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Last updated October, 2021

If you have allergies, sensitivities, or if you are becoming concerned about the chemical overload are bodies are subjected to, you’ll want to make sure that the mattress you buy is the best natural mattress Canada that you can afford.

We’ll explain why you should be concerned about the materials used to build your mattress, and we’ll help you navigate through the different levels of what makes something the best natural mattress.

We also cover all the different mattress and textile certifications used by mattress companies in Canada, and while some of them sound great, they aren’t really completely natural or safe.

If you aren’t concerned about finding the best natural mattress, check out our overall best mattress in Canada recommendation. Or, if you know what you want, then head to our mattress comparison chart and sort by certifications to find a natural mattress Canada.

Materials used in a natural mattress

Having the ultimate natural mattress Canada, would be sleeping on a pile of hay, or a mossy forest floor, or if you like a firm night’s sleep, on a large smooth rock. But to get even the most natural of materials into a soft, comfortable, and long lasting mattress requires processing of some sort.

The most natural mattress that is comfortable, however, means that you won’t have any foam in it. It’s impossible to make standard foam without petroleum products, and yet since foam is so soft and comfortable, companies strive to imitate it with natural products.

The closest the natural mattress companies have been able to get is with natural latex foam that is made from sap of the latex tree. There are other options starting to be tested, based on corn and other common plants, but none seems to be as long-lasting as latex.

In fact, latex mattresses that are over 50 years old have shown little to no deterioration! So, if you think a natural latex mattress made in Canada might seem really expensive, remember that it could last 5 times longer than a 10 year warranty.

If you’re allergic to latex and you’re still looking for the best non toxic mattress in Canada, then you’ll have to decide if a CertiPUR foam is clean enough, or you may be looking at an organic mattress made out of wool.

VOCs and Off-gassing

When polyurethane foam is created, the chemical reaction creates compounds that float (off gas) off of the foam. These volatile organic compounds (VOCs for short) are present on all sorts of things. From mattresses, pillows, car seats, to house insulation, it’s almost everywhere.

Do we need to be worried about VOCs? Most people aren’t. In fact, the EPA in the U.S.A. says that VOCs are only dangerous in high amounts, so any old foam mattress is not a health concern. The EPA doesn’t even regulate VOCs in household products.

Other studies find that the level of VOCs coming off of mattresses is no more than the amount emitted from laminate flooring. Instead of saying that laminate flooring might be a concern, they use that reference number to say that VOCs from mattresses are safe.

But what is the VOC amount that starts to become a health concern? And just because a mattress may have less VOCs than flooring, what about the cumulative load on our bodies after laying and breathing next to it all night and then sitting on our foam couches and driving in our foam padded cars?

For children, it can be even more important. Some studies link high levels of some VOCs to increased risk of asthma and allergies in young children.

In addition, studies have shown that VOCs increase as temperature increases, and being inside the house, mattresses are always in a warm environment. The bedroom is typically not well-ventilated, which compounds the VOC count.

Because VOCs and chemical exposure is becoming a concern of more people, mattress companies have started producing completely natural mattresses in Canada.

Are flame retardants used on mattresses?

And if so, are they dangerous? If I get a natural mattress in Canada, will it have flame retardant chemicals on it?

If the mattress is CertiPUR-US certified, you know that the foam itself is free from retardants, but it doesn’t tell you anything about the other materials used in the mattress.

The certifications required for mattresses are fairly minimal. That means that most mattress companies can pass flammability standards by using a flame-retardant sock cover over the foam. Sometimes, however, those mattress socks can contain fiberglass fibers that have the potential to cause problems.

We don’t include any in this list of the best natural mattresses that have fiberglass in them, and if you’re interested, we maintain a list of mattress companies that do and don’t use fiberglass in their products.

Types of certifications for natural mattress Canada

There is no law governing certain products in Canada, such as organic latex mattresses. When researching a natural mattress Canada, make sure the company has actual certificates to prove they have been certified, as with everything, there are scammers that have showed up in the space selling organic certified products that aren’t organic and certainly aren’t certified.

GOTS Certification

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is a leading textile processing standard. Their standard includes ecological and social criteria with independent certification of the entire supply chain.

In order to achieve GOTS certification, at least 95% of the mattress materials need to be certified as organic, and it strictly prohibits the use of certain substances like chemical flame retardants and polyurethane (used in traditional memory foam mattresses).

GOLS Certification

This is the best certification for mattresses that contain latex, as it requires that a natural latex mattress be made of at least 95% organic latex, and restrictions are placed on the other 5% of materials used in the mattress construction.

The Global Organic Latex Standard (GOLS) certification demonstrates that there are procedures in place to properly track and manage organic materials up to the time they are delivered to the customer.

Oeko-Tex Certification

OekoTex has multiple certification levels, all of which “guarantee maximum consumer safety.”

Unlike the CertiPUR-US standard that specifically test polyurethane foam, OekoTex certifies that every component of that product (thread, button, or other accessory) was tested and certified to be harmless for human health.

This doesn’t certify organic products were used to make the best natural mattress, but it does ban the use of certain chemical flame retardants, colorants, and allergenic dyes.

Click here to read about the different Oeko-Tex standards or confirm a product is listed in their standards database.

CertiPUR-US Certification

CertiPUR-US tests flexible polyurethane foam in mattresses by blowing air over them for 3 days in a sealed chamber, and then taking a sample of the air (it’s not clear if the chamber is sealed after 3 days before the sample is taken or if it’s 3 cumulative days of off-gassing).

CertiPUR-US has an upper allowable limit of VOCs as 0.5 parts per million.

The other requirements that must be met by a mattress in order to be labelled as CertiPUR-US means that the foam is:

  • Made without ozone depleters
  • Made without PBDEs, TDCPP or TCEP (“Tris”) flame retardants
  • Made without mercury, lead and heavy metals
  • Made without formaldehyde
  • Made without phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions for indoor air quality (less than 0.5 parts per million)

Unlike GOLS certification, CertiPUR-US tests and verifies the mattress was made with reduced amounts of these items, while GOLS ensures none at all was used.

CertiPUR-US maintains a list of companies that are participating in their testing program and have current certifications. That list is here.

Beware, however, they ONLY test the polyurethane foam in mattresses, not the whole mattress, or any latex foams or wrapping included in the mattress.

Why not? We don’t know. At least they’re targeting the largest piece of the mattress, and it’s typically the most toxic piece as well.

Intertek’s Clean Air Certification

Intertek’s Clean Air program tests and certifies products for VOC emission compliance, and provides a Silver or Gold certification.

Read all about it on Intertek’s website

Greenguard Gold Rating

This is a UL certification based testing for indoor air quality. The website has a search feature where you can make sure that each of the options for the best natural mattress Canada is listed.

While this testing does focus on the traceability (ability to detect) of chemicals on the finished mattress product, it does not deal with chemicals that may have been used during the manufacturing of the mattress.

Organic Content Standard 100

With this certification and testing, it only refers to the part of the mattress that is certified-organic materials, so there is no way to verify if there are still VOCs, colorants, dyes, or flame retardants in the finished product when the natural mattress is delivered to the customer.

Best Organic Mattress Canada

UrthSleep Mattress by Essentia

The UrthSleep Mattress by Essentia is made in Canada, and starts at only $1938 for a Queen size. This 10" thick mattress is rated as 'Soft'. Essentia offers a 120 Night Trial trial period and a 10 year warranty warranty.

Materials Used: organic latex, cotton, pocket coils, kevlar
Certifications: GOLS, GOTS, Certified Organic Cotton, PETA Certified Vegan

Shop Now $1938 for a Queen

Best Natural Memory Foam Mattress Canada

Essentia Stratami Organic

A completely natural mattress made in Canada! A unique process allows them to create the only available natural latex memory foam mattress. The Stratami is the top rated natural mattress by Consumer Reports for 3 years in a row.

The Essentia Stratami Organic is made in Canada, and starts at only $3190 for a Queen size. This 8" thick mattress is rated as 'Medium Firm'. Essentia offers a 120 Night Trial trial period and a 20 year warranty warranty.

Materials Used: natural latex, organic latex, cotton, quilted cover, removable cover
Certifications: GOLS, GOTS, OEKO-Tex 100, Certified Organic Cotton, GREENGUARD Gold
Other: Fiberglass free details

Shop Now $3190 for a Queen

Cheapest Organic mattress Made In Canada

If you’re set on organic and you have budget limitations, this is the only organic mattress under $1000 that we found that is made in Canada.

Dream Green Organic Latex Mattress

They've saved money by building this mattress out of one 6 inch slab of natural latex. While it won't give you the more luxurious feeling of a firm mattress with a soft pillow-top like layer that some of the more expensive organic mattresses will give you, it's available in varying firmness ratings and you should be able to get a comfortable nights sleep on it.

The Dream Green Organic Latex Mattress is made in Canada, and starts at only $999.99 for a Queen size. This 6" thick mattress is rated as 'Medium Firm'. Naturelle offers a 90 day trial trial period and a 25 year warranty warranty.

Materials Used: natural latex, organic latex, removable cover
Certifications: GOLS, GOTS, OEKO-Tex 100, Certified Organic Cotton
Other: Fiberglass free details

Amazon.ca $999.99 for a Queen

Affordable Non Toxic Mattress Canada

If the price on those seems a little overwhelming, then there are ways to get a more affordable non toxic mattress in Canada.

There are organic latex and organic cotton mattress toppers that you can buy online. And you can layer them and buy them in varying firmness ratings to layer your own organic mattress. This will only cost you a little more than the single-thickness 6″ natural latex mattress above, but it’ll give you varied firmness and a more luxurious feeling.

Pure Green 100% Natural Mattress Topper

It's only 3 inches thick, but get two of them in different firmness ratings for about $1000 and you have the equivalent 6 inch thick mattress. This is also a great way to be sure of exactly what is in your organic mattress - since you're making it yourself! Keep in mind that it won't have a cover on it, it'll just be a slab of natural latex.

The Pure Green 100% Natural Mattress Topper is made in Malaysia and Sri Lanka, and starts at only $566.71 for a Queen size. This 3" thick mattress is rated as 'Medium'. Sleep On Latex offers a 100 day trial trial period and a 10 year warranty warranty.

Materials Used: natural latex, organic latex
Certifications: GOLS, GOTS
Other: Fiberglass free details

Amazon.ca $566.71 for a Queen

Rest Line Organic Cotton Waterproof Mattress Protector

Amazon.ca

This waterproof organic mattress protector would work great for covering up your DIY organic mattress layers. It'll protect your natural latex mattress slabs from moisture and dirt, and it gives it a soft and quiet layer to it - for only $40!

The 100% Organic Cotton mattress cover uses cell-tight TPU technology to keep moisture from seeping through and it's quiet. The non plastic mattress protector has no Latex, PVS, Phthalates or noisy PVC Vinyl.

Or, if you prefer to spend a little more and get an organic mattress topper with a cover, you could get 2 of these from Naturelle and end up with a 6″ thick organic latex mattress for $1200 (2 layers), or a 9″ thick for $1800 (3 layers).

Naturelle Organic Latex Mattress Topper

The Naturelle Organic Latex Mattress Topper is made in Canada, and starts at only $589.99 for a Queen size. This 3" thick mattress is rated as 'Soft'. Naturelle offers a 90 day trial trial period and a 25 year warranty warranty.

Materials Used: natural latex, organic latex, removable cover
Certifications: GOLS, GOTS, OEKO-Tex 100
Other: Fiberglass free details

Amazon.ca $589.99 for a Queen

The competition: Other options for the Best Organic Mattress Canada

We really had to stick to our convictions for this review. There are some great options for natural mattresses, but they just aren’t available in Canada – and that’s what this site is all about!

Birch Living is a company that makes organic mattresses in the USA, and they do ship to Canada, but it’ll cost you! They charge $250 per mattress, but their mattresses are often $400 off, so that would more than cover the shipping charge. Returning the mattress becomes a little more difficult if you don’t like it after the trial period, so keep that in mind.

Another example, the Avacado Green Mattress, is a great organic and all-natural mattress, but they only ship them within the USA. “At present, we do not ship to Canada, or other international destinations. We are, however, working on changing that. […] There are complicated shipping, taxes and service issues that we need to resolve first.”

If you really wanted, you could send it to a border town, and then deal with the customs and importing business – but that is a lot of extra work and that’s why the Avacado mattress Canada didn’t make it into our recommendations.

PlushBeds is another in a similar situation. They hand craft a high-quality mattress in the USA made of organic cotton, organic wool, and organic latex and they have a whole barrel full of certifications. They do ship to Canada, but you have to contact them with your address for them to calculate the shipping charge, and any customs and duty charges are up to you. To skip the hassle of expensive shipping and importing hassles, go with one of our best organic mattress recommendations above.

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