What is an Organic Mattress?
Organic always means certified organic. To call any product organic it must be certified by an organization which certifies products to be organic, a third party organic certifying agent.
Eco-friendly, environmentally friendly and natural are just claims.
So what is an organic mattress? Well 100% organic mattresses, adult, toddler or crib mattresses do not exist. Most claiming to have organic mattresses contain both organic materials and natural components in their organic mattresses.
Organic Mattress Components which are NOT Organic
Natural latex foam is a component you’ll typically find in almost all organic mattress.
Most latex mattresses on the market are not organic because they're not certified organic. To label anything organic it must be certified. Control Union is the only company certifying latex as organic under the Global Organic Latex Standards or GOLS for short.
Certified organic latex means 95% of the latex should be made from certified organic components.
Most companies include very little certified organic latex given the cost. For example.... 1 of the 8 inches of natural latex will be GOLS certified organic latex.
Latex foam can be made natural, synthetic (man made), or blended for a combination of natural and synthetics ingredients. learn more about latex foam.
Components that are Usually Organic
- Organic wool
- Organic cotton
1) Organic Cotton
Organic cotton is grown without synthetic chemicals like fertilizers or pesticides and is not genetically modified in any way. It’s healthier to for you as residue from chemicals used in organic cotton agriculture can be taken into the body through the skin. Unbleached organic cotton is even better as it ensures no harsh bleaches have been used on the cotton.
2) Organic Wool
There are pros and cons to organic wool used in mattresses.
Pros – Wool is good at wicking away moisture and helping you keep cool. How does it do this? It contains a natural wax called lanolin. It’s a greasy yellow wax produced by sheep which keeps their hairs dry and soft through harsh weather.
Cons – Wool is an animal fiber. With this comes maintenance. Wool, like any animal fiber, needs to be washed at least once a year. Many are also allergic to wool so finding an organic mattress that doesn't contain wool is difficult.
Considering a mattress with wool? You’d be amazed to find out what sheep go through.
So what’s in an Organic Mattress?
Organic mattresses are typically made from non-organic latex foam as a support layer, topped with organic wool to soften it up and wrapped in organic cotton. This does not mean they are not safe mattresses to sleep on, it just means you have to be a little more inquisitive.
TIPS on how to shop for a natural latex mattress:
- Always ask if each component is as close to 100% natural as possible, because 100% natural doesn't really exist.
- Always ask them to explain each and every layer, especially when it's an organic toddler or organic crib mattress.
- Always ask what binds these layers together?? What type of glue?
If they stumble when answering any of these questions or cannot back up their claims with supporting documents, RUN!
Organic mattresses are not known for their comfort. They're generally quite firm which is why we invented our natural memory foam.
Innersprings may be used as a replacement to latex foam for support. Keep in mind that springs do not come close to offering the durability and pressure relief natural latex offers. It’s also an incubator for dust mites and their feces which accumulate in this large, warm, open area a spring mattress.