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January 18, 2012


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Do you know, is Temperpedic that bad?

Betsy (Eco-novice)

Great post, Micaela! So glad you have a good, local option. Great summary of what to look for in a mattress. I'm going to add a link to this post in my bed post. This is one of the toughest issues people deal with b/c of the cost.

Lori Popkewitz Alper

I found, when looking for an organic mattress, that it was challenging to find a retail store to touch and feel the mattresses. After much searching, I finally found a local shop where we could test out the beds before buying. I'm glad you had the same option. Your criteria are very helpful-buying bedding is overwhelming in general. Unfortunately organic bedding can be cost prohibitive. Hopefully with more consumer demand the price will come down over time.


Hi Lisa - it is my understanding that Temperpedic mattresses are made from polyurethane foam - which unfortunately is highly flammable and must be treated with flame retardant chemicals.


Thanks Besty. I agree - deciding on a mattress is a tough decision to make. I had a hard time spending the money but justified it knowing it was an investment in our health!



Lori - good point - not everyone has a local store that carries natural mattresses. While you can certainly buy one online, it would be tough not to test it out first. Let's hope that prices come down - so more people can afford safe mattresses!


We went on this journey in the spring, looking for a mattress for our toddler. I thought I knew it all and by the end of it I realized that no one knows it all. You have to ask, "Is this latex mattress 100% natural, chemical-free, free of petroleum, and non-blended? And is it made with the Talalay process?" Eventually with went with the Natura Starlight Organic for our toddler and the Naturepedic for our newborn. Luckily for us, the store Wildflower in Austin had mattresses to try out. If you don't have a store to try out Naturepedic, your shipping is free. My write-up of everything is here, if you don't mind me posting: http://therobynnest.wordpress.com/2011/03/30/my-head-is-going-to-explode/


Great article! After researching mattresses for our children, I knew I needed to make a different choice for us when it was time to upgrade. Since I, too, live in Austin I will head to Wildflower. Thank you, TheRobynNest!
Once you educate yourself on such matters, you cannot ignore the facts about how you are poisoning yourself with those toxins. Sometimes I wish I could.
Lisa, I would challenge you do your research on the matter of Tempurpedic and the like. The headaches, endocrine disruption, etc. all seem pretty bad to me. Of course, you need to decide the pros and cons for yourself. The chemicals have more profound effects on some than on others.


Hi Robyn - thanks so much for your insightful comments! Yes, the whole latex thing is tricky. I looked at Natura and was confused by all of the different choices and combinations of materials. I'm so glad that you found mattresses for your kids that you feel comfortable with!



Hi SAHMmelier - you are so right that once you educate yourself about the problems with conventional mattresses, it's hard to go back. Good luck with your mattress shopping at Wildflower!


The Sustainable Furnishings Council http://www.sustainablefurnishings.org/ was formed many years ago to help people find the best of products nearest them.

I like that you listed a third party standard, GreenGuard, as one of the things to look for when making a decision.


Thanks for mentioning the Sustainable Furnishings Council Mary - it's a great resource!


I always love finding people's personal exerts on buying an organic mattress. It can be a real process, what with all the researching and then shopping! Overall, it's a pretty big purchase, so you want to make sure you're happy and healthy in the end.

In regards to your "ultimate green mattress" - I've heard great things about the Savvy Rest Serenity organic mattress - http://www.savvyrest.com/products/organic-mattresses. It seems like the phrase "you get what you pay for" has never been more true!


Hi Lindsay - The Saavy Rest mattress wasn't in my budget, but lucky to those who can afford it! I'm sure it's awesome!



Great article! I recently decided on a Naturepedic for my son too. However, I also need a trundle and those are hard to find since they are shorter than a twin mattress. Would you ever buy a mattress that is GreenGuard certified, but not organic? I found one at PBK, but I'm not convinced it's safe.


Hi Jodi - Good question- the GreenGuard certification helps because you know it has met certain criteria. I would recommend asking a lot of questions about the mattress you are considering. Is it 100% organic or partially organic? What type of flame retardant materials are used? Does it contain synthetic foam? I hope you enjoy your Naturepedic mattress for your son!



What about what happens to the old mattress? Do you know of an easy way to keep it out of the landfill? Companies that recycle them?


Theresa - Good question about recycling - it's an important part of the equation. Some mattress stores and manufacturers will take back old mattresses for recycling - ask about it when you visit the stores. Also you can check Earth911.com for recycling options in your zip code.


Kyle Smith

This article could not have come at a better time. I might be buying a new mattress soon an I wasn't really considering latex... now I just might. Thanks.


We also got a Queen innerspring from Naturepedic and Moss Envy. Did you have any issues having yours arrive undamaged? Ours took 3 deliveries to come undamaged, we were wondering if we just had bad luck, or if that typically happens with Naturepedic's shipping. I just wrote a post about our experience and linked to your site too. http://theurbanhomestaed.blogspot.com/2012/05/why-we-chose-to-purchase-organic.html


Julie - What a bummer you had so much trouble getting your mattress delivered! We didn't have any trouble at all. Ryan & Tina at Moss Envy are awesome, aren't they? I hope you are getting a good night's sleep on you new mattress!

Andy Aust


My name is Andy and I work for a company called The Natural Sleep Store. I think you wrote a really great post that touches on a lot of things that are important when researching a new mattress purchase. I had a question for you, we just started carrying Naturepedic and it sounds like from your post that you really like your mattress. We value consumer feedback more than anything else and since Naturepedic is brand new for us I was wondering if you could give me any other feedback about your mattress.
Thanks in advance for your time


I agree with Andy Aust that you touch a lot of things that are important when researching a new matress purchase. We have our own store in the Netherlands and also want to introduce Naturepedic, maybe it's an idea for a new article (your experiences with this brand?)

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