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Why We Should Buy Organic Mattresses

Consumer consciousness plays a part in what kind of mattress you purchase, but if you like the idea of being part of the net zero community, then organic is the only choice for mattresses and many things in your home. Choosing organic for a mattress matters because of the sustainable harvesting process and the recyclable nature of the end product.

In this article, we will explore the reasons why organic matters to you, the consumer and why you should be careful when buying a mattress. If you’re looking for the best organic mattresses in the US, go here.

Let’s get into it.

The truth about mattresses

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There are approximately 40 million mattresses sold in the US every year, it is a staggering number, and more and more of you are opting to buy your mattress online and have it delivered to your front door; box mattresses are pretty convenient, yes?

When you first remove your mattress from the box, it’s been compressed for a few weeks and stored in a vacuum-sealed bag, and it must keep the mattress fresh and clean.

Hopefully, you read the setup instructions before you open your mattress. Once the mattress has uncurled itself, you may notice an odd smell, chemical-like. If you stay in the same room, you may develop headaches.

This chemical smell in mattresses, VOCs can be found in foam and adhesives. These can include chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), formaldehyde, benzene, methylene chloride, toluene, trichloroethane, naphthalene, perfluorocarbons, and other chemicals that can range from innocuous to concerning.

Ok, the fumes do vent off after a few days, and presumably, you get an ok night’s sleep. But what about when the mattress has reached the end of its life?

Can it be recycled? Does it break down organically? The answer to both questions is no, your mattress will end up in a landfill for the next couple of centuries, and as it does break down, the chemicals used in its construction may seep into the water table.

What is the advantage of a US organic mattress?

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Organic mattresses, if certified GOTS and GOL, are sustainable and are fully recyclable at the end of their lives. The source of the materials is checked for sustainability and compliance with the GOTs and GOL protocol for harvesting and using organic materials in mattresses.

Typically these types of mattresses use a layering system of organic products. For instance, the bed may be a hybrid for you to achieve spine alignment.

Your organic hybrid bed will likely have a box spring base made from steel springs (steel is recyclable) wrapped in an organic cotton containment.

The next layer could be organic latex, followed by other layers of organic latex to make and then wrapped in organic cotton to contain the hybrid layers.

The mattress will be as comfortable as any of the synthetic offerings on the market and will be fully recyclable when the mattress has reached the end of its useful life.

What makes a bed organic?

It is a bed or mattress that does not contain any of the harmful toxins or chemicals found in the production of synthetic beds.

The only way to ensure your bed is organic is to purchase a mattress with GOL GOTs certification.

This will confirm that your mattress has been made with organic materials like wool, cotton, and organic latex, which are entirely natural and organic if processed correctly.

GOL  and GOTs confirm there are no harmful chemicals in your mattress.

What is GOTs certification?

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The use of harmful bleaches, dyes, and other chemical inputs during the textile production process is restricted by the GOTS certification. Because it covers every stage of manufacture, in addition to just validating the organic farming process, it is acknowledged as the strictest organic textile standard.

What is GOL certification?

A manufacturer with a GOL certification has grown rubber trees using organic growing and harvesting techniques, meaning no chemicals or pesticides have been used in the process.

The finished product has at least 95% organic material. The control union oversees latex production from manufacturers unbiasedly and approves the quality assurance process.

What should I look for when buying a US  organic mattress?

This should be an easy question to answer, but you know how it goes when verifying materials with so many unscrupulous players in the market.

You may find many mattresses labeled non-toxic and even organic, but if you want to get into the real issues of being organic or not, the mattress must have GOTs and GOL certification. They are two of the most uncompromising certificates on the market. You should look for a third-party accreditation and investigate its validity as a starting point.

What are healthy mattresses made of?

Your mattress will unlikely be made from one material. Most modern mattresses are hybrid, meaning they use a combination of products to create a perfect mattress for most sleepers. Then they change the mattress to find a sleeping solution for everyone.

A healthy mattress will contain a base of box springs that move independently to support your body. These springs are enclosed in an organic cotton case.

The nest section of your organic bed could be a layer of wool across the springs. This would even the spring response making the bed feel more comfortable. Finally, layers of the latex of differing thicknesses will provide the last support for your body, this will be enclosed in thick organic cotton, and the mattress is now ready to go.

Finally, no chemicals have been used on any mentioned products within the mattress.

How long do organic mattresses last?

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A foam mattress has a life of approximately 10 years; it depends on weight and usage, but that is the average for a mattress used frequently.

An organic mattress using the exact parameters of weight and usage of the mattress can last as long as 25 years without losing its support.

Hybrid US organic mattresses are considerably more durable than any synthetic mattress on the market.

If living healthy is your goal, then sleeping on an organic mattress will improve your chances of remaining healthy compared to sleeping on a synthetic mattress.


Ricardo is a freelance writer specialized in politics. He is with foreignpolicyi.org from the beginning and helps it grow. Email: richardorland4[at]gmai.com