For some people, the choice to buy natural and organic products is a personal decision; they want to limit their exposure to potentially harmful chemicals. For others, it’s more about doing what they can to protect the environment. Whatever the reason may be, even making small changes in the types of products you buy can have an impact. Given that you (hopefully) spend at least eight hours a day in bed, it makes sense to extend that more natural approach to your sleep environment.
Today’s natural mattresses are just as cozy and comfortable as their non-organic counterparts. Plus they come with the added peace of mind from knowing that you’ve made a healthier choice for you and your family. As you look to minimize the chemicals in your bedroom, there are different levels of eco-friendly bedding to pick from. There are many products labeled as “natural” on the market today – but while many of them do include a number of organic components, there’s no true guarantee that they are safer than those made with synthetic components. In order to market a specific product as “organic,” its materials must be backed by stringent organic certifications and cannot be processed with potentially harmful chemicals.
If you want to invest in the cleanest sleep products, look for these certifications:
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS): Requires that the textile contains a minimum of 95% certified organic fibers in order to carry the “organic” label grade. For a “made with organic” label grade, the textile is required to contain a minimum of 70% certified organic fibers. As the leading worldwide textile processing standard for organic fibers, it includes both ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.
Oeko-Tex Standard 100: Requires that all parts of the article (including outer fabrics, yarns, threads and accessory materials) to meet strict criteria that prohibits numerous harmful chemicals.
Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS): Requires that the latex product contain at least 95% certified organic raw material and meets permissible limits for harmful substances, emission test requirements and polymer and filler percentages.
CertiPUR-US: Requires that the foam is made without zone depleters, PBDEs, TDCPP or TCEP (Tris) flame retardants, mercury, lead and other heavy metals, formaldehyde, phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and is low on VOC emissions.
FURNITURE AND FURNISHINGS CERTIFICATIONS
GreenGuard & GreenGuard Gold: Requires that interior products and materials have been rigorously tested and scientifically proven to have low chemical emissions, thereby helping to reduce indoor air pollution and the risk of chemical exposure. The Gold Certification level also requires lower total VOC emissions levels.