Review of the World’s Best Organic Mattress Suppliers


CANADIAN ORGANIC MATTRESS MANUFACTURERS (SOME WILL SHIP TO THE US)

Obasan/Sleeptek
These guys have been around since 1985and really know what they are doing. They do take special orders (or they did as of 9 months ago) so if you have particular sensitivities they have the ability to accommodate. I’ve ordered several mattresses (including organic crib mattresses) from them in the past and they were all beautiful and everything that I expected. As well as the natural latex, they do make the traditional organic box spring mattress, which is my personal preference, and I’ve had several made without wool due to allergies. Having said that they have changed a few things in their product line and I’m not sure if they hand tuft their mattresses any more. All products are made from organic cotton and wool. They also make organic cotton comforters, organic cotton mattress pads, organic cotton pillows, organic crib mattresses, organic sheets and organic cotton mattress protectors. They’re located in Ottawa but will ship anywhere for an extra charge.

www.obasan.ca
www.sleeptek.ca

Green Sleep
The basic principles of Green Sleep is their Natural Rubber mattresses which are manufactured from their own trees in North Malaysia. They state that no latex or synthetic fillers are used in their production. As with any mattress you’re considering purchacing I recommend asking them to send you a sample of material used in their beds ie. a small chunk of the natural rubber, a tuft of wool and even a swatch of their organic cotton. Smell the samples and place them on your skin for a reasonable length of time to be sure that you don’t have a sensitivity.
www.greensleep.ca

Natura
Natura provides a variety of mattress options, some natural and some not so natural. I really like the concept and marketing of this company but note the majority of their mattresses contain Talalay latex. Many people have absolutely no sensitivity to Talalay latex but there are certainly some people who simply can’t tolerate its smell (I’m one of those people). They have several organic baby mattresses but the one that I recommend has only Coir, Organic Wool and Natural latex, all quite acceptable materials, though my personal preference is always without latex. I would make sure, however, that your baby doesn’t have wool sensitivities first and I’d ask to have a sample of the natural latex sent to you before you purchase. The natural latex should only have a small odor if any at all and the smell certainly should not last longer than a week out of its package.
www.naturaworld.com
www.babynatura.com

Hästens
Integrity can sometimes be difficult to find in a mattress company but that’s certainly not the case with Hästens. This company is all class and all natural. I absolutely love their traditional and natural materials and construction methods: cotton, wool, flax, solid pine, steel, down and horsehair (a traditional material used in mattresses for hundreds of years – even the Queen of England has horsehair in her bed). The sheer fact that they’ve been making mattresses since 1852 certainly gives one an entirely different perspective on natural sleep and healthy mattresses. Their mattresses are comfortable and extremely well built and should last up to 30 years; Hästens mattresses are an investment that you certainly will not regret.
Hästens is a supplier to the to the Swedish Royal Court.
www.hastens.com

Shepherd’s Dream
Wool, wool, and more wool. This is a beautifully made futon-like wool mattress to be place on a slate frame. If you are not allergic to wool and you like a fairly firm mattress that breathes well this may be your best bet.
www.shepherdsdream.com

Essentia
If it’s  comfort you’re looking for, Essentia just may be your best option. They produce a natural memory foam mattress that is 100% free of petroleum. If you have any concerns over your back , hip, joints or pressure points anywhere on your body a natural memory-foam mattress is the absolute best option and Essentia is the only manufacturer worldwide that produces a non-toxic memory-foam mattress. when I was pregnant and had to sleep on my side there was no way I was able to sleep on a tradional box-spring because it was simply too hard. Essentia offers a 7 Zoned Layer for Optimal Spinal Alignment which is amazing on your back.

US ORGANIC MATTRESS MANUFACTURERS (SOME SHIP TO CANADA)

Lifekind
Lifekind offers a nice variety of natural beds and all their products, including their organic cotton sheets and bedding, are well produced. They sell organic crib mattresses and organic bassinet mattresses.
www.lifekind.com

Royal Pedic

The Cadillac of organic mattresses. Very plush, lots of options, hand tufted, custom sizes, Swiss engineering, US grown organic cotton.
“For the nearly four decades that Abe and his partner Steve owned Royal-Pedic they manufactured mattresses for innumerable clients, including an endless list of film celebrities, and six U.S. presidents, including John F. Kennedy, who insisted on Royal-Pedic mattresses wherever he traveled.”
www.royal-pedic.com
Rest easy, they are available in Canada!!!
Form & Function
2035 West 41st ve
Vancouver, BC
604-222-1317
www.formfunction.ca

Savvy Rest
Talalay and Dunlop mattresses
www.savvyrest.com

Pure Rest
To be perfectly honest, I’ve never actually ordered anything from these guys so I can’t tell you from personal experiece how their product fares. After having a good mooch around their website and reading all the reviews the company looks reputable. I did notice however that there ‘s quite a large lead time when ordering a mattress which means you’ll have to wait a few months before you’re sleeping organic!
www.purerest.com

Naturepedic
They specialize in only baby organic mattresses. Naturepedic is considered one of the best if not the best supplier of organic crib mattresses, organic bassinet mattresses, organic cradle mattresses, organic portacrib mattresses, organic change pads, organic mattress pads, and organic toppers in the US.
Naturepedic has the endorsement of Healthy Child Healthy World , a well respected and industry leader in health for babies and children (I continously refer to their website for up-to-date information on toxins that could be harming your children. If you are a parent or are soon to become one I implore you to add this site to your daily must-reads – absolutley invaluable! ).
At any rate, back to organic baby mattresses, despite Naturepedic being endorsed by several reputable sources I do have my personal concerns over their products. There are two aspects of their mattresses that have lead me not to purchase them for myself nor for any of my clients of my Green Architectural & Interior Design Firm…They are:
First - Their fire retardant materials of baking soda, hydrated silica and cellulose fiber. I feel all these materials quite simply do not belong in an organic crib mattress, as they are far from being pure, natural or organic. Simple organic wool is, in my opinion, the best fire-retardant mother nature can produce. Concerned over wool allergies? I too am highly allergic to all wool even organic however wool encased in a mattress and protected by sheets and a mattress pad has never effected me in the slightest or my sensitive children. The best option for you is to get a sample of the wool sent to you and test it out for yourself! If wool is not a concern for you then these mattresses should be ruled out.
Second – The food-grade polyethylene that coats the outside of the mattress to make it waterproof. This coating instantly sets off alarm bells in my head. I don’t care how many studies have show its inert properties, I personally will not have anything synthetic near a baby’s sleeping environment. Do your own research and decide for yourself, you may be quite comfortable with your findings but this is my feeling on the matter, when it comes to babies I take no risks and traditional classic all natural materials such as wool, organic cotton, wood and steel will always be my first choice.
www.naturepedic.com

WJ Southard
A Hundred year old company from NY with an impressive pedigree and history. If you’re not from the East than getting your hands on one may be slightly awkward, certainly not impossible but they don’t offer direct purchase from their website or free shipping. The best would be to get hold of them directly, they seem like that type of personal company. The absolute best mattress, in my opinion, is The 1915 Collection - see specifications below -WOW impressive ingredients!

  • 1,002 individually wrapped coils are tufted together by hand & rest in eco-cotton fabric.
  • More than 20 lbs. of purest 100% all-natural horsehair, which has been hand-teased and hand-layered.
  • More than 12 lbs. of the finest blend of organic and eco-friendly wool.
  • More than 20 lbs. of 100% organic cotton.
  • More than 6 lbs. of all-natural flax.
  • Covered in a 100% organic cotton chambray cotton, which has been gently massaged for softness
    www.wjsouthard.com

    White Lotus
    Mostly futon-like beds, very reputable, and an unbelievable price point. If you’re looking for all natural and budget is your second name, then these guys are your best bet. I wouldn’t say they’re the softest mattress around but they really make the effort to produce a chemical-free all-organic bed. Their website is painfully out of date but it’s worth the frustration when you see the low cost of these mattresses. They also supply several other retailers across the US that may offer a better ordering option.
    www.whitelotus.net

    UK MANUFACTURERS

    Green Fibres
    This is a real earth company that produces mattresses which are basic but effective and they manufacture some very unique mattresses that I’ve never seen anywhere else.
    My preferred is the special horsehair mattress, it is latex free consisting of 10 layers of horsehair (1000gr per layer!). It’s a robust, harder mattress but with wonderful ingredients.
    The organic wool futon is very unique as well, made from 3 layers of organic wool, it’s a traditional firm futon.
    They also sell organic cot mattresses, organic fitted cot sheets, and organic cot mattress protectors.
    All their futons are hand made and take 4-6 weeks to be delivered. (UK only)

    *Note – they also sell some other very unique products and raw materials that you could use to make your own organic pillow, organic bedding and the like: cotton string, hemp waxed string, hemp beading yarn, organic millet husks, organic spelt husks, woolballs, horsehair, natural kapok.
    www.greenfibres.com

    Hypons
    The best luxury natural bed manufacturer in the UK. Hypnos is a 100 year old family-run British business. It’s renowned around the world as the expert in making handcrafted deep pocket spring beds. They are proud holders of the Royal Warrant of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, each and every bed is individually made by master craftsmen and uses only the finest natural materials. Sold in Canada and the US.
    www.hypnosbeds.com

    Warren Evans
    Hand-made in London, Warren Evans is a very green and ethically responsible company.
    Their organic orthopedic mattresses are individually pocket sprung and 100% hypo-allergenic. Their mattresses are perfect for those with allergies or for anyone who prefers natural fibres. Their mattresses are naturally fire retardant and require no chemical treatments to fully comply with UK regulations.
    www.warrenevans.com

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