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, make sure to check out our recommendations on the most sustainable eco-friendly bed frames!)
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.
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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
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.
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
- 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.
- 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
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
- 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.
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.
Avocado Eco Organic
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.
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.
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.
→ 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.
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.