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Differences between GOLS Organic certified and 100% Natural latex

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29 Sep 2019 06:19 #1 by lheitzman
Thanks for the response. I'm seeking information on the true differences between 100% Natural Latex and GOLS Certified organic. I see many of the trusted members offer both and I'm seeking to determine if the differences are worth the extra cost.

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30 Sep 2019 00:46 #2 by Phoenix
Hi lheitzman,

Thanks again for the post and I started a new thread for an alway important latex question. We have a lot of content about this so you will be able to search and link to quite a few posts.

The USDA "organic" certification is a certification that has to do with the agricultural raw latex used in a latex core. For the raw latex to be certified as organic, the plantation has to be free of pesticide use for a number of years (in the surrounding area as well) and they have to follow organic farming methods. The organic certification process is very stringent and expensive so a product that uses it will be more expensive just because of the costs involved in certification not necessarily because the ingredients in the latex are any different.

Having the raw material certified though doesn't mean the latex core that uses this certified raw material is certified organic. For this to happen then the factory and methods of foaming and production also have to be certified organic. Until recently this didn't yet exist (only the raw latex was certified as an organic agricultural product). Latex green, however, was the first certified organic latex core rather than just being a latex core that uses certified organic latex. Each step of "certification" involves a cost both at the factory (which has to separate non-certified materials and production runs from certified ones and follow certain other procedures) and with the certification process itself. Since this time there are now other GOLS certified producers (currently 4 in total) and if you register on the Control Union site, you can do a Control Union Certification Search .

You can also read more about organic latex certifications here .

All of this is to say that "certified organic" can mean a more expensive product that may not have a significant benefit in terms of performance, safety, or even "purity" over 100% natural latex. There are a large number of consumers however who will willingly pay for the "certified organic" label because they prefer to support more organic and sustainable farming methods .

So it's up to each person to decide whether the "organic" label is worth any premium it may have over an equivalent but non-certified material and this would be a personal and lifestyle choice. Wool can be the same and some of the best and cleanest, most "natural" wool made from the "happiest sheep" in the country and using all organic farming methods are not certified organic because of the expense of the certification process itself.

I personally would lean towards 100% natural Dunlop without the certification as being better value (it is usually a lower cost) but that's just my own "personal value equation" and there is also a good argument that the extra cost of "certified organic" materials is worth the peace of mind that the certification brings with it.

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Phoenix

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03 Oct 2019 10:50 - 03 Oct 2019 10:51 #3 by new2mattress
Just going to add this here since it seemed related to the thread question I wanted to ask.

I'm in search of a mattress, preferrably latex but I am trying to wrap my head around what certifications are the best to have.

I've narrowed down to these companies

- My Green Mattress
- Avocado
- Naturepedic
- Happsy

Basically I am mostly interested in buying something that is safe, has no additional ingredients added to the latex other than the latex itself and vulcanizing agents, safe cotton/wool, and no adhesives of the sort for the bed.

I feel that Avocado offers the most certifications, with My Green Mattress next, and then Naturepedic after that.

So I guess my biggest question is what are the best certifications to have for a safe mattress that will not off-gas into the bedroom that it is in?

I've seen GOTS, GOLS, Oeko-Tex, Eco-Institut, UL Greenguard Gold, MadeSafe, FSC, etc.

My Green Mattress has caught my eye but I see they don't have a MadeSafe certification, any reason why and is it that important even though they have Eco-Institut, Greenguard Gold, OEKO-Tex, etc.
Last edit: 03 Oct 2019 10:51 by new2mattress.

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04 Oct 2019 03:40 #4 by MFC
Hi new2mattress,

So I guess my biggest question is what are the best certifications to have for a safe mattress that will not off-gas into the bedroom that it is in?


Latex foam rubber can be blended with numerous performance robbing materials (such as synthetic latex and filler) so it’s important to ensure the purest possible latex is being used.
The only way to guarantee a latex rubber is free of these performance robbing additives is through GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) certification.

Under the GOLS content standard all latex rubber must:

contain at least 95% organic latex content
not contain any synthetic latex

In addition to the purity and performance standards GOLS standards also includes many other important health and social guidelines.

Some of the other important parameters included in the certification include:

VOC and harmful substance testing
forest stewardship practises
waste and pollution management
water management regulations
renewable energy requirements
living wage guidelines for workers
child labour is prohibited

When taken in totality, no other certification ensures you’re getting the full health and performance benefits that latex offers while protecting the health of our planet, workers and you.

You may also make sure that the adhesives they use to assemble the mattresses are Greenguard Gold Certified

Good luck in you search and keep us posted!

Best,

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04 Oct 2019 10:16 #5 by Spindle Mattress
Hello lheitzman,

It all really depends on what certifications you are looking for. Some organic certified latex is made the same way as not certified organic latex. The difference is whether the farm, or manufacturer of the foam has paid and taken the necessary steps for certification.

We suggest reading the qualifications of the certification for you to determine whether there is a difference.

Here at Spindle our latex is not GOLS certified. We went a different route and chose to be Rainforest alliance and Forrest stewardship council certified. We simply chose these standards and practices because they are more in line with what we want to represent.

The point is do not spend the extra money until you read what the certification means. And support the certifications that mean something to you. Also be sure to ask what the material is actually made of. Some certifications may be presented to make you think it is safer or more "natural" but it may only apply to a small portion of the product.

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