We founded dormiente GmbH in 1988 in the state of Hesse as a manufacturer of natural mattresses. From the very start the focus of the business was on manufacturing healthy mattresses whilst also considering social and environmental criteria. Having been trained as biologists we were naturally very keen to incorporate health and environmental aspects and values into our young business. This was a way to translate our training, knowledge and skills into real life and to continue to build on them.
The mattresses were to be made in Germany from pure, sustainable natural materials and meet high standards on orthopaedic demands. They were also to be made in accordance with social and environmental principles.
To achieve this, a lot of expert know-how was required and great powers of self-assertion. Because, during these early days even just the use of natural materials raised eyebrows, never mind insisting on sustainability and clean, unpolluted materials. People suspected that green dreamers and tree-huggers were at work here!
In the beginning truly clean and un-polluted raw materials, such as pure new wool, were impossible to come by. Contaminated raw materials came as standard! This is why dormiente focussed on persistently and comprehensively testing and checking all raw materials for chemical residues and contamination. The aim was to get suppliers to change their operating behaviour. This approach required much consistency and tenacity because, to start with, we had to find out what kind of cocktail of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides was used in the growing and processing of the materials.
Today it feels good to see that all this pioneering work has yielded results and that positive change can be achieved, even if it is just by individuals taking small steps. For our company and our products this means:
For over 25 years dormiente has had its manufacturing headquarters in Heuchelheim, Hesse – our products are made in Germany. Additionally to our natural mattresses the range now also includes divan beds, box spring beds, solid wood bed frames, wooden slats and other bedding products such as pillows and natural duvets. All products have one thing in common: the health of their user is paramount. At our headquarters in Heuchelheim we now employ about 50 staff – all committed to the same vision: SLEEPING BETTER THE GREEN WAY
Dr. Rüdiger Plänker, Rainer Oldiges (starting left)