What is an "organic mattress" and why do I want one?
You’ve heard of organic vegetables and organic milk, but what on earth is an organic mattress? Is it really healthier?
Well, quite simply, yes. Organic vegetables are healthier because they do not have chemical pesticide residues. Organic milk is healthier because it comes from cows that are not given artificial chemical hormones. Likewise, organic mattresses do not have all the chemicals that regular mattresses have.
But that’s just the beginning. Organic mattresses are made with organic and non-toxic materials instead of conventional and chemically questionable materials. Consumers are choosing organic mattresses as a way to avoid unnecessary exposure to these chemicals.
What are the certification standards for an organic mattress?
Organic mattresses are certified under the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) or the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS), depending on whether the mattress primarily uses a coil-based or latex-based design. Naturepedic organic mattresses and bedding products are certified by Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO) and Control Union (CU).
In particular, the GOTS standard requires that all fiber and fabrics, with limited exceptions, must be made from certified materials that meet the USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) standard and are processed in accordance with the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). All other components (such as innersprings, fire protection, etc.) must meet stringent non-toxic standards. Naturepedic is a certified organic processor of fiber, textiles and latex, and is certified to manufacture organic mattresses and bedding under the GOTS and GOLS standards. Naturepedic undergoes regular inspections by our certifiers, ensuring our customers that our products are "the real deal."
Are mattresses labeled "eco" or "green" just as good?
No. "Eco" and "green" are not regulated terms and can be misleading. For example, "plant derived" or "soybean" foam used in many "eco" mattress models are at least 80% petroleum/chemical based and are not really "made of soybeans." "Bamboo" fabric, also common in "eco" models, is typically made using environmentally toxic chemicals with no trace of the bamboo plant in the finished product. Many of these "eco" materials may sound good, but they are not really "natural" and are certainly not focused on eliminating harmful chemicals.