When was the last time you bought a new mattress?
According to the National Sleep Foundation, you should replace your mattress every nine to 10 years. The reason for this is that after roughly 3,285 nights of sleep, on average, your mattress will show signs of wear, including sagginess, squeakiness, and stiffness. But that’s not all — lurking under the surface are nine years’ worth of dust mites and dirt. Suffice to say, it’s not a pretty picture.
Now ask yourself again: When was the last time you bought a new mattress?
Knowing that mattresses collect allergens and grime over time, more consumers are investing in organic (or green) mattresses. While there are fewer of them on the market, organic mattresses promise a healthier, more restful sleep. Plus, with more Americans thinking eco-consciously when making purchases, companies that put green materials and values at the forefront are finding themselves at the precipice of a booming new industry.
Like any mattress or sleeping product, choosing the right one can mean the difference between snoozing well and having to hit the snooze over, and over, and over. When deciding to buy an organic mattress, there are a few considerations to keep top of mind.
What is an Organic Mattress?
So why are we talking about organic mattresses in the first place? Because so is the rest of the country. The difference between natural and organic mattresses is that natural mattresses are made of highly-processed materials like petroleum-based nylon, polyester, pressboard, polyurethane foam, and vinyl. They’re also often treated with chemicals and flame retardants — needless to say, things your body does not like to be exposed to for eight-plus hours a night.
Organic mattresses, on the other hand, are made without all the polysyllabic chemicals, instead incorporating natural and non-toxic materials such as organic wool, cotton, and latex into their design. These materials are less likely to cause skin irritation or respiratory challenges than those found in traditional mattresses.
Not only do the materials promote healthier sleep, but most companies in the space prioritize green practices at their factories, too. Many use eco-friendly foams that are sourced in the USA and adhere to GreenGuard and USDA Organic certifications, among others.
How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress
Once you’ve decided to buy organic, you face a few tough questions: what mattress is best for my sleeping style? What kinds of materials will feel best on my skin? And where can I even buy one of these things?
While options are currently somewhat limited, it’s not impossible to find a mattress that fits your needs, wants, and budget. Whether you’re a side-sleeper, a stomach sleeper, or back sleeper, you just need to know where to look. Here are five of the top brands currently offering organic mattresses to their customers:
Loom and Leaf crafts its mattresses using five pounds of eco-friendly foams that are composed of 30-percent soy and corn oil alongside polyurethane and dacron, eco-friendly visco memory foam, rayon, and Kevlar thread. The cotton cover is organic, too, and is treated with an antimicrobial fabric finish to protect against bacteria. The company is dedicated to using green materials and reducing their carbon footprint at their east coast factory, as well, so you can feel good shopping from them.
These mattresses go above and beyond by mixing calming green tea into their memory foam. It’s all part of Keetsa’s “EverGreen” formula, which supports the company’s dedication to giving its customers a healthy, calming, and soothing sleep experience. Inside the mattress, you’ll also find Keetsa’s patented BioFoam, which replaces 12 percent of the traditional petroleum oil used in the crafting of the foam with castor bean oil. Choose between six mattress designs to ensure you find your perfect fit.
Aptly named, this is a green mattress in every sense of the word, except, we suppose, that it isn’t literally “green.” It’s made with all-natural, non-toxic materials including natural latex from tree-tapped sources, organic wool, and organic cotton. When compared to traditional memory foam, Avocado’s green latex allows greater airflow and naturally repels mold, mildew, and bacteria. Beyond that, you’ll find the products are made with 100-percent certified organic wool, recycled-steel support coils, and certified organic cotton.
Handmade in Illinois, the My Green Mattress products came to be after the company’s founder discovered that his daughter’s eczema and allergies made sleeping on regular mattresses next to impossible. To solve this problem, he created his first all-natural mattress, and the rest is history. The company’s Natural Escape mattress incorporates three inches of organic latex for additional softness and support. Like the rest of the company’s products, it’s also made from hypoallergenic, natural materials.
PlushBeds has so many certifications under its belt that we can’t list them all here. Suffice it to say, the company has dotted its Is and crossed its Ts when it comes to eco-friendly initiatives. PlushBeds offers a series of organic latex mattresses, including its most popular, the Botanical Bliss. These mattresses contain up to 10 pounds of certified organic wool, which combines with an organic cotton cover to have you feeling like you’re floating on air.