9 Best Eco-Friendly Mattresses To Help You Rest Easy (2024)

Three photos of eco friendly mattresses, two of them have cute dogs on them

A mattress is a big purchase — and a very important one. According to the National Library of Medicine, we spend about one-third of our lives sleeping. In this regard, buying a mattress is kind of like buying a house — it’s where you spend a good chunk of your time!

It’s overwhelming to pick out furniture — especially when shopping online. You can’t Goldilocks your way out of it by having multiple cat-naps in the middle of a furniture store, but we took one for the team, and our Good Good Good crew actually tested out a majority of these mattresses!

If you’re on the hunt for a new mattress that meets the needs of you and your potential sleeping partner, is a sustainable choice for the environment, and will be worth the money, we’re here to help.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite eco-friendly mattresses on the market to help you put your conscious consumer mind — and hopefully your body — at ease.

Oh, and if you're outfitting your entire bedroom, you might also like our deep-dives on: 

But first, some facts about mattresses and sustainability!

What makes a mattress eco-friendly?

If you’re spending all this delightful dream time on a mattress, you want it to be good for you and good for the planet. Eco-friendly mattresses are mattresses made with quality materials that do not have detrimental effects on the health of the environment. 

There are a few main components that make up a mattress, including latex or foams (the big mattress piece you think of), cotton or wool (the lining of the mattress that covers the latex or foam), and occasionally, coils or springs that give your mattress the bounce and support a shopper might be looking for.

Many standard mattresses that are not eco-friendly are made from foams and materials that contain petroleum, polyurethane, vinyl, PVC, or chemical flame retardants. These not-so-great chemicals are either made with crude oil — and other energy-inefficient sourcing processes — or emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) like carcinogens. 

They’re bad for the planet — and your personal health. 

Latex, on the other hand, is a more eco-conscious material, but you’ll want to opt for natural latex, as opposed to synthetic latex, which is not recyclable and contains those yucky VOCs.

Eco-friendly mattresses are certified by trusted independent organizations that provide rigorous testing and regulations, such as the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Greenguard, Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS), Made Safe, and others. 

These certified standard organizations look at a mattress’s list of materials to ensure that they are made with durable natural fibers that will last a long time, including ethically-sourced cotton and wool. And, like we mentioned, eco-friendly mattresses use natural latex, which has better durability and decreased environmental impacts.

Hybrid mattresses usually include coils or springs made from recycled metals and wrapped in organic or recycled fiber materials like cotton or polyester. Each mattress will include different specs and information about support from these coils or layers, so read up to find the best fit for you!

All in all, when researching an eco-friendly mattress, be sure to look for a company’s sourcing and manufacturing processes, certified safe materials, and any other social responsibility or environmental impact work, such as financial contributions, climate neutrality, and more.  

By the way, some of the links in this article are affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link, we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you!

Our favorite sustainable mattress brands

The brands you see listed here sent members of our team a mattress to review for this article. (Our reviews are always honest. Receiving free products for testing never impacts our writing — and brands don’t get any influence on our editorial process.)

We broke down our reviews based on the mattress’s packaging, comfort, and assembly to help you make the best decision for your body, your wallet — and the planet. 

Awara Natural Hybrid Mattress

A small dog sits on a human-sized eco-friendly mattress with the logo "Awara"
Jemma loves her Awara mattress / Photo by Megan Burns for Good Good Good

What’s good: Awara’s Natural Hybrid Mattress is made with organic materials and comes trusted by a number of third-party sustainability champions like the Rainforest Alliance, Forest Stewardship Council, GREENGUARD, and Repreve. All latex used is free from ozone-depleting substances, flame retardants, mercury, lead, formaldehyde, and phthalates.

Additionally, for every purchase, Awara’s nonprofit partner Trees For The Future plants 10 trees in Kenya, Senegal, Uganda, or Tanzania. In 2021, 225,000 trees were planted thanks to Awara customers. 

Closeup view of Awara mattress label: Natural and Organic Latex, Forever Warranty, Made with New Zealand Wool Fiber, and VOC-free Materials
Awara's mattress label touts: Natural and Organic Latex, Forever Warranty, Made with New Zealand Wool Fiber, and VOC-free Materials / Phot by Megan Burns for Good Good Good

Details: This hybrid mattress is made with a luxurious combination of cozy organic New Zealand wool, silky organic cotton, and Rainforest Alliance-certified natural Dunlop latex from real rubber trees. Between this natural latex and recycled steel coils individually encased in cotton, the mattress improves air circulation and helps you stay naturally cool and comfortable all night long. 

Warranty information: All mattress shoppers receive a 365-night trial and a lifetime warranty. 

Price: $1,099 for a Queen

Closeup view of side of ecofriendly Awara mattress
Photo by Megan Burns for Good Good Good

Megan’s Thoughts:

  • Packaging: Awara’s packaging seems to be similar to the route other mattresses-in-a-box take: it’s vacuum-wrapped in layers of plastic. While this helps it to be much more compact for shipping, you still end up with a lot of plastic bag packaging. There’s a chance a plastic bag recycling collection point near you (like at Target or another grocery store) will accept this type of plastic in their bins, but unfortunately, this might end up going in the trash.

    However, I did appreciate that Awara included a special cutting tool to cut through the plastic sheeting and help protect the mattress from getting nicked by a blade.
Purple Awara mattress box arrived damaged but functional
Photo by Megan Burns for Good Good Good
  • Comfort: This mattress is so comfortable! My husband and I opted for one with an additional topper, so it erred more on the medium-firmness side. I love a mattress you can somewhat sink into rather than sit on top of, and this definitely feels like a soft, comfy, cozy cloud! Without the topper, it would likely be a bit more firm, so keep that in mind. 
  • Assembly: Assembly of our mattress was a breeze! Since it’s made with latex and high-quality wool, it’s definitely much heavier than your standard mattress, so having a partner to help unbox and situate the mattress on the frame is helpful.

    Once you cut through the plastic wrapping, the mattress expands quickly. I’d say it expanded to its full size within an hour. Perfect for a post-furniture-assembly nap!

→ Shop Awara’s Natural Hybrid Mattress

Spindle Organic Latex

A shibu-inu sitting on a (human-sized) Spindle eco-friendly mattress
Mirio loves his Spindle mattress / Photo by Kamrin Baker for Good Good Good

What’s good: Spindle’s latex mattresses are a unique and well-made approach to the traditional mattress. Using organic latex and cotton materials, the Spindle actually comes with three layers (soft, medium, and firm, but chat with Spindle specialists to learn which layers might be best-personalized for you!) and an organic cotton fabric cover so you can position the layers of your mattress in different iterations until it works just for you. 

This approach subsequently becomes more sustainable, as customers can reposition their layers or purchase a new layer at a discounted rate instead of buying a new mattress more often. Spindle is among the most expensive mattresses we reviewed — but this unique approach might end up helping your wallet (and the planet!) in the long run. For king-size mattresses, Spindle also offers a split-firmness option, too. 

Details: Spindle mattresses are made with 100% organic latex, cotton, and wool with no chemical flame retardants or synthetic rubber. Latex foam is made from the sap of a rubber tree and provides a sleep surface that conforms to the body for a fully supportive experience. 

Warranty information: All Spindle mattress shoppers receive a 365-day comfort guarantee, 10-year warranty, and a 25-year comfort life program, where customers can purchase mattress modifications (another layer of latex) at a 30% discount. 

Price: $2,299 for a Queen

Closeup view of the three thin mattresses inside of the Spindle mattress
Spindle takes a unique multi-layer approach to their mattresses / Photo by Kamrin Baker for Good Good Good

Kamrin’s Thoughts:

  • Packaging: Because of the nature of there being multiple layers of latex in this mattress, it came in two boxes. All of the materials were rolled into condensed plastic packaging and were a beast to unbox. However, once my partner and I knew what we were doing, it was easy to unpack the full mattress.
  • Comfort: The Spindle provides a comfortable night’s sleep but does sit a bit lower than a standard foam, hybrid, or box-spring mattress, as it has a nine-inch width, compared to the average 10 or 12-inch width of other mattresses. 

    After a few months of adjusting to a new latex mattress, I feel well-supported but definitely might try out a different firmness with the layers to continue to find the perfect fit. That’s what’s so cool about this product; it is made to work for me! 
  • Assembly: While you might assume there is little assembly involved in a mattress, the Spindle is a whole different story. I didn’t realize exactly what I was getting myself into when I unboxed the mattress, so I was glad to find a step-by-step assembly guide online to help select the right layers of the mattress to get them into the fabric cover correctly. Definitely schedule more time in your day for unpacking and setting up this mattress.
A view of the unzipped Spindle mattress, showing three inner pads
Spindle takes a unique multi-layer approach to their mattresses / Photo by Kamrin Baker for Good Good Good

Other Notes: Before receiving my mattress, Spindle’s team set up a quick call to get to know my sleeping habits and make sure I was getting the right product for me. I learned about the different firmness levels, and together, we discussed the most comfortable settings for a good night’s sleep.

I wondered if I was getting special treatment because I was working on this article — so I asked them. While this kind of call doesn’t automatically happen for all customers, it’s available to anyone at request. Spindle encourages shoppers to call their customer support line to ask any questions before making this big purchase. You can even schedule a time to talk with someone directly on the website!

→ Shop Spindle’s Organic Latex Mattress

Savvy Rest Serenity Mattress

A sustainably mattress with a Savvy Rest logo and an unzipped top showing the inside layers
Photo by Johnathan Huang for Good Good Good

What’s good: Similar to the Spindle, Savvy Rest’s Serenity Mattress allows for total customization, so you can layer your all-natural latex mattress according to your desired preferences. With three layers of latex, all chosen to your desired firmness, this makes for a sustainable and long-lasting lifespan for your mattress.

While this big decision (and cost) might seem overwhelming at first, the brand has an in-depth guide to choosing your organic mattress layers, and will happily jump on a call if you need a little extra assistance. 

Savvy Rest is also a certified B Corp and offers an employee stock ownership plan, prioritizing people and planet over profit. Additionally, Savvy Rest has a Safe Sleep Pillow program, which donates organic pillows to local domestic violence organizations to provide the most restful and reliving experience to women and children upon their arrival to a shelter or new home.

Details: Savvy Rest’s Serenity Mattress, like all of the brand’s bedding options, is made with pure natural dunlop or talalay latex, as well as certified organic wool. The materials are GOTS certified organic and made in a GOTS certified facility. The brand’s mattresses, pillows, and toppers are all Greenguard certified, as well, ensuring low chemical emissions. 

Warranty information: Savvy Rest offers a 20-year limited warranty. Although the brand does not offer returns, there is a 90-day Latex Layer Exchange available if you need a little more help finding the perfect configuration. 

Price: Starts at $2,699 for a Queen

Inside layers of eco-friendly foam inside the mattress, showing stickers like: Medium Talalay, Medium Dunlop, Firm Dunlop
Photo by Johnathan Huang for Good Good Good

Johnathan’s thoughts:

  • Packaging: The mattress came in three very large boxes, with one layer of latex in each box, plus the encasement for all of them inside one. Each of the layers was rolled up and sealed in a very large plastic bag (I think for sanitation purposes). Natural latex is pretty dense and therefore quite heavy when managing such large pieces, so I would definitely recommend having someone help you move the boxes/unpack the layers from their bags.
Savvy Rest packages: 3 boxes stacked on top of each other that say 'an employee-owned company'
Photo by Johnathan Huang for Good Good Good
  • Comfort:  Since getting my new mattress, my sleep has been wonderful. I selected Medium Talalay latex for the top layer, Medium Dunlop latex for the middle layer, and Firm Dunlop latex for the bottom layer, as I prefer a slightly less soft sleeping surface. The whole mattress is quite soft and gives easily if you sit or apply pressure to one point, but laying down, when your body weight is better distributed, provides the perfect amount of support. I am usually a back sleeper, as sleeping on my side ends up twisting my back, but I’ve found myself curling up on my side more often and feeling the most comfort I’ve ever felt in that position compared to any other mattress I’ve slept on. The quilted casing is very nice quality fabric and stitching, and I think this mattress will last a good while. I really appreciate the ability to customize your own mattress based on sleeping preferences, and I also like knowing that if I find the top layer getting too soft, I can just rearrange them at any point down the line!
  • Assembly: Assembling the mattress was quite difficult. The idea is to lay the mattress encasement on your bed frame, and then to stack each of the three layers on top of each other in the corresponding order of firmness. To do this alone proved itself to be very difficult, but I imagine it would still be quite difficult even with a helping hand.
    The layers of latex are flexible and bendy and hard to lay down with intention, so it took many tries to get the layers stacked well and in place on the inside of the encasement, and even after having wrestled them all into the cover, I don’t think they are stacked the best they could be. It’s a snug fit, but once zipped up, you have a mattress! My instinct is to say it might be helpful to have the mattress preassembled upon shipping, but I imagine this is the best way Savvy Rest can do it to allow for the level of customization that they offer.

→ Shop Savvy Rest’s Serenity Mattress.

Saatva Latex Hybrid Mattress

A Saatva latex mattress sits on a grey bed frame
Photo by Jessica Irvin for Good Good Good

What’s good: Established in 2010, Saatva was founded on the principle that everyone deserves healthy and restorative sleep in a quality bed. That’s why the brand is known for its eco-conscious latex mattresses

The brand uses eco-friendly and certified organic materials in its mattresses, like ethically harvested natural latex, certified organic cotton covers, and coils made from recycled steel (though coils aren’t used in all of the mattresses!) 

Saatva also manufactures all of its mattresses in the U.S., which are all then delivered flat and by-hand, so they aren’t shrink-wrapped in more plastic. 

The brand partners with a solar-powered factory, is part of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, and plants trees with every purchase through Evertreen. To date, Saatva has planted more than 2,000 trees and offset more than 675,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide.

In addition to reforestation and sustainable farming efforts, Saatva has a number of giveback programs, like the donation of new mattresses to newly-housed folks in Texas through Austin Pathways.

Details: While Saatva carries a number of mattress options, our team tried the Latex Hybrid Mattress, which has a buoyant innerspring and latex design. Made with GOLS-certified organic natural latex, recycled steel coils, organic cotton, and treated with a nontoxic, botanical antimicrobial treatment, this mattress is safe for your home and the planet. 

Warranty information: All Saatva mattresses come with a 365-night home trail, so you have plenty of time to decide whether you’ve found the right fit. If you’re not satisfied, Saatva will pick up the mattress and refund your money for a $99 processing fee.

If you are happy with your mattress, Saatva provides a “Friends For Life” warranty. If something happens to your mattress within two years, the brand will replace it free of charge. Three years or later, you’ll just pay a $149 processing fee. 

Price: Starts at $2,195 for a Queen

A close-up view of the Saatva hybrid mattress, which has wavy stitching and a plush white covering
Photo by Jessica Irvin for Good Good Good

Jessica’s thoughts:

  • Packaging: Saatva provides complimentary “white glove delivery” and installation of all its mattresses, which is a major plus! Their delivery team brought the mattress into our bedroom and set it up on our bed frame. They also didn’t leave any packaging/trash behind, so we really didn’t see how much packaging was involved. 
  • Comfort: I’ve been using this mattress for about a month and it’s been a major improvement from my previous mattress. The exterior fabric is so soft and cozy, I’m reminded every time I wash and change the sheets.

    It is much thinner than I anticipated, but I love how low-profile it looks, and this makes it easy to get on and off of the bed. We have been primarily using the mattress with a topper, but if you like a firmer option, the mattress alone is probably what you’re looking for.
The lining of the Saatva hybrid mattress reads "organic"
Photo by Jessica Irvin for Good Good Good
  • Assembly: As mentioned, the delivery team took care of delivering and setting up the mattress. I simply received a text with a confirmation that they would be delivering on a certain day and time window.

 They were very professional and extremely efficient in setting everything up. It was such a relief to not worry about any heavy lifting and moving. We decided to keep our old mattress to pass along to someone else, but I love that they offer the option to remove your old mattress if needed.

→ Shop Saatva’s Latex Hybrid Mattress

Avocado Eco Organic

Avocado Eco Organic Mattress on a Floyd bed frame
Avocado Eco Organic Mattress on a Floyd Bed Frame / Photo by Branden Harvey for Good Good Good

What’s good: Avocado’s mission is to be one of the “world’s most sustainable brands.” All of its beds come highly-certified, and its factories and wood shops in Los Angeles are powered entirely by renewable energy. Additionally, Avocado is the world’s only Climate Neutral-certified mattress and bedding brand, and one percent of all of the company’s revenue goes to environmental nonprofits with the help of 1% for the Planet. 

Avocado is also a certified B Corp, making the company legally required to consider the impact of its decisions on workers, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment. 

It is worth noting that Avocado mattresses are specifically mentioned in a 2023 class action lawsuit claiming the brand is not as green as it claims. The suit hasn't been settled or closed yet, but it's definitely something to keep in mind as you're making your purchasing decisions.

Avocado Eco Organic Mattress on a Floyd bed frame
Avocado Eco Organic Mattress on a Floyd Bed Frame / Photo by Branden Harvey for Good Good Good

Details: The Eco Organic mattress from Avocado is made with 100% GOTS and GOLS certified materials. With organic latex from the company’s own sustainable farms in India and Guatemala, as well as organic cotton and wool, and recycled steel coils, these mattresses are made to be affordable, sustainable, and comfortable. With no toxic chemicals, the Eco Organic is the winner of the 1% for the Planet Pinnacle Award and is endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association. 

With a medium-firm feel, this particular mattress is ideal for side, back, and stomach sleepers. It provides pressure relief and contours to the body’s natural curves. 

Warranty information: All Avocado shoppers receive a 100-night trial and a 10-year warranty. Before shopping, customers can also schedule a Zoom call to explore Avocado products in a showroom and experience a personal consultation.

Price: $1299 for a Queen

Branden’s Thoughts: Branden had some home renovations (ahem, his apartment flooded), so he’s just got his Avocado delivery! Stay tuned for his official review. In the meantime, we hope you’ll check out Avocado anyway because he already loves it and it already meets our “best of” list for sustainability factors, and we know customers have left some rave reviews

Box for Avocado eco organic mattress, before unboxing. The box has logos for Certified B Corporation, 1% for the Planet, Made Safe, Certified Organic, and more...
Photo by Branden Harvey for Good Good Good

Other Notes: If you checked out Avocado’s other mattresses in the last few years and found them to be a bit outside of your budget — (I know that was my experience) — there’s good news. Their Eco Organic mattress is their newest offering and it’s at their most affordable price point yet.

An Avocado eco organic mattress set up in a bedroom
Photo by Branden Harvey for Good Good Good

→ Shop Avocado’s Eco Organic Mattress.

Other environmentally-friendly mattresses

While Good Good Good team members haven’t gotten a chance to sleep on these mattresses (yet), we’ve spent time reading reviews, researching claims and certifications, and compiling some other great options for our readers. Absolutely consider these sustainable and ethical mattresses as you’re shopping.

DreamCloud: Luxury Hybrid

What’s good: DreamCloud’s mattresses are free from Ozone depleters, flame retardants, mercury, lead, heavy metals, and phthalates. They have also shown low volatile organic compound emissions for indoor air quality. This means DreamCloud mattresses are safe for you and for the planet!

Details: DreamCloud hybrid mattresses are made with a five-layer design, including a cashmere blend cover, as well as pressure-relief layers and targeted support layers made with high-density gel memory foam and coil systems. 

Warranty information: The company offers a 365-night trial, a lifetime warranty, and free shipping for all mattresses.

Price: $999 for a Queen

→ Shop the DreamCloud Luxury Hybrid Mattress.

Birch Luxe Natural Mattress

What’s good: The Birch Luxe Natural Mattress is made with organic and responsibly sourced materials and is GREENGUARD Gold Certified, as well as Global Organic Textile Standard Certified, among other key certifications. The latex used in a Birch mattress is 100% natural and made from sap tapped from rubber trees in Asia, Africa, and Brazil, adhering to strict social, environmental, and economic standards.

Details: Made with organic cashmere, breathable layers, and non-toxic materials, Birch mattresses are certified safe from toxic chemicals and VOC off-gassing, meaning there are no harmful emissions from the materials used. By sleeping on a Birch mattress, you can rest easy knowing you purchased an eco-friendly product with the highest standards of safety and sustainability in mind.

Warranty information: Shoppers receive a 25-year limited warranty on their mattress purchase. 

Price: $2,499 for a Queen

→ Shop Birch’s Luxe Natural Mattress.

Bear Original

What’s good: Bear’s Original Mattress is made with non-toxic organic materials in the United States. GREENGUARD Gold Certified and with an exclusive EcoFlex fiberglass-free fire barrier, the Original mattress is certified with rigorous standards for low emissions of pollutants, chemical exposures, and phthalates. 

Details: Bear’s breathable celliant cover helps improve sleep, and various layers of foam work to relieve pressure and provide long-lasting durability, all while removing body heat. The Bear Original is made with graphite gel memory foam for a comfortable sleep surface.

Warranty information: Shoppers can enjoy a 120-night risk-free trial, lifetime warranty, and free shipping. 

Price: $998 for a Queen

→ Shop the Bear Original mattress.

Happsy Organic Mattress

What’s good: Happsy’s Organic Mattress is described as a “mattress with a conscience,” featuring certified organic and sustainably harvested materials that are more biocompatible for a better night’s sleep. Eliminating all glues, adhesives, and harsh chemicals, and implementing organic design, these mattresses provide excellent support that’s simply better for you and the planet. 

Happsy is a member of 1% for the Planet, and also financially supports a variety of sustainability initiatives, including Women’s Voices For The Earth, Kids For Saving Earth, Sustainable Furnishings Council, Organic Trade Association, American Sustainable Business Council, and Organic Consumers Association. 

Happsy’s latex is also GOLS or Rainforest Alliance FSC Certified and is approved per the GOTS organic standard.

Details: Made with organic cotton, wool, certified latex, and pocketed springs, Happsy mattresses do not contain any fire retardants, adhesives, or polyurethane foam. 

Warranty information: All shoppers receive a 120-night trial and a 20-year warranty.

Price: $1,399 for a Queen

→ Shop the Happsy Organic Mattress.

Seeking more sustainable home goods? Check out our guide! We also recently put together a guide to sustainable rugs.

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