The modern American mattress usually features polyurethane foam delivering all the cushiness. This provides the softness everyone needs from a mattress (unless you prefer to sleep on a bamboo mat), while the firmness is determined by the density of the foam or the number of springs between the layers of foam. Organic mattresses eliminate the polyurethane and are made from all-natural and organically grown materials that reduce the number and amount of chemicals in them.

Opinions about organic mattresses Vary.

Polyurethane foam is a material that people are increasingly choosing to avoid. That’s because it’s made from petroleum and can emit VOCs, or volatile organic compounds. Also, polyurethane is very flammable, so when it’s put in mattresses it needs to be treated with chemicals to make the mattresses fire resistant. The jury is still out on whether there is anything dangerous about sleeping on polyurethane foam. Some scientists don’t think there’s a safety concern at all, while other experts point out that we should be more careful about our sleeping surfaces since we spend 1/3 of our lives on them.

How to shop for an organic mattress

Labeling of mattresses as Organic or Natural isn’t regulated, so you’ll want to combine your own independent research with the insight of one or more genuinely knowledgeable sleep-product specialists. If your goal is to get the chemicals out of your bedroom, we’re here to help you do that. One thing we can definitely do with less of is polyurethane in landfills, and that’s a benefit everyone can enjoy.

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