It’s no secret that we are big on purity. It’s also no secret that other mattress makers claim to be big on purity too, so when consumers are searching for the purest mattress they can find, it quickly becomes a matter of sleuthing out the truth. From the outside, most mattresses look about the same. I totally understand why people will see a mattress that claims to be “natural” or “organic” for a fraction of what a Lifekind mattress costs, and they purchase it. Naturally, comfort is a big part of why people purchase the mattresses they do. But if you’ve found Lifekind, you’re most likely also interested in what goes into making our mattresses -- what you will be sleeping on for the next 20 years. Let’s dig a little deeper and look inside a few different mattresses. This first picture (below) shows a conventional synthetic foam mattress, much like the ones you will find in mattress showrooms around the world. It looks pretty on the outside, nice and fluffy, and just begs you to climb into bed. But once you look inside, you see something completely different. The first layer is the cover material. Then there are several layers of conventional synthetic foam (notorious for offgassing, not to mention the petroleum it contains and the hardship it puts on the Earth to produce), bleached and highly processed cotton, more foam, and then a base layer that is made from cotton scraps. This second picture is of a popular “organic” mattress brand that specializes in crib mattresses. Underneath the “food-grade” polyethylene mattress cover (made entirely from petrochemicals), you can see bleached cotton. The blue layer is a Tyvek-like material. Then cotton that is of an unknown grade (the specks you see in there are debris – stems from the cotton plant, along with other unknown detritus), then a plastic mesh layer. The cotton filling they use is most likely organic, but other than that, this mattress does not contain organic materials. Yet it is selling every day because the manufacturer touts the benefits of its “organic” mattresses, misleading consumers into believing that they are purchasing a pure, organic mattress without offering any clue about what is going on inside the mattress. Naturally, most consumers won’t cut open a new mattress, so there is no way for them to know. The third picture shows the inside of a GOTS-certified organic Lifekind mattress. Looking at the layers from the top down, you can see our organic quilting, which includes only organic wool and organic cotton cover material. Sandwiched between layers of organic cotton canvas is high-quality, certified-organic cotton padding. No silica, Tyvek, or other synthetic, non-organic materials are included in its construction. The innersprings used in the mattress are made of untreated virgin steel, wrapped in four layers of certified-organic cotton.