Consumers these days want to know what’s actually in their products, and mattresses are no exceptions. Most mattresses use foams that contain petrochemicals. While there are certain certifications that mattress foams can get to assure consumers that they don’t contain certain harmful chemicals, many people want to take things one step further and get an organic mattress. There are a lot of misleading claims about green mattresses, so if you aren’t careful you can buy a mattress that you think is organic but actually isn’t. Here are some things you need to know.
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Beware Of Bio-Based Foams
You may come across a number of mattresses that say they use plant-based or bio-based foams. They then use this fact to claim the mattress is “green” or “natural.” In reality, in just about every case, the mattress foams are only a certain percentage plant-based (typically around 30%) and the rest petroleum-based. As a result, these mattresses are definitely not organic or natural at all.
Latex Is The Only Way To Go Natural
The real way to get an organic mattress is to get an all-natural latex mattress. The latex comes naturally from a rubber tree, usually found in Sri Lanka or Central or South America. Any other type of mattress will contain foam that is processed with chemicals.
But Not All Latex Is Natural
You should know that not all latex is natural. In fact, most latex mattresses are synthetic. A lot of people assume latex means natural, but most of the time that is not the case. You need to make sure to double-check the specifications of the mattress to make sure the latex is natural latex.
You Are Going To Have To Pay A Premium
Natural latex mattresses aren’t widely available because the sourcing/manufacturing process is so time-consuming and expensive. It’s much easier and cheaper to make synthetic latex. As a result, if you want to get a natural mattress, you are going to have to be willing to pay more because the materials cost so much more.
Shopping Online May Be The Best Way
There are more and more all-natural latex brands that are available online-only. Depending on where you live, it might be hard to find a store that sells organic mattresses. As a result, you should take a look at the growing number of companies selling this type of mattress online.
In summary, you should be skeptical of the many “green” or “natural” claims that you’ll see in the market and understand that natural latex is really the only way to go fully green. You will have to pay a bit more, but if you are serious about buying natural products, the premium you pay will be well worth it.