Let’s say you figure out that you’re sleeping on a mattress filled with toxic chemicals that are affecting your respiration while you sleep.
You’ve heard of the benefits of an organic mattress, but how do you choose which one?
One thing is for certain: Not all organic mattresses are made equal. Terms and claims like “natural” or even “organic” are thrown around easily without much regulation.
And even when it comes to certifications, there are over a dozen of them in the mattress industry. What do they all mean? But before we get to that, let’s review the other things you need to consider.
Most organic mattresses are made from a mixture of organic cotton, wool, and natural latex. Mattresses that also include an innerspring system are called “hybrids.” Many mattresses also come with a pillow-top option that adds an extra layer of softness and comfort.
In the mattress industry, comfort is mainly defined by the level of firmness of the mattress. There’s a firmness scale from 1 to 10, where 1 is the most soft and 10 is extra firm. Most mattresses fall in the 6 to 7 range. Not all mattress brands provide a firmness rating, but most of them do.
Nothing is more uncomfortable than overheating while you sleep. Mattresses brands help keep mattresses cooler by including materials like wool and natural latex. Some mattress brands have patented technologies and manufacturing methods to make their mattresses even cooler.
Price and Size
Organic mattresses, on average, are slightly more expensive than regular commercial brands, but not by as much as you’d think. The average queen size organic mattress is priced around $1,200.
Most of the top brands offer a minimum of 10-year warranty and up to a 25-year limited warranty. Some brands go so far as to offer a “forever” warranty.
It can feel risky to purchase a mattress online without sleeping on it first. But mattress brands eliminate this risk by offering sleep trials. Purchase the mattress, try it for a few months, and then decide. Many organic mattress brands offer a 120-night sleep trial. Some of the best brands offer a 365-night sleep trial.
Okay, now we come to the certifications that determine how safe or non-toxic the mattress really is.
Here’s a list of the most common certifications for the organic mattress industry:
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). GOTS is the world’s primary processing standard for organic textiles. GOTS certifies that the material used in the mattress has no pesticides used in the production of cotton.
Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS). GOLS is the materials and processing standard for organic latex and finished natural latex foam..
GOTS Wool Certificate. Same as the above, but for wool production.
GreenGuard Gold Certification. This certification is for low chemical emissions standards, free from PBDE flame retardants, phthalates, chlorofluorocarbons, mercury, and other harmful toxins.
OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 Certification. Certifies that the materials used in production are free of heavy metals, formaldehyde, pesticides, allergenic dyes, and chlorinated phenols.
Made Safe Certification. Made safe certifies that there are no known harmful chemicals used in the production of the mattress.
Eco Institute Certification. Ensures that the mattress is free from pollutants.
And if you’re eco-conscious, certifications like Forest Stewardship Council and Rainforest Alliance Certification help ensure that materials are sourced in sustainable ways that don’t hurt animals or plant-life.
It’s Your Turn
Now you have everything you need to make a decision on how to select the best organic mattress. Thankfully, once you know you’re going with a non-toxic mattress, there aren’t too many choices available on the market.