last updated: Nov 15, 2016

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? Organic mattresses like ours for adults, toddlers or crib mattresses must be GOTS certified and the ones that contain natural latex foam must be GOLS as well.

Global Organic Lats Standard certification logo               global organic textile standard logo

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.

Keep in mind that latex foam can be made natural, synthetic (man-made), or blended for a combination of natural and synthetics ingredients. learn more about latex foam.


2 Components that are Usually Organic

1) Organic Cotton

organic cotton from field

Organic cotton is grown without synthetic chemicals like fertilizers or pesticides and is not genetically modified in any way.

It’s healthier 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

raw organic wool fibers

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 natural latex foam as a support layer, topped with organic wool to soften it up and wrapped in organic cotton.

3 TIPS on how to shop for a natural latex mattress:

 1) Always ask if each component is as close to 100% natural as possible, because 100% natural doesn't really exist.

 2) Always ask them to explain each and every layer, especially when it's an organic toddler or organic crib mattress.

 3) 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 Mattress with Springsinside an organic mattress with spring

Innersprings may be used as a replacement to latex foam for support.

You need to keep in mind that springs do not come close to offering the durability and pressure relief natural latex offers.

It’s also a nesting ground for dust mites and their feces to accumulate, providing a large, warm, open area. We aren't allergic to dust mites, we're allergic to their feces so this is not ideal sleep environment for kids or adults with allergies.


If you'd like the best to both worlds, comfort and health, check out how our mattresses are made.


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