insights and Leadership Secrets of the Legendary CEO by Robert Slater
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