In our series of articles about organic bedding, we’ve already discussed organic mattresses, mattress toppers and organic comforters. Today, we’ll look at the best places to buy organic mattress protectors.
A mattress protector will help you protect the mattress from spills and other unwanted liquids that may stain it or contaminate it. If your mattress feels corse, a mattress protector can add a plush feel to it (although an organic mattress topper will a better solution here). It will also help prevent your organic mattress from absorbing too much moisture if you tend to sweat a lot at night, prolonging the life of your mattress.
We’ve come up with a list of mattress protectors that are GOTS certified and manufactured by brands dedicated to sustainable, non-toxic bedding. Take a look at our list and find an organic mattress protector that best suits your needs:
First is the Avocado Mattress Pad Protector with a 17” pocket that fits all Avocado mattresses. For your comfort, this quilted pad protector with reinforced edges is made with absorbent cotton fiberfill and Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) organic certified cotton ticking. Richly quilted with reinforced edges, it has a gentle-fit cotton pocket and elastic sides. Coming in a natural ivory color, the nontoxic mattress protector is Greenguard Gold Certified. It is available in sizes Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen, King, and California Kingwin.
Next is My Green Mattress Organic Cotton Waterproof Mattress Protector which will give you natural protection for your mattress. This waterproof mattress protector is free from allergens, it’s naturally resistant to dust mites, it keeps away moisture and more.
This organic mattress protector features two layers of soft jersey GOTS certified organic cotton including a moisture barrier that is comfortable, breathable, waterproof, and quiet. Fitted with an organic cotton skirt, this mattress protector has an elastic perimeter. It comes in Twin, Twin XL, Full, Full XL, Queen, King, and California King.
Also for your mattress’ protection, you may choose a Plushbeds Organic Cotton Mattress Protector with a GOTS certification. This mattress protector is a perfect companion to an organic latex mattress and/or organic Egyptian cotton sheets, although it works well with any mattress to protect from against spills, dust mites, and stains.
This organic cotton protector is especially nice because it cannot be seen under a fitted sheet. It is made with soft, certified 100% organic cotton jersey on the top side and skirting, making it unnoticeable. Laminated with micro-thin polyurethane on its underside, the mattress protector is waterproof and inert which makes it unleachable to chemicals or other toxins. It is also machine washable, over and over as long as you’re not using bleach in the wash as it could damage the product.
Naturepedic offers its GOTS certified and Greenguard GOLD certified Organic Waterproof Fitted Stretch Knit Protector Pad comprised of fitted stretch knit cotton which serves as a temperature regulator to reduce sweating and clamminess because it is extra soft and very absorptive. This waterproof breathable mattress pad contains no PVCs, vinyl, phthalates, flame retardants, and no latex just in case there are allergies to consider. This fitted mattress protector is available sizes are Twin, Twin XL, Full, and Queen.
The Futon Shop also has an Organic Cotton Mattress Protector made from GMO-free cotton which is not treated, thereby producing a soft woven fabric. The cotton in this fitted protector is a fair trade product, which means that farmers who grow it are paid above the going rate in the market as a premium for utilizing earth-friendly sustainable growing tactics, including no GMOs or pesticides.
Low-impact water-based inks and pigments and fiber-reactive or natural dyes are used for any imprints. Sewn at their San Francisco factory, the cover also has elastic straps for easy attachment to a mattress.
In a world where we are worried about additives to our crops, such as Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) which make changes to our crops for food, textiles, and more, as well as the effect that chemicals have on our health, everything we say here will be “organic,” “organic,” and “more organic.”
In simple terms, organic refers to the means of farming or food methods used in production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial agents, i.e., natural, pesticide-free, non-chemical (chemical-free), and/or additive-free.
So that defines the word and its concept, but the important part has to do with our search in the world for optimum health, which is doing all we can to protect ourselves and our families from harm. The environment we live in presents challenges, both present, and future, of which we must all be aware, and we believe in doing our part.
We mentioned earlier that organic refers to farming. Many think of farming as growing food. While this is true, it also has to do with the growing of components, such as cotton, put into or made into materials, and this is where GOTS-certified textiles come in. GOTS certificate is conceded to manufacturers who adhere to strict rules regarding the use chemicals in textile production as well as working conditions.
It makes sense that if we should be aware of what we put into our mouths should be organic, but we should also make sure that what we put against our bodies should be as healthy as possible, in other words, you guessed it, organic.
So when selecting bedding products, for example, you are well within your rights as a consumer to obtain information about what it is made from. In fact, we should be asking questions about most of what we buy, like our children’s toys, cooking implements, and our clothing, for example, and much more.
Organic cotton bedding has been continuing to grow in its impact for some time. A lot of this has to do with customers having a greater awareness of what is available to them and the desire for environmental solutions favorable to day-to-day living. This is because it is better understood by the public that organic cotton is cultivated using methods conducive to a better environment. Cotton cultivated in this manner does not contain GMOs or synthetics and it has been grown without pesticides.
So, it is hard to argue that organic sheets are not good for our planet in need. Unfortunately, cotton production has been, to date, responsible for the excess of usage of one-quarter of insecticides. Through runoff, very dangerous pesticides that some posit are needed to grow cotton can poison the world’s food supply.
Therefore, it makes sense to buy more things made of organic cotton so as to support farmers who want to grow a quality product without causing damage through toxicity. Some farmers are making the switch from conventional farming methods to organic growing, as it helps their own health and that of their families, makes improvements in the area of land quality, and prevents local water from being poisoned.
We all spend, on average, an excess of one-third of our lives in bed, which is more than in any other area in which we find ourselves in day-to-day life. Just like how we think of keeping the furniture we sit on is non toxic, we believe that it is of particular importance that the bedding that touches our bodies ought to be as healthy as possible.
For example, there are people with multiple chemical sensitivities. This can cause respiratory issues and skin problems. We also need to be aware of the need for hypoallergenic (free of dyes, pesticides, and chemicals) bedding for babies and children. Because of this, it is especially important that all bedding materials be promoting one’s health rather than diminishing it. Organic cotton bedding (including organic comforters and organic bed linen) is hypoallergenic largely due to the lack of chemical additives. Those with chemical sensitivities can find that non-organic bedding products will cause skin or respiratory reactions.
In addition, chemicals can contain heavy metals, which may have a devastating effect on our health if we’re exposed to them on a daily basis. Wrinkle-resistant treatments, such as those found in man-made sheets and other bedding, can release formaldehyde. Also, they can be treated with flame retardant chemicals which have been proven to be dangerous for children.
Not so incidentally, organics can provide a softer experience because of the lack of contact with harsh chemicals. This all has to do with how the cotton fibers are woven. Awareness of that so-called “thread count” is more prominent in consumer circles these days. It is the weave, not the chemicals, that cause a consistently soft bedding set despite repeated washing. This makes all components naturally “breathe” away moisture, thereby keeping the bed occupant(s) cooler, which makes the organic cotton sheets more comfortable.
Another thing we hear about these days when it comes to protecting our environment is sustainability. Organic cotton bedding lasts, but when it must be replaced, it is more biodegradable. Production with organic cotton is more sustainable than man-made fibers and materials. So much of this has to do with the fact that organic growers will pick cotton, for example, by hand.
A harvesting machine gets cotton mixed up with seeds and oil, and chemicals may be used to remove these unwanted parts post cultivation. Organic cotton is cleaned with hot water and vegetable products, and it takes less water to grow it. In addition, by selecting organic bedding, you are reducing the output of toxic greenhouse gasses, primarily carbon dioxide. Organic farming produces 60% less greenhouse gasses than conventional farming.
Sleep quality is extremely important in your day to day life, and aside from the comfort factors, organic bedding can give you peace of mind as it incorporates environmental sustainability into your daily life. It helps you create an environment free from toxic chemicals in your bedroom and home, for healthy sleep.