Non Toxic, Organic Mattress – The Best Organic Latex Mattress Brands

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Now that my daughter will be turning 3 soon, we have decided to buy her a bigger bed. She is a toddler so she can still use her current crib mattress with a toddler bed frame. However, I wanted a bigger bed that provides more space for her to sleep on. My husband and I are also thinking about replacing our mattresses in the near future so I decided to research more on organic mattresses. Since I have already done research on how mattresses can be toxic, I have already known that most mattresses contain polyurethane foam which is very harmful to our health. I have also found that organic latex is one of the most non toxic mattress materials available so I wanted to find more about it. In this post, I share with you what to look for when buying an organic latex mattress and what organic latex mattresses are available.

 

 

How Mattresses Can Be Toxic

Mattresses can contain harmful petrochemicals and flame retardants. Most foam mattresses contain polyurethane foam. I have written how harmful polyurethane foam is in my several posts so I wont write it again in this post. If you are interested, how mattresses can be toxic, please read my other post, ‘Non Toxic Mattress Guide – Chemical-Free, Organic Mattress‘.  Toxic petrochemicals, flame retardant chemicals, and solvent-based glue can all off gas harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which can affect our health negatively.

 

 

Why Choose Natural Latex 

Natural latex is one of the most non toxic core options available for a mattress.  Natural latex is made with hevea milk from the rubber tree called Hevea brasiliensis.  All natural latex goes through vulcanization, foaming and curing process to turn the liquid rubber into a solid form. About 90-95% of rubber is mixed with 5-10% natural materials such as sulphur, zinc oxide and fatty acids for vulcanization, foaming and curing process. After being baked and washed, the finished latex core contains about 96-98% natural latex. 2-4% is  remaining residuals of materials from vulcanization.  All ingredients are natural. Since no synthetic ingredients are added, it doesn’t off gas harmful chemicals. 

Natural latex is also hypoallergenic, mold and mite-resistant and naturally antimicrobial. It is also 100% biodegradable. In addition, natural latex is naturally fire resistant which means there is no need to add harmful flame retardant chemicals. If natural latex is certified organic, no synthetic and artificial  fertilizers are used for the plants. Latex material is also very durable. A latex mattress will last longer than mattresses made with other types of materials. It is also comfortable and relieves pressure points for your body during sleeping. It also does not transfer motions from side to side (motion isolation) which means you won’t wake up the other person when you get in and out of bed.

 

 

What To Look For When Buying An Organic Latex Mattress

 

Natural Latex VS Synthetic Latex VS Blended Latex 

Latex in the mattress can be made with natural latex, synthetic latex or combination of both.  While natural latex comes from the rubber tree called Hevea brasiliensis  synthetic latex is made from petrochemicals. Synthetic latex is commonly made of SBR (styrene-butadiene rubber) which is derived from styrene and butadiene. Styrene is a derivative of benzene and is a known carcinogen. 1,3 butadiene is also a known carcinogen.  United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classified 1,3 butadiene as carcinogenic in humans by inhalation.  Petrochemicals produce toxic emissions of harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air we breathe in. Since synthetic latex is made from petrochemicals, synthetic latex mattresses often do not meet the chemical emissions standards set by Greenguard or Oeko-Tex. Therefore, synthetic latex or a blend of synthetic and natural latex should be avoided since synthetic latex can be just as harmful as other chemical emitting foam mattresses. When you buy a latex mattresses, find out if the mattress is made with natural latex, synthetic latex or a blend of both. A manufacturer may say their mattress is made of latex but it may be made of a blend of synthetic latex and natural latex. Most often synthetic portion of latex is much larger than natural portion (70% synthetic and 30% natural for example).  It is much cheaper for a manufacturer to produce a blended latex mattress than an all natural latex mattress.  Also, blended latex is less durable than natural latex so it will not last as long as natural latex.  A blended mattress may be called as a ‘100% latex mattress’, ‘made with 100% latex, ‘contains natural latex’, ‘natural latex’ which are all different from an all natural latex mattress. A latex material should be all natural. All natural latex does not off gas harmful chemicals into the air.

 

 

Dunlop VS Talalay

When you look for a latex mattress, you will find two types of latex core: dunlop or talalay.  Once latex is collected from the sap of a rubber tree (Hevea Brasiliensis), latex is processed to make latex foam for a mattress. This process can be done in two ways: dunlop or talalay.  Typically, dunlop latex is heavier and denser than talalay latex so it is generally firmer.  Talalay, on the other hand, has luxurious feel and is softer.  Talalay goes through extra two steps of vacuum sealing and flash freezing of latex. These two extra steps make talalay latex have more uniform consistency and feel more bouncy and softer. The extra steps also make talalay latex cost more than dunlop latex. Dunlop, on the other hand, is more environmentally friendly and has less environmental impact since it has less processing steps.

Dunlop latex can be produced 100% naturally and most dunlop mattresses on the market are natural. However, talalay latex can not be produced 100% naturally and it often requires some synthetic ingredients to be made. The percentage of synthetic ingredients used is often more than the amount allowed by Global Organic Latex Standard Certification (GOLS).  That means talalay latex can contain harmful chemicals.  Talalay latex in the market is often synthetic or a blend of synthetic and natural latex. The more synthetic latex is mixed in, the cheaper the mattress would be. If talalay latex is used for a mattress, be sure it is natural and certified. Some natural talalay latex is Cradle to Cradle Gold certified.  Cradle To Cradle Gold tests for VOC (off-gassing) and exposure to mutagens, carcinogens, and reproductive toxins of a product. GOLS organic certified latex is most likely to be dunlop latex. 

 

 

Organic VS Natural Latex 

Organic latex and natural latex is both all natural so then  why should one choose organic latex over natural latex?  The most credible organic certification for latex is a certification by the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS).  First, to be certified by GOLS, natural rubber should be from certified organic plantations (USDA NOP or EU) that is processed at manufacturing units. NOP regulations cover all aspects of food production, processing, delivery and retail sale. A USDA Organic seal ensures raw, fresh, and processed products contain at least 95% organic ingredients. Therefore, GOLS certified latex mattress contains more than 95% of certified organic raw material. When a mattress company says their mattress is made of 100% natural latex, it  does not have this assurance since it is not certified. With GOLS certified latex, you will be sure that organic latex is not a blend of natural latex and synthetic latex. GOLS regulation also prohibits any use of chemicals in the plantation including the soil. All trees must be grown in soil where no chemical fertilisers were used for at least four years. Trees must be grown in farms that are free of pesticidesNo harmful chemicals can be used in the production process so that they can contaminate the mattress. Therefore, you can ensure organic latex doesn’t contain any pesticides, herbicides or harmful chemicals. In addition, GOLS certified products must follow GOLS mandatory social and environmental regulations so that products are sourced and produced using methods that are sustainable and responsible.

 

 

Organic Natural Latex Mattress With Inner Springs

You will come across some natural latex mattresses (including organic latex mattresses) that contain natural latex and inner springs together as a part of a mattress. You will find mattresses combined with inner springs are usually cheaper than all natural latex mattresses.  Steel coils are non toxic, however, some researchers say coils in a mattress can be harmful by acting as a radiation antenna. Coils supposedly attract and amplify harmful frequencies from FM radio and T.V.  Researchers say the electromagnetic field of a spring mattress together with a box spring could be causing an increased risk of cancer. On the other hand, there are many people who are skeptical and reject the idea that coils in mattresses are harmful.  It seems that more research is needed about this. Therefore, it is up to you to decide if you feel comfortable with coil mattresses. 

 

 

Non Toxic, Organic Mattress Certifications

You can avoid harmful materials and chemicals in the mattresses by choosing a mattress with organic, non toxic materials. One way to be sure of this is to find a mattress with reputable certifications for its organic materials and no harmful chemical emissions. Highly regarded and valued certifications are Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS), Global Organic Textile Standard  (GOTS), and Oeko-Tex Standard 100. These certifications test materials used in the products as well as finished products for harmful chemicals.  With these certifications, you can verify that the materials and mattress do not contain harmful chemicals such as flame retardant chemicals, pesticides, etc.  Let’s take a look at these certifications.

 

 

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

GOTS certification covers processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading and distribution of all textiles. According to GOTS, their certification is to ensure the organic status of textiles from harvesting of the raw materials through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing all the way to labelling in order to provide credible assurance to the consumer. Organic fibre production is not directly covered by the GOTS certification since GOTS does not set standards for organic fibre cultivation itself. Agencies such as USDA Organic certifies cultivation organic fibers. GOTS accepts raw materials that are certified by these recognized standards. Organic fiber A textile product carrying the GOTS label grade ‘organic’ must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic fibres and a product with the label grade ‘made with organic’ must contain a minimum of 70% certified organic fibres. No toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde, aromatic solvents, functional nano particles, genetically modified organisms (GMO) and their enzymes, azo dyes, chlorine bleaching, discharge printing methods using aromatic solvents and plastisol printing methods using phthalates and PVC, PVC containing packaging materials are allowed in GOTS certified materials and products.

 

 

USDA Organic

USDA Organic certified products contain 95% or more certified organic ingredients and contents. They are free of chemical fertilizers, dyes, pesticides, solvents, GMO or irradiation. The rest 5% should be ingredients or additives that are approved by USDA Organic. USDA Organic agriculture regulation includes avoiding use of synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, irradiation, and genetic engineering, and maintaining or enhancing soil and water quality; conserving wetlands, woodlands, and wildlife.

 

 

Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS)

Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) certifies organic latex and finished latex foam globally.  To achieve GOLS certification, a product must contain more than 95% of certified organic raw material. Also, rubber plantations, processing units and  the final retailer are certified according to the standard. GOLS set limits for harmful substances & chemical emissions, and requires testing of the final product.

 

 

Oeko-TEX Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex 

Oeko-TEX Standard 100 tests for more than 100 harmful chemicals on raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products at all processing levels, as well as accessory materials used.

 

 

Non Toxic, Organic Latex Mattress

Here are some non toxic, organic all natural latex mattresses. Non Toxic mattresses will usually have GOTS certified organic cotton in the outer casing. They use GOTS certified organic wool as a fire retardant barrier. Some mattress manufacturers offer Vegan mattresses without wool and any flame retardant chemicals. Non Toxic, organic latex mattress will contain all natural latex from pure rubber tree sap without any synthetic latex or chemicals. Organic latex is certified by GOLS.  These mattresses are all made in USA. Let’s take a look!

 

All Natural Organic Latex Mattresses

 

Savvy Rest – Organic Latex Mattress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mattress Name: Serenity, Tranquility, Unity Pillowtop

Tranquility is made of 6″ of natural latex which is ideal for children and small adults

Tranquility Materials

Fabric Case: 100% GOTS certified organic cotton

Flame Retardant Use: No. It uses GOTS-certified organic wool batting as a natural flame barrier.

Core: They carry both dunlop and/or talalay natural latex core. You can choose layer 1 and 2 for dunlop, talalay or combination of both. Natural dunlop’s processing is GOLS certified. Natural talalay latex is Cradle To Cradle Gold certified. Cradle To Cradle Gold measures a health impact, level of material re-use, water stewardship, and social fairness of the material.

Other Materials: GOTS-certified organic wool batting

Certification: USDA certified dunlop plantations, Talalay latex Cradle To Cradle Gold certified, dunlop latex manufactured in a GOTS-certified facility, GOTS certified organic cotton and wool

Size: in sizes from twin to California King

Made in: USA

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PlushBeds – Organic Latex Mattress

 

Mattress Name: Botanical Bliss, Natural Bliss (Wool-free)

The Euro Materials

Fabric Case: GOTS certified organic cotton cover

Flame Retardant Use: No. It uses GOTS-certified organic wool as a natural flame barrier.

Core: 100% Organic GOLS certified Dunlop latex

Other Materials: GOTS-certified organic wool

Certification: Their organic wool and cotton is GOTS certified. Latex is GOLS certified. Also, latex, wool and cotton are also USDA organic certified. Their mattresses are also Oeko-TEX certified, Greenguard Gold certified, FSC certified, eco-INSTITUT certified and Control Union certified. 

Size: in sizes from twin to California King

Made in: USA

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Soaring Heart – Organic Latex Mattress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mattress Name: Organic Latex Mattress (The Linden Collection)

Materials

Fabric Case: 100% GOTS certified organic cotton

Core: a single 6″ deep piece of 100% GOLS certified organic Dunlop latex

Other Materials: wrapped in organic cotton canvas and organic felted wool

Flame Retardant Use: No. It uses GOTS-certified organic wool as a natural flame barrier.

Certification: GOTS certified organic cotton and wool, GOLS certified latex, USDA organic certified, Seattle Made Certified

Size: in sizes from twin to California King

Made in: USA

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Lifekind – Organic Latex Mattress

Organic Latex Mattress - Lifekind The Euro Organic Latex Mattress

Organic Latex Mattress – Lifekind The Euro Organic Latex Mattress

Organic Latex Mattress - Lifekind The Euro Soft Top Organic Latex Mattress

Organic Latex Mattress – Lifekind The Euro Soft Top Organic Latex Mattress

 

Organic Latex Mattress - Lifekind The Lessen Plush Organic Latex Mattress

Organic Latex Mattress – LifekindThe Lessen Plush Organic Latex Mattress

Organic Latex Mattress - Lifekind The Duet Organic Latex Mattress

Organic Latex Mattress – Lifekind The Duet Organic Latex Mattress

Organic Latex Mattress - Lifekind The Trio Organic Latex Mattress

Organic Latex Mattress – Lifekind The Trio Organic Latex Mattress

 

Mattress Name: The Euro, The Euro Soft Top, The Lassen Plush, The Duet, The Trio

The Euro Materials

Fabric Case: double-stitched quilted cover of GOTS-certified organic wool and cotton

Flame Retardant Use: No. It uses GOTS-certified organic wool as a natural flame barrier.

Core: 6″ of certified organic natural rubber latex

Other Materials: GOTS-certified organic wool and cottons

Certification: Their organic wool and cotton is GOTS certified. Finished mattress certified to GOLS. Their mattresses are also GreenGuard Gold certified.

Size: in sizes from twin to California King

Made in: USA

 

 

All Natural Latex And Coil Inner Spring Mattresses

 

Naturepedic – Organic Latex Mattress With Inner Springs

 

Mattress Name: Serenade, EOS (3″ latex), Halcyon, Vegan EOS Trilux (No wool)

Materials

Fabric Case: USDA certified organic cotton

Flame Retardant Use: No. It uses organic wool batting as a natural flame barrier.

Core: Built with supportive encased coils and a layer of 2″ organic latex. Finished latex foam is certified to the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS). There are also 8″ of coils in the core. The larger coils are also individually wrapped in GOTS-approved fabric.

Other Materials: U.S. grown and certified organic cotton as filling

                             Plant-based, non-GMO, PLA comfort layer

                             Organic wool batting

Certification: Their individual materials certified organic. Also, finished mattresses are certified to the organic and non-toxic Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). All Naturepedic mattresses meet the organic and non-toxic standards of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and/or the Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS).  All Naturepedic products are GREENGUARD® Gold certified for chemical emission. They are also verified non-GMO. In addition, they are also OCS100 Organic Content Standard, Formaldehyde Free Verified, Made Safe, Green America, FSC certified.

Size: in sizes from twin to California King

Made in: USA

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Avocado Mattress – Organic Mattress With Inner Springs

 

Mattress Name: Avocado Green Mattress, Vegan Mattress (No Wool)

Materials

Fabric Case: GOTS certified organic cotton

Flame Retardant Use: No. It uses organic wool batting as a natural flame barrier.

Core: 3″ of 100% GOLS organic certified latex and 1441 pocketed support coils.

Other Materials: GOTS organic certified wool

Certification: They use GOTS certified organic cotton and wool. Their organic cotton and wool has received STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®: Class 1 certification.  Latex is GOLS certified and eco-INSTITUT® certified. Their mattresses are Greenguard Gold certified and MADE SAFE® Non-Toxic Certified.

Size: in sizes from twin to California King

Made in: USA

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My Green Mattress – Organic Mattress With Inner Springs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mattress Name: Natural Escape

Materials

Fabric Case: GOTS certified organic cotton

Flame Retardant Use: No. It uses natural wool as a Oeko-TEX certified natural flame barrier.

Core: 3″ of GOLS organic certified dunlop latex and 8″ of pocketed coils.

Other Materials: Oeko-TEX certified Natural American Eco-Wool

Certification: Organic cotton is GOTS certified. 100% natural dunlop latex is GOLS and Oeko-TEX certified. Natural wool is also Oeko-Tex certified. Their mattresses are Greenguard Gold certified. 

Size: in sizes from twin to California King

Made in: USA

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Final Thoughts

All of these organic mattresses contain organic latex with reputable certifications on their materials. Although all of the organic latex mattresses with coils are great mattresses, I do prefer mattresses without any inner springs. I do love Soaring Heart and Savvy Rest, however, they can be pricy. PlushBeds seems to be a more affordable option among organic latex mattresses without coils I listed above. These mattresses carry size from twin to California king. Therefore, I could get a twin or double size mattress for my toddler which she can use it for a while. If you want a wool-free mattress, Natural Bliss mattress from PlushBeds, Vegan Mattress from Avocado and Vegan EOS Trilux mattress from Naturepedic use no wool without using chemical retardants. We spend a lot of time in bed. Therefore, your choice of a mattress is important. Avoid mattresses that pollute your bedroom with toxic chemicals. A good organic mattress will be a great option for your bedroom air quality and your health.

 

If you are interested, how mattresses can be toxic, please read my post, ‘Non Toxic Mattress Guide – Chemical-Free, Organic Mattress‘.  

If you are interested in non toxic, solid wood platform bed frames, please read my post ‘Solid Wood Bed Frame – What To Look For When Buying A Solid Wood Platform Bed‘.

If you are interested in non toxic cookware, please read my post, ‘Non Toxic Cookware Guide – What Is The Healthiest And Safest Cookware?

For non toxic sofa companies that you can shop from, please read my post, ‘Non Toxic Sofa Guide – Which Sofa Brand Is Non Toxic?

Read my post ‘Non Toxic Dinnerware – Which Dinnerware Is Lead-Free?‘ to see how dinnerware can be toxic and what non toxic dinnerwear is available.

 

 

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