Organic Futon Mattress FAQ
What does it mean for a product to be organic?
The United States Department of Agriculture defines organic as “a labeling term that indicates that the food or other agricultural product has been produced through approved methods that integrate cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that foster cycling of resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity”.
How can I tell if a product is organic?
Companies with certified organic products will usually display the official USDA certification logo. Remain skeptical of websites and companies that claim to specialize in such products that do not display this logo or can’t answer questions about how they have obtained their certification. The following is an excerpt from Kit Arbuckle’s National Geographic article “What Is the Difference Between Natural Products & Organic Products?” She writes, “The organic label means that the product contains at least 95 percent organically produced and processed ingredients. You might also see a label with a percentage indicating how much of the product qualifies as organic. Any product containing less than 70 percent organic ingredients cannot use the organic label. These products can only list individual ingredients as organic. Organic products must also indicate the certification agency and indicate each organic ingredient on the label”.
So is there such thing as an organic mattress?
If assembled solely from organic materials in a certified facility, it is possible to have an organic mattress. However, the federal standard for flammability has made it very hard for manufacturers to produce a 100% organic mattress. Bear in mind, there is not currently a governing body that oversees the organic labeling of mattresses specifically. That is why it is important to do your homework and ultimately purchase your mattress from a company you trust.
There are a lot of materials that go into a mattress; cotton/fiber batting,foam, springs, casing fabric, ticking, tufting, etc. Ask questions about the material and the manufacturing process when trying to determine how organic a mattress really is. Some companies claim an organic title due to their use of natural materials like soy, latex, wool and cotton. These materials can be very expensive in raw form so some manufacturers opt to blend them with petroleum based foam in order to provide suppliers with a product that can be marketed as “natural” at a lower cost. Similarly, it has become common for manufacturers to blend cotton and or wool batting with polyester. So, unfortunately there is a lot of grey area in determining just how organic any one specific mattress may be. Many companies make valid efforts to minimize the amount of non-natural material in their product but the fact remains that in order to produce a mattress that complies with federal law, it will very likely contain some degree of non-organic make-up.
How do Custom Futons’ mattresses compare in all of this?
Our custom mattress supplier, Otis Bed, provides mattresses which comply with flammability laws without resorting to the use of chemicals and spray-on flame retardants that are known to be dangerous. Also, they purposely avoid using treatments the EPA has identified for their 2015 full risk assessment. They have proven to be an innovator when adjusting to the increasingly stringent standards for flammability. They use tried and true polyurethane foams and polyester fibers which provide a longer lasting mattress that will not take on compression pockets like those typically seen in blended cotton/poly fiber and or wool bating. Further, their batting is dust free and therefore allergy friendly.
Bottom line, Otis Bed products, are not certified organic but they are safe. If you want a mattress that is considered organic, we recommend locating a Savvy Rest retailer near you. Savvy Rest products will be your best option for an organic futon cushion but will come at a much higher cost. No matter which mattress you choose, please know this; we go out of our way to make sure our futon selection has healthy objectives while also providing reasonable pricing, compliance with flammability laws, and long-term durability.
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