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.
Recently Published Studies
Flame Retardants in Children
Study partly funded by Environmental Working Group (EWG) and conducted by researchers at Duke University and the EWG
Phthalates Exposure in Moms Linked to Asthma in Children
Published Sept. 17, 2014 Environmental Health Perspectives.
Study led by Robin Whyatt from the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health in New York, part of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.
How Flame Retardants End Up in Our Rivers, Streams and Lakes
Published Sept. 17, 2014 by the journal Environmental Science & Technology
Report co-authored by Erika Schreder, science director with Washington Toxics Coalition, and Mark J. La Guardia, senior environmental research scientist at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
U.S. Government Report on Phthalates
Consumer Product Safety Commission
The “Report on Phthalates and Phthalate Alternatives” does not call for a ban on all phthalates in children’s products. Instead, it recommends which phthalates should be allowable and which are not. Read More
Flame Retardants in Repeat House Dust Samples from California
Silent Spring Institute
After the PBDE Phase-Out: A Broad Suite of Flame Retardants in Repeat House Dust Samples from California
Flame Retardants Found in Preschools, Childcare Center
Led by researchers at UC Berkeley and funded by the California Air Resources Board
Are mattresses labeled "eco" or "green" just as good?
No. "Eco" and "green" are not regulated terms and can be misleading. Many of these "eco" materials may sound good, but they are not really "natural" and are certainly not focused on eliminating harmful chemicals.
"Plant derived" or "Soybean" foam
These materials are used in many "eco" mattress models and are at least 80% petroleum/chemical based and are not really "made of soybeans."
Also common in "eco" models, 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".
The only way to be certain about the quality of your mattress is to check its certifications. With Naturepedic, you will never have to worry about questionable labels and claims. We are more certified and awarded than any other organic mattress manufacturer and 100% stand behind the materials we put into our products.
Strict Certification Standards
- Organic mattresses, like Naturepedic’s, are certified to one of the following standards, depending on whether the mattress primarily uses a coil-based or latex-based design:
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the world's leading processing standard for organic textiles and fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.
The Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) is a materials and processing standard for organic latex and finished latex foam.
- Naturepedic organic mattresses and bedding products are certified by the most respected international certifying agencies:
The OTCO fiber program certifies to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), which is dedicated specifically for Fiber & Textile Handling and production. GOTS is a project of the International Working Group, who developed these consensus-based standards over many years of discussion and deliberation.
Control Union Certifications commits itself to conduct its activities impartially and in a professional manner. CU understands the importance of impartiality in carrying out its certification activities, managing of conflicts of interest and ensuring the objectivity of its management system certification activities.