Most people don’t give a great deal of thought about the materials used in their mattresses, but there is something to be gained from taking a closer look. Because mattresses are required to be flame-retardant, they are heavily treated with chemicals during the manufacturing process. These toxins can lead to allergic reactions among consumers and other problems depending on their sensitivity levels. Fortunately, there are options for buyers who are looking for a healthier environment to get a good night’s sleep. Let’s explore some of the options.
The materials used to construct an organic mattress are many. Among them are cotton, wool and others such as latex and plant-based substances. Organic cotton generally is used for the casing or exterior structure of the mattress. Wool batting, which is naturally flame retardant, usually makes up the interior of the mattress. The support system may be made of natural latex or plant-based foams and eliminates the need for metal springs. Natural latex may be nonreactive for people allergic to commercial latex, and it also repels dust mites and mold.
Types of Mattresses
There are many configurations in organic mattresses for increased versatility. Just like conventional mattresses, the organic versions can be adjust for differing firmness levels on each side for couples. Some mattresses are similar in depth to a futon mattress and can be added on top of a traditional bed. Crib mattresses are another option for those seeking an organic place for their children to sleep, and don’t forget the family pet – organic pet beds are quite popular.
People who invest in organic bedding tout multiple benefits. First, they enjoy a good night’s sleep on a comfortable and chemical-free mattress, one that does not trigger their allergies or leave them worried about the toxicity of the chemicals used in its creation. Additionally, they are pleased to know they have chosen a product that uses materials grown in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way.
Many consumers looking for the fully organic sleep experience also purchase organic sheets, pillowcases and blankets to fill out their bedding arsenal. These may be made of organic cotton, finely woven wool, bamboo fibers or silk. Some people also enclose their mattress in an allergen-blocking cover that zips all the way around. Natural materials used for sheets don’t pill like cotton/polyester blends, and they are extremely durable. Though they usually come in just the most basic of colors, they are a must-have for anyone switching to a full lineup of organic bedding and the great night’s rest it can provide.