Friday, 8 July 2016

Natural or Organic Mattresses - what's the difference?

Researching organic mattresses on the internet can be confusing.

There are now several makers, eg Happy Beds (found on ebay), calling their products "organic" when, in truth, they are often just using organic cotton for the outer ticking (mattress cover) and then still adding chemical fire retardants to pass UK standards.

The old adage, 'You get what you pay for' could never be truer in these cases, since the cost of truly organic materials would be more than these mattresses are being sold for!

We have also come across other mattress makers, such as Cambridge Natural Mattress, who are claiming that organic mattresses are still treated with chemical fire retardants and that their 'natural' product is the best choice to avoid FR treatments and chemical residues.

While this may be true for makers such as Happy Beds, it's quite wrong for them to mislead customers in this way.

All of the mattresses that we and other reputable organic mattress sellers (such as Abaca, in South Wales) offer have been independently accredited by the Soil Association and GOTS as being organic and do not contain any added chemical fire retardants, at all.

To have products tested by these organisations does cost more, so will impact on the end price, but since these tests are done (on an ongoing basis) by recognised third parties, completely independently from the maker, you, the consumer, can rest assured that the mattresses are what they say they are and do not feature any added fire retardants to pass UK standards.

At Green Woods Furniture, we have the largest display of certified, truly organic mattresses in the UK, so why not visit our Bristol showroom to find the natural way to a better night's sleep.

(Our full, certified organic mattress range can be also be found online here).

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