Organic Mattress Standards

How to know if your organic mattress meets industry standards
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Want to sleep on organic bedding but not sure who makes a good brand?
Learn about the standards set by the organic mattress industry for organic bedding.

Copyright, Neva J. Howell

The first order of business when researching organic bedding is to look for certain important keywords:

Organic Materials
Natural Manufacturing

In addition, look for a certification stamp from the National Association of Organic Mattresses. These will often specify that they are Naomi-Compliant.

The more of these signs you find, the higher the likelihood that that particular line of bedding meets the standards of an authentic organic mattress.

Are organic mattresses the same as natural mattresses?

The answer is no.

A natural mattress may be made from all-natural materials that are not organic while an authentic organic mattress will contain only organic materials in it’s manufacture.

The materials used in an authentic organic mattress should be free of synthetics, chemicals, toxic dyes and other toxins. Most organic bedding uses natural cotton as filler but others may also include organic hemp, soybean-based filler or coconut husk filler. Natural mattresses may also include soy or coconut husk but it is most likely not organic.

It isn’t just what an organic mattress is made of that constitutes authentic organic bedding either, the certification requirements extend to the manufacturing process itself. Authentic organic bedding will be made without unnatural preservatives, or the use of any manufacturing processes that would add chemicals or toxins.

Perhaps the most important factor is NAOMI certification. Even though there are no legal standards to classify what constitutes an organic mattress, The NAOMI certification is considered a benchmark of quality.

Learn more about NAOMI-compliant bedding here