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By Elemental Green Staff

Why are nontoxic, eco-friendly mattress materials so important?

Hello discerning, savvy sleeper and welcome! If you’re reading this, you’re probably aware of the fact that conventional mattresses are made from unsustainable materials and harbor harmful carcinogenic glues, dyes, gels, and/or fire retardants, arsenic and formaldehyde. They can emit toxic VOCs that are bad for your health and need to be replaced far too often—only increasing their eco-impact by requiring more resources and creating more pollution. (If you didn’t, now you do.)

We need to sleep, but we shouldn’t have to sacrifice our health or our planet to do so comfortably. And thankfully, more and more manufacturers are dreaming up ways to do things better, crafting nontoxic, eco-friendly mattresses made with natural materials.

Before we dive into our top picks, here are a few basic tips for choosing the best green mattress.

1. Look for independent third-party certifications. 

GREENGUARD Gold and OEKO-TEX are the toughest standards for a mattress as a whole. Latex should be eco-INSTITUT® and/or Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) certified. Wool should be OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 certified. Cotton should be 100% organic and Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified. Ideally the product as a whole will be certified MADE SAFE®, which means that it has been evaluated to ensure it is made without harmful chemicals.

Note: Be wary of non-independent certifications like CertiPUR-US, which sounds good but is actually administered by the Alliance for Flexible Polyurethane Foam. Nearly all petroleum-based polyurethane foams will qualify.

2. Look for transparency.

If a company isn’t clearly stating what materials are used in their mattresses, they’re probably trying to hide something. You’ll find that the truly eco-friendly mattress brands shout it from the mountaintops because they’re proud of what they’ve created.

3. Look for the do-gooders.

Making a great product is one thing, but what about the big picture of how the business operates? Do they manufacture in the USA? Do they use recycled/minimal packaging? Do they give back? Support brands that go above and beyond when it comes to the environment and/or social impact.

Oh, and one more thing: consider these facts before racing to find the cheapest organic mattress options: You’ll spend about a third of your life in bed, breathing in its materials. So what happens while you sleep significantly impacts the other two thirds of your life. That’s why your bed is one of the biggest investments you’ll make for your health and well-being

Many of the more expensive brands have 25-year warranties and are truly built to last. Most cheap conventional mattresses only have a lifespan of 5-10 years, costing you more money in the end when you have to replace it more frequently. And, don’t forget that many companies offer financing options, so you can make monthly payments instead of having to pay thousands up front.

Without further ado, here are the best eco-friendly mattresses for every budget.

Avocado Green Mattress

Our Favorite Models: All of them! Avocado Organic Luxury Plush Mattress, Avocado Latex Mattress, Avocado Green Mattress, Avocado Vegan Mattress

Mattress Type: Latex, Natural Latex Hybrid

Materials: 100% natural Dunlop latex rubber (GOLS organic certified, eco-INSTITUT® certified) from tree-tapped and sustainable sources, 100% GOTS Organic certified cotton and wool, recycled steel support coils, 100% GOTS Organic certified cover. Vegan mattress available.

Price: Queen from $1,499 (financing available)

Certifications: GREENGUARD Gold, MADE SAFE, GOTS and GOLS certified, FSC Certified, Climate Neutral, Clean Energy Partner Certified, USDA Organic, Responsible Wool Standard, Wind & Solar Powered, Formaldehyde-Free, Vegan mattress is Vegan Certified and PETA-approved, endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association, Green America Certified, member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council and DoneGood

Trial Period: 1 year (wow!)

Delivery: Free shipping & returns

Warranty: 25-year warranty (Full replacement value and free return pickup services for the first 10 years!)

Goodness: They are members of 1% for the Planet, which means they give back 1% of all revenues to environmental nonprofits. And, they voluntarily offset 100% of emissions associated with their factory in Los Angeles and with product shipping by supporting carbon offset reforestation projects globally via Carbonfund.org. They are a Certified B Corporation, Climate Neutral and Fair Trade® certified, and they have set a goal to become the world’s first zero-waste mattress factory.

Because the brand has embraced change and driven sustainability in materials and manufacturing, plus environmentally and socially responsible supply chains and business practices, Elemental Green is proud to include Avocado Green in our first branded sustainable renovation and virtual showhouse, #EcoRenovate.

In 2015, co-founders Alex and Jeff D’Andrea were on the hunt for an affordable, nontoxic mattress for their son. A mattress that didn’t use petroleum-based polyurethane foam, toxic fire retardants, dangerous pesticides, or other risky chemicals. What they found was more greenwashing than truly green, and the options that met all their criteria were at a price point they couldn’t afford. So, they set out to make luxury, nontoxic mattresses more affordable.

Avocado Green Mattresses are handmade in sunny California by people who are paid a fair and living wage. Instead of relying on chemical adhesives, they are needle-tufted by hand in order to anchor the layers of the mattress together. In addition to the high-quality construction, Avocado Green Mattresses are a truly eco-conscious product through and through. The 100% natural latex is both recyclable and biodegradable and is also naturally mold, mildew, and dust mite resistant. Their packaging uses recycled content and is fully recyclable. They use renewable energy and offset the carbon emissions used to produce and ship their products. And they’re always looking for ways to reduce waste in the manufacturing process.

The Avocado Latex Mattress provides 3 comfort zones to give you the support you need and inhibit motion transfer. This is their most sustainable product yet, made exclusively with natural, organic materials—latex, cotton, and wool. So green that it is even biodegradable! The new Organic Luxury Plush Mattress comprises up to 21 layers of organic and natural latex, wool, mohair, silk, flax and cotton, along with more than 3,000 individually pocketed coils made from recycled steel.

If you are looking for a vegan product, Avocado Green Mattress offers a vegan version of their popular mattress, which substitutes cotton for wool. They still provide a great night’s sleep without the use of animal products.

Beyond creating an incredible product, Avocado Green Mattress is a socially responsible company—with a palpable passion for helping make the world a better place. Their operations are carbon negative, have aggressive waste mitigation plans, and as mentioned participate in 1% for the Planet. And, on top of all that (yes, there’s more), reading through their reviews you’ll find countless accolades for their over-the-top customer service. As one satisfied customer shared, “These guys go out of their way when it comes to customer service and the bed is AMAZING! Do yourself a favor and buy one!!!”

One more thing: Avocado Green Mattress receives excellent rankings from Consumer Reports!

Brentwood Home

Our Favorite Models: Crystal Cove (Vegan), Cedar Natural Luxe

Mattress Type: Hybrid

Materials: GOLS and eco-INSTITUT certified organic latex, GOTS certified organic cotton, organic coconut husk, New Zealand Joma wool, Alpaca wool, flaxseed fiber pad, steel coils, CertiPUR-US Charcoal-infused Memory foam (Crystal Cove only)

Price: Queen $1,299 Crystal Cove, $1,499 Cedar Natural Luxe

Certifications: GREENGUARD Gold, Certified Vegan by Vegan Action (Crystal Cove Only)

Trial Period: An amazing 365 nights!

Delivery: Free shipping & returns

Warranty: 25-year limited

Goodness: A portion of each sale goes toward reforestation through the National Forest Foundation. Brentwood Home also supports ReliefBed, which provides a strategically built mattress for those in need, including those who are homeless and victims of natural disasters.

Brentwood Home has over 30 years of handcrafting experience and takes an artisanal approach to manufacturing. From hand-tufted wool rosettes to beautiful quilted Euro-tops, they say you’ll be able to feel the attention to detail in every stitch.

These mattresses are free from toxic materials like VOCs, flame retardants, heavy metals, formaldehyde and phthalates. But what you will find are soft kapok, antimicrobial, GOTS Organic Certified wool that wicks away moisture, all-natural buckwheat for extra support, GOLS organic certified latex, heat-treated coils, and organic cotton for cozy sheets and mattress covers.

Brentwood Homes mattresses go through rigorous testing for more than 300 harmful chemicals and pollutants before they hit your bedroom, which has earned them a GREENGUARD Gold certification. What’s more, they’re a Climate Neutral Certified and a carbon negative company, taking steps to reduce their own emissions, waste, and energy use, and funding projects through the Bonneville Environmental Foundation that help to remove carbon from the atmosphere. So every mattress purchase helps to fight climate change. 

Of particular note is Brentwood Home’s Hybrid Latex Mattress, made with Repreve, a soft recycled polyester made from ocean-bound plastic bottles (up to 57 in each mattress), which helps to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions.

My Green Mattress

Our Favorite Models: Natural Escape, Pure Echo, Hope Latex, Kiwi 

Mattress Type: Innerspring, Natural Latex, and Hybrid

Materials: GOTS certified organic cotton, GOTS certified organic wool, heavyweight organic cotton batting, OEKO-TEX certified all-natural American eco-wool, steel coils, GOLS certified organic and OEKO-TEX certified natural Dunlop latex

Price: Queen from $1,099 – $1,499 (financing available)

Certifications: Factory is certified GOTS & GOLS, GREENGUARD Gold, Carbon Neutral, OEKO-TEX

Trial Period: 120 nights 

Delivery: Free shipping

Warranty: 20-year limited

Goodness: They donate mattresses to local charities, like Habitat for Humanity, and offer a military discount.

When Tim Masters’ daughter was born, she suffered from eczema and allergies, putting him and his wife on a mission to find natural products that would alleviate her symptoms. That led to another birth: My Green Mattress. Proudly made by hand in their family factory in Illinois, the mattresses are GOTS and GOLS Organic certified. So you can rest easy knowing you’re getting a healthy, nontoxic night’s sleep.

Materials like GOTS certified organic cotton, GOTS certified organic wool, and GOLS certified organic Dunlop latex come together for comfortable, pressure-relieving support. The hybrid option is popular with adults, with its five zones of pocketed coils for extra lumbar support, 3 inches of GOLS organic Dunlop latex, and the wool and cotton topper. The metal-free and latex-free options suit sleepers with special sensitivities, particularly growing children. Allergies and temperature are two major factors that come into play when designing a quality sleep environment, setting you up for a better night’s rest. All of these eco-friendly mattresses are hand-tufted by true artisans, which prevents shifting or bunching and ensures long-lasting quality.

And, their sleep accessories take your wellness even further into dreamland, including the 600-thread-count Organic Cotton Sheet Set, the nontoxic My Green Platform Bed made from untreated Poplar wood, a waterproof Organic Cotton Protector that acts as a barrier against dust mites and other allergens, and an Organic Latex Topper. It’s a great mattress at a great price, and with a 120-night sleep trial and 20-year warranty, it’s well worth a try.

Awara Eco-Friendly Latex Mattress in bedroom with woman making the bed

Awara

Our Favorite Model: Organic Luxury Hybrid Mattress

Mattress Type: Natural latex, organic New Zealand wool plush top, coil support  

Materials: Natural Dunlop latex from real rubber trees, certified organic New Zealand wool, mindfully-harvested organic cotton, silica instead of chemical fire retardants, and natural, water-based adhesives

Price: Queen from $1,199 (includes sheets, pillows, and mattress protector) 

Certifications: Rainforest Alliance certified organic latex 

Trial Period: 365 nights

Delivery: Free shipping and returns; Ready to ship in 3-4 weeks

Warranty: Forever Warranty

Impact: Awara has partnered with Trees for the Future, which plants 10 trees in Kenya, Senegal, Uganda, or Tanzania for every Awara mattress purchase made. That in turn provides farming families in areas of need with sustainable food security, livestock feed, and sellable products. The organization even trains farmers how to regenerate their land. They will plant more than a million trees in 2021.

The Awara Organic Luxury Hybrid mattress is crafted from 4-inch-thick Dunlop latex that has been certified by the Rainforest Alliance. The Dunlop latex memory foam is durable, but minimally processed. The mattress includes a plush Euro top made with moisture-wicking organic wool from New Zealand for extra comfort. Awara uses non-toxic, silica-based flame retardant, certified as safe by the SGS, and only water-based adhesives. Underneath, individually wrapped 8-inch coils support the medium-firm feel, as recommended by the National Sleep Foundation, and minimize motion transfer from a restless sleeping partner. For individuals who sleep hot, this construction also promotes air circulation, allowing cool and dry comfort throughout the year.

And it can work on any bed frame including adjustable, box springs, foundation style, and divan bases. Its Forever Warranty, which protects your mattress literally forever against sagging and manufacturer defects, cuts down on waste.

Plushbeds

Our Favorite Models: The Botanical Bliss, The Luxury Bliss, The Natural Bliss (vegan)

Mattress Type: Natural Latex, and Hybrid, 

Materials: GOTS certified cotton, GOTS certified wool, GOLS certified organic latex, FSC-certified wood

Price: Queen from $2,199-$2,799 (financing available)

Certifications: GREENGUARD Gold, Control Union Certified, OEKO-TEX, eco-INSTITUT Certified, Rainforest Alliance Certified, CertiPUR-US Certified Foam, Arpico Certified Organic Latex, member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, Green Business Certification

Trial Period: 100 nights 

Delivery: Free shipping

Warranty: 25-year

Goodness: They fund a number of social impact initiatives, including awarding green and environmental scholarships to students seeking an eco-degree.  You can also choose from more than 1.5 million charities to help support through your purchase during checkout.

PlushBeds focuses on high-quality nontoxic materials, luxurious comfort, and relentless innovation. All of their models are free from PBDE flame retardants, heavy metals, mercury, lead, CFCs, cyanide, and chloroform. They offer a sleep concierge to help you adjust your comfort level after purchase. And they’re made in the USA.

Eco Terra

Our Favorite Model: Eco Terra Hybrid Latex Mattress

Mattress Type: Hybrid

Materials: OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified, 100% natural Talalay latex; GOTS organic and OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified wool, and moisture-wicking GOTS organic certified cotton, upcycled steel coils, and an eco-friendly fire barrier made from pure wool

Price: Queen $1,699 (financing available)

Certifications: None for the mattress as a whole

Trial Period: 90 days; free returns after 30 days

Delivery: Free shipping

Warranty: 15-year warranty

Goodness: There aren’t necessarily any Corporate Social Responsibilities initiatives listed on the website, but they do pride themselves on creating jobs for local craftsmen, which also helps to reduce emissions.  

Eco Terra is a great, affordable option in the eco-friendly mattress market. The mattress is handcrafted in Los Angeles using natural latex, organic wool and organic cotton. It’s free of chemicals, polyurethane and other toxins. 

Nest Bedding

Our Favorite Models: Certified Organic All Latex, Certified Organic Hybrid Latex, Finch Natural Latex

Mattress Type: Memory foam and hybrid

Materials: GOTS certified organic cotton, GOLS certified organic latex, OEKO-TEX certified natural Dunlop latex, GOTS certified organic wool

Price: Queen from $1,599-$4,099 (financing available)

Certifications: UL GREENGUARD Gold Certified

Trial Period: 100 nights minimum

Delivery: Free shipping

Warranty: Lifetime comfort guarantee and limited lifetime warranty

Goodness: Nest Bedding places the emphasis on exquisite sleep, in addition to quality and long life. Nest mattresses are designed to last much longer than most beds, which saves money over the long run and keeps mattresses out of landfills. In addition to multiple firmness options, the Finch Natural Latex model features a replaceable insert if, during your trial period, you find the firmness isn’t “just right.” All mattresses wear eventually, so you can opt to buy a replacement comfort layer in the future. This could extend the life of a well-protected mattress far beyond expectations. If you should decide to return your mattress, Nest Bedding works with charitable organizations to donate the mattress to cut down on waste. You’re also able to donate your mattress during your trial period and are eligible for a refund once you show proof of your donation. 

Nest Bedding has a wide range of eco-friendly mattresses including a Certified Organic Hybrid that contains only sustainably resourced materials that are treated in an ozone chamber to eliminate microbes. Assembled in an ECO-FACTORY (a specialized factory within a factory), manufacturing equipment is dedicated exclusively to organic production and organic materials are tracked, stored, and handled separate from conventional production materials. The Certified Organic All Latex model is likewise GREENGUARD Certified and features the replaceable comfort layer for perfect comfort for years and years. Their Lifetime Comfort Guarantee kicks in after the trial period: “This guarantee allows qualified customers to purchase a Nest Bedding mattress years down the road at thirty percent off. This program is in place simply because we want our valued customers to continue to achieve the great night sleep that they’ve been getting with their Nest Bedding mattress.”

Naturepedic

Our Favorite Models: Chorus, Serenade

Mattress Type: Hybrid

Materials: Organic cotton fabric and fill, organic wool batting, PLA layer made from non-GMO sugarcane, organic latex, and individually wrapped coils made without glue or adhesives

Price: Queen $1,999, $2,499 (financing available)

Certifications: GREENGUARD Gold Certified, GOTS, GOLS, PETA Approved (for vegan mattresses), Certified Vegan (for vegan mattresses), OCS100 Organic Content Standard, FSC-Certified, Rainforest Alliance, MADE SAFE, Sustainable Furnishings Council Gold Rating, Green America Certified Business, Formaldehyde Free

Trial Period: Depending on the product, you have between 30 and 120 days, but you have to pay shipping if you choose to return it.

Delivery: Free ground shipping within the Continental U.S.

Warranty: 10-year limited (first 5 years covers full repair or replacement)

Goodness: They’re a part of 1% for the Planet and Women’s Voices for the Earth, and offer nonprofit support to a number of other advocacy initiatives.

Naturepedic is one of the industry’s pioneers and their organic mattresses are constructed by Amish craftsmen in their GOTS certified factory in Ohio. They have an ever-expanding line of products including crib mattresses, mattress pads, bedding, and more.

Essentia

Our Favorite Model: Stratami

Mattress Type: Natural latex

Materials: OEKO-TEX-certified Dunlop latex, organic cotton, natural memory foam made from Hevea milk (from rubber trees), organic essential oils, natural plant extracts, GREENGUARD Gold certified adhesives

Price: Queen from $2,999 (financing available)

Certifications: GOLS and GOTS Organic Factory, Green America Certified, and Beyond Organic (vegan and cruelty-free)

Trial Period: 120 nights (returns are coordinated by Essentia, and recycled or donated, and you get a refund minus 9% for shipping)

Delivery: Free shipping

Warranty: 20-year limited warranty

Goodness: Supports local charities, causes, artists and organizations through its Betterhood community initiative.

The Essentia Stratami was the highest rated foam mattress by Consumer Reports in 2017. A pretty impressive claim to fame considering the conventional foam competition.

Their mattresses use their patented Wholebody Recovery® technology. The top layer of foam recovers faster for ease of movement, optimal blood flow, and support with a touch of softness. The second layer delivers added support and pressure relief, cradling you into the dedicated support layer below. It’s “specifically designed as an incubator to promote repair and recovery of body and mind, a whole life balance only achievable with an Essentia.” Pro athletes use the Beausommet firm natural latex mattress to recover from the grind!

Savvy Rest Serenity Organic Mattress outside near a tree

Savvy Rest

Our Favorite Models: Earthspring, Serenity, Unity Pillowtop

Mattress Type: Customized Natural Latex, All Wool, and Innerspring

Materials: GOLS and OEKO-TEX-certified Dunlop latex; Cradle to Cradle Gold, FSC-Certified, and OEKO-TEX-certified Talalay latex; OEKO-TEX and GOTS certified organic wool; GOTS certified organic cotton; coconut fiber; steel springs; Dunlop and Talaylay latex have also achieved eco-INSTITUT certification

Price: Queen $1,599-$3,449 (financing available)

Certifications: GREENGUARD Gold; Natural latex mattresses are also GOTS-certified organic

Trial Period: 90 days (They do not accept returns, but they will work with you to make the mattress firmer or softer with a latex exchange—customer pays shipping fees.)

Delivery: Customer pays (they’re also in stores across the country)

Warranty: Depending on the product, 10 to 20-year limited warranty

Goodness: Savvy Rest is a Certified B Corporation, employee-owned company. Theyrecycle old mattresses (95% of materials are reclaimed for other uses), donate organic pillows to women and children in domestic violence shelters, participate in a tree planting initiative with American Forests, and offset annual estimated carbon emissions by donating to Carbonfund.org.

The Unity Pillowtop comes with a heftier price tag among our list of the best eco-friendly mattresses, but the mattress is also custom created specifically for your body and sleep preferences—that’s extreme customer care! They understand that “individuals of different ages, with different body types, different physical issues, and different sleep challenges, need very different mattresses to truly sleep well.”

Metta Bed

Our Favorite Model: The Metta Bed Organic Mattress

Mattress Type: Organic latex, cotton and wool

Materials: GOLS Certified organic latex, GOTS certified organic cotton, GOTS certified organic wool

Price: Queen $1,549 (financing available)

Certifications:  GREENGUARD Gold

Trial Period: 120 nights (free returns and full refunds after 30 days and within trial period after first exchanging through the comfort program)

Delivery: Free shipping

Warranty: 20-year warranty

Goodness: Metta was born from the same family that owns and operates OMI Mattress, whose 360 approach to sustainability includes sustainable farming and harvesting, responsible social and environmental practices, fair labor and more. Metta mattresses are handmade in OMI’s California-based Eco-Factory.

Metta Bed features an innovative custom-comfort system allowing you to change the comfort of your organic mattress from plush to medium to firm. Two independent 3” natural latex layers can be interchanged or exchanged through the brand’s comfort guarantee program to ensure your mattress has just the right feel.

 

White Lotus Home GCWBDM18 Green Cotton and Wool Boulder Dreamton Mattress

White Lotus Home

Our Favorite Model: Pure Cotton & Wool Foam Dreamton Mattress, but they all have their advantages

Mattress Type: Organic cotton, cotton and wool, cotton and wool and Evergreen Foam

Materials: 100% GOTS and USDA certified cotton, foam from vegetable and castor oils, GOTS certified wool from happy sheep

Price: Queen from $2,532 (financing available)

Certifications: GOTS Certified Organic Company, members of Green America and the Organic Trade Association

Trial Period: 120 days (but must be new and unused to be eligible for a refund, and there’s a 30% restocking fee)

Delivery: Free shipping

Warranty: Lifetime warranty (which they estimate at 10-15 years depending on the type of mattress)

Goodness: They donate money to nonprofit organizations and bedding to those in need. They also offer special rates for hospitals, medical practitioners, yoga and massage practitioners, hotels, bed and breakfasts, and commercial properties.

These mattresses tend to be on the firmer side, especially those without foam. White Lotus Home is always looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint, from reducing paper waste, recycling, and cleaning with only nontoxic cleaning agents. They’re also always looking for ways to repurpose materials and reduce waste. Their toss pillows and “wooly” stows are great examples, utilizing scrap materials that would otherwise be thrown away.

Eden Sleep Mattress Eco-Friendly Mattress All Natural Nontoxic in a loft bedroom

Eden Sleep

Our Favorite Model: The Eden Mattress

Mattress Type: Natural latex with optional latex pillow top

Materials: Natural Dunlop latex; anti-microbial, moisture-wicking, dust mite-resistant New Zealand wool; certified organic cotton cover; materials are hypoallergenic

Price: Queen $1,300 without pillow top; $1,500 with pillow top

Certifications: GREENGUARD Certified Organic

Trial Period: 18 months

Delivery: Free shipping and white glove delivery, and free returns after the first 30 days through the end of the trial period

Warranty: Evergreen Warranty, covering everything for a lifetime, including body impressions 

Impact: Eden Sleep is so passionate about having you sleep on healthy materials that it claims to offer the longest trial period on the market at 18 months. Eden Sleep aims to soothe the mind, body and soul with a heavenly night’s sleep on 100% organic materials.

The Eden Mattress features 5 inches of natural Dunlop latex, providing a medium-soft firmness, pressure relief and a cool night’s sleep. A thick layer of 8-inch Quantum Edge coiling offers ergonomic support and spinal alignment, and a 1-inch layer of latex and wool on the bottom forms a firm side of the mattress and additional support.

Sleep on Latex

Our Favorite Model: Pure Green Organic Latex Mattress

Mattress Type: Natural foam

Materials: Natural latex foam certified through GOLS, OEKO-TEX Standard 100 and eco-INSTITUT, GOTS-certified cotton processed in certified organic factories, GOTS-certified organic New Zealand wool

Price: Queen from $950 

Certifications: GOTS, GOLS, GREENGUARD Gold, OEKO-TEX 100

Trial Period: 100 nights, free returns

Delivery: Free shipping

Warranty: 10-year warranty

Impact: They do not highlight Corporate Social Responsibilities on their website; however, they have a blog where they offer customers suggestions for ways to reduce mattress waste and keep your old mattress out of the landfills.

Sleep on Latex is an affordable option for an eco mattress. You pick the firmness that you desire between medium and firm. Products are designed, sewn and assembled in Chicago. They have a partnership with a factory in Sri Lanka to obtain natural latex harvested from rubber trees there. The Pure Green Organic Latex Mattress is a solid piece of latex measuring 8 inches thick.

FloBeds

Our Favorite Model: All are customizable to your desired thickness and firmness

Mattress Type: Natural latex

Materials: OEKO-TEX and Cradle to Cradle Gold certified natural Talalay latex, Organic Plein-Air Wool, GOTS-certified organic cotton; there’s a vegan option without wool as well

Price: Queen from $2,499 (financing available)

Certifications: OEKO-TEX

Trial Period: 100 days (Fully refunded minus a $99 shipping fee)

Delivery: Free shipping

Warranty: 20-year “Goldilocks Guarantee” (change your firmness anytime on a prorated fee scale)

Impact: FloBeds is a Certified B Corporation. And, the wool they use is sheared from sheep that are raised humanely.

Flobeds has been in the sleep business since 1971, so you can bet they know what they’re doing. Their nontoxic mattresses are made up of individual zones for your body encased in a single organic cotton cover with zippered zone pockets. Just roll it out when you get it.

If you find you need it softer or firmer in one place, they will send you, at no charge, the appropriate Talalay Zone to reconfigure your natural latex mattress. Simply unzip the zone pocket and replace with the new firmness!

PureRest Organics

Our Favorite Model: 13″ Zeus, but there are other options with the same manufacturing process

Mattress Type: Natural latex rubber

Materials: Natural Dunlop latex, Oregon Tilth certified organic wool, GOTS certified organic cotton

Price: Queen 13” Zeus $3,349; other Queen models from $2,149

Certifications: OEKO-TEX

Trial Period: 120-day sleep trial; comfort exchange program allows a 60-day latex layer exchange at $99 per layer; no refunds or returns on custom orders

Delivery: Customer pays

Warranty: 10-year fixed and 10-year prorated warranty, which in total comes to a 20-year warranty

Impact: There are no CSR initiatives listed on the website.

These folks are purists. Their location, floors, and sewing tables are painted with AFM Safecoat to seal in any VOCs. They also only hire people willing to use no scented products and who don’t live with a smoker. Also, they seal any non-washable products in pure virgin polyethylene to maintain purity during storage and transit.

Live and Sleep

Our Favorite Model: Luxury Mattress 

Mattress Type: Memory foam

Materials: CertiPUR-US and OEKO-TEX certified visco-elastic foam with open cell structure, gel-infused cool memory foam, soft breathable cover

Price: Queen from $899 for Luxury (financing available)

Certifications: None for the mattress as a whole

Trial Period: 30, 75 or 100 days depending on the model

Delivery: Free shipping on Elite and Luxury models

Warranty: 20-year limited warranty

Impact: A portion of sales goes to support the National Alliance to End Homelessness. And, the brand uses recycled packaging to reduce their carbon footprint.

While this does use CertiPUR-US certified foam instead of natural latex, Live & Sleep says their eco-friendly memory foam is produced in a state-of-the-art sealed, pressurized chamber which allows the use of pressure rather than chemicals to control the physical properties of the foam. Extra points for eco-innovation!

Open Your Eyes Bedding

Our Favorite Model: It is what you make of it.

Mattress Type: DIY Organic Buckwheat

Materials: 100% organic cotton, certified organic buckwheat hulls

Price: Mattress kit and buckwheat hulls sold separately; Queen kit $240; buckwheat hulls, 210 lbs needed for a Queen, $682

Certifications: None are listed for the mattress as a whole

Trial Period: None; all sales are final

Delivery: Customer pays

Warranty: None

Impact: There are no CSR initiatives listed on the website; however, they are Climate Neutral Certified, which means the brand takes steps to reduce its carbon footprint.

Are you up for a bit of DIY? Know what’s in your organic mattress because you make it yourself! No sewing or special skills needed. Simply fill tubular fabric (made from 100% organic cotton yarns) with buckwheat hulls and connect your pods together. Since this organic mattress is modular, if a section gets damaged, you do not have to replace your entire mattress, just mend or replace the damaged pods!

Be aware that buckwheat hulls provide a firm sleeping experience similar to a Japanese wool or cotton futon. Another unique feature: You can take your organic mattress apart and spread your hulls out on a tarp for a sunshine cleaning while washing your tubes and hanging them out on your line to dry. What other mattress can you clean like this? Important to note is whether you might have a sensitivity to buckwheat. 

 

 

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