Can A Mattress Be Biodegradable?
If you’re keen on conserving the environment, you’ll want to know if the mattress you wish to buy is biodegradable. The truth is, some mattresses are biodegradable, while others are not. This article will cover everything you need to know about biodegradable mattresses.
The term ‘biodegradable’ refers to the ability to decompose by bacteria and other living organisms. In other words, this term means that a particular material can be broken down into smaller components, such as gasses and sugar.
What is a Biodegradable Mattress?
If you’ve been shopping for a mattress lately, you’ve probably come across the term ‘biodegradable’ on various mattresses. This tag simply means that the mattress can decompose into the environment when it is finally time to get rid of it.
No mattress lasts forever. So, when that time comes when you need to replace your old mattress with a new one, you may be concerned about how to get rid of it. Most old mattresses end up in landfills. However, according to several studies, some mattresses do not decompose into the environment, leading to environmental pollution.
Here’s How Pollution Occurs in Such a Scenario:
Traditional mattresses - those that are not biodegradable - consist of harmful chemicals and other synthetic materials involved in the manufacturing process. So, when you dispose of the old mattress, which ends up in a landfill, it may not decompose into the environment. As a result, the chemicals and other harmful materials from these mattresses find their way into the soil, leading to pollution.
Rain plays a massive role in transferring chemicals from the mattress into the soil. When rainwater mixes with chemicals from the mattress, and then flows down into the soil, it destroys the soil quality, and pollutes the environment. Remember, the same water also flows into water bodies, such as lakes and rivers, putting the lives of aquatic plants and animals in danger.
Biodegradable Mattresses vs. Traditional Mattresses in Landfills
To better understand biodegradable mattresses, let’s compare them with traditional mattresses when introduced in landfills.
As mentioned earlier, biodegradable mattresses decompose into the environment when introduced into landfills. On the other hand, traditional mattresses do not compose. As a result, they are considered a threat to the environment.
Most biodegradable mattresses do not contain harmful chemicals. This is because they are designed to be environmentally-friendly. The decomposed materials do not harm the environment when they disintegrate into the environment. But, the same cannot be said about traditional mattresses when introduced into landfills. They contain toxic chemicals, which damage the soil and water.
Most traditional mattresses contain certain materials, such as toxic fire retardants. While flame retardants are meant to protect mattress users and their properties, the same cannot be said about the environment.
Here is Why:
Traditional mattresses that contain chlorofluorocarbons, also known as CFCs, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or simply PBDEs, can have a dangerous environmental impact. This is because these chemicals contribute to CFCs emission, which depletes the ozone layer, allowing harmful UV rays to reach the earth.
Is Natural Latex Biodegradable?
Yes, natural latex is biodegradable. The same applies to eco-friendly mattresses made from natural latex.
How is Natural Latex Biodegradable?
Natural latex derives from rubber trees, meaning it is a natural material. Since plants naturally decompose into the environment, natural latex also does the same. Research shows that natural latex begins the decomposition process immediately after it reaches the landfill.
About PlushBeds Biodegradable Mattresses
Now that you know the importance of investing in a biodegradable mattress made from natural latex, PlushBeds has an excellent collection of eco-friendly mattresses made from biodegradable materials. Below are some great options to choose from for both adults and kids.
Organic Latex Mattress - The Botanical Bliss
Handcrafted in the USA, this organic latex mattress does not contain harmful VOCs, making it safe for you and the environment. It’s comprised of natural materials, and it comes in several sizes, ranging from Twin to Split Cal King. The superior mattress also comes in two firmness levels, Medium and Medium-Firm, to keep you and your loved ones comfortable all night long.
This top-quality green mattress is highly recommended by orthopedic specialists and chiropractors, making it the ideal choice for sleepers who struggle with back pain, and those who want to prevent it altogether.
The Luxury Bliss Organic Hybrid Latex Mattress
The Luxury Bliss Organic Hybrid Latex Mattress combines the best of both worlds to offer the finest sleep experience. Consisting of a comfort layer made of 100 percent natural latex, a Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS certification) organic cotton cover, and certified organic wool, this natural mattress is safe for the environment. The enhanced safety derives from the fact that natural latex, cotton, and wool are natural raw materials that decompose into the environment when you get rid of the mattress.
Other qualities you’ll love about this luxurious green mattress include the buoyant support and cool comfort, making it ideal for sleepers who tend to sleep hot.
The Natural Bliss Vegan Mattress
If you’re looking for a mattress with no blends, synthetics, and toxic chemicals, then you’ll love the Natural Bliss 100% Natural Latex Mattress from PlushBeds. This temperature-regulating mattress is best known for being hypoallergenic, perfect for sleepers who struggle with allergic reactions caused by volatile organic compounds and pests, such as dust mites. The natural latex mattress also comprises a soft, GOTS-certified organic cotton cover for the ultimate comfort.
The Eco Bliss Eco Mattress
As the name suggests, The Eco Bliss Hybrid Latex Mattress is the perfect mattress for any environmentally-conscious sleeper. This eco-friendly mattress comprises a comfort layer made from 100 percent natural latex, a supportive core, and a soft, stretch cotton cover. One of the best things about this top-of-the-line mattress is that it comes with the affordability of a hybrid mattress. So, if you are looking for a pocket-friendly, environmentally-safe yet luxurious mattress, this right here is a great choice.
Healthy Baby Organic Crib Mattress
PlushBeds also caters to the needs of children, due to our organic mattresses designed to help children develop healthy sleeping habits. And, since most children are sensitive to different products and materials used to manufacture mattresses, this eco-friendly mattress has been designed with safety in mind. It is not only safe for kids, but also the environment. As a parent, you’ll have peace in mind knowing that your child sleeps on a mattress made from clean, pure, and organic materials.
Healthy Baby Hybrid Crib Mattress
This hybrid mattress from PlushBeds is designed to keep a child’s body and mind in the safest possible environment. Made with natural latex, organic cotton, and organic wool, the double-sided mattress is also free from harmful substances and chemicals. As a result, it guarantees a long, peaceful night’s sleep for a toddler. And, when it’s time to get rid of the mattress, many years later, you won’t have to worry about harming the environment, because it is also biodegradable.
Healthy Child Organic Kids Mattress
When your child outgrows the Health Baby Organic, or Hybrid mattresses from PlushBeds, you still have other options to choose from. The Healthy Child Organic Latex Mattress is a perfect example of such a mattress best suited for children. This natural latex mattress, a miniature model of the award-winning Botanical Bliss mattress, comprises breathable, moisture-wicking organic cotton and organic wool best known for temperature regulation.
Healthy Child Hybrid Mattress
If you’re looking for a more cost-friendly bedding option, this smaller version of the famous Luxury Bliss mattress from PlushBeds is the perfect choice for your dear one. It combines natural latex and cotton to provide children a safe, healthy, and relaxing sleep experience. And like many other eco-friendly mattresses from PlushBeds, the Healthy Child Hybrid Mattress is biodegradable, making it safe for the environment when disposed of.
Frequently Asked Questions about PlushBeds Natural Latex and Hybrid Mattresses
In this section, we have answered some of the most frequently asked questions about PlushBeds natural latex mattresses, including the hybrid models, helping you make informed decisions when shopping for the ideal mattress for you or your loved one.
Do I Need to Pay Shipping Fees When I Buy a Natural Latex or Hybrid Mattress From PlushBeds?
PlushBeds is one of the few mattress manufacturers that do not charge shipping fees. Yes, you read that right. When you buy a mattress from us, we will ship it to your location in the continental US at no extra cost to you.
Our natural latex mattresses ship within four to seven business days.
Does PlushBeds Offer a Sleep Trial Period For Our Natural Latex Mattresses?
Yes, PlushBeds offers 100 nights of free sleep trials for our natural latex mattresses, giving you all the time you need to decide whether that specific mattress is the right choice for you or your loved one. In fact, we offer some of the best sleep trial periods in the mattress industry. To put things into perspective, most manufacturers only offer up to 60 days as their sleep trial period.
If you decide that you do not like the natural latex or hybrid mattress, we will offer you a full refund, if you return it to us within 30 days. And, if you need help removing the mattress, you can use our mattress removal service for a small fee.
Do PlushBeds Natural Latex or Hybrid Mattresses Have a Warranty?
We offer a 25-year warranty for most of our natural latex mattresses, and the hybrid ones as well, while some come with a lifetime warranty. This is because we believe in the quality of our hybrid and natural latex mattresses, and can stand by each mattress that comes from our factories.
Does PlushBeds Sell Other Sleep Accessories Other than Mattresses?
PlushBeds is the place to shop if you’d like to upgrade your bedroom with a few clicks of a button. Besides mattresses, we also sell top-rated sleep accessories, such as latex mattress toppers, shredded latex pillows, beds, and bedding.
Are PlushBeds Mattresses and Sleep Accessories Certified?
PlushBeds products boast some of the highest levels of certifications in the sleep industry. Our products are certified by the following independent organizations:
- Global Organic Latex Standard
- Global Organic Textile Standard
- US Department of Agriculture
- GreenGuard Gold Certification
- Control Union Certification
- Forest Stewardship Council
- Rainforest Alliance Certification
- CertiPUR-US Certified Foam
- Arpico Certified Organic Latex
In addition, our products are proudly handcrafted in the USA.
The Bottom Line
You can play a role in conserving the environment by investing in a premium, eco-friendly mattress from PlushBeds. These mattresses are designed to provide the perfect sleeping experience for you and your loved one, while keeping the environment safe for generations to come.
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