As a conscientious consumer, it can be tricky to navigate all the different products and labels out there. Product packaging might be purposely misleading marketing can be intentionally confusing so that people believe they are making a healthy or environmentally friendly choice when in fact itâ€™s not quite that clear cut.
Food and beverage, cleaning and beauty products, even clothing can all fall prey to this type of manipulative messaging. Even mattresses are no exception! So for people who want to invest in a mattress that is truly the least harmful to the environment and to health, there is some confusing information to sort through.
When shopping for a mattress, a consumer might come across the labels: Organic Latex and Natural Latex. They both sound great! You might even be wondering if thereâ€™s a meaningful difference between the two.
There is! Weâ€™ll break it down for you so that you have the information you need when shopping for the best mattress for you.
Natural latex mattresses can be a really great option to sleep on, but what consumers might not know is that they might not be organic.
Hereâ€™s some background: Natural latex is tapped from a rubber tree. These resource-rich trees originally hailed from Brazil but have now been planted all over the world and are mainly harvested now in South East Asia and Africa.
Itâ€™s really interesting to see a rubber tree farm, and the way these incredible trees are harvested. Workers remove a thin spiral strip of bark and collect the latex as it seeps out. The versatile material is processed to manufacture a huge range of products, from rubber tires to mattresses.
Natural latex mattresses utilize the product from the rubber tree, making it true that it uses a naturally occurring material. Consumers might assume then that these mattresses are organic, and thatâ€™s where some confusion can occur. Some mattresses labeled â€śnatural latexâ€ť might not be 100% purely organic. They may be blended with synthetic latex, which is manufactured from a petroleum product.
The reason that synthetic latex is used is because it offers a little more variety in terms of firmness and flexibility. However, people who consider their ecological footprint when deciding on what to purchase might be deterred by this fact.
If a mattress is labelled organic latex, you can rest assured that the mattress manufacturer is working to reduce the impact of producing these products. A mattress carrying the organic mattress label generally ensures that the rubber comes from trees that are sustainably planted and harvested, and that are grown without the use of harmful chemical pesticides. The entire process from planting to harvesting to manufacturing is done with environmentally responsible and harm-free methods.
Organic latex mattresses are better for everyone who represents a link on the long chain required to get a mattress from the rubber tree to your bedroom. As a responsible consumer, making the most well-informed and decision is usually the one that does the least damage.
Why choose organic?
Whether itâ€™s the food you eat or the products you buy, itâ€™s a good idea to consider the wider repercussions of where your money is going and from where your products are coming. As more people become aware of their consumer choices, itâ€™s growing ever clearer that fewer chemicals and less damage to the environment is good for everyone.
Remember, itâ€™s up to us to do our research and act responsibly so if you can purchase an organic mattress, the world will thank you.