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GREEN MATTRESS SHOPPING 101: IS IT REALLY ORGANIC?

Many companies purport to sell products with labels such as “latex mattress,” “green mattress” or, “organic mattress.” However, for the most part, these products are natural, green, or organic in name only.

What do these terms mean exactly? They should mean that the product you are getting is a certified organic, natural mattress. Many unscrupulous companies will claim that a mattress is chemical-free and a natural latex mattress, when in actuality the product in question is treated with numerous chemicals, such as pesticides and flame retardants, in unsanitary facilities without regard to cross-contamination.

Lifekind's latex mattresses are certified to the Global Organic Latex Standard. GOLS is a brand-new certification available to mattress manufacturers. Peterson Control Union, a globally recognized organic certifier, developed GOLS based on their years of experience certifying organic products in other industries, including foods and textiles. This certification ensures that all materials and manufacturing processes adhere to strict and specific global organic standards.

We make our "green latex mattresses" the way consumers want us to.

NATURAL LATEX MATTRESS: "GREEN MATTRESS"

The term “green mattress” has been prevalent in the last few years, but this term can be both misleading and inaccurate. There is no consumer requirement declaring a product to be “green.” As a result of the loose terminology, looking for a “green mattress” is probably not the most efficient way to search. An authentic natural latex mattress will fill all the requirements a consumer would have for a “green mattress,” including GREENGUARD certification. An independent program, conducted by The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI), identifies specific products, such as a green mattress, that have been tested (and continue to be tested) to ensure that their chemical and particle emissions meet acceptable indoor air-quality pollutant guidelines and standards.

In addition, many of the mattresses that are marketed natural latex mattress products are made from synthetic latex blends, not 100% natural latex. This is a bad habit resulting from rubber rationing during World War II. The majority of latex mattress manufacturers never moved away from this poor business practice after the time for rubber rationing had passed.

A natural latex mattress has numerous benefits over a synthetic imitation:

  • A natural latex mattress is inherently flame resistant. No additional chemicals or chemical treatments are used to make a latex mattress more flame resistant.
  • A latex mattress will be completely organic, from the latex used to construct the mattress core to the cotton and wool used in the latex mattress exterior.
  • The process of constructing the mattress will be organic from start to finish, eliminating the possibility of exposing the latex mattress to contaminants.

The best natural latex mattress products use real rubber latex grown overseas and imported in sealed containers to prevent cross-contamination. Many types of “green mattress” are made with blended synthetic and natural rubber instead of natural latex. An authentic natural latex mattress uses organic cotton and wool to eliminate doubt about the quality and purity of the materials.

We make the purest natural latex mattress you can buy – and we can prove it.