Getting 7-8 hours of sleep on a nightly basis is essential for wellness, but you could be spending that time cuddled up to toxic chemicals like pesticides, vinylidiene chloride, formaldehyde, antimony trioxide, melamine, decabromodiphenyl oxide and boric acid. While organic linens and pillows are key elements of a natural bed, a healthy night’s rest is all in the mattress. Here are the ten best eco-friendly, healthy mattress choices:
The wool mattress by Shepherd’s Dream is made entirely of this naturally flame retardant material. Plus, it adjusts to your body temperature and can even help alleviate aches and pains. To ensure that this mattress compresses evenly over time, it must be rotated frequently.
Savvy Rest isn’t interested in luring consumers with greenwash. Before releasing their Serenity organic mattress, they hired an independent laboratory to run extensive tests and confirmed the purity of dunlop latex rubber. Wary of false claims? You can check out the results yourself.
Handcrafted with care, the European Tufted organic mattress by Vivetique is comprised of certified organic cotton and wool. There are also traces of natural lanolin still present in the wool, which naturally repels dust mites.
Made from this mold and mildew resistant fiber, the hemp mattress by Earthsake is the perfect fit for sleepers who prefer a firm surface. Stronger and more durable than cotton, this organically grown material is neither dyed nor bleached, making it 100% natural.
The 9-inch thick Green Sleep organic mattress gets rid of pressure points and resists allergens like dust, mold and mildew. Three dense layers of natural rubber conform to fit the contours of your body, a pure wool lining acts as a chemical-free flame retardant and an organic cotton shell regulates moisture.
The Utopia mattress isn’t dyed or bleached and contains no synthetic materials or silicate barriers. Natural latex derived from the Brazilian rubber tree eliminates sleeping discomforts like pressure areas and restricted blood flow, and its vent holes help you stay cool or keep warm, depending on the season.
For supreme comfort, the natural rubber mattress from GreenNest combines layers of both soft and firm biodegradable rubber that’s harvested from the milk of Hevea brasiliensis on herbicide-free plantations.
Free of harsh chemicals, the Lotus mattress is made from visco-elastic memory foam using renewable plant-based resources.
Made from recyclable materials, the Keetsa Cloud mattress is embedded with EverGreen, a natural substance derived from green tea that controls odors and reduces stress.
The Apollo mattress boasts a fully-quilted, chemical-free cotton batting covered by a substantial layer of fluffy wool that is processed naturally from organically raised sheep.
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UPDATE 4/6/09: Suite Sleep contacted us regarding the eco-friendly qualities of their Suite Comfort Collection. With a decade of experience in organic bedding and one of the lowest carbon footprints around, this green company’s Suite Essential natural rubber mattress deserves a spot on the list.