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Are the Mattresses You’re Buying Really ‘Green’?


NATIONAL REPORT—There are all kinds of organic mattresses to choose from in quantities that are appropriate for however many rooms you need to prepare for your establishment. They might be more expensive than mattresses that are created more cheaply, but your clients will thank you for it.

Since you will be buying so many mattresses at once, wouldn’t it be better to buy one that is environmentally friendly?

If you want to buy organic or green mattresses, make sure that you know exactly what you are buying. Just like with food, there are labels that companies put on mattresses to make them look more appealing to customers, but not every label is created equally. Here are some labels that you can look for to make sure that you are buying the right mattresses for your company.

What Labels are There & What Do They Mean?

  • USDA Organic—The USDA label only applies to raw agricultural products. When it comes to mattresses, this means that the products that made up the mattress might have been produced organically, but it’s not likely that all of them will have been. If there is one aspect of the mattress that is certified organic, they’re allowed to label the entire mattress as organic, so be careful to investigate which aspect is organic. If you aren’t sure which aspect of the mattress you’re looking at is certified, you should be able to call and ask the company for clarification without any issues.
  • OEKO-TEX Standard 100 or OEKO-TEX Made in Green—OEKO-TEX is made up of 18 independent institutes that focus on textile research and testing. Mattresses labeled with the Standard 100 label undergo rigorous testing to make sure that harmful chemicals are not used in the creation of raw, semi-finished and finished textile products in the mattresses.The Made in Green label does everything that the Standard 100 label does and also looks at the sustainability of the processes that are used to create the mattress, trying to ensure that everything has been manufactured using environmentally friendly and socially responsible working conditions.
  • CertiPUR-US—CertiPUR is a nonprofit made up of members of the polyurethane foam industry. They test all the foam used in mattresses to make sure there are no harmful materials and that they emit low levels of volatile organic compounds.
  • Eco-Institut—The German-based Eco-Institut tests for hazardous substances and emissions in latex and other textiles.
  • Global Organic Textile Standard or Global Organic Latex Standard—These standards are based on the type of material that the mattress is made up of so if it is made of wool, you will want to look at the textile standard while latex mattresses will be governed by the latex standard. Mattresses with these labels must pass an environmental and social sustainability test to receive their certification.
  • Global Recycled Standard—A mattress with the global recycled standard label will be made with recycled materials that were used in a way that is sustainable for the environment.

How Can an Organic Mattress Help Your Company?

Buying organic means that you are providing a higher value for your customers, and it’s something you can advertise to bring in new customers. Many people will pay extra to ensure that they are participating in something in a way that is better for the environment and socially responsible. This can help to offset the additional costs that come with buying a mattress that is produced responsibly, while also being beneficial to the planet.

Organic mattresses are usually made from wool or latex, making them hypoallergenic for nearly everyone except for people with latex allergies. This means that your guests will have fewer chances to meet an allergen that could cause problems during their stay in your lodgings. They are also biodegradable, which means you’ll have less trouble reselling or recycling them once their time is up with you.

You can decrease your company’s carbon footprint with this one purchase by buying more environmentally friendly mattresses. You can do even more by reselling or donating the mattresses that are no longer usable for your establishment to local groups or homeless shelters.

Jackie Kepler is a MattressReviews.net sleep professional. She enjoys sleeping with cats but sleeps on a king size bed because she needs her space, too.