Veganism applies to more than a way of eating. Products we use in our everyday lives can be vegan, too. Mattresses, for instance, are vegan if there is no animal product used during production. Many conventionally manufactured mattresses — even those labeled as a natural or organic mattress — may still contain products that come from an animal. For example, wool is derived from sheep, so a mattress that contains even the slightest amount of wool wouldn’t be considered vegan.
If you’re in the market for a vegan option when it comes to finding a high-quality new mattress, this article can serve as a helpful guide.
Why Opt for a Vegan Mattress?
There are a lot of reasons people choose to live a cruelty-free, vegan lifestyle. Some of these PETA-approved habits include eating a plant-based diet, using vegan cleaning and skin care products, and wearing clothing made with vegan textiles.
For many, it’s all about the animals — protecting them and helping prevent them from experiencing pain and suffering. In fact, according to PETA, those who practice veganism save about 200 animals per year.
But there is more to veganism than saving animals. Non-vegan mattresses can potentially contain a plethora of petroleum-based products, chemicals, pesticides, and toxins that are detrimental to our health and well-being. By sleeping on these mattresses, you could unknowingly be causing harm to your skin, respiratory system, reproductive organs, and so forth. Sleeping is one of life’s necessities, but no one should sacrifice their health to enjoy the Natural Bliss.
Some toxic materials that could be found within the fabric of your mattress include:
- Polyurethane foam: This type of foam — used often in mattresses and bedding — releases volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are harmful chemicals that have been linked to health issues like breast cancer, anemia, and immunological dysfunction.
- Flame retardants: These are chemicals used to protect the mattress from catching on fire since foam is very flammable. Although these chemicals act as a fire barrier, they have also been known to cause health issues, affecting the hormones, nervous system, and respiratory system. One fire retardant in particular, boric acid (also used to kill any bugs that could potentially infest the mattress), is extra harmful to humans. It’s poisonous and can cause respiratory damage and convulsions.
- Formaldehyde: You’re probably more familiar with this chemical than any of the others mentioned, as it’s found in a lot of the household items used on a daily basis. However, it’s much better to look for products that don’t contain formaldehyde because, over time, increased exposure can lead to cancer and serious health issues.
- Synthetic latex: Synthetic latex can cause some health concerns if exposed to it too much over time, even if you don’t have a latex allergy.
Going vegan is also a very sustainable and eco-friendly way of living, another great reason for choosing a vegan mattress instead of one that is more conventionally produced. Non-vegan mattresses can wreak havoc on the environment when it comes time to get rid of them. These mattresses are filled with chemicals, petroleum-based products, and other toxins that can result in mattresses having a very large carbon footprint. When you throw away an old mattress, there is a huge amount of energy emitted to break it down, and the harmful chemicals within the fabrics are then released, causing further damage to the environment.
You can rest easy — literally — when you know you’re sleeping on a non-toxic, sustainably produced mattress that is neither damaging to your health nor to the environment.
What is Natural Latex and How is it Made?
In the most simple terms, latex is rubber and comes from a rubber tree. Natural latex is produced from a milky-like sap that comes from the tree, known as hevea brasiliensis. This sap is drained from the tree and used to create natural latex to use for materials in mattresses, pillows, and other products that contain rubber.
There are two main ways to create natural latex. The Dunlop Process uses a mixture of water, bubbles, and the sap drained from the rubber tree to make a solid latex foam. The Dunlop latex process has been used since the early 1900s. Natural Dunlop latex is a dense, firm, and more durable product. A newer manufacturing process called Talalay adds in a flash-freezing component. Before the water and bubbles are mixed with the sap, the bubbles are frozen and stabilized. Talalay latex has different degrees of firmness but has shown to be best when looking for a latex mattress with a softer, fluffier, more pillow-like texture.
Natural latex doesn’t contain any added chemicals, which makes it a more eco-friendly option than its counterpart, synthetic latex, which is petroleum-based and contains man-made ingredients. This is not the direction to go if you’re looking for something organic, sustainable, and, most importantly, vegan. A natural latex mattress — like The Natural Bliss® 100% Natural Latex Mattress from PlushBeds — can help you experience the comfort and quality sleep you deserve without negatively impacting the environment or your health.
What is GOLS Certification?
Just as food labeled as “USDA organic” requires certification to be officially labeled as so, products do too. This certification is known as Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS), which has become the global standard for products made out of organically grown natural rubber latex. This certification was developed by Control Union in collaboration with reputable manufacturers and trade associations from all over the world and is highly supported by those involved in the latex industry, including both manufacturers and investors.
For companies claiming to produce organic and sustainable products, having a GOLS certification adds incredible value and trust. However, there are specific criteria and protocols, as well as required social and environmental regulations, that everyone from farmers to the actual manufacturers must follow to use the GOLS logo and say they’re GOLS certified.
Anyone with this certification — manufacturers, exporters, sellers, etc. — can portray their product as organic, socially justifiable, and environmentally friendly. Mattresses and other bedding products are high on the list of products a certification like this was created to recognize. Other items include gloves, rubber toys, and shoe soles.
Any product that can be made out of organically grown rubber latex can become eligible for a GOLS certification so long as all the raw materials used in the product — with the exception of other materials or accessories that are approved otherwise — comply with all organic origin requirements. By following the necessary requirements, manufacturers and retailers may use this “stamp of approval” to show customers that they’re getting the real deal.
Pairing Your Bed with Vegan Bedding
Whether you have an innerspring, memory foam mattress, hybrid mattress, or a latex mattress — ranging from a twin XL to a California king — it’s time to accessorize with vegan bedding to create an ideal sleep environment.
Some ideas for vegan bedding to pair with your mattress include eco-friendly, silky smooth (without actually being silk) vegan sheets and vegan pillows from PlushBeds. Add a comfort layer with a comforter and mattress topper made with down alternatives and a certified organic cotton duvet cover. Other bedding items to look into include a mattress protector, bed frames, organic cotton covers, certified CertiPUR-US memory foam toppers, and maybe other accessories that match the pillow top decor.
Discover Premium Vegan Mattress Options from PlushBeds
Shopping for a mattress and other bedding items can be overwhelming, especially with so many different brands, styles, and materials available. Once you’ve narrowed it down to specifically looking for vegan bedding made with organic materials, at least you have a solid place to start. PlushBeds offers sustainable, hypoallergenic, eco-INSTITUT certified, and vegan-friendly mattresses, making your search for the right vegan mattress much easier.
Check out PlushBeds for GreenGuard Gold certified and OEKO-TEX certified mattresses and GOTS Certified Organic Cotton bedding made with wool that is certified organic by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). You’ll sleep better when you know that you’re getting a top-quality product that’s made in the USA (specifically in California), uses natural materials, and comes with a 25-year warranty!
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