Why Go Organic?
With so many different mattresses to choose from, why go organic? A question we’ve been asked on more than several occasions. With glowing pros and minor to no cons, an organic mattress surely has a lot to offer. When comparing all criteria, organic mattresses lead the charts all the way, even before going the extra mile to offer benefits no other mattress type can compare to. To really reason between the option of an organic mattress and a traditional, mainstream mattress, one must understand the significant differences between them.
The Organic Difference
Conventional mattresses primarily consist of man-made materials. These synthetic materials are derived from nonrenewable resources, often petrochemicals and natural gases, a lifestyle common to Los Angeles. Organic mattresses on the other hand, are derived from all natural materials. These natural materials are grown naturally, processed naturally, and manufactured without toxic chemicals. Not only is it a requirement by Los Angeles, organic mattresses must also meet both federal and California open-flame standards. All other mattresses do so with the use of chemical flame retardants suspected of serious health and environmental hazards. An organic mattress uses all natural wool instead, highly compressed to meet these same standards. Rest assured, you won’t be breathing flame retardant chemical emissions or off-gassing on an organic mattress. Given a traditional mattress consists primarily of synthetic chemical based materials (polyurethane foam, memory foam, etc.), the effect is even greater. An organic mattress will typically only have natural latex, wool, cotton liners, and a cotton upholstered finish, all being pure of any chemicals or toxins. The main and core ingredient to an organic mattress is most commonly natural rubber latex, serving as both your comfort and support materials in the mattress. These are beneficial factors unique to an organic mattress only, and especially important considering the average human spends an entire third of their life sleeping. So when left to choose between an organic or conventional mattress, it’s important to see the benefits of the contents that make a mattress organic, los angeles is otherwise full of great conventional choices. Organic mattresses are most commonly latex mattresses because latex is of a very few available organic options. Now, besides it’s natural benefits, latex is known and proven to be one of the best, most supportive and durable materials found in mattresses. It’s no wonder why latex mattresses rate the highest in customer satisfaction. Our OMI Organicpedic organic mattresses are backed by a industry leading 20 year limited warranty. Latex retains it’s shape and wears very well, always keeping it’s resilient rebounding support, even on softer models. In it’s natural state and without the addition of synthetic technologies, latex sleeps the coolest compared to any other mattress type. The latex has perforated holes throughout, keeping it well ventilated and breathable. Latex mattresses are naturally anti-microbial and dust-mite resistant. They also provide a uniquely luxurious comfort favored by many. Ultimately, an organic mattress has all the features ideal in a mattress while avoiding health hazards, making an organic mattress an all-around good choice.
The Cons to an Organic Mattress
Fortunately for those of us in Los Angeles, organic mattresses tend to be less expensive than elsewhere. More and more, manufacturers are making mattresses organic. Los Angeles’ demand has risen over the years, causing an increase of supply and in turn a decrease in prices. If all manufacturers made mattresses organic, Los Angeles would have had even lower prices on organic mattresses. Unfortunately, the downsides to a latex mattress are just that, it’s price brackets are higher, and it’s availability is definitely more rare than that of a conventional mattress.
8 Misleading Claims About Organic Mattresses
MISLEADING CLAIM #1: Merchants using organic logos, or statements that use the word “organic,” to describe their mattresses as “organic” or partially “organic.”
INCORRECT BECAUSE: Under the USDA National Organic Program regulations (USDA/NOP), there are no such categories. there is only “certified organic.”
MISLEADING CLAIM #2: Merchants claiming that since they use the same organic materials that are used in certified organic mattresses, why pay more?
INCORRECT BECAUSE: Without submitting to an independent third-party audit, a consumer has no assurance that whatever organic component is claimed to be used was actually used in making a mattress.
MISLEADING CLAIM #3: Merchants claiming that since the materials are the same, what’s the difference?
INCORRECT BECAUSE: Fast food and fine dining can include the same ingredients, but the outcomes are quite different—it’s about quality and purity, not just materials.
MISLEADING CLAIM #4: Merchants using someone else’s certification to infer it is their own, but somehow doesn’t have their name on it, for a string of reasons.
INCORRECT BECAUSE: USDA certification certificates are not transferable.
MISLEADING CLAIM #5: Merchants claiming their mattresses are “chemical free.”
INCORRECT BECAUSE: This is scientifically impossible.
MISLEADING CLAIM #6: Merchants claiming their mattresses are “nontoxic.”
INCORRECT BECAUSE: This is also scientifically impossible.
MISLEADING CLAIM #7: Merchants claiming their mattresses are “free of volatile organic compounds (VOCS)” or have no harmful outgassing.
INCORRECT BECAUSE: This is also scientifically impossible, and without an independent UL/GREENGUARD™ or similar test for finished-product emissions, they cannot possibly know exact outgassing levels.
MISLEADING CLAIM #8: Merchants claiming that their components have been tested for the presence of a long list of chemicals and that none were found.
INCORRECT BECAUSE: What this means is that the mattress components were tested at one point, early in the process, by what is known as a “presence” test. True, these chemicals may not have been present at that time, but it gives absolutely no information as to what is actually emitting from the finished mattress. This is the consumer assurance UL/GREENGUARD™ testing provides.
OUR ORGANIC MATTRESS LINE – OMI ORGANICPEDIC ORGANIC LATEX MATTRESS
Completelty ventilated throughout, stays cool & won’t trap heat
Doctor recommended “Orthopedic”.
Available in a large spectrum of comfort levels: Very Firm – Very Soft.
Available in every standard size including Crib and Bassinet.
Chemical Free; there is no off-gassing & they are “Odor-Free”.
All natural wool fire barriers pass a federal code without the use of chemicals.
Contains 100% Organic Cotton, Wool, and Latex only.
Compatible with any sleeping position (back, stomach, side).
100% Hand-made in the USA at a Certified Organic Factory.