Your Guide to Mattress Certifications: What Does “Certified” Really Mean?

Choosing the right mattress is essential for a good night’s sleep and your overall well-being. But there are so many options to choose from. With an increasing focus on sustainability and health-conscious living, many people are considering mattresses made from organic materials and certified to be free from harmful chemicals. However, navigating the world of organic and other certifications can be a daunting task. What does a certification really mean, and how can it be weighed against other claims that mattress companies make – like “sustainably produced” and “natural”? In this guide, we’ll explore various organic certifications for mattresses, helping you make an informed decision that aligns with your values.

GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard)

The Global Organic Textile Standard is one of the most recognized certifications for organic textiles, including mattresses. GOTS ensures that the entire production process, from farming the raw materials to manufacturing the final product, adheres to strict organic and environmental standards. Look for mattresses with the GOTS logo to guarantee that the materials used, such as cotton or wool, are certified organic.

GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard)

For those interested in latex mattresses, the Global Organic Latex Standard is the go-to certification. GOLS focuses on the organic cultivation of rubber trees and the processing of latex foam. Mattresses with the GOLS certification contain latex that is free from harmful chemicals and pesticides, offering a natural and eco-friendly sleeping surface.

OEKO-TEX Standard 100

While not exclusively an organic certification, the OEKO-TEX Standard 100 is a widely recognized label that ensures a product is free from harmful substances. Many organic mattress manufacturers use OEKO-TEX certified materials, providing an additional layer of assurance for consumers concerned about potential toxins in their sleeping environment.


GREENGUARD Gold is a valuable certification for those concerned about indoor air quality and potential off-gassing of harmful chemicals. Administered by UL Environment, the GREENGUARD Gold certification sets rigorous standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other pollutants. This certification is particularly relevant for individuals with respiratory sensitivities or allergies.

Mattresses with the GREENGUARD Gold label undergo extensive testing to ensure that they meet strict emission limits for over 360 different volatile organic compounds. This includes testing for formaldehyde, phthalates, and other potentially harmful chemicals commonly found in furniture and bedding products. By choosing a mattress with GREENGUARD Gold certification, consumers can rest assured that the product contributes to a healthier indoor environment.


MadeSafe® is a comprehensive certification program that goes beyond traditional organic certifications, focusing on the safety of materials used in various consumer products, including mattresses. This certification is designed to ensure that a product is made with ingredients that are not known or suspected to cause harm to human health or the environment.

When a mattress carries the MadeSafe® label, it means that the entire product – not just individual components – has undergone a rigorous evaluation. MadeSafe® examines each ingredient for potential hazards, taking into consideration factors such as bioaccumulation, persistence, and overall toxicological concerns. The certification also considers manufacturing processes to ensure they meet stringent safety standards.

Mattresses with MadeSafe® certification are free from a wide range of harmful substances, including but not limited to flame retardants, certain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and various chemicals of concern. This certification is especially valuable for individuals with chemical sensitivities or those who want to be proactive in  minimizing their exposure to potentially harmful substances.

Choosing an organic mattress is a step toward a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle. By understanding the various organic and safety certifications available, you can make informed decisions about the products you bring into your home. Whether it’s GOTS for textiles, GOLS for latex, or other certifications focused on emissions and safety, each label contributes to a more transparent and trustworthy marketplace. Prioritize your health, your environmental impact, and your overall well-being by selecting a mattress with the organic certifications that align with your values.

You can learn more about My Green Mattress’ certifications here. Get in touch with us if you have any questions.