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Way back in the 1800s and years beyond, there was simply no other way to live but in an organic fashion. People back then grew their own food, made their own soap with natural things like wood ashes, and plucked goose feathers for a comfortable mattress.
As time went on, during the 20th century, convenience became helpful to the suburban housewives. Processed foods and canned goods were easier to throw in a pot and feed the family. Hygienic products like soap and shampoo were made in factories and sold in retail stores. And mattresses were made with synthetic materials.
Organic Living is Making a Comeback
Today, we are gravitating back to an organic way of living in all aspects of our lives. We buy fresh foods straight out of the ground from farmers markets, and things like mattresses are made and sold with certified organic cotton and lamb's wool that has never been soaked in any kind of chemical treatment.
The number one thing that has been turning most people back to an all organic lifestyle is allergens. So many things that are processed have unknown ingredients that people with allergies will be extremely sensitive to. People who suffer from the common allergens like dust, pollen, and sensitivity to smells that are in synthetic materials, are now purchasing organic mattresses to sleep on.
Finding the Perfect Mattress for Your Organic Lifestyle
In considering which organic mattresses are best for your family, the first thing would be to make sure that everything from the latex springs to the cotton or wool is 100% certified organic by the manufacturer. That is probably the most important thing.
Second, when we think about an organic mattress made from natural materials, it might make some of us hesitate in purchasing one because we feel it may not be firm enough for someone in the family who may need to have a firmer mattress rather than a softer one. However, even though it is made from these types of materials, they are manufactured to suit all orthopedic needs.
The third thing to consider is durability. How long will the mattress last? Most synthetic mattresses only last up to seven to ten years at the most, and mattresses can be quite expensive. So, in buying an organic mattress you would want to know if you will be getting your monies worth. And the good news is that most mattresses that are organically made will have a 25-year warranty and will, indeed, last that long without having to purchase a new one.
In addition to durability, the fourth thing that will be important when buying an organic mattress will be if all the material will be bio-degradable when you do finally want to purchase a new one later? If you live an organic lifestyle, chances are you are conscious about the critical need to be aware of the effects certain materials have on our environment. You will want to be positive that you can fully recycle your mattress.
Lastly, you should ask yourself if you want your mattress to be flame-resistant. Parents will, no doubt, think about this when buying a mattress for their children. So, if you want flame resistant, you should pick wool over cotton. Wool is not only a natural material, but it is naturally flame-resistant. Cotton, although a great natural product is not a certified flame-resistant material.
Finally, I hope this article was helpful in shedding some light on the benefits of buying an organic mattress for your household.