Green Mattresses are now a standard part of most manufacturers model lines. They provide consumers with healthy, comfortable, eco-friendly, sleep alternatives. What should you be on the lookout for when shopping for a Green mattress?
Green or ‘eco-friendly’ products cover a lot of territory:
- Make up of the component parts
- How the materials are produced
- Where they are produced, and the impact on the environment during the production of the materials
- Health impact on the consumer
- Ease of recycling and re-use of materials at the end of the products life
Here we offer some thoughts on what to ask about when you start research and shopping for green mattresses.
Green Mattress Materials-
Green mattresses use natural latex, which comes from rubber trees. Natural latex is hypoallergenic and resistant to mold, mildew and dust mites, as well as renewable and doesn’t endanger the trees.
The down side is that rubber tree plantations and farms can have an impact on the natural habitat in the rain forests where they grow.
Non- Green Materials:
There is also Synthetic Latex, not a material generally used in green mattresses, as synthetic latex is made with chemicals and petroleum products.
Memory Foam is a polyurethane product and full of chemicals- memory foam has begun appearing in some fashion in many new mattresses.
Green Mattress Fire Retardants-
Fire retardants are mandatory in mattress construction as a safety precaution. Green mattresses make use of natural fire retardant components like bamboo, phosphates, borax, wool or even sand.
In most mattresses, chemicals are used as fire retardants. Most non green mattresses are treated with toxic fire retardant chemicals that can pose health risks such as breathing problems, obesity and reproductive issues.
Green Mattresses ‘Natural’ Components-
Are ‘Natural’ components like wool and cotton free of chemicals and pesticides? Have the sheep raised to produce the ‘natural’ wool been raised on land treated with pesticides, fungicides and other harmful chemicals?
What to look for in Green mattresses-
- Unbleached or organic cotton for the outer parts of the mattress.
- A fire barrier (required by law) made of wool, sand, bamboo, or other non chemical component.
- Foams made from natural plant oils
Green Mattresses conclusion-
Green mattresses are generally made of high quality components and materials. When purchasing a high quality green mattress you are likely to get a better quality of ‘green’ and it will last longer- less mattresses to recycle or toss away.