What is an Organic Bed?

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  • Written By: Mary McMahon
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  • Last Modified Date: 13 February 2018
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An organic bed is a bed made with organic materials. This includes the mattress and the bedding itself. Many people use environmentally friendly frames for their organic beds as well, depending on why they are using organic bedding materials. Organic beds tend to be more expensive than conventionally produced beds and they are available through specialty purveyors who can create custom bedding by request in some cases.

When material like cotton, linen, wool, or natural latex is certified organic, it meets standards set by independent organizations. Organic standards vary by nation, but generally, an organic bed will be made with materials produced without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and herbicides. Bedding containing animal products like hair or feathers uses products from animals raised in accordance with organic standards. Other materials like wood and metal used in the construction of the bed don't need to meet an organic standard, but may be ethically sourced.

An organic bed can include a box spring, mattress, mattress pad, and full array of bedding including sheets, pillows, pillowcases, blankets, duvets, and other materials. Chemical processing like bleaching may be avoided during production and organic dyes can be used for coloring. Bed frames made from ethically sourced materials like recycled metals and plastics or wood from certified forest are also available for people who are using organic materials for environmental or ethical concerns.

There are a number of reasons for people to choose to use an organic bed. Some people are concerned about the use of synthetic materials, have high pesticide sensitivity, or have other health concerns. Organic purchases can also be rooted in ethical concerns about the safety of the environment, as well as labor practices, although organic producers are not generally required to meet specific labor standards. There is also a belief among some consumers that organic materials are of higher quality.

Some things to think about when purchasing an organic bed include the size, dyes and other treatments, ease of maintenance, and materials used. People with allergies to particular materials should read disclosures carefully to see if a bed includes allergens. Some companies selling organic beds offer discounts on mattress sets or frames purchased at the same time as a mattress, and may also provide delivery to their customers. It is advisable to test a bed first to see if it will be comfortable for sleeping, and some comparison shopping can help consumers determine a fair price for a bed.



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