Here’s what to look for when shopping for a truly sustainable latex mattress topper.
Not all mattress toppers are created equally. In fact, we wrote a guide to the different types of materials commonly used to make mattress toppers that explains this. Mattress toppers can be made from materials such as memory foam, down, and latex, among others.
When it comes to latex mattress toppers, what you may not know is that not all latex materials are the same, either. For example, there are actually a few different types of latex that are used to make mattress toppers. There’s synthetic latex (which isn’t latex at all), blended latex (which can contain questionable filler content), all-natural latex (which can still contain fillers) and organic latex.
To learn more, we go into the difference between all-natural and organic latex in this post. If sustainability and quality are top priorities for you, then a certified organic mattress topper is your best option.
Organic Latex Means Higher Quality
Organic latex mattress toppers are made from 100% latex. This means no added fillers made from petrochemicals or clay, which can decrease the longevity of a topper. Often these fillers are added to latex during the manufacturing process in order to cut costs. However, these practices result in reduced quality and they either reduce or remove any sustainability factors initially gained from using latex as a base mattress topper material. Opting for an organic latex mattress topper will give you the eco-friendliest option and the best bang for your buck over time.
Organic Latex Mattress Toppers are Truly Sustainable Products
Organic latex is made from 100% natural latex harvested from rubber trees that are grown according to stringent sustainability practices. No pesticides are used in the growing process and no petrochemicals or fillers are added to the final product. Additionally, growers must follow specific guidelines for the humane treatment of workers who process the latex.
Look Beyond Sustainability Claims and Seek Out Certification Labeling
Be a smart mattress topper shopper and look for labels that indicate that a product meets industry certification standards for sustainability. A GOLS certification label indicates that the organic latex was produced under globally recognized environmental and humane work practice standards. The USDA also certifies organic products, including latex mattress toppers. Seeing either of these certification labels means you can shop with confidence that your mattress topper is indeed made from 100% organic latex under the eco-friendliest of standards.
If you’ve decided to purchase a certified organic mattress topper, don’t forget to make sure that the topper cover is also made from industry-certified organic fabric. An organic mattress topper cover will add an additional layer of luxury while also meeting the highest sustainability standards. Sleep a bit easier knowing that your certified organic latex mattress topper is made from latex that’s sustainably harvested according to eco-friendly and humane practices.