Did you know that most mattresses are treated with flame retardants and every time we lay on them were exposed to those chemicals?
It’s now know that exposure to flame retardants especially during critical developmental periods can lead to deficits in motor skills, learning and behavior.
Also they are made from synthetic materials like polyurethane foams, polyester fabrics, vinyl, press board, and other fibers. They are often treated with dyes, adhesives, antimicrobials, and other chemicals as well that contribute the release of chemicals into the air.
There are also mattresses that use all-natural or a greater proportion of natural materials than traditional beds (but are not organic). These might include natural fabrics, plant-based poly foams, and natural latex. This option is usually cheaper than organic and still decreasing that unnecessary chemical exposure we all should strive for.
“Organic vegetables are healthier because they do not have the chemical pesticide residues. Likewise organic mattresses do not have all the chemicals that regular mattresses have.” -Naturepedic
Organic mattresses are made with organic and non-toxic materials. It’s a great choice to avoid the most unnecessary chemical exposure. You’re going to spend a third of your life in bed why not choose a healthier option?!
Organic mattresses also support the organic farming industry and you’re likely to sleep better due to the support of the layers in an organic mattress.
They also have to pass standards just like any other conventional mattress. Most organic mattresses have the GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), GOLS or Greenguard certifications are also certified non-toxic and tested for chemical emissions.
Some brands on where to start your research: Sage Sleep Organics (there’s a local store in Franklin, TN), Naturpedic, SavvyRest, Essentia, Intellibed (isn’t organic but does contain safer materials).
Photo Credit: Naturepedic EOS Classic Organic Mattress