What is an organic mattress? Just like organic food, an organic mattress is made entirely out of all-natural materials such as certified organic wool, organic cotton, and/or natural latex. An organic mattress does not contain chemical fire retardants. Conventional mattresses are made primarily of man-made materials derived from nonrenewable resources, such as natural gas and petrochemicals. Conventional mattresses are drenched in chemical fire retardants. Can you eat an organic mattress? Yes, the question has been asked. And no, you cannot. A lot of people have never even heard of an organic latex mattress. Nowadays, pretty much everyone knows the benefits of organic food, but what are the benefits of an organic mattress? People used to think just about their comfort when it comes to a mattress purchase, not about what it is made of. It is a healthier choice to sleep on organic materials and avoid many of the synthetics and chemicals that have become industry standards. Walter Bader, owner of Lifekind and author of the book Sleep Safe in a Toxic World, sent several mattresses to an Atlanta-based lab. A memory-foam model was found to emit 61 chemicals, including the carcinogens benzene and naphthalene. When you choose an organic mattress, the benefits to your family include everything from reducing chemical exposure to helping the planet. So in conclusion, while an organic mattress is a great choice for your family, I do not recommend eating it.