A Question from a Reader - Buying an Organic Bed

Dear Betsy:

We're looking to buy an "organic bed". I've done a fair amount of research, which, frankly is overwhelming. So just wondered if you've had any experience with this part of the "green marketplace".

Thanks –

East Sandwich, MA


Hi Carole:

Thank you for contacting me. We spend approximately 1/3 of our life sleeping, (that’s 33. 3 years spent sleeping if you live to be 100 – wow!), which makes choosing a mattress an important decision. I’m glad you are considering non-toxic materials; conventional mattresses are made of polyurethane foam, toxic flame-retardants, and water or stain-resistant chemicals. You don’t have to be chemically sensitive to reap the benefits of an organic bed. I think everyone should sleep on one!

I’ve been sleeping on an organic mattress for 6 or 7 years and I love it!!! It’s definitely the most comfortable mattress I’ve slept on. It’s made of natural rubber (latex) with the following features:

• Extremely durable, flexible and resilient
• No toxic substances or ozone-depleting agents used in the manufacture of the mattress
• No synthetic rubber or other fibers used
• Warm in winter, cool in summer
• Resistant to moisture buildup
• Naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic
• Mold and dust free

There are three layers of rubber – soft, medium and firm. Based on your weight and preference, you can custom design the layers. You and your spouse or partner can each choose your own layers. There is an organic wool or cotton casing (meaning it is grown without pesticides) that surrounds the rubber layers. Wool provides great dust mite protection, making it ideal for allergy sufferers. Wool is also naturally fire resistant.

I suggest you look around and try different organic mattresses. There are many choices, designed for all preferences and all budgets – those made from a combination of natural latex and cocofibers, those with only one or two layers of natural rubber, organic cotton innerspring mattresses or mattresses made with wool and coils.

I bought my mattress from Furnature in Watertown, Mass (they also have a complete line of chemical free furniture with certified organic textiles). Organic Mattress in Sudbury, Mass and The Clean Bedroom in Wellesley, Mass also carry toxic-free mattresses, as well as bed frames made from sustainable, renewable and biodegradable hardwoods and organic pillows, bedding and toppers.

Check out my post on “The Green Bedroom” for additional information on organic bedding.

Good luck Carole - let me know how you like your organic mattress. Sleep well!



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