If you have made a decision to get an Organic mattress you have plenty of reading to do. As mentioned above for mattress to be labeled Organic all its components and layers must be organic and meet the standards of either USDA NOP or GOTS. That sounds fairly straightforward but there are only a few products that are fully certified Organic.
You may settle for a product that is not certified Organic but has the most components certified by credible third party certifications. 100% natural latex, organic cotton, wool, silk and bamboo are popular organic materials.
Take your time to read labels and ask questions. Not every mattress labels as “natural” is really Organic. Be aware of popular terms like green, all natural, eco-friendly, and sustainable. These words are freely used by manufacturers to describe materials that are not organic and these materials may contain certain percentage of synthetic or non-organic matter (natural latex blend 60% natural / 40% synthetic or knit cover made from 80% organic cotton). Most of the so-called bio foams, like soy-based foam, tea extract foam and others, use polyurethane as a main substance.
Organic mattresses offer several health benefits and at the same time are more environment friendly. They minimize the exposure to chemicals and synthetic materials found in standard mattresses. By using organic materials they are typically more breathable. They also follow strict regulation for production of its components and significantly reduce waste and pollution.
Learn about warranties of different products. Find out how long is the mattress fully covered, and if the warranty is pro-rated, know what portion of the replacement cost you will be responsible for. Make sure you ask your store about exchange/return options and exchange/return costs. Read the fine print of the exchange/return policy before you place an order.
Always ask for a special financing offers or the incentive for not using one. Some retailers charge delivery and old mattress removal fees that can significantly add to the final amount. Always ask for free gifts with a mattress purchase, it is always nice to get free pillows, mattress protector or set of sheets.