If you are someone who subscribes to the benefits of buying organic whenever you can it will make perfect sense to adopt this same healthy and ethical approach when you are looking to update your mattress.
You spend a lot of time in your bed so you want it to give you a comfortable night’s sleep, and if you can achieve this aim using natural materials, it is a positive outcome all round.
Here is a look at what it means when a bed is certified as organic, what materials you can expect to find in your mattress and bedding, plus an insight into the sort of toxins that you can eliminate when you go down the organic route.
The real deal
If you are already interested in trying to buy organic products wherever possible you will no doubt understand that certain ethical standards have to be met before a product is allowed to be described as organic.
If you see a mattress described as organic what does this actually mean?
The first point to make is that organic means certified organic every time if the manufacturer is playing by the rules, so in order to stake a claim to be genuinely 100% organic, the product has to be independently certified by a recognized certifying agent.
If you see claims on products such as eco-friendly or environmentally friendly and natural, these are all well well and good by they are just marketing claims and could mean a product is not officially certified as organic.
For example, when you are reading through a detailed review of the 5 top selling mattresses from Zinus, who combine naturally sourced materials to make their product if you see that the product is certified as organic, you will know what you are getting when you decide to buy.
Typical organic components that you might expect to see listed as used in the manufacture of your mattress include wool, cotton, and latex.
Naturally, you will be expecting that to be organic cotton which has been grown without using synthetic chemicals like pesticides and fertilizers and has not been genetically modified in any way.
Organic cotton should prove to be a healthier and safer option for you and it can be kinder to your skin.
Organic wool is an efficient and natural way of keeping you cool at night, thanks to the natural wax called lanolin that manages to keep the sheep dry and soft even when exposed to the elements.
Check for a list of what organic products have been used to make the mattress, especially if you are someone who is allergic to wool. Although, you should be able to find a viable organic alternative that doesn’t contain wool if that is a particular problem.
You might be wondering about the inclusion of latex in an organic mattress, but that will be fine provided the manufacturer has used organic chemical-free latex.
Organic latex is very useful as it tends to give the right amount of firmness and support that you would normally want from your mattress but without the need for any springs or metal. The other good news about natural latex is that it is resistant to dust mites and mold, which is a positive aspect if you suffer from allergies.
Totally organic option
If you are interested in the idea of upgrading to an organic mattress you will also want to make the move to organic natural bedding products.
One of the primary reasons why many consumers decide to make the switch from their regular bedding to an organic alternative is to remove the threat of being exposed to toxins.
When you consider how many hours each week you spend in your bed that adds up to a lot of time each year spent being potentially exposed to toxins like formaldehyde and boric acid amongst others.
The reason these products are in your bedding in the first place is to provide solutions like keeping your sheets free from wrinkles, but are the possible health issues worth that small inconvenience?
Breathe more easily
As well as removing your exposure to potential toxins by going organic there is the aspect of breathability to consider as well.
If you decide to change to organic bedding to complement your organic mattress the payback will be a bed that feels cool and fresh when you climb into it.
Resting your head on buckwheat pillows and covering yourself with other similarly organic bedding items, will allow you to stay cool and comfortable throughout the night.
Choosing natural organic materials for your mattress and bedding is not just a healthy choice, it will be comfortable one too.
Joel French works for a furniture company and in his personal life takes a great interest in eco-friendly and natural products wherever possible. He combines his 2 worlds writing about the newer range of eco-friendly bedding and mattresses coming on the market.