Natural mattresses can be pricey, no doubt about it. But people who buy them feel they are well worth the money.
What would motivate some people to shell out their hard-earned cash to buy such beds when so many good, comfortable mattresses are available for much less? Well, there are a number of reasons:
- Health reasons — you may have allergies or chemical sensitivities to synthetic materials and pesticides that make buying a natural mattress a necessary expense for medical reasons.
- Environmental reasons — you may have concerns about planetary health that cause you to place a higher priority on reducing your carbon footprint, avoiding petroleum-based foam, avoiding chemical pesticides and herbicides, and using materials that are sustainable for the planet.
- Emotional reasons — you just feel better knowing that your mattress is made from natural materials. It’s not just a decision based on reason or statistics — it has an emotional component that makes the purchase a no-brainer for you while others are shaking their heads at the extra cost.
What is the difference between natural mattresses and organic mattresses? Organic mattresses go one step further by using certified organic materials for the padding and fabric. In addition, the ultimate organic mattress would contain the following environmentally friendly and sustainable materials:
- Recycled steel coils. While metal springs can’t fit the definition of organic, this shows that the manufacturer cares enough to go the extra step to obtain springs made from recycled steel.
- Sustainable wood.
The ultimate organic – natural mattress manufacturer would likely get wood for their foundations that’s harvested from certified sustainable forests.
- All natural latex from the rubber tree, with no petroleum-based polyurethane foam added. This could make up the entire core of the mattress or just the padding material on an innerspring.
- Organic cotton and wool padding — for cushioning the mattress, perhaps combined with natural latex foam or by itself.
- Organic cotton fabric coverings — this means the outer coverings are also organic.
- And of course if someone were to order such a mattress, it is likely that they would also be interested in organic sheets, blankets and pillows.
All Natural Latex Mattresses
A natural mattress does not need to be organic to be called natural, but the term is more broad and may be, in some cases, a bit misleading. For example, the term could describe a mattress made with 60 percent natural latex from the rubber tree, and 40 percent petroleum-based latex, which looks and feels like the real thing, but isn’t. In fact, many mattresses contain this combination and still are called “natural latex.”