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Organic Mattresses for a Sustainable Home

by Angela Maple

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At a Glance:

What Exactly is an Organic Mattress?

Beautyrest x Seaqual Mattress

Best Organic Mattress Spotlights

Why Buy an Organic Mattress?

What Is Mattress Recycling?

How to Recycle a Mattress

What to Look for in an Organic Mattress

Why Trust Us?

Many people only considered comfort and cost when looking for a new mattress not too long ago. However, as global pollution from substances like plastic and chemicals continues to wreak havoc, consumers' concerns about the environment are growing. The benefit? The market for green products is expanding and includes everything from bedding to compost bins. The negative? Determining which products to believe in and what to look for can be frustrating.

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Not only are organic mattresses great for the environment, they support your back and neck for every sleeper

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If you're eager to buy a sustainable mattress and put your money where your (green) heart is, we've gathered some of the best eco-friendly mattress options, consulted experts on how to choose a sustainable mattress, and more to help you move one step closer to having a sustainable home.

What Exactly is an Organic Mattress?

Simply put, this mattress is made from materials that have not been chemically treated. Making it naturally produced. You can see how much this is good for the environment and reduces carbon footprint.

Normal mattresses typically contain dangerous substances like polyurethane. These substances, according to some, have unfavorably been connected to respiratory health issues. Because of this, if you value your health, you should really steer clear of mattresses that are made on the cheap. Organic mattresses not only help the environment, but they also contribute to your ability to sleep soundly at night.

The Different Types of Materials

Different materials are used to make organic mattresses. Wool, latex, and cotton are a few examples. Each offers extra advantages. Let's examine the advantages of each material:

  • Wool – Due to its excellent heat conductivity, this material aids in keeping you cool in hot weather. Ideal for warm sleepers.
  • Latex – This material, which is made from rubber trees, is ideal for people with allergies or skin conditions.
  • Cotton – You feel soft after experiencing this. It gives any mattress that opulent feel.

Organic Mattresses vs. Other Types of Mattresses

It would require a separate article to compare the two. We'll highlight a few crucial points to help you understand the distinctions. Memory foam and organic mattresses might be comparable. They are made of various materials, though. They both provide excellent comfort, but an organic bed would be your best option if you value natural products.

Of course, a pocket spring mattress is a very popular choice. Which one, though, is the best for you? Are they the same, too? The problem is that pocket spring mattresses are not constructed of natural materials. Additionally, organic mattresses may even be more comfortable than conventional ones in terms of comfort. The most well-liked mattresses on the market right now include those made of organic materials.

Beautyrest x Seaqual Mattress

Did you know that 6.4 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans annually? To remedy this, there is Beautyrest.

Mattress Land is pleased to announce the addition of the Beautyrest Harmony and Harmony Lux mattress lines to our physical locations as well as our website.

Beautyrest has partnered with Seaqual, a group of people, businesses, and organizations that are all working to clean up our oceans and spread awareness about the problem of marine litter by turning ocean plastics into opulent fabrics.

The Harmony and Harmony Lux line mattresses are made from up to 50 recycled water bottles that are collected from the ocean. Additionally, the new eco-friendly fabrics have the same outstanding softness, quality, and comfort that you have come to expect from Beautyrest.

Best Organic Mattress Spotlights

Take a look at some of our Mattress Land expertly compiled recommendations before selecting your new organic mattress for your bed.

Best Eco Friendly Plush Mattress: Beautyrest® Harmony™ Cayman™ Plush Pocketed Coil Tight Top Queen Mattress

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If you're looking for a comfortable bed to get the deep sleep you've been craving at night while preserving the environment, consider this Beautyrest mattress. Our environmentally conscious sleepers can enjoy a comfortable mattress made with TENCEL yarn and NaturalCool technology that is breathable and moisture-wicking. While enhancing sustainability, Seaqual fabric technology turns recovered plastic from the world's oceans into premium fabrics. The comfortable T1 pocketed coils, Charcoal memory foam, AirCool foam, and GelTouch will support and cradle your spine, reducing back pain, and your back will thank you for it.

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Best Eco-Friendly Medium Mattress: Beautyrest® Harmony™ Cayman™ Medium Hybrid Pillow Top Queen Mattress

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Sleep on a mattress from Beautyrest that is just right—not too firm, not too plush—and contribute to environmental preservation while you do your part to get some zzzs. Our eco-conscious sleepers can enjoy a comfortable night's rest on a mattress that combines NaturalCool technology with TENCEL yarn for breathable and moisture-wicking comfort. The Seaqual fabric technology, which uses recovered plastic from the world's oceans and turns it into high-quality fabrics, also contributes to increased sustainability. Sleeping on the additional two inches of a pillow top, Charcoal memory foam, AirCool foam, and GelTouch will help your back by supporting and cradling it, reducing back pain.

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Best Eco-Friendly Extra Firm Mattress: Beautyrest® Harmony™ Cayman™ Extra Firm Pocketed Coil Tight Top Queen Mattress

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This extra-firm Beautyrest mattress will relieve your aches if you frequently experience back pain but want to do your part to protect the environment for future generations. The Beautyrest Harmony Cayman series mattress has taken the initiative to develop a bed that offers enhanced sustainability and natural comfort! The Seaqual fabric technology creates high-quality fabrics out of recovered plastic from the world's oceans. With the additional two inches of a firm top, Charcoal memory foam, AirCool foam, and GelTouch that will cradle and support your spine along with the ultra-supportive feel of the extra firmness, you'll wake up feeling refreshed and with less back pain.

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Why Buy an Organic Mattress?

For various reasons, including those related to their health and the environment, people are prioritizing using organic mattresses in their bedrooms.

They're non-toxic mattresses

The mattress industry is infamous for not being the most transparent about its components and production methods, and much of this is due to cunning chemicals. Fortunately, as customers inquire more about the manufacturing process of their mattresses, organic mattress companies are working to hold brands accountable across the entire industry.

People who want to avoid unnecessary chemical exposure often choose organic mattresses. Additionally, they are less likely to negatively impact people with allergies and skin sensitivity.

Natural materials free of pesticides are used to create organic mattresses. Organic mattresses won't contain any chemical flame retardants, PBDEs, formaldehyde, benzene, or even regular materials like polyurethane that can be dangerous. In order to ensure that the materials have been thoroughly tested to be better for you, look for certifications like MADESAFE or GOTS/GOLS. 

They have no odors

After being compressed, most memory foam mattresses need to "off-gas," and the gaseous smell lasts for a few days. Many organic mattresses have received the GreenGuard certification, which confirms their low chemical emissions.

They tend to sleep cooler

Since latex is naturally cooler than memory foam, which can trap heat, green mattresses—whether latex or hybrid—tend to sleep significantly cooler than memory foam models. 

They're sustainably made and ethically sourced

Sustainability should be a priority during the production of an organic mattress. For instance, the environment should use natural, renewable materials like latex and cotton. They often consider their environmental impact by working to offset their carbon footprint and keeping products out of landfills. Some of them use biodegradable materials and are produced in fair-trade environments.

What Is Mattress Recycling?

After the bed is disassembled, most of the material in the mattress can be used again. A lot of manufacturing companies are repurposing old bedding materials. A mattress that has been thrown away might still have some use. You could create a small cushion bed for your dog or a new pillow for them out of a mattress. This idea is distinct from remodeling or refurbishing a mattress.

Sounds intriguing, doesn't it? Let's look at different mattress recycling methods based on the type and material of the mattress.

Foam: These can be used as insulating materials or shredded and used as resting pads or support pillows.

Coils & Springs: A lot of manufacturing companies melt the springs and use them again.

Fibers: Cotton or other fibers can be used to make DIY towels or doormats and burn fuel.

Isn't this wonderful? Why throw away a mattress when you can participate in a program that recycles used mattresses? Manufacturers set up these programs and either recycle the mattresses or give them to those in need. This is the best method for protecting landfills from unneeded dumping and lowering the pollution that results from it. 

How to Recycle a Mattress

If you reside in a remote area, you may wonder where to recycle a mattress. Relax. Even if you are unable to locate a mattress recycling program, you can recycle your mattress in an eco-friendly manner. 

Sell it

You still have the option to do it yourself if your mattress retailer does not offer this service. Assessing the condition of your mattress is the first step. Is it less than ten years old and in good shape? If so, you might be able to sell it again online or at a thrift shop. You can sell the mattress in that way on many online marketplaces like Facebook or Craigslist.

Reuse it

What more effective means of recycling than reuse? You can repair your old mattress using a variety of do-it-yourself methods. Your mattress can be turned into a rug, doormat, pillow, throw blanket, or soft sheet. 

Recycle it yourself

You can always take your old mattresses to manufacturers who will buy the metal inside of them instead of the entire mattress and pay you for it. There are additional inventive ways to upcycle and reuse your mattress. This might be interesting to you if you enjoy making things yourself and crafting. Many thousands of crafts that use used mattresses can be found online with a quick internet search.

Donate it

Instead of trying to sell your old mattress, consider giving it to a local charity, a homeless shelter, Goodwill, or Habitat for Humanity. Who knows, it might actually be consoling to someone. You can donate used mattresses with the aid of many organizations. 

What to Look for in an Organic Mattress

A mattress with just 30 percent organic material can be marketed and labeled as organic. For instance, "bamboo" is actually rayon or material callouts with plant-derived materials. You should search for the following to determine whether your mattress is entirely organic (the best option) or only partially.

No chemical-based flame retardant chemicals

Instead, look for wool or other all-natural substitutes like hydrated silica or natural graphite powder.

Made with certified organic materials

Verify that the entire mattress, not just the cotton cover, is organic. Look for GOTS-certified cotton, wool, and latex (Global Organic Textile Standard). If you can't give up memory foam, consider certified wool or cotton, GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) Certified Latex, and CERTIPUR-US foams.

Common ECO Certifications:

The most common eco-certifications include:

  • Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS): The gold standard for textiles like cotton and wool is a GOTS organic label, which demands that 95 percent of the materials be certified organic and that the remaining 5% of the materials be free of specific chemicals. Mattresses may also bear the "made with organic materials" label, indicating that they are made with natural fibers that are at least 70 percent organic. Mattresses must adhere to several ecological and social standards, use organic materials, cover all processing steps, and obtain third-party certification to be certified. 
  • Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS): Only applies to latex products, and it indicates that at least 95 percent of the product is made of organic latex. Companies must adhere to similar standards as above in order to receive this certification.
  • eco-INSTITUT: asserts that mattresses, bedding, furniture, and floor coverings meet the strictest standards for pollutants and emissions, exceeding legal requirements. In fact, it has stricter requirements to meet than GOTS (below), and it guarantees that products are low-pollution and low-emission, making them safe for people with allergies and children.
  • GREENGUARD and GREENGUARD Gold: In order to lessen indoor air pollution from VOCs and the risk of chemical exposure, products meeting this standard have been scientifically shown to comply with some of the strictest third-party chemical emissions standards in the world. To ensure that products are suitable for use in settings like schools and hospitals, GREENGUARD Gold specifically includes health-based criteria for additional chemicals and necessitates lower total VOC emissions levels.
  • OEKO-TEX Standard 100: With this widespread certification, the product's entire composition has been examined for potentially harmful elements and determined to be toxic-free. 
  • FSC:  The Forest Stewardship Council permits this certification to identify goods (like latex) from sustainably managed forests that benefit society, the environment, and the economy.
  • CertiPUR-US: Applies to all foam-based products, including foam mattresses, and verifies that the polyurethane foam was produced without ozone depleters, flame retardants, mercury, lead, and other heavy metals, formaldehyde, phthalates, and other substances regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, as well as being Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions for indoor air quality.
  • MADE SAFE: This certification is intended for products used on a daily basis and signifies that a product's ingredients are not known to cause harm to human health or are even suspected of doing so.
  • Rainforest Alliance: This seal is typically applied to agricultural and forestry products that were made in accordance with practices that support the social, economic, and environmental pillars of sustainability.
  • USDA Organic: It can apply to agricultural products grown per the USDA's organic standards, including cotton and wool, though it is most frequently used to describe food products. Ninety-five percent of the ingredients in an organic product are natural.
  • Wool Integrity NZ: Ensures that the entire wool supply chain has been produced sustainably and ethically by tracking the process from farm to finished product.  

Sleep is one of life's most crucial yet underappreciated aspects. While you should expect comfort, relaxation, and stress relief from a high-quality mattress, non-toxic, healthy, organic materials, and manufacturing techniques will improve those qualities and help safeguard your health and well-being. There is no doubt that investment is worthwhile. Stop by Mattress Land today to invest in your future organic mattress!

Why Trust Mattress Land? 

Since 1996, Mattress Land has been making strides in the mattress industry to provide our customers the sleep experience they need — and deserve. We do that by offering the ultimate customer experience, complete with our trained experts, BedFIT™ computerized diagnostics, and our impressive showroom. We'll make sure that you find the right sleep solution for your sleeping habits so you can feel energized in your day-to-day life.

We are also proud of our diverse, employee-driven culture, where our teams work hard toward a common goal. We know that better sleep makes all the difference, and our commitment to changing the landscape of traditional mattress shopping is how we know Mattress Land is one of the best mattress stores around.

Shop Organic Mattresses at Mattress Land

At Mattress Land, we provide quality name-brand mattresses for great prices. Our sleep experts are always happy to help you find the best organic mattress for you. With locations throughout California, Idaho, Nevada, and Washington, Mattress Land is bound to have a sleep solution for everyone. We are more accessible than ever! You can call us at 800-909-9299, visit our website to shop Mattress Land sales, and check out Mattress Land reviews online. Or better yet, stop by one of our showrooms to discover why we are everyone's favorite local mattress store. Visit us today!

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