There was a time when nobody really cared about the composition of an ordinary mattress. However, the recent rise in medical and information technologies have given birth to a more health and environmentally-conscious breed of consumers.
According to a 2016 study funded by the Better Sleep Council, mattress shoppers can be classified into five: wellness seekers, bargain shoppers, Wal-Mart shoppers, quality seekers, and new generation.
The wellness seekers, which comprise 22% of total mattress shoppers, are those who value exercising regularly, eating healthy, and getting a good night’s sleep. The wellness seekers are most likely to spend more time shopping for the perfect mattress that can support their body and, at the same time, not emit harmful chemicals while they are sleeping.
It seems fairly inevitable then, that these shoppers opt to buy certified organic mattress from reputable stores. According to bed manufacturers, the current trend of living and sleeping healthy will most likely continue in the upcoming years, giving the industry about 15% annual sales growth.
‘Organic’ Mattress vs. Certified Organic Mattress
Unfortunately, government agencies do not adequately monitor manufacturers putting the terms ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ on their labels. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture allows a mattress to be called ‘organic’ even if only a portion of its makeup are made of truly organic material (i.e. cotton).
They don’t prohibit mattresses that contain harmful chemicals such flame retardants and formaldehyde to also use the label. With these reasons, some mattress brands are only organic in name but not so much in actual composition.
Reputable Certifications for Mattresses
This is why it is important to learn how to spot a certified organic mattress. Many websites will tell you that third party certifications are key to ensuring whether a mattress is certified organic or not. While some will tell you to look for the more common certifications such as CertiPUR, Greenguard, and Organic Content Standard 100, bear in mind that these certifications actually address specific chemical concerns but not so much concerned with the sourcing of raw materials used.
To guarantee that you are really purchasing a certified organic mattress, look for either the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS), or Oeko-Tex Standard 100 logos. These third-party certifications have the most stringent qualification requirements that only a true organic mattress can meet.
For both GOTS and GOLS, the mattress must be made of at least 95% certified organic materials and prohibits the use of harmful chemicals in the manufacturing process. The Oeko-Tex Standard 100, on the other hand, limits the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to a negligible amount and bans the use of flame retardants and potential allergens like dyes and colorants.
If you are one of those wellness-seekers who is a little bit particular about your mattress, consider buying a certified organic one. The peace of mind it can give you as you drift into dreamland is truly worth every penny you pay for it.
Organic Mattress Labels You Can Trust, ConsumerReports.org
BSC Research says Shoppers Understand a Good Mattress Means a Good Night’s Sleep, BedTimeMagazine.com