If you’re on our website, chances are you are already into organic products. But humor us for a minute. Why should you care about getting an organic mattress?
Did you know that traditional mattresses contain nasty chemicals? Most of the ingredients are made from petroleum—yes, like the gasoline. Not only is petroleum dangerous for your health, but it is also highly flammable.
To deal with this problem, mattress companies add flame retardant chemicals into the mix (to limit the whole having-your-mattress-get-set-on-fire scenario) and voila! A chemical-soaked petroleum mattress for you to mush your face into for 8 hours a day.
But wait, there’s more . . .
What do you think happens when a bulky, chemical-filled mattress ends up in a landfill? It passes those chemicals out into the environment, polluting the air we breathe. So not only are you putting yourself in danger, you’re also endangering those around you.
If you’re careful about what you eat, you should be careful about how you sleep.
While it may be obvious why you wouldn’t want chemicals in food, it may be puzzling why it would matter if there are chemicals in your mattress.
Who cares if there are chemicals or not? The answer is simple: The government is much more lenient when it comes to what kind of chemicals are allowed in a mattress than it is on what kind of chemicals are allowed in your food. For a better understanding of what makes food organic, check out the USDA’s organic regulations.
If someone was trying to put flame retardants in your applesauce, the FDA would be all over it, but when companies put flame retardants in mattresses, it’s acceptable.
It would be one thing if these chemicals stayed buried in your mattress, but research has shown that that’s just not the case. The chemicals in your mattress off-gas into the air (and continue for years, as your mattress decays over time).
So what can you do to ensure safe sleep?
Look for mattresses that are certified organic by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS.)
The Global Organic Textile Standard was developed through collaboration by leading standard setters with the aim of defining requirements that are recognized world-wide and that ensure the organic status of textiles from harvesting of the raw materials through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing.
A GOTS certified mattress (like Happsy) is the safest & most organic mattress on the market. If you’re interested in what goes into getting GOTS certified, check out our GOTS To Be Organic series.
And not to brag, but . . .Not only does Happsy meet the highest organic standards for organic products, we exceed them. Find out how Happsy goes the extra mile here.