CertiPUR-US – Most Common Certification on Mattresses

certipurCertiPUR-US is one of the most sought after certifications for polyurethane foams. It is an organization that tests flexible polyurethane foam used for mattresses, pillows, and furniture upholstery. The organization behind CertiPUR-US is the Alliance for Flexible Polyurethane Foam. It is a group that makes sure that polyurethane foam manufacturers strictly adhere with the manufacturing standards set for the American market. It was conceived by the PFA or Polyurethane Foam Association wherein among its members are chemical companies and foam fabricators.

The organization tests the contents, performance, and indoor emissions of flexible polyurethane foams. This is an effort of the group to convince consumers to patronize green foams or those foam products that do not have harmful chemicals. Many foam products have materials, which can be very harmful to the health and the environment. By being certified by the CertiPUR-US, consumers will be aware that the product they are getting is not only durable but safe to their health and overall well-being.

How CertiPUR-US certifies foams?

The organization itself does not conduct the testing. This is to avoid any issues since the organization itself is an association of foam manufacturers. To come up with unbiased result, the examination and testing of flexible polyurethane foam is conducted by third party accredited laboratories. This is to make sure that the foams truly meet the standards set by CertiPUR-US. To pass the test, the following characteristics should be present:

•    The materials used in manufacturing the foam should not harm the ozone layer. Inferior foams usually have materials that can deplete the ozone layer. Environmentalists highly discourage the use of such material to protect the earth from the damaging effect of the sun.
•    There should be no PBDEs, TDCPP, or TCEP flame retardants.
•    The foam should not have lead, mercury, and heavy metals.
•    There should be no formaldehyde.
•    The foam should not have phthalates as regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
•    During emission test, the foam should have low volatile organic compound emissions for indoor air quality. This is to prevent off gassing, which can significantly affect the quality of air inside your home.

Only those accredited laboratories can conduct flexible polyurethane foam testing. If you are a foam manufacturer, make sure that your foam is certified by CertiPUR-US. The same thing goes for consumers. When shopping for foam products, always look for the CertiPUR-US certified foam label as it is a guarantee that the product is durable, safe, and health and environment friendly.

     Earthworks Environmental Gallery…where we see the Earth through our Artists Eyes!


                                                                         Located in the heart of beautiful Downtown Waynesville, NC.

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*Monday through Saturday 10am to 5pm (Sometimes late in the evenings!)                                 Sunday  11am to 4pm

                                      FIRST FRIDAY From May through December is ART AFTER DARK and we are open until 10pm

Earthworks Environmental Gallery has been open for business since July of 1992!   We have always focused on artists who are stewards of our beautiful planet earth, in some way or other.  Hand craft artisans in so many mediums grace our collections.  Artists, both regional and from around the world seem to fit together here at Earthworks.  That creates an amazing experience for you, the shopper.  Come in!  Enjoy!   CONTACT INFORMATION HAS CHANGED!  New email for us is now   earthworksgalleries@aol.com

Block Party!!!!!

This past weekend was our famous Labor Day Block Party in Downtown Waynesville!  It’s SO much fun! Music, food, dancing and shopping are all happening at once! Here at Earthworks, we kicked off the evening with our famous Kids Paint on Main! Your children can paint an original piece of artwork right in front of Earthworks from 6-7 pm Saturday night. All materials are provided, and when they are finished, they keep their creative masterpieces!

Of course, if you would like us to frame those creations, we’d be happy to help you choose just the right framing and then we’ll build the frames for you! Charges for framing depend on materials selected.

               Fall is fast approaching and our September Art After Dark on Friday night, September 5th was amazing!

             Double Space’s faceted Stacking Rings.  (Sold separately!)

                                                                                                        Double Space’s Blue Topaz and Peridot Ring

Blue Topaz and Peridot

                                                                                    FREE GIFT WRAPPING is ALWAYS AVAILABLE!!!!!!

Often considered “healing jewelry”, semi precious stones have been worn all around the world for thousands of years to aid in health, well being, happiness and the inter connectedness of people.  FourElements BeadWorks jewelry does just that!

Specializing in Mama Necklaces, Wedding Party Jewelry, Prayer Beads, Birthstone Jewelry Sets and special requests, FourElements BeadWorks offers a wide array of stones, pearls, corals, shells, glass and metal components.

FourElements BeadWorks created this great triple strand necklace!

                                                                                           Four strands of Turquoise…..one necklace!

Green Opals and Emerald Green Aventurine---very pretty.....and October's birthstone!

Opals and Aquamarine.......October and March's birthstones combined to create this two strand necklace, perfect to wear all year long!

                                                                             Rose Quartz, Iolite and Amethyst create "Calm Breezes"

Shimmering Iolite, Amethyst and Rose Quartz

January birthday girls are very lucky to have Garnet as their birthstone! Lustrous, shimmery and looks great on every skin tone, Garnet is a "goes with everything" choice! We have a beautiful and wide selection of Garnet for your January girls, and for every one else too!    Triple strands of Garnet.....January's birthstone. 

Lots of new treasures to choose from every day!

                                                                                        Beautiful Photographic Giclees by Susan Stanton


                                                                                                                      "Luck" by Susan Stanton


                                              CELEBRATION DISCOUNTS ON FRAMING!!!

Are you CELEBRATING a special event?  New Graduate?  Newlyweds?  New Baby?  Are you going to watch Scott Yancey on AETV.com.

Earthworks Frame Gallery is offering special discounts right now on new framing projects.  Celebrate The Special Events in your life!

                                                                Up to 25% off on frames, matting, shadowboxing and even collages

                                                                                                    NEW CLOTHES ARE HERE !


Beautiful Coral set by Mary Salizar.  Ring by Sunshine Reeves.


                                                                                                   Mary Salizar created an all Turquoise set!
            When you join us for open houses, parties or special events, expect to be treated like you've come to your best friends house!

A photo taken by Earthworks dear friend and fine photographer, Bob Ludlow. Thanks so much for this great view of our main gallery space!

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