How I Turned My Mattress Green

What Is an Organic Mattress and Why Do I Need One?

You’ve struck gold! We’re gonna talk organic mattresses! Pop some organic popcorn, grab a cozy blanket and curl up next to the warm glow of your computer screen. If you’re at work…does your boss know what you’re doing? If not, I highly recommend he or she joins the party and checks out this information — it may forever change the way you sleep.

Are those Cyber-giggles I hear? In all seriousness, one “test sleep” on an organic mattress, and you’ll never go back to the chemically compounded foams that have led you to mystery skin issues or back problems. But before the sleepover begins, what exactly is an organic mattress?

Defining the Organic Mattress

This ain’t rocket science. An organic mattress is a mattress made of organic materials. However, get beyond what you picture in your head. In fact, jump out of the box completely. When you think of organic cottons and wools, all wadded up and crammed into a mattress body, it doesn’t seem sleep inviting. Yet when you add the fact that rubber is naturally occurring from tree sap, and that the trees are cultivated in organic, naturally occurring environments in southeast Asia, then you have more than a mattress; you have a lucrative, GREEN investment opportunity.

The wools, cottons, rubbers, hemp and raw scrap come from around the world: India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Belgium, England, France and even the good ol’ USA. Organic mattress manufacturers are becoming as popular as many of the well known mattress manufacturers (even Serta is getting involved in the organic “movement”), and there are more options than you can shake a stick at if you go shopping for organic mattresses online.

Looking at the “green life” as a way of sustaining self and the world-wide Eco system, it would make perfect sense to invest in a top-quality mattress that has the potential to last for 20+ years. When it comes time to switch the mattress out, all materials are organic, and any metals would be completely recyclable. These facts are great, and to help out the environment even while catching a snooze or while jumping on the bed — that’d be awesome… but how does it sleep?

Benefits of an Organic Mattress

First of all, you get a nice little piece of peace of mind. Try to say that 5 times, fast. Secondly, you get the same mattress technology that you would from any of the major mattress manufacturers. Whether you enjoy a mattress with a topper, a standard box spring and mattress combination or a mattress manufactured with the perfect level of firmness for your trouble spots — you can now find it in organic form.

So, to answer, “How do they sleep?” They sleep like a top-quality mattress made entirely of organic materials, meeting all safety regulations, such as the new Federal Fire Laws passed in 2007. You can find organic mattresses for your home, apartment, tour bus, sail boat, etc. They come in all shapes and sizes, perfect for the individual who is looking not only to invest in their sleep, but in the environment too.

The Cost of Organic Mattresses

Brass tacks. Bottom line. What it all boils down to — Not that you particularly want to finance a mattress, but you’ll spend more time on it than you would in a car, so maybe it does make sense. This delayed lead-in to the cost is clearly some sugar coat, because these fine organic materials don’t come cheap.

You can expect to spend anywhere from 1 to 5k. To drive the point home: $ 1,000 – $ 5,000 US Dollars. If you do the math, 5 grand divided by 20 years means that you would spend roughly 69 cents per night of organic sleep. Of course, the $ 5,000 being the upper end for a king sized dream ride.

Matty Byloos writes and manages the Green Blog known as: Easy Ways to Go Green, as well as the Organic Food Blog: Organic Eating Daily