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Last updated on April 22nd, 2017
It has been over a year since we bought our mattress and I can tell you, “We love it!” When we were shopping for a mattress, I wanted something not only organic but also affordable and super comfortable. I did lots and lots of research. And, in the end, Naturepedic mattress won my heart. A year later, it is the most comfortable mattress I’ve ever slept on.
Naturepedic is a truly organic mattress
Many mattress makers claim that their mattresses are organic but what does it truly mean? It might mean that some of the materials that go into making their mattresses are certified organic. It might also mean that the mattress is made of natural materials such as wool and cotton, not petroleum foam.
What it should mean that the whole mattress is certified to Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS), as Naturepedic mattresses are. In fact, Naturepedic mattresses are the only mattresses that carry every possible certification in the organic mattress industry and provide up to date certification documentation right on their website.
GOTS certifies that the entire supply chain (processing, manufacturing, packaging, labeling, trading and distribution) is environmentally and socially responsible. Among other things, all heavy metals, aromatic solvents, formaldehyde, GMOs, and nanoparticles are prohibited in the sourcing, manufacture and distribution of GOTS-certified products.
What are Naturepedic organic mattresses made of?
Unfortunately, most conventional mattresses are made with polyurethane foam (petrochemical foam), which is toxic to manufacture, use, and dispose. Among other things, polyurethane foam emits potentially harmful gasses called VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) (to learn more about polyurethane foam, visit here). In fact, polyurethane foam is one of the top pollutants.
Naturepedic organic mattresses are made with safe materials such as
- stainless steel coils,
- organic cotton,
- organic wool,
- organic latex foam (you request a mattress without latex if you’d like),
- PLA (polylactide). PLA is derived from non-GMO potatoes using the process of fermentation. At first, I struggled to get comfortable with the fact that PLA, a synthetic fabric with little known about it, is used in Naturepedic organic mattresses. But then I learned that PLA is approved by GOTS for use in organic mattresses. Also, PLA meets the Greenguard Gold standard. (Greenguard is a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories)). Naturepedic also provided me with the actual test reports that showed “below quantifiable levels” for gas emissions and other substances.
This is really admirable. More often than not, manufacturers withhold information from me, but Naturepedic went out of its way to provide me with all of the information I sought. I even sat down with Barry Cik, Naturepedic’s Founder, CEO and Technical Director. I had a lot of questions for him, and he answered each one of them to my satisfaction. I was impressed with his integrity and vision to provide affordable, safe and comfortable mattresses for everybody.
How do Naturepedic mattresses pass Federal government flammability testing?
All mattresses have to pass two types of Federal flammability testing: open fire and smolder. Often mattress manufacturers add toxic flame retardant chemicals to mattresses to pass these tests. Some manufacturers claim that they do not use flame retardant chemicals and instead they use non-toxic flame barriers. However, when asked what those barriers are made of, they do not seem to want to answer.
There are two simple reasons why Naturepedic mattresses do not have any flame retardant chemicals or barriers. First of all, Naturepedic mattresses do not have any petroleum foam, which does not make them highly flammable in the first place. Petroleum foam is very flammable; it is petroleum after all.
And secondly, Naturepedic organic mattresses contain wool and PLA. As you might know, wool does not catch on fire easily; instead, it smolders. That’s why Naturepedic uses PLA to pass the smolder testing.
How comfortable are Naturepedic mattresses?
Super comfortable! In fact, here is a funny story. The first morning we slept on the Naturepedic mattress, my husband and I woke up feeling tired and achy. If that happens to you, do not panic. But from the next night on, we have slept like we were in heaven. Yes, they are that comfortable. Both my husband and I love our Naturepedic organic mattress.
My husband says: “I travel a lot for work and know that some mattresses are comfortable and others are a recipe for a restless night and stiffness the next day. Our old mattress was pretty comfortable, although it was starting to show its age. I was pretty resistant to giving it up for something that might or might not ultimately work out. As it turns out, I’m thrilled about this organic mattress, and we’ll never buy one from anyone else.”
Naturepedic organic mattresses come in different degrees of firmness and you can choose what works for you. And you can even select dual firmness as we did. My husband uses a firmer side, and since I weigh less, I need a much softer surface.
Where to buy and cost
We bought it at a local store. You can search on Naturepedic’s website for the location closest to you where Naturepedic mattresses are sold. My understanding is that some salespeople are not very knowledgeable about Naturepedic organic mattresses. My recommendation is to read the website and play with the functionality on the website first (they have a feature allowing you to select the right mattress for you. ) And then call the customer service number with any questions you might have.
After that, you can decide if you want to buy your mattress in a store or through the website. To reduce the anxiety of buying a mattress without trying it out, Naturepedic has made it as easy as possible. The shipping is only $99. If you are not satisfied with the level of firmness you chose, you can swap layers for free to adjust the firmness. If you change your mind about the mattress and want a different one, you can return it for a 50% credit toward a different mattress.
Certainly, Naturepedic mattresses are more expensive than petroleum mattresses. However, to my knowledge they are among the most affordable (if not the most) in the organic mattress sector. We bought an EOS standard mattress, which is the least expensive line of Naturepedic mattresses and we do not feel that we are missing out on anything.
Conclusion about Naturepedic organic mattress
We are thrilled we bought Naturepedic mattress and I hope you will, too. And as always, I’d love to hear from you. Let me know what mattress you like in the comments.
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