You eat organic food and shop for organic products for your body. But are you sleeping on an organic mattress? Organic mattresses may sound like a trend: one of those healthy-hype products engineered to get you to pay more than you need for a product.
But, in reality, choosing an organic mattress is really just a return to the ways things used to be. Because until very recently, mattresses were traditionally made from natural materials that were safe for you and the environment.
If you’re interested in a healthier home, family, body, and planet, then an organic mattress may be just the bed you’re looking for.
What is an Organic Mattress Made From?
“Organic mattresses” are made from organic and all-natural materials. At the core of an organic mattress, you’ll typically find natural latex made from the sap of the rubber tree (Hevea Brasiliensis).Other natural materials that you’ll typically find in an organic mattress include organic cotton, wool, and, in some cases, recycled steel.
Organic Mattresses vs Natural Mattresses
What’s the difference between an organic mattress and an all-natural one? Just like certified-organic food, a certified-organic mattress has been certified to meet organic standards for materials and production processes. A certified-organic mattress must contain 95% or more certified-organic materials.
An all-natural mattress may contain the exact same materials as a certified-organic mattress, but some of these materials may not be certified-organic. For instance, a natural mattress may contain virgin wool from sheep humanely raised from a local farm. But the farmer may not have achieved organic certification for those sheep. Thus, that material would be considered natural but not certified-organic.
How Can I Tell What Materials Were Used in My Organic Mattress?
All mattresses are required by law to list their materials. That’s why you find those “do not remove” tags on mattresses, pillows, and other bedding. Take a look at the tag, and you’ll find out what’s inside your mattress.Another easy way to find out what’s in your mattress is to ask your retailer or the manufacturer.
At Sage Sleep, we manufacture our own mattresses. After spending decades helping some of the biggest mattress brands build their own products, Sage Sleep's owner, Brandy Alvis, took her knowledge, experience, and relationships with material suppliers from all over the world to create the Sage Sleep line of customizable, organic latex mattresses.
Our sleep specialists can tell you exactly what’s in our mattresses because we’ve sourced and hand-selected every material ourselves.
Are Mattresses Really Toxic?
Sure, it’s comforting to know that your mattress is made from all-natural and certified organic materials. But does it really matter? How toxic is a non-organic mattress, anyway?
The answer may surprise you.
Most conventional mattresses contain polyurethane foam. It’s what makes mattresses comfy and cozy. Some mattresses contain a little foam, and others, like memory foam mattresses, contain a LOT.
During the process of making a memory, foam polyurethane is often mixed with a number of other toxic chemicals, including many harmful compounds like polyvinyl chloride, formaldehyde, boric acid, antimony trioxide and different types of petrochemicals.Because polyurethane is extremely flammable, any furniture product containing it—mattresses included—must be treated with flame retardants, adding even more chemicals into the mix.
“Most mattresses on the market are full of chemicals that can pollute your bedroom air and harm your body.” - Environmental Working Group
Organic Mattresses Avoid Harmful Toxins
If you want to avoid harmful toxic compounds off-gassing into your air or being absorbed through your skin while you sleep, then an organic mattress is a sound choice to support your healthy, non-toxic lifestyle.
Warning: Beware of chemical “wolves” hiding in "natural" sheep’s clothing.
Consumers today have never been more informed or aware of the dangers of the products they’re using. As more and more consumers demand all-natural, organic, and toxin-free alternatives to products, some manufacturers are taking short-cuts to appease them. They may add in “green” “healthy” or “eco-friendly” sounding material to their conventional mattress material in order to gain a piece of the organic market.But it’s pretty easy to spot these toxic wolves hiding in organic sheep’s clothing.
A truly non-toxic mattress will contain a very limited amount of natural materials, and each will serve a very specific purpose. Latex for support, and wool and organic cotton for temperature relief and comfort, for example.
A truly non-toxic organic mattress will never need added fragrances or additional chemicals to make it feel more comfortable or smell better. When your mattress contains no chemicals, there's no funky aromas to mask with fragrance!
Who Benefits the Most from Organic Mattresses?
Does everyone need an organic mattress? As much as we believe that everyone deserves a non-toxic, chemical-free mattress to sleep on, there are probably some people who benefit from an organic mattress more than others. Like babies and children, for starters.
According to the EWG, most foam crib mattresses on the market emit large amounts of VOCs, have added toxic flame retardant chemicals, include a variety of fragrance chemicals, and use PVC or vinyl covers that contain phthalates–which can disrupt baby’s hormones and may be linked to asthma.The best option is to buy an organic crib mattress free of harmful chemicals and materials.
Babies and young children aren’t the only ones who can benefit from a non-toxic sleeping environment.
Because traditional mattresses contain polyurethane foam, which can emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are harmful chemicals linked to respiratory irritation or other health problems; flame retardant chemicals linked to cancer, hormone disruption and adverse effects on the immune system; and PVC or vinyl covers that can damage developing reproductive systems, anyone with a health concern in one or more of these areas may benefit from a non-toxic, organic mattress.
Does an Organic Mattress Have to Pass Flame Tests?
Mattresses and foundations sold in the United States are required by the Consumer Product Safety Commission to conform to flammability codes, but there's no requirement about HOW manufacturers need to pass.
In other words, there’s no requirement that flame-retardant chemicals need to be used on a mattress.
Organic and natural mattresses are made with wool, nature’s superior flame-retardant material.Wool is so naturally flame-resistant that when tightly compressed inside the top layer of quilting, a mattress can pass even the most super-rigorous tests with room to spare. Some natural and mattresses also include a layer of rayon fabric infused with an inert silica coating below the surface to boost flammability protection.
Is an Organic Mattress Comfortable?
All-too-often, consumers are forced to sacrifice comfort or style for health and wellness. But that’s not true when it comes to organic mattress comfort.
Organic mattresses can be extremely comfortable.
Unlike synthetic materials like polyester and memory foam made from plastic, natural materials can breathe, providing a cool, calming sleep experience.Natural latex, in particular, is made from an open-cell structure that is extraordinarily resilient and resistant to body impressions. In other words—it’s dreamy comfortable and supportive at the same time.
Our Sage Sleep hybrid mattresses—made from a combination of natural rubber and individually-wrapped pocket coils—have the familiar feel of an innerspring mattress, but without the transference of motion that can cause sleepers to wake during the night. (Have you ever woken up as a sleeping partner rolled out of bed to use the bathroom? That’s motion transfer.) The pocket-coil assembly is topped with at least one layer of dreamy natural-rubber latex for increased cushioning and pressure-point relief—it’s the best of both worlds.
When our customers sleep on a natural latex mattress for the first time, they're amazed at how the natural material can be both supportive and soft.
Does an Organic Mattress Sleep Hot?
Unlike memory foam mattresses, natural latex mattresses won’t sleep hot.Just the opposite!
Unlike petrochemical-based polyurethane and memory foams, natural latex has a super-breathable open-cell structure that prevents the accumulation of body heat.The certified organic wool we use in our Sage Sleep quilting is unsurpassed for its ability to wick away moisture, keeping sleepers cool and comfortable.
The certified organic wool in our quilting material is also stellar at wicking away heat and moisture, releasing it up and outward to dissipate into the air so sleepers stay cool and dry.
How Long Does an Organic Mattress Last?
An organic mattress will have an extraordinarily long life—20 years or more. That’s 2x to 3x times longer than a traditional or memory foam mattress.
Organic natural-rubber latex, wool, and organic cotton material are extremely high-quality and long-lasting, resulting in a mattress that’s durable and built to last for decades.
At Sage Sleep, we go one step further in ensuring our organic mattresses will stand the test of time. Our organic mattresses are customizable. Many of our models include layers of natural-rubber in different comfort levels of firmness, and you can re-arrange these layers as easy as changing your sheets.That means you can adapt your mattress to changing comfort needs as the years go by.
When you can keep a mattress 2 to 3 times longer, that means 2-3 fewer mattresses that end up in a landfill over the course of your lifetime. And that’s better for the environment, too.
How Much Does an Organic Mattress Cost?
Organic mattresses are better for your health, longer-lasting, more comfortable, and better for the environment. But if you’re thinking that all of these benefits are going to cost you a pretty penny….
Because you can find organic mattresses priced competitively with many of the major traditional and memory foam mattresses on the market.
You can expect to spend between $1500 to $6,000 for a high-quality, organic mattress that will last and remain comfortable for 20 years or longer.
Organic Mattress Certifications
When you're shopping for an organic mattress, ask your retailer about the material certifications. In the natural and organic mattress industry, the following certifications are used to ensure you're getting materials that meet the rigorous standards of:
GOTS: Global Organic Textile Standards
GOLS: Global Organic Latex Standard
OEKO-TEK: Oeko-Tex Standard 100
Find Your Organic Mattress at a Sage Sleep Near You
Start your organic mattress shopping journey at a Sage Sleep retailer near you. Sage Sleep mattresses are made from the finest certified-organic materials sourced from all over the world and each one of our mattresses has been designed by the industry expert who's behind some of the biggest brands in the industry. Sage Sleep mattresses are customizable, ensuring you'll always have the best sleep possible, no matter how your body or sleep needs change over the years.
Our sleep specialists are on hand to answer all of your questions about organic mattresses, natural mattresses, and conventional/ memory foam mattresses. Our sleep specialists have been specially trained to help you solve your biggest sleep problems.
You can find a Sage Sleep retail location in Northern California and in Nashville, Tennessee. Or you can contact us from anywhere in the US and get the dedicated help you need to find the perfect organic mattress.