The term “organic mattress” gets thrown around a lot, but it’s only accurate some of the time. Unfortunately, green-washing is all too common in the mattress industry. Brands will advertise “eco-friendly” and “natural” mattress materials that are mostly chemical-based, or tout “sustainable manufacturing practices” without going into detail about how the beds are actually made. These misleading tactics can make finding a truly organic mattress pretty difficult.
Here’s our rule of thumb: to qualify as an organic mattress, the bed should contain organic and/ or natural materials with reputable certifications. The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) are considered the leading certifications for organic components. Additional certifications recognize non-organic materials that are nonetheless natural, eco-friendly, and sustainable. Others indicate the material has been inspected for and does not contain harmful substances. There are dozens of certifications for bedding products, some more legitimate than others.
Now for the good news. Mattresses that actually contain organic and eco-friendly materials are widely available, and they offer you a lot of benefits as a sleeper. Natural components tend to be a lot more durable than blends and synthetics, so you’ll enjoy a longer mattress lifespan without wear-related support issues. Certain materials come with additional perks. Take organic and natural latex. This material is not only durable, but also incredibly breathable compared to mattress foam. Another example is wool used in mattress covers, which has natural cooling and moisture-wicking properties.
The bottom line: if you’re in the market for an organic mattress, be sure to do the research of all the different brands to learn about the certifications – if any – their materials have received. Just because the brand calls a mattress organic or natural does not mean it contains green materials.
Below, you can check out Luma Sleep's excerpt from The Sleep Foundations, Best Organic Mattresses of 2020. Luma Sleep's selection was based on ratings and reviews from verified mattress owners, as well as our own product testing. Further down, you can read about the different environmental certifications for mattresses, and how you can make sure you’re buying an eco-friendly bed.
The Luma Sleep Mattress is an affordable latex hybrid made using natural Dunlop latex. Available in three firmness options, the Luma should be able to provide a comfortable and supportive sleep surface to any sleepers, regardless of position or weight. The Luma Sleep is topped with a Tencel cover, which is a proprietary fabric known for its durability, breathability, and moisture-wicking properties. Under this is a comfort layer of Dunlop latex, which results in a responsive and supportive feel while still conforming moderately to the sleeper’s body for pressure relief. The softer option will provide a bit more pressure relief and is recommended for lighter sleepers, while the firmer option provides more support for heavier sleepers. The support core consists of a substantial layer of pocketed coils. This construction results in an all-around high performing mattress with no significant weaknesses. The Luma especially stands out in terms of temperature control, ease of movement/sex, and support. This makes it good for those who tend to sleep hot at night, couples, and sleepers of any body weight. The Luma sleep comes at a very affordable price for a latex hybrid and is a great opportunity to get try latex on a budget. Luma offers a 100-night sleep trial and a 10-year warranty, and ships free to the contiguous US.