Hey this is Sean and I’m here to help you find your way through this crazy world of shopping for a mattress, and this video is about finding an organic mattress. You might not have considered that a mattress could actually be organic, but they do exist and in this video I’ll put forth an argument for why you might want to invest in one and where you can find one.
So why would someone want an organic mattress? Well if you make an effort to live green, eat organic food, buy organic soaps and shampoos, and show concern for the environment in your daily life, it makes sense for that to extend to your bedroom. After all, we do spend a third of our lives asleep and we’re very close to our mattress and pillows at night. Most mattresses are made from synthetics, and most of these synthetics are derived from petrochemicals. Polyurethane foam, memory foam and polyester are examples of three very common materials used to build mattresses, and perhaps you are trying to move away from petrochemicals as much as possible. Perhaps you want to reduce your exposure to VOC’s or from fire retardants. If that’s the case, then an organic mattress could be a good choice for you. It used to be that people with chemical sensitivities were the main buyers of organic mattresses. Most mattresses are treated with harsh fire retardant chemicals which have recently become a very big concern for people, not just for mattresses but for furniture as well.
And buying an organic mattress guarantees that the mattress is totally free from those harsh fire retardants as well as any other synthetic material. Now people are looking for organic mattresses because it aligns with their own beliefs. They also learn that because of the materials used, an organic mattress is much more likely to last a lot longer. There’s just something very appealing for a lot of people about sleeping on something made from natural materials instead of something totally synthetic.
So what then exactly would make a mattress organic? And what are they made from? An organic mattress is essentially free from any synthetic material. So this means no foam, no viscoelastic foam, no polyester, no dacron fibers, nothing synthetic. Natural latex, organic cotton batting, and wool are typically used in place of foams. Steel springs can still be used in an organic mattress and are generally made from recycled steel. The most common configurations you’ll find for organic mattresses are: Innnerspring mattresses made with a combination of organic cotton batting, natural latex, wool and organic cotton covers. Spring-free mattresses made from 2 or 3 layers of natural latex then wrapped with wool and a cotton cover. And to a lesser extent, mattresses made simply from wool batting and an organic cotton cover. That’s about it. The wool acts as a natural fire retardant and is amazingly able to pass the federal fire regulation tests without any additional chemicals. Sometimes you’ll see certain manufacturers incorporating more exotic materials like horsehair into their beds, which is an amazing natural fiber, though perhaps not necessarily certified organic.
Unfortunately there’s a lot of greenwashing going on at the moment, so always check to make sure that the materials used in beds claimed to be organic are certified organic to be sure. The USDA does not certify mattresses as a finished product as ‘organic,’ but the individual components used to build the bed can be certified. For example, truly organic cotton covers and wool will be GOTS certified as well as Oregon Tilth certified truly organic cotton batting will be certified by the USDA National Organic Program and organic natural latex will be GOLS certified and you’ll also see the GREENGUARD certification for manufacturers that really go the extra mile.
Reputable organic mattress companies will post all of their certifications publicly. Watch out for memory foams being described as “natural memory foam,” things described as “chemical-free” since nothing is ‘chemical free,’ look for more information when you see the phrase “non-toxic” because everything on Earth has the potential to be toxic in certain doses… including water, and dig deeper when you see the word “green” being used, ok, that’s a big one.
What you want to see instead is the phrase ‘certified organic.’ If you do not see that phrase, then the mattress is not organic. And I’m mostly referring to American manufacturers here. Things are different in other countries like in the UK and Sweden, but in America in order to call your mattress ‘organic’ you have to be able to back that statement up with the proper certifications. So, how do you find one? You can start by doing a google search for “organic mattresses” in your local area. There are quite a few very small, boutique style stores that specialize in organic mattresses and bedding across the country, there’s a pretty decent amount of smaller manufacturers dedicated to producing only organic beds as well, and there’s also a few online brands that ship direct to you.
Finding the right one for you may involve a little bit of research. Be prepared to spend slightly higher than average prices for an organic bed. The materials are not cheap and the certification processes are costly as well. Remember the phrase ‘certified organic’ and when in doubt, ask for the certifications for the materials. Do you have someone that you refer people to when they need a new mattress? If not, I’d like to be that guy for you. Help your friends & family make a more informed decision by sending them my way! If you found this video helpful, please give it a thumbs up! Hopefully this helped you out in your mattress research, stop on by my site at sleepinglikealog.com for some more tutorials and reviews. Thanks for watching..
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