Tips For Buying a Green Mattress?

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Q: I think it's about that time that I get a new mattress, and I really want to buy as natural, chemical-and-fire-retardant free a mattress as possible. Would love to hear mattress recommendations from Re-Nest readers.

Sent by Valerie

Editor: Valerie, for starters we'd recommend checking out Green Guide's Mattress Buying Guide. It'll give you a rundown on what to look for (wool, organic cotton, natural latex), as well as a helpful Product Comparison chart and Smart Shopper's List. You can also check out this post for some of the mattresses we've covered on Re-Nest.

Buyer beware though! There is still a lot of greenwashing going on in the mattress industry, as this post on a 2009 New York Times article points out. Check out this NYT graphic that charts the responses of 17 mattress companies and what they would disclose about their products. Fascinating and informative read.

Readers, tell us what your experiences have been with green mattresses and any you'd recommend!

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