The move toward organic goods has made its way into the bedroom, and concerned sleepers in search of a new mattress now have a wealth of information when it comes to choosing their new nest. It can be a bit overwhelming to find a mattress made of 100% certified organic materials at an affordable price. But we took the guesswork of out the process and will help you find an organic mattress that’s best for you.
What is an organic mattress?
Organic does not mean uncomfortable. (We’re not talking goose feathers or mattresses stuffed with straw.) Organic means a mix of natural and certified materials used to create a mattress as free of harsh, chemically altered textiles and elements as possible.
Much like other organic products, there are rigorous standards that must be met by certifying organizations in order for a mattress to bare the title of organic. This could mean the mattress is free of any synthetic fillers, or does not contain flame retardants like polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE). An organic mattress can be layered with certified organic wool and cotton combined with latex or hybrid materials made from natural sources. This mix reduces the amount of chemicals that can be found in other mattresses, without sacrificing quality.
Organic means a mix of natural and certified materials used to create a mattress as free of harsh, chemically altered textiles and elements as possible.
What’s the big deal with chemicals?
One of the biggest draws to an organic diet is the lack of harmful pesticides in your food. Eating an organic apple without a side of bug spray is very appealing. The same goes for your mattress. You spend a third of your life in bed sleeping, snuggling, and whatever else it is you do in there… But what exactly are you doing all those activities on?
All new mattresses are required to meet federal standards to prevent fire hazards. (Not a bad thing!) But the chemicals used to make mattresses flame retardant can be questionable. Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) is the main culprit. While an excellent flame retardant, the long-term effects of PBDE exposure are uncertain. Some believe that the chemical can possibly be linked to health problems.
Other chemicals found in mattress materials include boric acid, a common ingredient in pesticides, and decabromodiphenyl oxide, a chemical that can be potentially dangerous for health issues linked to liver, thyroid, and (yikes) neurological effects. Scary stuff. Not to worry though. Mattresses can be made with organic, non-toxic flame retardants that pass federal standards while still providing an excellent place to sleep and dream.
Non-organic mattresses can include:
- Polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE)
- Decabromodiphenyl Oxide
- Boric Acid
- Antimony Trioxide
- Polyvinylidene Chloride
Organic mattresses can include:
- Certified Organic Wool (naturally fire-resistant)
- Organic Cotton (often wrapped in wool)
- Natural Latex (made from rubber trees)
What kinds of mattresses are organic?
There are generally four different types of mattresses on the market: memory foam, latex, hybrid, and innerspring. Latex and hybrid mattresses can offer the choice of organic mattresses and pillow-tops, while still meeting the high-quality standards of current market production. Unfortunately, it is impossible to have a completely 100% organic memory foam mattress, but there are natural foam hybrids that offer the same comfort.
Natural latex is the preference for organic; this material is made from rubber trees, and brands passing eco-friendly standards will source their latex using the sap of approved trees. Look for approvals from names like the eco-Institut, Oeko-Tex, Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS), or a GREENGUARD Certification from the UL Environment on your mattress. These companies set the standards for organic properties and materials found in mattresses.
Innerspring mattresses are iffy when passing the organic test – while there may be organic materials used, the innersprings or coils are commonly made with steel. Luckily, there are options for sustainable practices and recycled steel coils, creating a cozy hybrid mattress that gains high marks for organic shoppers.
Overall customer satisfaction: 75%
Latex mattresses are great for people who want many of the benefits of a foam mattress without the chemicals, but don’t want to feel as engulfed or “contoured.” These mattresses tend to have great cooling properties and are still responsive – meaning it will adjust to your body as you move around. Bonus: latex mattresses also tend to have the longest lifespan of all mattress types.
Overall customer satisfaction: 81%
Hybrid mattresses usually refer to a combination of latex, memory foam, or innerspring mattresses, but can include other materials and combinations as well. Hybrids tend to offer a good balance of support and pressure relief, while having responsiveness and cooling features. Motion transfer will also be better on a hybrid than innerspring alone with the help of more motion-absorbing layers.
Hybrids tend to be a good option to “please the masses.” If you and your significant other want different things in a mattress, then a hybrid might be the best option for you. However, getting the best of both worlds can sometimes mean a higher price point. Hybrid mattresses can also be extremely heavy, making transporting and handling challenging in some cases.
What are the best organic mattresses?
When searching for the best organic mattress, we aim high…100% high. Many sellers can claim natural materials, slapping the buzzword on beds and calling it a day. The truth is that unless a mattress passes a 95% organic materials standard, any mattress can be called natural and not be organic. (Keep that equation in mind. Natural does not = organic.) And 95%? While technically U.S. regulations allow a mattress to claim it’s organic if it’s made of 95% organic materials (even if the other 5% is processed with or contains potentially dangerous chemicals), we think you deserve the best.
We reviewed the top four brands that boast 100% organic materials, and list the certifying standards that they meet.
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|PlushBeds Botanical Bliss 10'' Mattress||
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* Price for a queen size mattress.
$1,399 for a queen (+$400 for pillow-top)
The Avocado Green Mattress is made with only natural, organic materials, including 100% natural Dunlop latex from tree-tapped and sustainable sources, pure wool, recycled steel coils, and certified organic cotton – nearly all of which can be recycled. There are no polyurethane foams, solvent-based adhesives or chemical flame retardants. The Avocado mattress is definitely on the pricier side, but you’re also investing in all-natural materials and a latex/hybrid mattress which is known to have great durability and one of the longest lifespans.
- The Avocado mattress is GREENGUARD Gold Certified by UL Environment, which means it’s scientifically tested to meet some of the world’s most rigorous emissions standards for chemical exposure and pollutants, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde and phthalates.
- Because of the inner coils and latex top support, this mattress is also going to provide great edge support, however it is not going to contour your body the same way a foam mattress will. You do have the option of adding on a pillow-top for added fluff.
You can read more about the natural materials in the Avocado mattress here.
Saatva offers an eco-friendly line that is great for those looking to reduce waste. They offer an organic euro pillow-top on mattresses, but the base is an innerspring hybrid (not 100% organic). ZenHaven is Saatva’s organic line, with all products made up of all natural latex layers.
- The ZenHaven mattress is crafted with sustainably harvested 100% natural American latex, certified organic wool and organic cotton.
- The mattress boasts a natural 100% organic New Zealand wool layer, which creates a ﬂame-retardant barrier without the use of harmful chemicals.
- In addition, there are no chemical sprays used on a ZenHaven mattress.
- The cover is made of organic cotton cover with wool lining to help with breathability and moisture wicking.
- To stretch your investment and adjust the mattress to your sleeping patterns, it has the bonus of being flippable for a softer or firmer preference.
- It’s toxin free, certified pure, and supports the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) – which means it’s good for you and the environment. And? This mattress naturally resists mold and microbes and is built to last 20 years with normal usage.
You can read more about ZenHaven’s natural materials and sustainable manufacturing here.
The Pure Green mattress contains 100% natural latex (harvested from rubber trees in Sri Lanka), certified organic cotton and certified organic wool. This mattress is free of any synthetic latex or fillers, and is certified by both Oeko-Tex and eco-Institute, the world’s leading independent textile emissions testing bodies. With this mattress, you can customize both the thickness and firmness; You can choose from either the 9” mattress or the 7” mattress and your preferred level of firmness (soft, medium or firm).
You can read more about the natural materials used in SleepOnLatex here.
botanical Bliss mattress: $1899 for 10”queen
The Botanical Bliss mattress is made with 100% Pure New Zealand Wool, GOTS certified organic cotton and three layers of APRICO organic dunlop latex. ARPICO is one of the world’s oldest organic latex manufacturers with a plantation of 5.5 million rubber trees. PlushBed’s is America’s largest distributor (and importer) of APRICO latex.
The main difference between organic dunlop and natural talalay latex is how the sap is processed. As a result, the product that results from organic dunlop comfortably supports your body, while providing resistance to sagging or body impressions. The Botanical Bliss is made with three layers if premium APRICO organic latex.
- ARPICO’s organic latex dense cell structure is uniquely resilient – allowing your mattress to absorb pressure while simultaneously being supportive. These benefits ensure the mattress supports the body and spine correctly, with natural buoyancy and elasticity – without being too soft or too firm.
- The Botanical Bliss is GREENGUARD Gold Certified by UL Environment, which means it’s scientifically tested to meet some of the world’s most rigorous emissions standards for chemical exposure and pollutants, such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), formaldehyde and phthalates.
- PlushBeds organic latex mattresses are handcrafted in California.
- benefits, which reduce pressure on your
Knowing that you are sleeping on an organic mattress, free of harsh chemicals and toxins, can be a relief. Knowing that you found your mattress within your price range is even sweeter. Getting a good night’s sleep is just an important as eating healthy, and there’s no reason that you should settle for a low-quality product when there are safe, environmentally friendly options for your home and health.
Going organic is a big step – for you and planet Earth. If you have any additional questions or concerns, let us know. Any tips or raves about your new organic bed? Share your story in the comments.
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