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Two Keys to an Affordable Non-Toxic Mattress

Written by Irina Webb

You might think that a mattress made with natural materials is good enough for you.  Maybe you are thinking that you can’t afford an organic mattress.  You wonder why it would matter if there are pesticide residues since you can cover the mattress with organic sheets.  Right?  Today you are going to learn two key things about natural mattresses, which will make it so much easier for you to shop for an affordable non-toxic mattress.

Two Keys to an Affordable Non-Toxic Mattress


The first key to buying an affordable non-toxic mattress


To begin, how can you make sure that a mattress is organic?  A mattress manufacturer can claim that their mattresses are organic only if their mattresses are certified by an organization known as the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).


It is very easy to verify whether a mattress company holds a GOTS certification.  If a manufacturer claims that their mattress is GOTS-certified, you should always verify whether it is true.  You can go on the GOTS website and type the name of the mattress manufacturer into their public database.  You do not even need to contact the mattress company, if you do not have time.


The GOTS certification will give you peace of mind.  Being sure that you are buying a truly non-toxic mattress is the first key that will make it easier for you to shop for a safe mattress.  While some non-toxic mattresses are expensive, you can find an affordable non-toxic mattress, too.  We will talk about that in a minute.  But first let’s discuss why GOTS gives us peace of mind.


Why do you need your mattress to be certified by GOTS?


When a mattress has GOTS certification, and there is a verification of that on the GOTS website, you can be sure that all the mattress components adhere to the highest standards available in the mattress industry.  GOTS verifies that every component of the mattress, such as foam, cotton, and wool, adheres to their standards.  GOTS will also verify that the mattress has passed the government flammability tests using the safest flame-retardant materials or substances (usually it is wool because it has natural flame-retardant properties).


Furthermore, GOTS will also certify the manufacturing facility.  A GOTS-certified mattress is made in a GOTS-certified facility by default.  All you need to do is to go on the GOTS website and make sure that the mattress model you are buying is in the GOTS database.  GOTS has done all the work for you.  This makes shopping for an affordable non-toxic mattress stress-free.


When a mattress has no GOTS certification


Now, when a mattress has no GOTS certificate, it is a different story.  You might end up spending a lot of time researching the mattress.  The mattress manufacturer may tell you that their mattresses are as good as GOTS-certified mattresses because all the components are certified.  After researching consumer products as a full-time occupation for many years now, I can tell you that I do not rely on manufacturers’ words or advertising anymore.  My motto is “trust but verify.”


The reason for you to know if all the components of your affordable non-toxic mattress are certified is to be certain that they are truly natural without synthetic additives, because you want to make sure you are buying a truly non-toxic mattress.


Misunderstanding with certificates


When you start asking a company for its certifications, you will soon find out that it is a time-consuming process.


Supplier certificate


When I surveyed the natural mattress industry, I found out that the presented certifications reflected not the name of the mattress company but the names of its suppliers.  The question that comes to my mind is how do I know that the mattress company is currently buying from this supplier?  And, consequently, how can I be certain that the certified material will end up in the mattress I am buying?


Transaction certificate


Additionally, during my in-depth search for an affordable non-toxic mattress, I discovered the following inconsistency.  When I asked companies to provide the evidence of their GOTS certification, some of them referred me to their transaction certificate.  The main problem with a transaction certificate is that it does not prove that a mattress is GOTS certified.


A transaction certificate simply shows that some organic yarn was moved from point A to point B on a certain date.  This falls far short of demonstrating that the mattress itself is GOTS-certified, or even that all its components are.


Certificates missing in action


Some manufacturers whose product had a potential to be my affordable non-toxic mattress had another issue.  They had emblems of all possible certifications posted on the website but did not provide any access to the certificates themselves to back up their claims of GOTS certification.


Latex certification


Another thing is that the latex foam in mattresses that has no GOTS certification, in most cases has OEKO-Tex certification instead.  But OEKO-Tex 100 regulates 100 toxic substances limiting and eliminating their use in the mattress production process.  The OEKO-Tex certification does not mean that the latex is organic or is even naturally made without synthetic additives.


Thus, without a verified GOTS certification, it is uncertain whether you will end up buying a truly non-toxic mattress.


The second key to buying an affordable non-toxic mattress


The second key to buying an affordable non-toxic mattress is to know the brand and place to buy.


When I surveyed 12 popular mattress companies, I found out that only half of them had GOTS certificates.  Out of the six GOTS-certified mattresses, Happsy is the most affordable.  By the way, PlushBeds, which is not certified by GOTS, is more expensive than Happsy.


A leader in the organic mattress industry, Naturepedic wanted everybody to be able to afford a truly non-toxic mattress.  (By the way, my husband and I have been sleeping on a Naturepedic organic mattress for multiple years now and it is very comfortable.  We love it!)


What sets Happsy apart


Happsy are affordable non-toxic mattresses that Naturepedic created without sacrificing the quality of the materials.  The same safety standards apply to Happsy mattresses as to the Naturepedic mattresses.


The Happsy mattresses are certified by GOTS.   It means that they are made in a GOTS-certified facility with GOTS-certified organic cotton, GOTS-certified wool, and GOLS-certified (“Global Organic Latex Standard”) latex foam.


What makes Happsy an affordable non-toxic mattress


There are two reasons that the Happsy mattress is more affordable than Naturepedic.  First, Happsy organic mattresses come only in one firmness, which is medium.  So, if you like medium firmness you are in luck.  You can make the mattress softer by adding a topper.


The second reason Happsy is less expensive is that Happsy does not sell its mattresses through retail; therefore, they do not incur numerous retail expenses.


Additional pluses of a Happsy mattress


You might wonder how you would know whether a Happsy affordable non-toxic mattress is comfortable for you.  Generally, coil mattresses are more comfortable than mattresses without coils.  Also, Happsy wraps its coils in lightweight polypropylene fabric for comfort and durability.


More great news is that Happsy has a 120-day return policy and will pay for the return shipping.  So, if you do not like this inexpensive mattress, Happsy will take it away for no additional cost to you and refund you fully.  They call it a risk-free guarantee.


Furthermore, as my blog reader, you can get 5% off on the purchase of this affordable non-toxic mattress to make it even more affordable.  Please use the discount code IREAD5 at the checkout on purchases of $699 or higher.


Where to buy


Happsy website

Please use the discount code IREAD5 at the checkout.

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30 thoughts on “Two Keys to an Affordable Non-Toxic Mattress”

  1. Irina, thank you so much for all the work you do. I went to the GOTS public database, searched “CANADA” and found a number of companies, including a Mattress company based in Montreal called Essentia. I would never have known about them. This is great! Thanks so much for this information. Keep up the great work, you are doing us all such a great service and I appreciate it!

  2. I went to the Plushbeds website and they have GOTS certification. Can you please explain why you said they do not?

    1. Hi, Leah: None of the Plushbeds mattresses are certified by GOTS. And the reason I know that is that they do not provide a GOTS certificate (it is not on the website, I just double-checked again) and they are not found in the GOTS public database. ~Irina

        1. Leah, this is a Transaction Certificate that shows that some organic wool was shipped from point A to point B on January 10 of 2019. Please take a closer look at the Transaction Certificate. There are two other companies I know of that show Transaction Certificates instead of GOTS-certificates. I am writing an ebook about that so people who want to buy a GOTS-certified mattress, buy a GOT-certified mattress, not something else. Are you in a process of buying a mattress or bought it already? Thank you for bringing this up. ~Irina

          1. Wow, thank you. I am very disappointed in how deceptive the company is! I already bought two mattresses! What do you recommend I do? (I look forward to your ebook)

          2. I’m so sorry to hear that. Has it been 100 days since you bought them? They have a 100-day return policy. ~Irina

      1. Wow. Thank you, Irina for such an in-depth article, it was just what I needed now! Love how thoroughly and patiently you make all your research. I thought I am the only one taking a long time to inspect everything before buying. Reading you is like having all the important things you need to know and might miss, all in one place and as sincere as if done by myself for myself. 🙂 Keep grinding!

        1. Thank you, Victoria, for such kind and encouraging words. You are putting a smile on my face. 😊 ~Irina

  3. Hi Irina,
    You are the best. I just adore the info you’re putting out in the world. You make it clear and concise which is such a time saver. I just recently purchased two Austin Air purifiers for our home based on your suggestions and gosh darn, we just bought a mattress in February after SO MUCH research (albeit my head spun from trying to make sense of all the certificates!). We live in Canada and purchased a Naturelle Organic Latex bed. Have you seen their website? They have many claims and certificates (including GOTS) pasted on their website – ohhhh I hope we didn’t get duped!! Keep up the great work!

  4. Hi Irena,
    It was a few years back, so hard to remember; but, I read an article about EMT’s, coils, and cancer. And, I honestly can’t remember the details. But, it had something to do with a study on how incidents of cancer, maybe in the heart (not sure), increased in people who slept on a particular side of the body. And, they linked it to coils in mattresses acting as a type of transmitter or something for the EMT’s from Wi-fi, etc. Wish I could remember where I read it. I’m just also wondering about whether mattress coils could be a potential problem. I eventually purchased an Essentia mattress for our son. It’s safe and a great mattress, but I’m trying to look into other more affordable options for a mattress for my husband and I. Our old mattress is over 20 years old. Thanks for having a curious mind! I appreciate all your investigating!

    1. Hi, Jamie:

      Yes, it was a hypothesis (not a study) published on the Scientific American blog (not their website). It was blown out of proportion by some bloggers. The long story short I took it very seriously and had professionals come to my house with the right equipment. I paid them big bucks. The result was that we use coil mattresses with confidence. I will be describing all that in the upcoming ebook on the mattresses. Thank you for asking. ~Irina

  5. Hi Irina,
    As usual, great diligence. Out of curiosity, did you research Avocado mattresses at all?

    1. Hi, Katherine: Yes, I have researched it, Katherine. It is more expensive than Happsy. It’ll be included in my upcoming ebook. Do you own Avocado mattress or are considering to buy it? ~Irina

      1. After much research we purchased Avocado for two bedrooms. I recommend the mattress topper as without it’s fairly firm, but overall excellent mattress and customer service. Wondered how the brand ranked from your research as well.

  6. Hi Irina,

    Love your website and incredibly detailed oriented research and explanations. Any thoughts on Hope Latex Mattress from My Green Mattress? Has nearly identical sale price to Happsy, good 100 day free return guarantee and seems like a nice option. Thinking about it for myself or for my partner who has pretty severe MCS.

    Thanks you!!!
    Mark in Massachusetts

  7. Thank you so much for all of the research that you have done on so many items! I was wondering if you had any thoughts on Savvy Rest mattresses? I live in Iowa and there aren’t many options for organic mattresses. There is one show room that only carry this brand. I know they are GOTS certified. Thank you!!

    1. Hi, Kim:
      Yes, I have some thoughts about Savvy Rest mattresses. You can book a consultation with me or wait for an ebook on mattresses that I’m planning to release in September. Thanks. ~Irina

  8. Irina – this is all so helpful. As many others have said – THANK YOU!! If we buy a Happsy (or other firm, non-toxic mattress) and are wanting a similarly non-toxic topper to add softness, what do you recommend??

  9. Hi Irina — I am in the market for a new mattress due to neck and shoulder pain. ( I also have issues with inflammation, so I want to make sure I buy non-toxic.)

    I have a Tuft & Needle memory foam mattress, and I’m wondering if an innerspring mattress would be better for my neck. Do you look at innerspring mattresses as well as memory foam mattresses in your new e-book?

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