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What Makes an Organic Latex Mattress Organic?

What Makes an Organic Latex Mattress Organic?

The “Organic Mattress”

In the last decade or so, organic certificate standard has transformed from being the underdog to becoming peoples favorite. Organic certification might still be a somewhat new concept but it’s not staying there. It has gradually stretched out from fruit and vegetable to preserved foods to fabrics and like every other overachieving child is expanding into other end-user markets. Which brings us to the “organic bed”. What makes organic latex mattress organic?

Like everything else, when a new unique idea hits the marketplace, there’re ten new “knock-offs” in the morning. And the organic bed isn’t an exception. There have been tons of misinformation, misapplication, misunderstanding, and misuse about the organic mattress and like any good mother, we feel the responsibility to intervene, educate and clarify.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the ways the term “organic” has been applied and misapplied in the organic mattress world.

Certification Standards

When it comes to organic certification, there’re two major bodies for organic manufacturers. The first one is the U.S. Department of Agriculture – short for USDA – and their certification is primarily focused and available in the US markets.

The second one is the Global Organic Textile Standards – short for GOTS certification. GOTS certifies materials and foods at two stages…

Organic: the contents must contain at least 70% organic ingredients and materials and on the other hand; “certified organic” which contains at least 95% “pure” organic ingredients and materials.

Even though it is not an officially-recognized USDA-approved certification, GOTS is widely used in European markets and on the rare occasion will appear in the American market. However, in the US market, only USDA’s organic standard is approved and deemed “official”.

Organic Latex Mattress

Troubles with Organic Certification

Everywhere you look these days you will find one product to another claiming to be “organic” from fertilizers to preserved foods to mattresses. Take a closer look on the label. And if there’s no explicit USDA or GOTS certification, you’re more than likely dealing with a company trying to pass on their product as “organic” just so they could make sales.

According to The Washington Post, even when you see a strong USDA certification on some labels, it may not be completely accurate. Up to 5% of non-organic ingredients are approved by USDA as long as they’re also approved by the National Organic Standards Board. And sometimes few chemicals, that are anything but healthy, are allowed in approved products that are still labeled organic.

Organic Latex

Sometime they will try to fool you with cross-talks about the latex industry and natural latex. The phrase “Organically grown” simply refers the processes involved in growing the rubber tree plant which brings liquid latex into being when tapped.

Organically grown latex is manufactured from a tree that is nurtured following organic agricultural standards. Be careful because this kind of latex can still be developed using harmful chemicals while camouflaging it as a quality mattress.

Organic Latex Mattress Production

It is possible – at least theoretically – to create completely organic mattress using the Dunlop method. Producing mattresses using the Dunlop method involves inserting the latex into a mold and letting it cool off. But in order to decrease particulate separation in the liquid, most Dunlop method used today add various stabilizers such as sulfur to give you the smoothest and strongest latex mattress possible.

It is impossible to have a 100% organic product, because latex sap alone can not be formed into the latex layers without using a few natural adhesives. Talalay latex is manufactured with specific equipment. And there’s no comparison to the incredibly soft and quality latex the talalay process offers.

Talalay Latex Process

After the sap from the natural rubber tree has been collected, the latex has to be transported from the rubber tree estate to the processing facility.

So, in order to preserve the latex in its fluid form, chemicals must be added to slow the liquid latex’s natural congealing process – usually ammonia. Some argue that ammonia completely evaporates or burns out in the vulcanization process may be open to interpretation, however, the strong proof remains that the final product cannot be certified as “pure” organic as ammonia has been added. A big factor to consider is where you bought you talalay latex mattress. With a number of manufacturers available, some have a very pure talalay latex.

Natural Mattress Matters carries the cradle to cradle certification on our talalay latex, which is one of the highest standards in the industry.

What Makes Organic Latex Mattress Organic

Manufacturing mattresses that are completely pure and chemical-free can be a challenging process. And it’s more than likely, that mattress you’ve been eyeing through the window that’s labeled “organic” is, in fact, have only one component like, a wool mattress topper or an organic Dunlop core that’s actually 100% certified organic.

So when shopping for “organic latex”, the safe cause of action would be to ask where the latex was originally grown, how it was transported and how it was treated during production.

As you can already tell most mattresses claiming to be “organic latex mattress” are not entirely telling the whole truth as most are not even entirely natural. If you want a natural mattress and bedding, the good rule of thumb is to make sure that you are buying from a trustworthy retailer.

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Treat Yourself: Go Organic

TREAT YOURSELF: GO ORGANIC

Quality is what I discovered first when I started sleeping on our organic and natural products. It brought an end to highs and low that I have experienced in my previous mattress. No more sleeping on a pillow that was packaged with what I call mystery fills. Enough of sheets that was made with cotton and treated with insecticides. I have been eagerly waiting to for that period of nights that I will crawl into my bed, having a feel of a calming and relaxing atmosphere knowing fully well that I am about to have a good sleep. Anticipating the plush feel of Talalay latex, the tenderness I will have with my organic Kapok pillow, and engulfing myself in the complete luxury in our natural duvet insert, coupled with the aesthetics of our natural platform bed, which absolutely has transformed the space.

I have completely upgraded our bedroom. Nourishing my body with organic food and natural skin care product is never enough, that is why at Natural Mattress Matters we encourage the need of investing in organic bedding products and doing away with organic conventional mattress brands. Life is meant to be enjoyed not endured. The type of bed you sleep on contributes to that, you should not be spending the later parts of your life on memory foam or synthetic materials. You want to know why for all these emphasis? Read this to the end to know why you need to treat yourself with our organic bedding products without compromise.

Say No to Toxic Petroleum & Memory Foams

Your health and comfort is very important, this forms part of your identity and goes a long way in determining how you will live your life. Memory foam is a type of polyurethane foam that conforms to your body heat. We have heard some companies, for the sake of marketing their product, added the word “Natural” to their memory foam, trust me, there is nothing natural about it. The latex we use in our organic mattresses cannot be compared to memory foam in terms of how safe it is. Using memory foam is most like to make you have a feeling that you have toss and turn through the night. You don’t want to have this kind of feeling when you wake up.

In the aspect of durability, memory foam is no match compared to Natural Latex. Customers have shared their experience with me using memory foam, they complain that their mattresses started forming large dips within only few years. After few years they were back in the market searching for a mattress because they initially bought a typical mattress in a box instead of buying an organic and quality alternative. It is saddening that what ought to be the first choice is being regarded as an alternative.

Gentle to the Touch and Safe to your Body

Being conscious of the presence of toxins in mattresses is never enough, we need to consider the material that is used in whole for bedding products. I was never bothered about whether or not my sheets where organic before Natural Mattress Matters. My mind immediately went to softness and count, when that is what is on everybody lip. The comfort and safety of products is the number one priority at Natural Mattress Matters. In addition to safety, our concerns expend to how the cotton is grown and manufactured. Certified organic cotton that is free of harmful pesticides is used. During your sleeping period, your body has a direct contact with your bed, which is why you need sleep on pure materials that are made with the aim of enhancing your health not harming it.

I once started a research on the dangers of pesticides, high presence of chemical and synthetic materials in main stream bedding products, I got to know that it is time for me to change my bedroom environment. With all these information with me, I decided to take it home and add it to my evening routine.

Now, I need not to worry about what my body comes in contact with whenever I am sleeping. Or whatever I am breathing in, with my products at Natural Mattress Matters, I am assured of total rest of mind.

Get Fitted with Natural Mattress Matters

Do you want to know more about the luxurious set up? Alright let us begin with a few great recommendation for an organic Mattress. If you are a side sleeper, depending on your weight, we suggest to try our soft Talalay as the top latex layer because Natural Talalay is known for its ability to relieve pressure. For side sleepers, Talalay is typically recommended on Top. Talalay is so soothing and incredibly comfortable, this has put an end to hip pain to many of our customers. For proper support the middle layer could be Firm/Medium Dunlop and the bottom layer is Firm/Medium Dunlop. With this arrangement, most folks with get the proper posture alignment and pain relief. 

To make it even more luxurious try a wool or latex topper on top of your organic mattress. A few inch wool or latex topper will not be too soft to deny the right amount of support you need, but it will add the cozy feel all of us are looking for. We love to support our domestic business and most of our wool is domestically sourced which is covered by certified organic cotton casing. If you’d love the completely organic version, we’ve got that too.

You ask me, how about the pillow? Organic Kapok, Organic Wool, and Shredded Latex pillows are just a few that do the job. What is an Organic Kapok pillow? Kapok is a natural, plant-based fiber that is buoyant and super soft. Kapok grows in warm climate and it is used as an alternative to down. It is made in a way that you can unzip the outer and the inner organic cotton casings and remove as much Kapok as you like. The pillow is overstuffed for you to have plenty of kapok to work with. When I first got my pillow, I took some kapok out and then stored the rest. You may feel like you need to add a bit more as time goes on because Kapok compresses overtime. My pillow is like my companion, I even travel with it.

Finally, our platform beds are what completes my organic bedroom paradise. A number of our platform beds are made by our partners talented woodworkers with sustainable sourced maple poplar wood. You don’t have to worry about breathing in toxins, because we only use Zero- VOC stains. With attention to detail and furniture is well constructed, not being simply manufactured in small quantity. What we love about this amazing structure is that every piece of it has a story behind, which together is being made into something beautiful.

No VOCs Platform Bed

We offer customizable headboards, you can opt between slatted and solid. This headboard has can give a room unique stylish look, it serves as the centerpiece your bedroom Oasis. The unique designs are simple, but at the same time elegant. The sleek lines and subtle involution of each slat wood are completely amazing.

Go Organic with Natural Mattress Matters 

Are you thinking of upgrading your room? How you sleep has a direct link to your health and happiness. NNM cares about the health of our clients, that is why we only give the very best.