Organic Latex Mattress — the Ultimate in Natural Foam Mattress Eco-Friendliness

The ultimate organic latex mattress is probably the most eco-friendly mattress there is. And, to the delight of eco-friendly enthusiasts, it also offers some of the best comfort and durability features available. So it’s win-win — you are doing your part to help the planet, and getting a blissful night’s sleep on top of it.

The organic latex mattress is made from a core of 100 percent rubber tree latex. The padding layers on top of that may include more natural latex, organic cotton batting, and/or organic wool.

To top it off — literally — the fabric coverings encasing the organic latex mattress are also organic, most likely 100 percent cotton or perhaps bamboo.

Advantages

  • You get no petroleum-based or synthetic products anywhere in the bed.
  • A genuine organic mattress uses a layer of wool, which is not flammable, to meet the federal fire-retardant standards. Non-organic mattresses may use some fairly toxic chemicals to achieve non-flammability.
  • It is free from residues from pesticides, herbicides and fungicides (non-organic cotton crops are generously doused with chemicals during growth).
  • There is no outgassing of chemicals that cause allergies in chemically-sensitive adults and children.
  • Natural latex is resistant to dust mites, mildew, mold and other organisms.
  • There are no synthetic colorants or dyes
  • Most non-organic fabrics are treated with chemicals to preserve them, make them feel smoother, and so on. Organic fabrics don’t use these processes and yet still feel very smooth and comfortable.

Disadvantages

Well, as you can imagine, organic latex mattresses are not cheap. You always pay a premium for not polluting the earth.

There are ways to get around this pricing difficulty. One way is to buy a smaller bed than you would normally purchase. Another way is to buy a thinner mattress than you really want–for example, having two layers of latex rather than three. Still another way is to bargain-hunt your way through creating your own organic bed by piecemeal, purchasing bare layers of latex, sewing your own covers, and so on, which, considering how resourceful many greenies already are, is not such a remote proposition.

The other drawback is one common to all pure-latex beds: the lack of structural support if you are a heavier-than-average person. Most heavy people need a firm inner core of steel springs. While there are all-natural organic latex beds with innerspring support, they are more expensive. When it comes to health and happiness, though, most of us can find ways to save in other areas in exchange for a blissful night’s slumber.

Where to Find One

As you can imagine, you would not wander into your nearby giant discount mattress warehouse and find an all-organic latex bed sitting there waiting for you. You will most likely be buying your bed either online or by phone… unless you’re lucky enough to live near a mattress dealer specializing in organic, natural bedding.

Some good places to start with:

Lifekind makes a number of organic mattresses including latex. You can purchase through their online catalog.

Royal Pedic makes several different organic mattresses as well. Check their site for a dealer near you.

Habitat Furnishings are online retailers for a wide selection of organic and natural beds.

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  1. I found a Serta Latex Series queen mattress at a used furniture store about five years ago.

    The label says it’s a Pure Response Intrigue.

    Original price for this mattress, when new, was over 3000 dollars (I checked).

    Good thing, though, is that it was originally a “show-room” bed set from a retail mattress store that only sold brand-new mattresses – therefore it was not “used” in the sense that the only times anyone had laid on it was when they were fully-clothed, and only (presumably) for no more than a few minutes at a time.

    I was lucky enough to buy the queen set for a paltry five hundred dollars – a savings of over 2500 dollars from the original retail price.

    Although the “thirty-year” warranty that normally came with the mattress set does not apply due to the simple fact that it was a show-room sample, and although I am now age 68, I fully expect this mattress to last me for the rest of my life.

    Although I’ve been sleeping on it for almost seven years now, this superior product shows
    ZERO sagging, “cupping”, or wear and tear of virtually ANY kind.

    If I were to somehow lose this bed from a fire, theft, etc., I would not hesitate to spend the full
    3000-plus-dollar price for a similar replacement.

    Considering that most of us spend well over 20 or 30 thousand dollars for a new car in which, on an average, we will probably spend no more than two, maybe three hours a day behind the wheel, then it doesn’t seem like it makes a lot of sense that we would hesitate, even for a moment, to spend as little as between 3 or 4 thousand dollars, on an average for a bed, given that most of us will likely spend at least around 8 (give or take) hours EVERY DAY, for the rest of our lives, laying in that bed.

    I highly recommend that no one should ever underestimate how much those extra dollars spent for a good nignt’s sleep is worth.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this rather long review.

    I do not work for the Serta folks, or for anyone else in any kind of retail business, bedding or otherwise.

    I just thought you might like some good, free advice.

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