Organic materials must be grown under organic conditions or comply with organic standards for harvesting and processing. They are produced without the use of pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, fertilizers or other toxic elements like synthetic bleaches and dyes.
Popular organic materials used in organic bedding include cotton, wool, 100% natural latex, silk, and bamboo. Less popular materials include hemp, shredded coconut shells, corn husks, wood, horsehair, natural oils and waxes.
Many manufacturers obtain certifications for the organic mattress components from the reputable third party certification bodies. It really matters who is certifying the product and what is actually being certified. These labels provide valuable information about the certified material but do not guarantee that the whole mattress is Organic. Some of the trusted certifications are Global Organic Textile Standard, OneCert, Global Organic Latex Standard, Control Union, The Institute for Marketecology, Oeko-Tex 100, CertiPUR-US® , Oregon Tilth and GreenGuard.