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12 Organic Mattresses for any Sustainable and Eco Friendly Home

12 Organic Mattresses for any Sustainable and Eco Friendly Home

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Last Updated on May 6, 2021

I will always prioritize buying organic sheets and organic mattresses because we spend 1/3 of our lives in bed. Conventional mattresses can emit toxic VOCs (aka Volatile Organic Compounds), and I’d rather not have that in my bedroom.

The average mattress has a slew of chemicals and flame retardants which isn’t something I want to be spending 8+ hours on.

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Most people don’t know that their mattresses are made from, you guessed it – plastic! The oh-so-popular-memory foam is actually polyurethane. It’s why a lot of new mattresses have strange smells. The plastic is off-gassing, but we’ll get into that a little bit later in the post!

So, if you’re in the market for a new mattress, I highly suggest investing in a sustainable and organic mattresses that use more natural, non-toxic and sustainable materials.

Here are 10 sustainable mattress brands worth checking out, for your health and the planet.

how to choose sustainable mattresses:

Before we get into the eco-friendly and organic mattresses, it’s important to cover what you should be looking for. Not all mattresses are created equal after all, even in the sustainability sphere. 

organic and natural materials:

One of the most important things in a mattress is the materials used to make it. You want natural and ideally organic materials that are sustainably sourced.

Global Organic Textile Standard/GOTS Certified organic cotton and wool is ideal. This ensures the fabric is truly organic and sourced from green supply chains.

Also, wool from New Zealand sheep is another sustainable choice because the wool is ethically sheared in a way that doesn’t harm the sheep. Sheering New Zealand sheep is essential to ensure they maintain a high quality of life.

In fact, one of my favorite active wear brands is based in New Zealand and they use merino wool. Check out my blog post on sustainable activewear for more information.

Natural latex is another eco-friendly material, especially Talalay latex, because it has received the OEKO-TEX Standard 100, Europe’s highest environmental consumer product standard. This means it’s free of harmful substances or chemicals. Dunlop latex is all-natural as well and another good choice too.

Natural latex, unlike synthetic, is sustainably sourced from rubber trees. You’ll want to look for Global Organic Latex Standard/GOLS Certified latex to ensure you’re getting the best mattress quality.

GOLS ensures the late has come from trees which are grown to meet organic practices and ethical manufacturing processes. For example, one GOLS regulation is that all the trees are grown in an area where no chemical fertilizers have been used for at least four years.

sustainable businesses that give back

It’s important to look for companies that go above and beyond when it comes to the ways they give back and manage their business. Supporting companies that make their mattresses in the USA and donate to environmental causes is a great start.

Purchasing made in the USA mattresses helps reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere because it takes much less time to get to you. Plus, you’re helping support your local economy, which is great!

A lot of sustainable mattress companies are also giving back to their communities in many ways, usually by donating to local environmental non-profit organizations. 

Several of the mattress companies listed are charitable in that they donate some of their money to non-profits like 1% For The Planet, or by donating high-quality natural mattresses to people in need. 

It’s also a great idea to consider brands with thoughtful, minimalist packaging. The last thing you want is to deal with excessive amounts of plastic or boxes, as this takes a toll on our natural resources.

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longevity:

You want a mattress that will last a long time, but sadly, most mattresses aren’t built to last very long. Typically, mattresses last around seven to ten years, then they’re thrown away.

It’s estimated 40 million mattresses are thrown away each year in the USA, and most go directly to landfill. Worse yet, more than 80% of a mattress can be recycled, so that’s a huge waste of resources.

To keep mattresses out of landfills, it’s ideal to buy one that will last you well beyond just seven years. That’s why all the mattresses listed here have warranties for 10 to 25 years.

materials to avoid in mattresses:

No matter the kind of mattress you get, you should always avoid certain materials that are toxic and bad for the environment. Be sure to avoid mattresses made with any of these.

Here’s a list of materials to avoid.

  • Foam: Both Polyurethane Foam and Memory Foam is made from petroleum, aka fossil fuels, and releases volatile organic compounds (VOCs) over time. It’s also highly flammable, which means a large amount of equally toxic flame retardants must be added to foam mattresses.
  • Synthetic latex: Made from two petroleum-based compounds, styrene and butadiene, these are VOCs which can pose serious health risks.
  • Flame retardants: Antimony, Boric Acid and Halogenated Flame Retardants have all been linked to various health problems and may even cause cancer. They don’t fully bind to materials, so they release over time into your bedroom.
  • Vinyl: The production of this material uses toxic chemicals and additives that have been linked to asthma, allergies and even genital defects. The chemicals used to make vinyl leach out over time.

eco-friendly, sustainable, and organic mattresses:

Is your head spinning from all this information? Fear not: I’ve compiled a list of sustainable and organic mattresses for a perfect nights sleep. All of these mattresses are comfortable, durable and eco-friendly.

I’ve gone ahead and highlighted some of my favorite features of each brand, but it isn’t an exhaustive list. Be sure to check out their websites for more information.

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brentwood home

  • 100% GOLS certified organic latex
  • 100% GOTS certified organic cotton and wool from New Zealand
  • Organic hybrid beds
  • 25 year warranty
  • Responsibly made in Los Angeles
  • Greenguard Gold certified
  • Gives back to social and environmental initiatives

/ BRENTWOOD HOME /

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saatva

  • Certified organic cotton and New Zealand wool
  • All-natural latex
  • Made in the USA
  • 15 year warranty
  • Eco-friendly memory foam
  • Inner springs from recycled stainless steel
  • Adjustable orthopedic options available

/ SAATVA /

the futon shop

  • USDA organic cotton
  • GOLS certified organic latex
  • GOTS certified organic wool
  • OEKO-TEX coconut and hemp coir 
  • OEKO-TEX camel hair and horse tail
  • Handcrafted in San Francisco
  • Vegan mattress options
  • 20-30 years life expectancy

/ THE FUTON SHOP /

all natural, sustainable and organic mattresses for any eco friendly home.

avocado mattress

  • 100% GOTS organic certified cotton and wool
  • 100% natural latex
  • Handmade in California
  • Vegan version available
  • Carbon negative
  • Upcycles material byproducts
  • 25 year warranty
  • 1% for the Planet

/ AVOCADO MATTRESS /

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birch

  • GOTS certified organic cotton
  • Organic birch wool
  • 100% natural Talalay latex
  • 25 year warranty
  • Natural fire retardant from wool fibers and rayon
  • Handmade in the USA
  • Fair trade certified factory

/ BIRCH /

bear mattress

  • Designed for athletes and active people
  • Made from CertiPur certified foam
  • Bear Hybrid is Greenguard Gold Certified
  • Environmentally friendly hybrid
  • Made in the USA
  • 20 year warranty

/ BEAR MATTRESS /

plushbeds

  • 100% GOTS certified cotton and wool
  • 100% GOLS certified organic latex
  • CertiPur certification
  • Greenguard Gold certified
  • 25 year warranty
  • Gives back to social and environmental initiatives
  • Adjustable orthopedic options available

/ PLUSHBEDS /

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happsy

  • Certified organic cotton, wool and latex
  • Greenguard Gold certified
  • Hybrid design
  • 20 year warranty
  • No flame retardants, glues or adhesives
  • Rainforest alliance
  • Gives back to seven environmental organizations

/ HAPPSY /

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my green mattress

  • GOTS certified organic cotton
  • Oeko Tex certified all-natural American eco-wool
  • GOLS certified natural Dunlop latex
  • Latex-free option, Pure Echo
  • Certified organic factory
  • Handmade in the USA
  • Military discount
  • 20 year warranty

/ MY GREEN MATTRESS /

naturepedic

  • Certified organic cotton and wool
  • GOLS and FSC natural latex
  • Certified Non-Toxic
  • Greenguard Gold certified
  • Supports several environmental non-profits
  • 10-20 year warranty

/ NATUREPEDIC /

eco terra

  • 100% Organic cotton and wool
  • Natural Talalay latex
  • Handcrafted in California
  • Polyurethane-free
  • 15 year warranty
  • No fillers, additives, or chemical off-gassing

/ ECO TERRA /

If you’re in the market for a new mattress, maybe you need new sheets as well? Check out these 17 sustainable and organic sheet companies. Would you give these eco-friendly mattresses a shot? What’s your favorite mattress brand? Leave them in the comments below!

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