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New and Updated for 2019! There are even more great options to choose from when it comes to healthy mattresses. 

 

 

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, 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.

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, Inc. 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.

One more thing…consider these facts before racing to find the cheapest organic mattress options:

  1. You’ll spend about a third of your life in bed and what happens there significantly impacts the other two thirds. Your bed is one of the biggest investments you’ll make for your health and well-being.
  2. 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.

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 adieu, here are the best eco-friendly mattresses for every budget!

Avocado Green Mattress

Our Favorite Models – All of them! Avocado Green Mattress, Avocado Vegan Mattress

Mattress Type – 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 $1,399 (financing available)

Certifications – GREENGUARD Gold, MadeSafe, Vegan mattress is Vegan Certified, GOTS and GOLS certified factory

Trial Period – 100 nights

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

In 2015, co-founders Alex and Jeff D’Andrea were on the hunt for an affordable, non-toxic 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, non-toxic 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 button-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 is 60% recycled content and fully recyclable. And they’re always looking for ways to reduce waste in the manufacturing process.

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 product 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. 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 has received excellent rankings from Consumer Reports two years in a row!

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 $1,295 – $2,899

Certifications – GREENGUARD Gold, Certified Vegan (Crystal Cove Only)

Trial Period – Amazing 365 nights!

Delivery – Free shipping & returns

Warranty – 25 year limited

Goodness – A portion of each sale goes towards reforestation.

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.

My Green Mattress

Our Favorite Models – Pure Echo, Hope Latex, Natural Escape

Mattress Type – Innerspring, Natural Latex, and Hybrid

Materials – GOTS certified organic cotton, heavyweight organic cotton batting, Oeko Tex certified all-natural American eco-wool, steel coils, GOLS certified natural Dunlop latex

Price – Queen from $949 – $1,299 (financing available)

Certifications – GREENGUARD Gold

Trial Period – 100 nights (If you decide you don’t like it after the trial period, they help you identify a local charity and refund your money once the mattress is donated.)

Delivery – Free shipping

Warranty – 25 year

Goodness – They donate mattresses to local charities and offer a military discount.

When Tim Masters’ daughter was born, she suffered from eczema and allergies putting he and his wife on a mission to find natural products that would alleviate her symptoms, which led to another birth – My Green Mattress. Their mattresses are proudly made by hand in their family factory in Illinois. A great mattress at a great price!

Nest Bedding

Our Favorite Models – Certified Organic, Hybrid Organic Latex, Latex

Mattress Type – Memory foam and hybrid

Materials – GOTS Certified Organic Cotton, GOLS Certified Dunlop, Certified Organic Wool

Price – Queen $3,299/$2,099/$1,699 (financing available)

Certifications – GREENGUARD Gold certified

Trial Period – 30 days (refund is processed after you donate your mattress to a charity)

Delivery – Free shipping

Warranty – Lifetime comfort guarantee and limited lifetime warranty

Goodness No corporate social responsibility initiatives are listed on the website.

Nest has a wide range of eco-friendly mattresses including an all-natural, organic mattress made from certified organic materials for $1,999. Their Lifetime Comfort Guarantee is an industry first. After the 100 night’s trial, for the remaining lifetime of the mattress, if your needs change and you find you need a firmer or softer mattress, or you need to change to a small or larger size than your original purchase, you may do so at 50% of the current retail price.

Happsy

Our Favorite Model – “The Mattress”

Mattress Type – Hybrid

Materials – GOTS Certified organic cotton, organic wool, GOLS certified organic latex, steel springs

Price – Queen from $1,399 (financing available)

Certifications – GREENGUARD Gold, MADE SAFE, Zero Toxics Product Registry

Trial Period – 120 nights

Delivery – Free shipping & returns

Warranty – 10 year

Goodness – They’re a part of 1% for the Planet, and support the nonprofits Women’s Voices for the Earth and Kids for Saving Earth.

Happsy stands out with their deep commitment to sustainability that’s outlined very clearly on their website. “Happsy regularly evaluates all business decisions, across all departments, to seek out the choices best supporting long-term environmental benefits. While this evaluation will of course look at product design and raw materials, it also extends to all business decisions, looking at everything from cleaning supplies to transportation and packaging to facility maintenance. Can we do it better, cleaner, or more efficiently? If so, we will.”

Zenhaven by Saatva

Our Favorite – Zenhaven by Saatva

Mattress Type – Natural latex

Materials – Oeko Tex certified 100% natural Talalay latex, 100% organic New Zealand wool, organic cotton

Price – Queen from $1,899 (financing available)

Certifications – None for the mattress as a whole

Trial Period – 120 days, fully refundable minus $99 for transportation costs

Delivery – Free full-service delivery and in-home set up

Warranty – 20 year warranty (Fully replaced for first 2 years and repaired thereafter, unless you’d prefer a replacement, in which case you get it at a deeply discounted price.)

Goodness – Mattresses are donated to charities like the Wounded Warrior Project, the Salvation Army, and pediatric health care facilities.

Another nod to being forthright, Zenhaven says loud and clear that their natural latex mattresses are not 100% organic  – “ we must use a small amount of non-toxic, dermatological tested adhesive and synthetic reinforcement material to keep top layers from shifting.”

Naturepedic

Our Favorite Model – Chorus, Serenade

Mattress Type – Hybrid

Materials – Certified organic cotton, organic wool, natural latex, non-GMO PLA, steel coils

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

Certifications – GOTS Certified factory, GREENGUARD Gold Certified, GOTS, GOLS, Non-GMO Verified, OCS100 Organic Content Standard, Formaldehyde Free Verified, FSC, Rainforest Alliance, MADE SAFE, Sustainable Furnishings Council Gold Rating

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

Delivery – Customer pays (but they can also be found at stores around the country)

Warranty – 10 year (first 5 years covers full repair or replacement)

Goodness – They’re a part of 1% for the Planet and offer nonprofit support.

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.

Eco Terra

Our Favorite Model – The Eco Terra Latex Mattress

Mattress Type – Hybrid

Materials – 100% natural talalay latex, wool, GOTS certified organic cotton cover, steel coils, eco-friendly fire barrier made from plant cellulose fibers and hydrated silica

Price – Queen $999 (financing available)

Certifications – None for the mattress as a whole

Trial Period – 90 days

Delivery – Free shipping

Warranty – 15 year warranty

Goodness – No CSR initiatives are listed on the website.

Eco Terra is a great, affordable option in the eco-friendly mattress market. Latex and wool do not claim to be organic. Their website doesn’t have a lot by way of describing how the brand came about or the company culture or any special programs they have, so the price is the main differentiating factor.

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 $2,449 (financing available)

Certifications – GOLS and GOTS Organic Factory

Trial Period – 60 days (returns are coordinated by Essentia 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.

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!

Spindle

Model – Natural Latex Mattress

Mattress Type – latex

MaterialsRainforest Alliance + Oeko-Tex Certified Natural Dunlop latex, Okeo-Tex certified Eco-Wool from humanely raised sheep, GOTS Certified organic cotton

Price – Queen from $1,499.99

Certifications – None for the mattress as a whole

Trial Period – 365 day money back guarantee (mattress must be donated to a local charity)

Delivery – Free shipping

Warranty – 10 year limited warranty and 25 year Comfort Renewal program

Goodness – Returned mattresses are donated to charity.

Spindle is very transparent. For example, they say right up front in their materials section that people ask them if the wool is organic and admit that it’s not. That kind of honesty is refreshing in a world where everyone is selling “the best, most natural, purest, best organic mattress in the world.” They say they’re not claiming to be an organic mattress because that was not their goal. Affordable luxury is what they’ve achieved.

White Lotus Home Pure Cotton Mattress

Our Favorite Model – 100% Organic Cotton and Wool with 2″ Foam Core Dreamton, 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 $2,201 (financing available)

Certifications – None for the mattress as a whole

Trial Period – 30 days (but must be new and unused to be eligible for a refund)

Delivery – Free shipping

Warranty – Lifetime warranty (which they estimate at 7-20 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 & 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 non-toxic 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.

Sleep On Latex

Our Favorite Model – Pure Green Natural Latex Mattress

Mattress Type – Natural foam

Materials – 100% natural latex foam, GOTS certified organic cotton, GOTS certified organic New Zealand Wool

Price – Queen from $795 

Certifications – None for the mattress as a whole

Trial Period – 100 night

Delivery – Free shipping

Warranty – 10 year warranty

GoodnessNo initiative highlighted

Sleep on Latex is an affordable option for an eco mattress. You pick the firmness that you desire. Products are sewn and assembled in Chicago. They have a partnership with a factory in Sri Lanka for latex products. 

Savvy Rest

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

Materials – GOLS and Oeko Tex certified Dunlop latex; Cradle to Cradle Gold, FSC, and Oeko Tex certified Talalay latex; Oeko Tex and GOTS certified organic wool; GOTS certified organic cotton; coconut fiber; steel springs

Price – Queen from $3,099 (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 – Certified B Corporation, employee-owned, recycle old mattresses (95% of materials are reclaimed for other uses), donate organic pillows to women and children in domestic violence shelters, tree planting initiative with American Forests, offsets annual estimated carbon emissions by donating to Carbonfund.org

It’s the heftiest of price tags you’ll find in 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.”

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 Talalay natural latex, Oeko Tex and GOTS certified organic wool, GOTS certified organic cotton

Price – Queen from $1,589

Certifications – None for the mattress as a whole

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)

Goodness – Certified B Corporation.

Flobeds has been in the business since 1979, so you can bet they know what they’re doing. Their non-toxic 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!

Pure Rest Organics

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

Mattress Type – Innerspring and Natural Rubber

Materials – Oeko Tex, GOLS and ECO-Institut certified Dunlop rubber, Oregon Tilth and Oeko Tex certified wool, GOTS certified organic cotton, steel springs

Price – Queen from $1,699

Certifications – None for the mattress as a whole

Trial Period – Unopened mattresses can be returned within 90 days (They come sealed in virgin polyethylene so you can see and lie on them without opening.)

Delivery – Customer pays

Warranty10 year fixed and 10 year prorated warranty which in total comes to a 20 year warranty

Goodness – No CSR initiatives are listed on the website.

These folks are purity 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

Mattress Type – Memory foam

Materials – CertiPUR-US and Oeko Tex certified visco-elastic foam, “soft breathable cover,” “gel-infused memory foam”

Price – Queen from $499 (financing available)

Certifications – None for the mattress as a whole

Trial Period – 100 night

Delivery – Free shipping

Warranty – 20 year limited warranty

GoodnessA portion of sales goes to support the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

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, organic buckwheat hulls

Price – Queen $712

Certifications – None for the mattress as a whole

Trial Period – None; all sales are final

Delivery – Customer pays

Warranty – None

Goodness – No CSR initiatives are listed on the website.

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! 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?  

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