Hey! Now that we’ve gotten your attention with our greenwash-y, SEO-friendly title (thanks, Google), you should know that while there’s no such thing as “eco-friendly” mattresses, here’s what to be wise on when you’re shopping so you can pick the best option for you, the planet, and the people making your stuff.
Anyone else losing sleep over all the options out there? The industry seems to have caught onto other industries’ holistic focus on wellness and sleep, and we’re here for it. The challenge is that dwindling are the days that people stroll through Mattress King and test different products.
WHAT TO BE WISE ON:
Conventional mattresses are often chock-full of synthetic materials like polyurethane foam that may emit volatile organic compounds, cause respiratory problems, and have other harmful effects on you and the planet.
THE FACTORS TO CONSIDER:
Look for organic latex and avoid polyurethane foam and flame-retardant chemicals.
Working Conditions in Supply Chain
Look for GOLS and GOTS certifications to ensure your mattress was manufactured in a socially responsible way.
Consider how companies dispose of mattresses when they’re returned.
A FEW TAKEAWAYS:
While the plastics in mattresses themselves are derived from fossil fuels, there are also significant emissions associated with making and transporting them. When a mattress becomes too old and worn out, it currently ends up as a non-biodegradable mass in landfill because the traditional materials - spring, wood, foam - require more effort to sort and properly recycle than companies are traditionally willing to put in.