What’s your idea of a perfect morning? Mine is rolling out of bed for a leisurely breakfast of crispy waffles (and more) with my family . . . especially if my sisters, nieces, nephews, and/or friends that have become like family are sharing the table with us.
We love having guests, so when my husband and I moved into our new home earlier this year, we squeezed extra sleeping spaces in wherever we could . . . bunk beds, under bed trundles, etc.
Of course, since we make an effort to reduce VOCs in our home, we wanted a non-toxic, non-offgassing option, so we looked around for high-quality mattresses that fit our budget. Although I still sleep on (and love) my Organix Bed by IntelliBed, we had a lot of purchases to make and I needed to work with budget limitations.
One of our selections was My Green Mattress. It’s one of the most affordable certified organic mattresses out there, and we’ve been so happy with it.
I’ve been receiving a lot of questions about non-toxic beds lately, so I thought I’d share our our experience with them.
With that in mind, here are four reasons I chose My Green Mattress:
1. Non-Toxic Materials
When Tim and Cindy Masters’ daughter Emily was born, she suffered from eczema and environmental allergies that inspired them to find natural products to help her symptoms. As a master craftsman, Tim developed an all-natural mattress for her crib, and she had an immediate positive response.
That experience inspired them to create a line of mattresses made from natural materials including:
Instead of memory foam, My Green Mattress uses Dunlop latex foam that is made from the sap of rubber trees. It’s more resilient than most conventional polyurethane foams, not to mention more breathable and naturally resistant to mold, mildew and dust mites.
It’s also GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) certified, which means that an independent organization has verified that the rubber trees and manufacturing processes used meet organic requirements, and that the latex doesn’t contain any harmful materials.
Exposure to chemical flame retardants cost children 162 million IQ points between 2001 and 2016, according to a New York University Study. (1) The study found that PDBE flame retardant exposure had a more negative impact on IQ than lead, mercury, and organophosphates (pesticides) combined.
And that’s not the only problem associated with flame retardants – they’ve been linked to an increased risk of reproductive problems and some types of cancer, thyroid dysfunction, fetal growth problems, and more. Fortunately, there are better options.
My Green Mattress, for example, weaves Oeko Tex certified all-natural wool into its cotton covers to act as a natural flame retardant. All their mattresses pass the same legally required burn tests (open flame and “cigarette” test) as conventional mattresses do.
In addition to being naturally fire resistant, wool is hypoallergenic, dust mite, mold, and mildew-resistant, and temperature regulating for a comfortable night’s sleep.
My Green Mattresses also uses Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified organic cotton, which is considered the most stringent standard for textile production.
Also, in addition to using materials with GOLS, Oeko-tex, and GOTS independent certifications, all mattresses are GREENGUARD Gold certified. That means their mattresses have been independently tested by Underwriters Laboratories in order to verify that they meet rigorous standards for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as formaldehyde and phthalates, plus other chemical compounds.
You can find their UL certifications on the Underwriters Laboratories website.
2. Affordable, Handcrafted Comfort
Handcrafted in Illinois, the mattresses are sold factory-direct, which allows them to be competitively priced.
The pricing for a queen mattress ranges from $949 – $1,299, and financing is available if needed. The crib mattress which comes with a 10-year warranty, and all the others come with a 20-year warranty.
3. Options (But not too many)
Kids mattress? Mattress with coils? Mattress WITHOUT coils? They have them all.
At the same time, they’ve stuck with a handful of tried-and-true models that deliver a quality experience (based on overwhelmingly positive user-generated reviews and my own testing) instead of creating an endless number of options to try to research and compare.
My Green Mattress describes the Natural Escape as their most luxurious mattress, and it seems to be the most popular model based on reviews. The Natural Escape is a hybrid model that combines an organic Dunlop latex foam comfort layer with a 5-zone pocket coil system that helps it contour to your body while offering lumbar support. It’s wrapped in a cover made of organic cotton and flame retardant wool.
Latex foam is different than memory foam in a couple of ways. First, memory foam tends to trap heat while latex is more breathable. Also, latex foam has more natural springiness than memory foam. You don’t “sink” into it like memory foam, which may compress so much that it causes alignment problems.
In terms of comfort, it’s considered medium-firm and good for a wide range of body types and sleeping styles (back, stomach and side sleepers).
The Kiwi is a popular choice for kids bedrooms and can be made two-sided so that it’s flippable and therefore longer lasting. It’s a hybrid model that combines organic dunlop latex foam with pocket coil support like the Natural Escape, but it has a thinner foam layer and added organic cotton batting, making it a good choice for kids (who are lighter) or adults who prefer a firmer bed.
The Kiwi also comes in a lower profile size that’s specifically designed to meet bunk bed safety requirements.
This is a great option for people who don’t want springs in their mattresses due to EMF concerns. It’s medium-firm with three layers of organic dunlop latex wrapped in organic cotton and wool. I chose it for our guest room because I was curious about trying a coil-free mattress.
Although it’s not for our room, my husband and I tested it out. It felt a little firm at first, but softened up nicely over a couple of weeks. I would say the only downside is that it’s heavy. It comes compress in a small box that’s pretty easy to handle, but it’s probably best to have two people available to move it to the bedroom before unboxing.
This mattress is latex-free, making it a good option for anyone with a latex allergy. Instead of foam, it’s made with heavyweight organic cotton batting and pocketed coils for lumbar support.
In terms of comfort, it’s on the firm side and is recommended for back and stomach sleepers.
Emily Crib Mattress
And of course there’s the mattress that inspired the founding of My Green Mattress – a crib mattress made with organic cotton, organic wool, and an organic coconut coir (fiber) pad layered over an innerspring. You can check it out and read the reviews here.
Not sure which one is the best option?
There’s a super helpful comparison chart here.
4. Free Shipping & A Really Generous Return Policy
Each mattress is handmade to order and shipping is free within the contiguous 48 states. Although “made to order” may seem to translate to “long delivery time,” mine shipped quickly and arrived in just a little over a week.
Once it arrives, they offer a 120 night sleep trial. If you don’t love your mattress, you can exchange it or “return” it for a full refund.
Except you don’t really return it.
If you decide that don’t want to keep or exchange your mattress after a 30-day trial period, they will help you find a charity in your area to donate it to. Once it’s donated, they issue a full refund. Pretty amazing, right?
My Tour Inside The Factory
Recently Tim Masters, the owner, gave me a virtual tour of the My Green Mattress factory. I thought it would be a mostly automated process, but these mattresses are truly handcrafted in a way that exceeds the standards of most mattresses.
For example, they use more stitches per square inch to secure the mattress cover than is usually used, which makes the beds longer lasting and more durable. It takes longer to make a mattress this way, but Tim thinks its worth it.
I also loved that each mattress tag contains special numbers that trace back to the exact ream of organic cotton and other materials used to make it. Every single component is meticulously tracked and shared with transparency, so there’s no risk of being promised top quality materials that are replaced with cheaper ones.
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