Environmentally Friendly Sleep with Organic Mattress Reviews
To help take some of the confusion out of buying a new mattress, Cheap Mattress Reviews was founded to provide you with consumer reviews of all the leading mattresses available today.
One feature of mattresses that is getting more attention in these days of environmental awareness is the use of organic materials. Not only do organic materials not impact negatively on the environment but they have some perceived health benefits for sleepers that you can read about in online organic mattress reviews, before committing to buying one of these items.
Let us first state a word of caution. “Organic” materials have a different connotation to “natural” materials. Wool, latex and cotton are all natural materials but unless they are gathered from sources (sheep, trees and plants) that have been farmed organically (in the US this is carefully administered and there are certifications awarded to organic produce) then they are not considered organic. As marketing picks up on the organic demand, watch out for misuse of the term and check the maker’s policies with regards to supply of their materials, if this is something important to you.
We have mentioned wool, cotton and latex. These are probably the three most-used natural materials in mattress manufacturing today. They have been used in crib mattresses for a while now, because they allow the comfort benefits without exposing the baby to risks of toxic chemicals from materials like vinyl, which has been used for many years to provide a waterproof and easily-wipeable surface for these items. These crib mattresses use the wool and cotton for softness and the latex component can add the necessary firmness to the build. These natural materials also provide a pleasant breathe-ability to the mattress and they don’t “sweat” like chemically-based vinyl and other similar materials.
Often they are used with highly absorbent cotton organic mattress pads that can be washed free of waste products from the baby.
Similar concepts apply to the full-size adult organic mattresses. Obviously with the larger bodies sleeping on them, they need some readjustments to their design to make them suitable for adults. Often they require a thick latex core with cotton or wool blend around this to provide the necessary support. Wool is a natural fire-retardant, which is a benefit, but it is also very soft so it needs to be blended with the latex and cotton so you will commonly see such blends in organic mattresses.
You will see in the reviews that Organic latex mattresses are usually blends too, as latex is a very dense and heavy material (not to mention expensive) so it is usually used somewhat sparingly. Especially in mattresses that are designed to be turned to maintain good shape, it’s important not to make them too heavy.
There are also lighter mattresses made entirely of cotton – the surface and the filling – that are great for kids with allergies. Kids’ mattresses are normally waterproofed already so that they can be wiped clean and they use a natural fire-protection treatment on them. They may be a basic flat surface or quilted.
Usually you will find these products at specialist organic shops online. You will also find organic mattress pads and other accessories on sale here.