Why you should careA white, clean mattress may shock you if you knew about the dirty pesticides that went into making bed.
By Latha Rao
We spend a third of our lives sleeping and yet we rarely think about the materials used in our mattresses. In most conventional mattresses, synthetic materials like polyurethane foam, petroleum based fibers, formaldehyde adhesives and chemical flame retardant sprays are packed in tight into the bed. Many of these synthetic materials are linked to serious health issues, such as allergies, asthma and cancers.
Furthermore, these conventional mattresses lack the breathability and temperature regulation benefits of natural materials like cotton, wool and latex. So, get a truly better night’s sleep by sleeping on a clean mattress from one of the most awesome sustainable brands below!
Natural & organic is important to prevent exposure to non-sustainable materials that are often sprayed or covered with toxic chemicals. Look for natural latex, organic cotton and organic wool.
Organic cotton mattresses are made with cotton grown without harmful chemicals. These mattresses are made with cleaner cotton production practices: uses less water and supports cotton farmers with better wages and working conditions.
Natural latex is natural rubber sourced from sustainable forests and use wool a natural flame retardant.
Responsible sourcing and manufacturing mean the company adopts sustainable practices such as avoiding the use of virgin wood, polyurethane. The company has made a commitment to minimally impacting the planet and treating people fairly and equitably.
Buyback mattresses programs offered by sustainable companies help responsibly recycle used mattresses and often offset carbon emissions.
Certifications are better because they certify that the materials are responsibly sourced, and workers are paid fairly. Look for the following certifications: Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), GREEN Guard, Cradle to Cradle, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Green America
Avocado Green Mattress, Platinum Giveback Medal & Silver Sustainability Medal
Made of certified organic cotton and certified organic latex, Avocado Green Mattress makes mattresses in a sustainable manner and offers an affordable price. Committed to using natural resources sustainably, they offset their carbon footprint too. They have partnered with 1% for the Planet and support a unique environmental organization every month. Certifications: GOTS, GOLS , GREENGUARD Gold Certified, USDA Organic, FSC, Made Safe, PETA approved, Green America, Sustainable Furnishings Council.
Savvy Rest, Gold Giveback Medal & Silver Sustainability Medal
Savvy Rest will responsibly recycle your old mattress when they deliver your new mattress. Their mattress is GOTS certified and made with natural latex foam from a cradle to cradle certified supplier. Their commitment to sustainability means they also offset their carbon footprint and source wood from sustainable forests. Certifications GOTS, GreenGuard Gold, Eco Institute (latex supplier), Cradle to Cradle ( latex supplier) Green America, Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers certified sustainable.
Boll and Branch, Silver Giveback Medal & Gold Sustainable Medal
Boll and Branch makes organic bed linens and are committed to sustainability by using only organic cotton, support organic cotton farmers, reduce water use, minimize carbon usage and reduce their waste production. Certifications: Fair Trade.
FLoBeds, Gold Giveback Medal
FloBeds customizes beds to your pressure points. Made from organic cotton, latex and wool, they offer natural latex pillows and mattress toppers. Certifications: GOTS, Oeko-TEX, Ceres Certified Wool.
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