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Stop Counting Sheep with a Sustainable Mattress from 7 Eco Friendly Brands

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What exactly makes for a good night’s sleep?

Definitely not the climate crisis…that’s for sure. And neither will the toxic chemicals, child labour and environmental injustices associated with the mattress industry!

Fortunately, there are a pillow top plethora of sustainable mattress brands that aren’t dozing off when it comes to critical things like sourcing the dreamiest materials and making sure their supply chains aren’t a human rights nightmare. 

These sustainable and eco-friendly mattress brands will give you the cleanest conscience for the deepest sleep. Use the quick links to navigate and head to the bottom to see what was important to us when finding these brands. 

First, some snooze button inducing options: we love PlushBeds because they’re one of the few brands on this list to offer an eco friendly memory foam mattress (without all of the environmental problems that come with traditional foam). Next, we recommend Naturepedic if you want your bed crafted by skilled Amish tradesmen! And finally the brand that seems to be taking home all the awards recently, is Birch Living; while Avocado has all the eco-certifications.

QUICK LINKS FOR SUSTAINABLE AND ECO FRIENDLY MATTRESSES


1. PLUSHBEDS

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About PlushBeds

CEO Michael Hughes lost his father to Parkinson’s Disease when he was just 64. And after learning that certain common household chemicals could have been the catalyst for his father’s disease Hughes immediately began looking to detox his family home. 

Then he stumbled across the fact that flame retardants from mattresses end up being absorbed by the people who sleep on them—so much so that flame retardant was found at levels 75% higher in American women’s breast milk than in that of European women. 

He obviously had to do something, and PlushBeds was the result. They remain a family-owned company dedicated to transparency, honesty, and advocacy. Which is exactly what you’ll find in their range of affordable eco friendly mattresses (organic, memory foam, sofa bed, and RV).

While this brand may have been inspired by a loss, it has certainly positively impacted the world since it began.

PlushBeds’ Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Less than 1% of other mattress brands can match the purity certifications of Plushbeds—which says a lot about their materials. 

They use 100% GOLS Certified Organic latex, GOTS Certified Organic cotton, and GOTS Certified Organic wool (everything is USDA Organic Certified, too). 

They’re one of the few brands on this list to offer an environmentally friendly memory foam mattress, but theirs is blended with organic latex and free of the chemicals you’d usually find with memory foam. 

In fact, the mattresses are eco-INSTITUT Certified and OEKO-TEX certified, ensuring that they’re free from harmful toxins and dangerous off-gasses.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Transparency is important which is why PlushBeds works with a US-based factory that is verified by Control Union and certified by both GOTS and GOLS.  

For material sourcing, they work with farmers who share the same values and regularly travel around the globe to meet their suppliers personally. That means ethically-produced wool from the United States free from any cruel practices (like some of those we discussed in our article about ethical wool). 

Green business practices: 

PlushBeds pays a third-party to run regular audits to ensure they’re living up to their own sustainability expectations. On top of that, they’re a Green America Certified Business and Sustainable Furnishings Council, meaning they’re also trying to make the home industry better as a whole.  

Partnering with TerraPass Carbon Neutral, they’ve also worked out the emissions impact of their website and have chosen to offset this. 

Finally, they offer a 25-year manufacturer warranty on their mattresses. That’s a lot of years of quality assurance!

Community & charitable giving: 

Since inception, they’ve donated thousands of dollars to students through their PlushBeds Green Scholarships program. 

They also support a range of organizations, including Hometown Heros, Every Kid Counts, and The Village of Mange Bureh.

Available:  PlushBeds


2. NATUREPEDIC

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About Naturepedic

Who would have thought that simply sleeping would mean exposure to dangerous toxins? Memory foam mattresses have been found to emit more than 61 chemicals, including a few carcinogens.  

While addressing a need for toxic-free sleep, Naturepedic has been one of the biggest and most sustainable mattress companies since they were founded in 2003. Their mattresses (including some of the best eco friendly crib mattresses) are free of flame retardants and polyurethane foam, meaning safer and healthier sleep. And they’re actually in a few other articles of ours for their natural and organic pillows and bedding

Naturepedic’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

So, what exactly are Naturepedic customers sleeping on? They start with a USDA-certified, US-grown organic cotton fill which is combined with organic wool batting. Their top-of-the-line eco-luxe mattresses also contain alpaca, cashmere, and organic latex.  

Then, there’s a PLA layer. This is a plant-based, non-GMO sugarcane material that wicks moisture and adds resiliency. 

Another layer of organic cotton encases the mattress and voila…you have one of the most eco friendly mattresses!

Sustainability is incorporated into all the materials that Naturepedic uses, right down to the support coils and microcoils that are free of toxic chemical glues. The entire mattress is MADE SAFE Certified, UL Certified, GREENGUARD Gold Certified, and GOTS Certified, meaning that this is one seriously sustainable organic mattress.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

While the materials are sourced from around the globe, Naturepedic keeps their production in the US by working with skilled Amish craftspeople.

Not only do their vendors adhere to some of the world’s strictest working conditions, but some are Rainforest Alliance certified too.

Green business practices: 

 We took a peep at Naturepedic’s annual Sustainability Report and found some pretty awesome practices. 

They’re a Green America Certified Business, have won countless environmental awards,  use recycled FSC-certified packaging, and provide a way for customers to recycle old mattresses.

Community & charitable giving: 

Their partnership with organizations like 1% for the Planet, Women’s Voices for the Earth, and Toxic-Free Future further demonstrate Naturepedic’s commitment to a sustainable and socially just planet. 

Available:  Naturepedic


3. BIRCH

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About Birch

We’re not the only fans of Birch—they’ve been voted the Best Natural Mattress 2020 by Business Insider and the Best Organic Mattress 2020 from Wired (to name just a few of their awards). 

Birch is all about the most natural materials for their organic mattresses and mattress toppers. And since they also sell FSC and LEED certified wood bed frames treated with zero-VOC finishes, they’re also one of the most eco friendly mattress brands around. 

Birch’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

With Birch, you aren’t only getting an environmentally friendly mattress on a budget, but you’re also getting some of the best materials, too. 

A GOTS-Certified organic cotton cover hugs natural wool fibers (combined with rayon), 100% organic Birch wool, organic wool batting, and natural Talay latex (which is OEKO-TEX Certified and eco-INSTITUT Certified).

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Birch uses organic wool that is sustainably sourced and can be traced back to individual New Zealand farms. All of their wool is also PCG Wrightson Wool Integrity Program compliant, which conforms to some of the most ethical practices. 

The Talalay latex undergoes a similar process. It’s sustainably tapped from rubber trees grown in Southeast Asia, Brazil, and Africa. All plantations are closely monitored and the process is OEKO-TEX certified. 

The US-grown cotton is GOTS certified and joins the other materials to be handmade into a mattress in the USA. 

Green business practices: 

As another Greenguard certified business, we know Birch isn’t polluting the environment with any toxic chemicals in their manufacturing.  

They also currently offset part of their carbon footprint.

Community & charitable giving: 

How about counting trees instead of counting sheep at night? That’s what you can do with a Birch mattress, as a portion of all sales is donated to the National Forest Donation. Within the next few years, Birch will help NFD plant more than 50 million trees!

Available:  Birch Living


4. AWARA

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About Awara

Awara realizes that sleep and well-being are interconnected. And that natural eco friendly mattress materials can help with both of these. 

The brand is made up of some of the best and the brightest in the mattress industry—and they all want to provide one thing: “The best sleep of your life, the way nature intended.”

Awara’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Awara’s sustainable latex mattresses provide the same comfort found in a memory foam mattress—but do so in a way that uses the power of nature.

Rainforest Alliance Certified natural Dunlop latex is combined with natural cotton and organic New Zealand wool to provide supportive comfort with minimal motion transfer. 

Their mattresses are free of all the toxic materials, too. No CFCs, phthalates, formaldehyde, heavy metals, lead, mercury, flame retardants, or ozone depleters in this good night’s sleep.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Awara’s practices are not only great for the planet, but because they don’t use hazardous chemicals, it means their workers won’t be exposed to them either. 

While they don’t elaborate too much on their labor practices on their website, they do ensure that they work with the strictest quality and production protocols and aim to be as transparent as possible. We’re reaching out to them for some more detail around these policies.

Green business practices: 

 Like a few of the other brands in this list, durability is a focus for Awara. Which is why they offer a forever warranty! Buying a mattress that stands the test of time is the best thing you can do to get some good shut-eye and protect this planet. 

When you upgrade to a new mattress, you can also have the option of giving your old mattress to Awara to be donated to someone in need. They also partner with ClimatePartner to offset their emissions.

Community & charitable giving: 

A partnership with Trees for the Future allows the customer to choose upon checkout one country (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Guinea, or Senegal) to donate 10 fruit trees to a farming family. If that doesn’t give you good dreams, we don’t know what will.

Available:  Awara


5. AVOCADO

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About Avocado

Years ago, the founders of Avocado were on the hunt for a green mattress. Their wishes were few: a mattress that was non-toxic, made from organic materials, and affordable. Suffice it to say that their options were just as few (not to mention muddled by greenwashing claims).

So, they took matters into their own hands and sourced the finest materials to become one of the most respected environmentally friendly mattress brands out there. And with thousands of 5-star reviews, they probably make the highest independently rated mattresses.

So now, they not only offer what they call a “green mattress,” but also sell vegan mattresses, environmentally friendly crib mattresses, and even some select sustainable reclaimed furniture.  To top it all off (literally), they also sell eco friendly mattress toppers and soft and sustainable pillows.

Avocado’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

When it comes to certifications, Avocado’s basically ticked most of the boxes we can think of. Their Green Mattress is made with GOLS organic certified Dunlop latex (made from sustainably harvested latex rubber), GOTS organic and OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified wool (that’s been ethically sourced), and GOTS organic certified cotton (that is not blended with polyester). 

If wool is too baaa baaa bad for you, Avocado’s vegan mattress uses GOTS organic certified cotton instead of wool. And it’s PETA approved. 

Each natural sustainable latex mattress from Avocado is free of polyurethane foams (but still feels like memory foam!), polyester, and toxic fire retardants (which it replaces with a natural hydrated silica fire barrier), making it MADE SAFE Certified. The materials used in Avocado mattresses are so good that most of them are recyclable and biodegradable.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

With an innovative “farm-to-bedroom” approach, Avocado works closely with an ILO compliant Indian farm wool collective, and owns their own FSC-certified rubber tree farms for the latex models.  

They then manufacture in their Los Angeles factory (which is fully GOTS and GOLS certified).

Avocado is a newly certified B-corp, member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, and provides living wages to their workers. They also provide benefits like comprehensive health care and mental health support (including a free Headspace meditation account). 

Green business practices: 

Avocado is GREENGUARD Gold Certified for their low emissions. They’re considered a Climate Neutral Certified business but they’re actually the only mattress-maker that has negative carbon emissions. They do this through a partnership with Bonneville Environmental Foundation.

You can check out their most recent Sustainability Report to learn more about Avocado’s green business practices, but something that isn’t mentioned there—that is super sustainable—is longevity

Their mattresses are under warranty for 25 years, too, with a FULL 1 year sleep trial. 

Community & charitable giving: 

Avocado helps to keep mattresses out of landfills through a program where 90% of their returned products are donated to nonprofits (their goal is 95%). They’re also a member of 1% for the Planet (of which we’re also proud members!) and allow their staff members to get paid to volunteer every quarter.

Available:  Avocado


6. BRENTWOOD HOME

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About Brentwood Home

Brentwood Home is the OG of natural mattresses. They started in 1987, waaayy before anyone was aware that they were tossing and turning in toxic comfort. 

Defined by their “California ethos,” Brentwood is all about beautiful sleep products that fit into a healthy lifestyle and promote greater well-being. Here’s what they have to say about why they do what they do:

“We strongly believe our environment, especially our homes, are at the center of our well-being, allowing us to live comfortable, happy lives.”

If you’re looking for an affordable eco friendly mattress without compromising on quality or values, check out Brentwood Home’s range of organic, natural, and/or vegan mattresses. 

Brentwood Home’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

The materials used by Brentwood Home are some of best sustainable fabrics which we’ve previously covered—plant-based TENCEL™, GOTS organic certified wool, and GOTS organic certified cotton.

They also use a CertiPUR-US® certified memory foam that is made with BioFoam® memory foam combined with silk fibers. This means that the foam is not only made out of renewable PLA polymers (aka corn starch or sugar cane), but is also free of nasty chemicals, toxins, and ozone depleters. 

While silk isn’t vegan, you can still buy a sustainable vegan mattress with memory foam, like their Crystal Cove mattress. This luxury eco friendly mattress combines tons of pocketed coils Dunlop latex and activated charcoal-infused memory foam.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

Transparency goes a long way to ensuring a good night’s sleep, and with Brentwood Home, you can check out where each of their materials are sourced before being manufactured in their GOLS-certified LA-based factory.

Green business practices: 

Most of the mattresses from Brentwood Home are GREENGUARD Gold Certified for their low emissions and minimal pollutants. They work with Carbonfund to offset their shipping and the carbon footprint of their factory.

Community & charitable giving: 

1 mattress = 3 trees. For every mattress sold, Brentwood Home and their partner (National Forest Foundation) plants three trees in American forests. 

They also build Relief Beds, which are temporary and durable beds that are used for impoverished people and disaster victims.

Available:  Brentwood Home


7. BOLL & BRANCH

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About Boll & Branch

Just as the sustainable fashion industry was moved to change by the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh, so, too, were husband and wife duo of Missy and Scott Tannen.

Aware that the textile industry was complicit in unsafe working conditions and worker exploitation, Boll & Branch was designed to be different. They wanted a supply chain that they could be proud of. 

And boy do they have a lot of reasons to be proud. They’ve got a range from eco friendly twin mattresses to luxuriously large California Kings that can be completed with an eco friendly mattress protector and topper.

Boll & Branch’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials: 

Boll & Branch use some of the best natural materials—wool, graphite-infused latex, natural latex, and individually-wrapped coils. While a bit of polyester is added to the wool filling in the mattress, all of the materials used are non-toxic.

If a topper and/or protector is added, you get some of the same natural materials with a GOTS-certified organic cotton cover.

Supply chain & labor practices: 

The supply chain used by Boll & Branch is Fair Trade Certified. In fact, they were one of the first mattress brands to achieve this status. 

When you order a mattress from Boll & Branch, you’re helping them to continue supporting more than 13,000 farmers and factory workers who benefit from fair wages and safe work environments.

Green business practices: 

Not only does Boll & Branch prioritize natural materials that are better for the planet, but they also save carbon emissions equivalent to 4,500 cars driving for a year by using boat shipping instead of air freight.

Community & charitable giving: 

Their Helping From Home program has to date donated 7,888 mattresses and pillows to families in need.

Available:  Boll & Branch


HOW WE FOUND THE BEST SUSTAINABLE MATTRESS BRANDS

A good mattress is one of the best investments you can make. But a bad mattress can give you more than a sore back. 

Not only do discarded mattresses take up 132,000 square miles of landfill space but they’re also responsible for generating a huge amount of toxic chemicals and petroleum products that we can’t see. 

So, now that we know what to avoid when it comes to sleep, here are a few considerations we made when finding the best eco friendly mattress:

Materials:

Comfort is obviously important, but to get there brands should use materials that are as close to nature as possible. Organic cotton was the main material we looked for, along with fillings like organic wool and organic latex. 

When foam was used, we looked for renewable, plant-based alternatives (typically made with PLA). 

There were a few brands using polyester blends, but we tried to prioritize companies who used this material sparingly. And we also went with brands who were committed to ensuring that our midday naps would be toxin-free, particularly in regard to the flame retardants they use. 

Supply chain & labor practices:

Let’s fall asleep to thoughts of transparency. We gave brands two thumbs up when they knew where their materials were sourced, used US-based factories, and provided good working conditions and fair pay. When these were backed up by certifications, even better!

Green business practices:

One of the most important things when it comes to green practices is the longevity offered by each mattress brand. As more than 18 million mattresses are thrown away each year in America, sleeping in the same bed for a longer period of time is one of the most sustainable sleep habits you can have.

That’s why we looked at brands who provided long warranties (lifetime warranties are obviously the most desirable). Another great green practice is those who offer recycling services for old mattresses.

Any other green practices (carbon offsets, recycled plastic-free packaging, etc.) are a bonus we love! 

Community & charitable giving:

It looks like the mattress industry is one that likes to give back. Every brand on this list makes an effort in one way or another—from donating recycled mattresses to planting trees for each purchase. High five indeed.

We also know that we’ve only uncovered the top layer of a sustainable mattress. Supply chains are complex and the materials (down to the springs) could still be investigated. This is why replacing a mattress should only be done on an as-needed basis. 

And if you are replacing your mattress, be sure to dispose of it as best as possible, whether that’s through a recycling program offered by one of these brands, donating it to someone in need, selling it (provided it’s in good, clean condition), or repurposing it in some way.


FINAL THOUGHTS ON SUSTAINABLE AND ECO FRIENDLY MATTRESSES

Hopefully, you didn’t read this article before bed. Unless you want to count sheep to fall asleep… ethically raised sheep, of course!

It’s a serious issue that regular mattresses are associated with so many health and environmental problems—but thankfully some brands (like the ones listed above) are changing the status quo for healthier and more sustainable sleep. 

Just remember, even the most eco friendly mattress is not as eco friendly as the one you already own. Though, you should still consider the toxicity of your current one – which may also pose a risk to your health.

We’d love your input here! What’s your favorite mattress? And how do you know when you need to replace it?  Let us know in the comments! 


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