One third of our lives is spent sleeping. So why use mattresses that contain toxic chemicals or materials?
“We care about what we put inside our bodies. But what about the outside?” asks Sebastian Jimenez of SEB Mattress in South Florida.
To answer that question, SEB – Sleep Even Better – carries certified organic mattresses and bedding made with cotton, wool and latex to provide a nontoxic, healthy sleep environment without harmful chemicals or potential allergens.
Sebastian, who lives in the Grove with his wife, Ivette Font, and infant daughter, says one of the reasons they opened SEB Mattress is because people are unaware about how many bad chemicals are in mattresses.
“They shouldn’t have formaldehyde, VOCs (volatile organic compounds), anything made of petroleum,” says Sebastian. “We offer organic mattresses made with quality materials – cotton, wool, certified organic latex – for everyone in the family: babies, kids, adults, pets. We also have bedsheets made from organic cotton with no dyes, mattress protectors, pillows and pet beds.” Customers include people with mold allergies, skin rashes and respiratory issues, as well as people looking for orthopedic mattresses and – of course – anyone in search of a comfortable and safe night’s sleep.
Originally from Chile, Sebastian’s family came to the United States when he was a toddler. Sebastian, who went to Coral Gables Senior High and FIU, started his career in banking before teaming up with his father, who had been in the mattress business for 15 years. They opened SEB Mattress at the Florida Keys Outlet Center in Florida City in 2014, and in fall 2015 he and his wife debuted their boutique in Coconut Grove. This light-filled, airy location at the corner of Grand and Douglas, in the up-and-coming West Grove area, is a tranquil setting where customers can explore different mattresses and get expert advice in a low-key, friendly atmosphere.
Quality Organic Brands
One of the brands SEB carries is Naturepedic, whose certified organic products are handmade by Amish craftspeople in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, following strict environmental and labor standards. The company was launched in 2003 after its founder could not find a crib mattress for his grandchild that was made without using questionable chemicals, potential allergens or hazardous flame retardants. Naturepedic also makes pillows made with non-GMO plant-based PLA batting, kapok, organic latex and cotton; and a Baby Collection that uses the highest quality organic cotton fabric and filling to ensure a healthy and nontoxic sleep environment without the use of flame retardant chemicals.
SEB Mattress also carries mattresses from Magniflex, an Italian company that has been creating quality products for the past 50 years. Certifications include OEKO TEX®, which ensures their products are free from substances that are toxic or harmful to humans or the environment and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), which certifies that all fabrics used in their Toscana collection are made with 100 percent organic materials.
“We’re Miami-active – we go to the gym, do yoga, biking, Pilates, then work 9-to-5 or longer. You beat your body up every day. Night is the only time you have to regenerate. You need to sleep on something comfortable, free from chemicals,” he says. “Then when you wake up, you feel relaxed.”
And, Sebastian adds, it’s part of committing to live safely, sustainably and in good health. “You eat organic, buy organic products, use organic detergents,” he says. “Organic mattresses complement your healthy lifestyle.”
3701 Grand Avenue, Coconut Grove, 33133
Free parking in back
Open Mon.-Sat. 11-7, Sun. 11-4
Florida Keys Outlet Center
250 E. Palm Dr., Florida City
Open Mon.-Sat. 10am-9pm, Sun.11am-7pm