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Can a Mattress Really be Certified Organic?

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Can a Mattress Really be Certified Organic?

Do you remember when the ‘organic’ movement began? The 1990s introduced a new form of organic consumerism. Organic products have even become more popular in recent years. People who can afford it only buy organic products. These products range from milk, dairy, and produce to clothing and mattresses.

By definition, organic products are more sustainable and more environmentally friendly than conventional products. Consumers look for and appreciate organic products more than conventional products because of their potential health benefits. Organic products contain fewer chemicals and pesticides than regular products.

There has been a dramatic increase in demand for organic bedding. People want to use mattresses, blankets, sheets, pillows, etc that are all-natural. Companies have begun pushing these organic products quite heavily. But, it is really possible for a mattress to be certified organic?

If you are looking to only use 100% organic materials, it is also important to note what it takes for mattresses to be organic certified. Mattresses can be certified organic if they contain mostly organic materials. However, these mattresses do not have to contain exclusively organic materials.

For instance, you can’t have an ‘organic’ innerspring mattresses because these mattresses contain steel coils. Steel coils simply cannot be organic. Polyurethane can’t be organic either because it is composed entirely of synthetic chemicals. There are two types of latex mattresses: talalay and natural. Talalay latex mattresses contain 30% synthetic latex. Thus, talalay latex cannot be organic.

Natural latex is a bit of a different story. Natural latex mattresses are often called 100% natural. Most times, this isn’t quite the case. Although the material may be 100% natural, the process of manufacturing latex mattresses take away some of the organic characteristics. Ammonia is added to the milky sap of the rubber tree. This prevents coagulation of the rubber. Although the ammonia is removed later, it still prevents latex from being completely certifiably organic.

Other additives are used the making latex mattresses. Soaps and curing agents are always used. A latex mattress manufacturer would have to undergo a rigorous inspection process to ensure that each mattress is certified organic. Just because most natural latex mattresses cannot be considered ‘organic’ does not take away their benefits. These mattresses are by far the best and most natural sleep surface on the market.

Rocky Mountain Mattress offers latex mattresses that are certified organic. Click on the link below to have a custom latex mattress built for you today:

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