I’m trying to detox my body, my food, and my home, from unnecessary, and dangerous chemicals that have become the norm in production and manufacturing nowadays.
The latest and biggest culprit in my home is my mattress, a classic case of “my husband bought it with the bed five years ago, and I didn’t ask any further questions”. Before that? A mattress I… well…. found next door in college. It sounds grosser than it is, but I guess it’s pretty gross, now that I think about it.
As you can see, I’ve never been a mattress prude before. But times have changed since my foray into “free” mattresses, and I knew it was time to drop some money on it.
Is a Natural Mattress Going to Cost More?
There are so many options out there for finding a more natural option when it comes to sleep. Some of them are pricey — as high as $5K+ just to get started — and some are right on the level of purchasing a conventional mattress.
While I’m sure natural mattresses go on sale, rarely do they dip into the kind of deals you see advertised on a piece of cardboard on the side of the road (a la “BRAND NEW TWIN MATTRESS $85!”).
But that’s kind of the point. When you use real materials (wood, cotton, wool, latex) instead of fake materials (polyester, plastic, polyurethane), it’s simply more expensive to create the item, meaning it’s more expensive to purchase the item. But it also means that your hard-earned money is investing in something real, natural, and good for the environment and your community.
If it’s made of poisonous things,
I don’t consider it an option.
How to Choose a Natural Mattress & Healthy Home Bedding
To decide how to choose a natural mattress, first decide your price range ($1K-$5K and up), then start looking based on where you live (local is better, always!).
Then, start thinking about the composition of your mattress. Unfortunately, you can get an unhealthy “natural” mattress if you aren’t careful. Some companies mix natural latex with chemical or synthetic latex, giving you just as many problems as a conventional mattress.
An organic, chemical-free latex is what you’re going for. It’s naturally hypoallergenic, mold, moisture, and dust mite-resistant, and sustainable. These mattresses also last four or five times longer than a conventional mattress — up to 20 years if you treat it right!
Here are a few more tidbits I picked up from my research:
- If you go latex, find out what kind of latex it is and where it’s from. Dunlop, Talalay, and many variations of the two can be confusing.
- Find out what kind of foundation it needs. Natural products tend to need more air circulation, and slatted bases tend to be the answer.
- Look for reviews of actual customers, and seek out companies that will answer all of your questions quickly. Every industry has shady people, so weed out the company by how responsive and friendly they are about your questions.
Savvy Rest Natural Latex Mattresses: Heck Yes
I googled the crap out of everything to find the mattress of my dreams. While I’m trying to avoid springs, too, because of EMFs, I came across Savvy Rest’s EarthSpring mattress and I really like the materials, the price range, and the vibe of the store. Their website is exhaustive with certifications and details about how to pick the right mattress — you can just tell they know their stuff and they’ve made the right choices for you as a customer.
One more reason they’re awesome? I approached their marketing team about a sponsored review and giveaway for the blog. Within days, they were responsive and excited to show off their showroom and do a giveaway!
But don’t stop there, It gets even more cheesy. Not only does Savvy Rest meet my requirements for natural latex and great reviews, they’re also an example of my favorite things in business: a person with a dream building a successful company based on a solid product. More about that side of things next week!
Even if you aren’t looking to purchase, it’s worth doing some research on their site with helpful posts about how to choose a mattress and a fun blog that caught my eye with its post about sleep, “Sleep: You’re Doing it Wrong”.
Disclaimer: Savvy Rest provided me with several products free of charge in exchange for my unbiased review, but has not otherwise influenced my review or opinion. Stay tuned for a fun giveaway later this month!