Are you looking for the best non-toxic mattress?
Non-toxic and eco-friendly mattresses are becoming more desirable in the Australian bedding market. This is not surprising, as consumers are now considering health and environmental sustainability more than ever.
The good news is that many mattresses available in Australia contain components that are certified as non-toxic and eco-friendly. This gives customers the reassurance that their new mattress is safe for the family home.
It’s important to note that most new mattresses will have a ‘new smell’ when they are initially delivered and unpacked. Some people may be sensitive to new foam and fabric smells (e.g. new cars, new furniture, new clothing) but this doesn’t necessarily mean that they are harmful or toxic.
If you are sensitive to new product smells, we recommend ‘airing out’ the product outside for a few days, or simply leave the windows open until the smell has dissipated.
With that said, it can be difficult obtaining information from some mattress companies as to exactly how a specific mattress is produced. It is likely that some mattresses do use certain chemicals that are harmful to humans.
So what are the best non-toxic mattresses on the market today? Bedbuyer’s expert team gives you our top 10 picks in 2024!
Best non-toxic mattresses
- Peace Lily Mattress
- Macoda Mattress
- Eco Kids Mattress
- Yinahla Classic Comfort
- Koala Plus Mattress
- Dusk&Dawn Essential
- Sleep Republic Mattress
- Neoluxe Vantage Silver
- Noa Mattress
- Eva Mattress
The mattresses listed above are all certified by world leading testing companies. With so many different companies and certifications, it’s be hard to keep up!
Below is a summary of the major health certifications, along with our best non-toxic and eco-friendly mattresses.
STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®
The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® was introduced in 1992, and is an independent, worldwide certification system for textile products such as bed linen and knitted fabrics. This certification is based on:
- Harmful substances such as colourants, formaldehyde, and pentachlorophenol
- Requirements of the European Chemicals Regulation
- Requirements from the US Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act regarding lead.
- Numerous also environmentally relevant substance classes
The central focus of the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® has been the development of test criteria, limit values, and test methods on a scientific basis. A popular non-toxic and eco-friendly mattress that has this certification is the Peace Lily Mattress.
The Sensitive Choice certification was formed by the National Asthma Council Australia in 2006 and identifies suitable products for allergy sufferers. The aims of the Sensitive Choice® certification program include:
- Educate about the importance of managing asthma
- Encourage manufacturers and suppliers to produce products and services that are asthma and allergy friendly
- Provide you and your family with a way of identifying products that help people with asthma and/or allergies
The National Asthma Council Australia uses the sponsorship fees generated through the Sensitive Choice® program to support their work. Dunlop foams used in many mattresses have a Sensitive Choice® certification.
GECA – Good Environmental Choice Australia
GECA was established in 2000, and their ‘eco-friendly’ certification label was the first of its kind in Australia. GECA:
- Has more Australian certified products than any other group
- Their certified products consider the environmental impacts of that product
- GECA considers social impacts, such as ethical working conditions
- They consider human health and toxic chemicals such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
GECA has developed their own set of rigorous standards for global best practice in eco labelling which are independently assessed by their assurance providers.
Popular mattresses that have their foam components (e.g. Dunlop Foams) GECA certified, are the Koala mattresses and the Dusk&Dawn mattress range. It’s worth noting that the Koala mattress range is fully certified (all components) by GECA.
The CertiPUR-US® certification program started in 2008, and was developed to provide consumers with the confidence that certain foam products met standards for content, emissions, and durability. This gives consumers confidence in relation to non-toxic and eco-friendly mattresses. CertiPUR-US® certified foams are:
- Made without mercury, lead, and other heavy metals
- Made without formaldehyde
- Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions for indoor air quality (less than 0.5 parts per million)
- Made without ozone depleters
SGS – Société Générale de Surveillance
SGS was registered in Geneva as Société Générale de Surveillance in 1919 and is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing, and certification company. Their core services include:
- Inspection – a comprehensive range of inspection and verification services
- Testing – a global network of testing facilities
- Certification – demonstrate that your products are compliant with either national or international standards
- Verification – to ensure that products and services comply with global standards and local regulations
SGS are recognised as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 97,000 employees, they operate a network of more than 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world. The Noa Mattress is a popular non-toxic mattress with a SGS certification.
We know that getting getting a non-toxic and eco-friendly mattress is important to many Australians. We hope that these summaries of the major mattress certifications assist you in narrowing down your search, but if you have any questions, please leave a comment below.
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