The common mattress is now deceiving to the eye. Today, a mix of polyurethane foam, synthetic latex, and conventional cotton are found in typical mattresses.
Okay...foam, latex, cotton...what’s the big deal?
Recent discoveries suggest that the combination of fake fibers (likepolyurethane, benzene, and formaldehyde) and body heat causesmicro amounts of toxins to release while you sleep. Those toxins are also known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s). The reaction ofVOC’s released into theair is known as Off-Gassing.
GOTS stands for Global Organic Textile Standard which regulates a variety of textile categories like fiber products, yarns, fabrics, clothes, home textiles, mattresses, personal hygiene products, and more.
There are two levels to the GOT Standard:
- Made with organic: Textiles made fromat least 70% organic raw material.
- Organic: Textiles made fromat least 95% organic raw material.
GOTS certified mattresses are often made from materials likeorganic cotton, wool, bamboo, and silk. Any supplier of GOTS certified products has earned the certification through an extensive series of paperwork processes and personal inspection methods (which recur annually).
The Global Organic Latex Standard was created by the Control Union- which works internationally to promote sustainable business practices. The GOL Standard provides regulations for products made with organic latex, or latex foam and also warrants an organic production process. GOLS certified products are made with a minimum of 95% organic latex. The remaining percentage of material is required to be GOTS certified.
When picking out my mattress, I focused on GOTS and GOLS certification, comfort and value. After researching,the top 3 companies I considered were...Avocado Green Mattress, My Green Mattress, and the overall winner- Naturepedic!
These mattresses are made with love in sunny California. Avocado owns their entire production facility and has even extended their product line into organic bedding, accessories, and bedroom furniture from natural reclaimed wood!
Founded by an expert environmental engineer, Barry A. Cik, Naturepedic was created out of the fact that Barry could not find a safe mattress for his newborn grandchild. Having over 30 years of experience studying and working with toxic chemicals, Barry knew the risks and would not settle with the under-par beds on the market.
Rudge and I landed on the EOS Pillowtop bed. It is pricey, but with a 20-year warranty, we thought it was a worthwhile investment. The amazing thing about this bed is that it has 3 levels that you can FULLY customize top to bottom AND side to side - The base is springs (you can choose firm or soft) the next 2 layers you get to pick between firm, medium, and soft microsprings and/or latex. After several trips to the store and the assistance of LJ at the store in Denver who was VERY patient and VERY helpful, this goldilocks and her bear found the perfect fit for each of them. Firm base coils, medium latex mid-layer, soft microcoils top layer for me and Firm base coils, medium latex mid-layer, medium microcoils top layer for him! It’s a little nutty, but his side of the bed is built differently than mine (although only minorly different) but you can absolutely tell.
This bed has made an insane difference in our sleep. I love that since it’s built as 2 separate halves (but looks and feels like one), when he rolls over in the night I don’t hear or feel it. I wake up and don’t want to get out of bed and Rudge remarks EVERY MORNING how great he feels and how deeply he sleeps in the new bed.
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This Organic Girl:My Green Mattress Review and Factory Tour 2020
American Chemical Society Publications; Volatile Organic Compound Emissions from Polyurethane Mattresses under Variable Environmental Conditions 2019
Amerisleep, 2021: What Does it Mean To Be GOTS or GOLS Certified?
United States Environmental Protection Agency 2021: Volatile Organic Compounds’ Impact on Indoor Air Quality
Global Organic Latex Standard
Global Organic Textile Standard
Avocado Green Mattress
My Green Mattress
I was not paid to write this review. I purchased this mattress retail after months of research and reached out to Naturepedic for a discount code and affiliate code once I knew I loved it and wanted to write about it.