If you’ve ever purchased a new mattress, you know that one of the greatest challenges is getting rid of the old one. Mattresses are dumped in our nation’s landfills and contribute to the growing waste disposal problem that we are currently facing. In addition to being highly uncomfortable, conventional spring coil mattresses are made using outdated techniques and materials. Have no fear, eco-conscious friends, buying a mattress doesn’t have to be stressful. Choosing a natural latex mattress is your most sustainable choice, and a wise one for a good night’s sleep and a healthy spine.
Formed from natural latex rubber, from the sap of a rubber tree, the natural latex mattress is also referred to as a natural rubber mattress. Regardless of what you call it, this manufacturing technique is more sustainable and ultimately more comfortable than the conventional alternative.
The rubber tree is grown on large plantations in South Asia, South America and Africa which employ thousands of otherwise unemployed residents. Unlike the wood products harvested from the world’s forests to make conventional mattresses, the rubber tree is grow specifically for the purposes of making rubber and does not deplete natural resources. Additionally, the natural latex mattress is biodegradable unlike its conventional alternative.
Choosing the right natural latex mattress can often be a challenge. Many mattress retailers carry a small selection of natural mattresses, and online retailers with larger selections do not offer the ability to test the softness of the sleeping surface.
To ensure that you find the right natural latex mattress, be sure that the entire mattress is made from latex. Many low end manufacturers will use a non-latex core, surrounded by low quality latex on the outside surface. Look for a natural latex mattress that is made with high quality, American made latex without additional filler materials. The mattress should include a cover made from high quality organic wool or cotton. Any other materials will not breath as easily as cotton or wool, and non-organic materials will only serve to defeat the purpose of purchasing a sustainable, natural mattress.
When choosing a natural latex mattress, it’s important to stay informed and research which style will best suit your sleeping needs. There are many imitations out there, companies that have jumped on the green trend in hopes of snagging an extra dollar or two out of the American wallet. Make sure to thoroughly investigate the manufacturer, make sure they’ve been in the latex business and can be trusted.
Ultimately, choosing a natural latex mattress is a wise, environmentally conscious decision. Mother Earth will thank you, but thanks to the great support these natural mattresses offer, your back will thank you too.