How to Choose an Organic Mattress

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I’ve read the statistic that we really do spend a third of our lives sleeping. Of course, those statistics are meant to highlight the importance of sleep environment since such a substantial part of our life is spent in our beds.


Non-organic mattresses seem harmless but it is often a source of exposure to flame retardants and EMF’s amplified by innersprings.



Mattresses can be a major source of chemical exposure. Mattress companies are not required to disclose all of the chemicals they use and have to withstand an open flame from a blowtorch for over a minute. Almost all non-organic companies douse mattresses in flame-retardant chemicals like polybrominated diphenyl ether, known as PBDE. These chemicals are highly toxic and do not have to be disclosed to us as the consumers!

PCBE’s are actually banned in Canada, Europe and parts of the US. What happens is they can accumulate in the body through skin and inhalation exposure. They are also associated with hormone, brain and reproductive damage.

Mattresses can also contain harmful compounds like:

Formaldehyde – Made from polyurethane foam (a toxic petroleum-based material).

VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) – Can cause lung and skin irritation and are often found in the glue in many mattresses. 

Oxide and Brominated Flame Retardants – Can cause hair and memory loss and are listed as possible carcinogens.

EMF Exposure- Coil spring mattresses have the added danger of being high in electromagnetic frequencies. 

How to Find an Organic Mattress:

When I began researching organic mattress companies a few years ago, I still had trouble finding a mattress brand that was a good alternative for us.

An organic mattress often contains cotton, wool, latex, or a combination of the three. On their own, these ingredients are generally considered safe but some of them can still be problematic in mattresses. There is a lot of green-washing and mislabeling in the mattress industry and it is important to check for undisclosed added flame retardants.


Organic Certifications in Mattresses:

When we see words like “natural” and “eco-friendly” they are unregulated for mattresses. They also don’t mean that the mattress is made of natural materials. Did you know that a mattress must be 95% organic to meet USDA organic mattress standards and to be labeled as organic. Some mattresses may use organic cotton or organic wool for the top layer, but check before assuming an organic label means an entirely natural mattress.


If a mattress is certified-Look for terms like these:

GOTS – Global Organic Textile Standard. Mattresses with this certification must use at least 95% certified organic fibers for all fabric used.

GOLS – This stands for Global Organic Latex Standard and is the first third party standard for organic latex. It specifies that the latex used must be at least 95% organic latex.

GREENGUARD – An independent certification that requires environmental chamber tests for over 360 chemicals. This certification specifies that a mattress is low in VOCs, phthalates, formaldehyde, and other harmful chemicals and that it is safe for children and the elderly.


Factors to Consider When Choosing an Organic Mattress:

Finding a safe and organic mattress was the first priority but comfort was also really important to us. When choosing mattresses, we considered and ranked mattresses based on:

Safety First

We looked for organic and non-toxic mattresses that had been certified through GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard), Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and ecoInstitut.

Comfort Second

My husband and I both wanted a medium firm mattress. We are both very picky about comfort when it comes to sleeping!

Price Third

We also looked for a budget friendly mattress as well! Organic mattresses can be pricey but Sleep on Latex is extremely budget friendly without sacrificing safety and comfort!

Sleep on Latex Story

Sleep on Latex was founded in 2013 and is quickly becoming the largest retailer of latex mattress products in the USA. They have developed the gold standard in latex foam, Pure Green Natural Latex Foam through their partnership with Sri Lankan factory. They stand by offering the best products at the best prices and never stop looking for improvement.


Sleep On Latex Review

We love that it is comfortable and safe! Super budget friendly! Sleep on Latex mattresses are designed to last. Each mattress comes with a comprehensive 10-year warranty so that customers can feel confident in their investment. They also have the BEST pillows that we have ever layed our head on! The first night of sleeping on our mattress, both my husband and I slept so well! Sleep On Latex has been the sweetest company through the process of having our mattress shipped to answering any questions. They truly care for their customers and it shows in everything they do!

Overall Rating: We love it!

Safety:  Natural latex foam is comfortable, durable and safe. Their latex foam is made of natural latex harvested from organically-grown rubber trees in Sri Lanka. It is certified through GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard), Oeko-Tex Standard 100 and ecoInstitut.

Price: Range from $650 to $1350 so very budget friendly for an organic mattress.

Comfort: Soft yet firm! Our backs definitely thank us!

Return Policy: Sleep On Latex has a wonderful return policy! The mattress can be returned for free at any time within 100 days from delivery. No questions asked! Mattress returns are refunded in full and picked up by a third party pickup service for free. You can beat service like received from Sleep On Latex.

Final Thoughts

Buying a mattress is an investment but since we spend so much time in bed, investing in a high quality plus a safe mattress can have a big impact on your overall well being! Head on over and grab a mattress from Sleep On Latex! Your back will thank you!

Have you switched to an organic mattress? If not, will you?