Organic Materials for a Better Mattress

Organic Classic

When we think of organic, our minds often go to things that affect our health. Food, nutritional supplements, skin care, and medicinal remedies are often at the top of the list. But sleep is also a major factor when it comes to our health, so why shouldn’t your mattress be organic, too?

How can a mattress be organic? It all comes down to the materials. Our handcrafted mattresses have a selection of organic material options 

But why choose an organic mattress? Frankly, there are a lot of reasons you should consider when buying a new mattress.

Mattress materials at Gardner Mattress


A lot of fabrics used to make conventional mattresses are treated with hazardous chemicals. It’s not because the makers want to expose you to anything toxic. If anything, it’s to keep you safe. 

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued new federal guidelines in 2007 to ensure mattresses would be able to withstand at least 30 minutes of exposure to an open flame. At the time, the easiest way for a mattress company to meet these standards was to treat their products with fire-resistant chemicals.

But there are lots of organic materials that can meet these same standards. Wool in particular is a natural flame-retardant. Meanwhile, organic cotton is grown without the use of harmful pesticides and aren’t treated with fire retardant chemicals. You can breathe easy knowing that you’re sleeping on a mattress that’s safe and non-toxic.

Allergens Be Gone

If you suffer from allergies, you will want a more natural mattress. Respiratory issues can disrupt your sleep which can further affect your overall health. Materials like horsehair, wool, and organic flax are all hypoallergenic. They create an inhospitable environment for mildew, bacteria, and dust mites. And because many of these materials weren’t chemically-treated, you won’t have those added to the mix.

Superior Comfort

Are you a hot sleeper? If so, you may want to ditch the memory foam. Breathable organic materials will keep your mattress from retaining heat throughout the night. If you suffer from night sweats or your home gets hot in the summer, organic latex, cotton, and wool will wick moisture away from the body. This keeps you from waking up in the middle of the night on a soggy mattress. 

On the other end of the spectrum, if you live in New England or other areas with particularly cold, dry winters, organic flax is ideal for removing static electricity. No more getting woken up by surprising little shocks when you roll over.

Better for the Environment

If you’re someone who tries to make eco-conscious purchases, buying an organic mattress is a big one you should consider. When you buy a mattress with organic materials, you’re supporting more sustainable business practices. Less toxins are being put in the air while farming cotton. Sustainable harvesting techniques for wool and latex are used. 

And eventually, you’re going to have to throw your mattress away. Even in the trash, your purchase still makes a difference. In general, mattresses take up a lot of space in landfills. A mattress made with synthetic materials can take up to 120 years to decompose. In comparison, organic materials like wool, horsehair, and cotton take anywhere from a few months to a few years to biodegrade. This faster decomposition means it spends less time taking up space in the landfill. An added bonus is that it won’t leave behind dangerous chemicals either.

When visiting one of our showrooms, keep the benefits of an organic mattress in mind so you can make the right decision for your night’s sleep.


Visit one of our four conveniently located showrooms. Our original factory and showroom in Salem, our showrooms in Needham and Woburn, and our newest location in Boca Raton, FL.

Massachusetts Locations

Gardner Mattress Showroom in Salem, Massachusetts

Hours of Operation

Sunday: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Monday-Saturday: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Hours of Operation

Sunday & Monday: Closed
Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Hours of Operation

Sunday: Closed
Monday-Thursday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Friday: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Florida Location

Hours of Operation

Sunday: 9:00am – 2:00pm*

Monday: 9:00am – 1:00pm*

Tuesday & Wednesday: Closed*

Thursday & Friday: 9:00am – 4:00pm*

Saturday: 9:00am – 2:00pm*

*By appointment during off days and hours. Contact to schedule.