The story of how we helped Spring Air Develop World’s First asthma & allergy friendly Certified Mattress
Now that the Spring Air certified mattresses are available through the Costco web site
and all three press releases have gone out on the wires I thought it would be a great time to update the blog about this fascinating research and design success story between Spring Air and Airmid.
As we are a research facility for consumer products that impact on a healthy indoor environment, we were the natural choice to collaborate with to provide advanced research & design advice during the prototype and commercialization stages for Spring Air’s new-generation of Breathe™ mattresses.
AHG’s unique scientific experience provided Spring Air with the capabilities and knowledge to manufacture a set of mattresses that could receive certification by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), the first certification of its kind for a mattress.
Spring Air, a leading US brand of mattresses, wished to continue their company tradition of innovative product positioning. "Since 1926, Spring Air has marketed innovative mattresses and sleep sets to the US consumer’” said Rick Robinson, President at Spring Air. “Today, our investment in ground-breaking research with our partner airmid healthgroup provides us a new and superior ability to develop even better products to make the bedroom healthier.”
Partnering with airmid healthgroup, an ISO 17025:2005 accredited testing laboratory for house dust mite allergen (Derp1), they undertook a research and development project to construct a better product that would achieve certification.
The mattress development project focused on making the sleep environment more suitable for people with asthma and allergies. AHG used controlled environmental chambers and state of the art analytical technology and applied a three-stage testing process:
A. Barrier Function of Encasing Materials
B. Component Emission Testing
C. Real-Time Allergen Testing on Constructed Product
“We’re excited to partner with a progressive company like Spring Air, and play a role in their efforts to innovate products with technological and marketing advantages,” said Dr. Bruce Mitchell, CEO at AHG. “They join a growing list of successful companies that have leveraged our chamber and integrated analytical facilities and resources to provide their customers with the highest quality products.”
The certified matrasses are already available through the Costco web site.
About Asthma and Allergies in the USA
More than 60 million American adults and children live with asthma or allergies, which are chronic respiratory diseases characterized by sneezing, wheezing, coughing and difficulty breathing. Bedrooms, beds – and mattresses in particular – can be major sources of asthma and allergy triggers, since they often harbour dust mites, pet dander, irritating chemicals and gases, and more. So it’s no surprise that patients frequently report night-time symptoms, difficulty sleeping, and morning congestion as some of their most common frustrations.
About Airmid Healthgroup
We help our clients across a number of sectors improve, add value and differentiate their customer offerings through a focus on bio-medical data, health impact claims and air quality. We have a uniquely integrated facility which combines molecular biology and state-of-the-art air sampling in a highly developed AC-1 chamber, where we can follow nominated viruses, bacteria, molds or other ultra-fine particles. As a world's leading bio-medical research facility our clients describe us as a specialised extension to their research capabilities, we capture, store and manage your data and most importantly convert it into value.
About Spring Air
Established in 1926, Spring Air has been widely recognized for its innovative mattresses and sleep sets. Since founder Francis Karr created the free-end offset coil design, which adjusts to each sleeper's weight, the company has continued to innovate the bedding industry. Today, Spring Air has 13 domestic factories and 22 international licensees that operate in 32 countries worldwide. With $4 billion worth of Spring Air sleep sets sold at retail over the past 10 years, the brand has stayed true to quality, innovative design and value.