It has changed to green cleaning products. You recycle. You buy organic foods. Now is the time for an organic mattress. Buying an organic mattress is an investment in your health and the environment. There are several types of organic mattresses to choose from that are made from a variety of materials.
Regular mattresses consist mainly of materials produced by the oil industry (polyester, elastic and polyurethane), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PDBE), flame retardants, glues and dyes. They may also contain pesticide residues. As regular mattresses age, they become more toxic as flame retardants and pesticide residues bind with household dust.
Organic mattresses, on the other hand, are made of natural rubber, organic cotton and organic wool. They are hypoallergenic, antimicrobial and resistant to dust mites.
Mattresses made of natural latex to resist the formation of mold, repel dust mites and are chemical free. Organic cotton and wool mattresses absorb moisture from the body. Natural materials allow moisture to evaporate during the day, unlike synthetic mattresses. The wool is naturally fire resistant, so there is no need for chemical retardants.
If the manufacturer says that the mattress is organic, this means that the materials are grown, processed and manufactured with zero synthetic chemicals. Natural materials are based on nature, but cannot be processed organically 100 percent. It may contain a small percentage of synthetic materials.
If you have problems with allergies, choose latex mattresses that are hypoallergenic. If you are worried about the appearance of mold, avoid cotton and wool. Natural latex has a gummy smell and can be detrimental to someone with a latex allergy. Instead, consider a wool and cotton mattress.
Not all organic mattresses are 100 percent organic. Some are treated with fire retardants, waterproofed with plastic or coated with polyester. Be sure to read the labels carefully. The manufacturer must be able to tell exactly what percentage of the materials is organic or synthetic.