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Question from Karen I am shopping for a non toxic mattress. Do you have a list of Comfortable mattress that is not drowned in flame retardant ? Lisa’s Answer There are many materials to avoid in a mattress in addition to flame retardants. Start by looking at the mattresses on Debra’s List. Also, you can type […]
November 3, 2019
Question from Bonnie I am allergic to latex but would love to know if anyone has found a comfortable softer type mattress without latex. Lisa’s Answer There are many safe mattresses on Debra’s List. Readers, can anyone comment on which of these are soft?
October 7, 2019
Question from Marie Looking for a mattress that won’t negatively affect my health at a reasonable price point. For me it would be maximum price with taxes etc. $2000.) Looking at Avocado but a little firm on standard- with pillow top very heavy. Lisa’s Answer There are great options in Debra’s List. Check out Happsy […]
September 17, 2019
Question from Concerned Mom Hi Debra, I noticed that Ikea recently came out with a new latex/cotton/wool mattress called Mausund. We are preparing to move to Europe and will need to buy mattresses for our three young children and this mattress is available there. It appears as though the materials in the US and […]
October 23, 2018
Question from Teresa Hi Debra, Do you know anything about BRENTWOOD HOME – CRYSTAL COVE MATTRESS OR CEDAR MATTRESS, THEY ALSO HAVE ONE THAT HAS SOME BAMBOO IN IT. Debra’s Answer First, it was difficult to find ALL the materials used in an organized way that was easy to find. There was no materials […]
October 2, 2018
The nontoxic certification organization MADESAFE issued a new report last week called Detox Your Sleep: Toxic Chemicals in Bedding, Safer Alternative & Certified Products for Healthier Sleep . It was sponsored in part by Naturepedic, manufacturer of mattresses and Coyuchi, manufacturer of bedding. I want to tell you what’s good about this report and what—in […]
September 8, 2018
Question from Sophia Hi Debra, I’m looking to purchase a Naturepedic crib mattress and want to ask you your opinion. What is the best nontoxic option between the two following options? option 1) The ‘polyethylene’ fabric that coats the Organic Cotton 2 in 1 Ultra/Quilted Crib Mattress ( U.S. Patent No. 9,259,096. Other patents pending.) […]
June 26, 2018
Looking at the questions that come into this Q&A, one of the most frequent is from people with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS) looking for a safe mattress. Even the most natural materials are not tolerated for one reason or another. Not because the materials are toxic, but because of individual sensitivities. When I first learned […]
January 29, 2018
Read my post on the Naturepedic blog Understanding the Global Organic Textile Standard “Organic Mattress” Certification for more information about the GOTS standard and certification. On 6 September 2017 I visited the Naturepedic mattress factory in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. This charming village is in the countryside near Cleveland, built in the 1800s around […]
October 15, 2017
Question from Sherry Hi Debra, Per your recommendation, I have purchased a Naturepedic mattress and want to find a mattress encasement to protect the mattress and prevent dust mites. Can you please recommend a mattress encasement. I see that Naturepedic offers a waterproof mattress pad, but it does not encase the entire mattress. Also, I […]
August 29, 2017
What’s wrong with this picture? There’s something known as “false and misleading advertising” and it’s all over this snip from the Tuft & Needle website. First, it gives the impression that Tuft & Needle mattresses are nontoxic and even substantiates that claim by telling you that they meet the GREENGUARD GOLD and OEKO-TEX STANDARD […]
August 14, 2017
Consumer Reports has a great review of the certification labels used on organic mattresses. I was thinking I wanted to write a report like this, and then found this one. According to their research only two certification meet their qualifications: Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) I agree. These are the […]
May 23, 2017
The First Affordable, Direct-to-Consumer Mattress Made With GOTS Certified Organic and Nontoxic Materials
HAPPSY MATTRESSES ARE NOW AVAILABLE! Happsy Adult Mattresses | Happsy Crib Mattresses I am very pleased to announce that Happsy mattresses are finally available for purchase. In addition to the adult mattresses that I have been writing about here, Happsy also has a crib mattreses priced at $199. The Happsy crib mattresses are […]
May 16, 2017
The first and only affordable certified organic mattress.Made in the USA from GOTS certified organic cotton, organic wool, and GOLS certified organic latex,specifically designed to sell at direct-to-consumer prices. $749 twin to $1499 king for basic model, additional organic pillowtop available for extra softness. Free shipping. 120-night trial and money back guarantee. Happsy now also makes […]
May 14, 2017
Often when I am researching one chemical or product I will get clues about other chemicals in products. And so it was that I came across a mention of “antimicrobials in polyurethane foam” and so of course I had to go find out which antimicrobials are used in polyurethane foam. And it took me about […]
April 25, 2017
Question from Shilpa Hi Debra, I have been researching for a safe mattress ever since I learnt about off gassing. My kid has turned 5 and I was startled to find out how dangerous it is, to be sleeping on the regular memory foam. I am planning to rid all mattresses at home. I found […]
February 28, 2017
I’ve received two comments asking about these mattresses. Specifically these readers are wanting to know if anyone has experience with these mattresses—good or bad. Hypnos is a long established manufacturer from the UK that uses “natural and sustainable” materials, but doesn’t say what they are. They use such luxurious materials as cashmere, camel hair, silk […]
February 5, 2017
Question from Karen Hi Debra, I am looking for a mattress pad that will help eliminate bed sores and ulcers for my bedridden husband. We tried a polyurethane product that was nearly $100 for a single bed. It emitted an odor that was unacceptable and we returned it. I have found some websites that are […]
January 3, 2017
There’s been a discussion happening on my Q&A: Berkeley Ergonomics post about organic mattresses and i just want to bring this subject into it’s own post.
The discussion started with a reader asking about a line of mattresses made by Berkeley Ergonomics. I said it looked OK on paper but they were claiming organic certifications and not displaying them. I said “ask for their certifications.”
Well, a reader wrote back and said:
I asked to see the certifications and they refused to send them to me. In fact they got very defensive. I would love to see them if you are able to get them. I am very suspect of any firm who makes organic claims but won’t provide the certificates. They should be PROUD of them, not want to hide them. It is my understanding that they get the fabric from Europe and do all the sewing themselves so they are handling the materials a LOT. I would be very interested to know if they are handling the materials in a fashion that maintains organic integrity.
This is a great question. There are three parts to the making of an organic product:
- the materials need to meet organic standards
- all the facilities that handle the organic material must be certified
- the handling of the material in all the certified facilities also needs to meet organic standards.
In other words, there are multiple certifications and associated transaction paperwork that are required before an item can be certified organic:
- the material that’s being used in the production process, for example cotton, must be certified as having been grown as organic cotton
- all the facilities (beginning with the organic fiber on the certified organic farm all the way to the facility that makes the final stitch) must be certified, and then
- each facility that moves the materials to the next facility in the production process must get a transaction certificate from the organic certifier who certifies the previous facility so that the next facility is assured that the materials are part of the organic production chain.
For a mattress to be an “organic mattress” it needs TWO certifications (in addition to transaction certificates): one for the materials and another as an organic handler, or manufacturer.
I mentioned that Naturepedic is the only certified organic manufacturer that I knew of and a reader commented, “Actually OMI, Lifekind and Savvy Rest are organic.”
So I want to take a look at these four companies: Naturepedic, OMI, Lifekind and Savvy Rest and see how organic each of them are. I will just disclose that I have known Naturepedic for many years and am very familiar with their products, materials, and philosophy (I wrote a review of their materials for Debra Lynn Dadd Recommended Products. But let’s just look at what each has to say on their websites.
Here’s what I’m going to look for and what you should look for when evaluating whether or not a mattress is organic:
- What is the claim?
- Do they have certificates publicly displayed?
- What are the certificates certifying?
- Who has done the certification?
- What are the standards for the certification?
- What are the dates the certificate is valid?
- What is the name on the certificate?
So let’s take a look…
November 29, 2016
Question from Evan Hi Debra, My wife and I are in the market for a new mattress and finding a non-toxic bed is important. I had previously been convinced that the IntelliBed (which you have previously discussed) was the mattress that we would eventually purchase, but that we would have to save up for a […]
February 23, 2016
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