What is an Organic Mattress Made Of?

an example of an organic mattess
An example of an organic mattress by OMI

When you think of an organic mattress, think of goodness. That’s because the ingredient list is so simple that there is no need for a mattress-load of toxic chemicals.


Makers of organic mattresses share in their usage of 5 or so materials. However, the way they use or combine these materials, and which ones they use, is much like a chef making a dish. A chef wouldn’t combine ingredients without a plan, neither does a mattress manufacturer.

In fact, you may not be aware, but most modern mattresses are made with certain components that allow the end product to be supportive and comfortable; this includes organic mattresses.

The overall mattress composition includes:  (1) the core – which offers support; (2) padding layers – which offer insulation, support and structure; and (3) covering/ticking – offers support and insulation. Often made of many layers; the outer covering fabric is closest to your skin.

Generally in an organic mattress: (1) the core is made of natural latex, innerspring and/or a combination of both.  (2) Padding layers are made with all organic cotton, all organic wool, or both.  (3) covering/ticking is made with organic cotton and organic wool.  To meet state and federal flammability standards organic mattresses primarily use wool beneath the top cover fabric.

The 4 key materials used in an organic mattress:

  • 100% Natural Latex
  • Certified Organic Wool
  • Certified Organic Cotton
  • Coils/Innerspring


Notice the above list includes “certified organic” and “100% natural latex” If buying an organic mattress, make sure that you are getting 100% certified organic ingredients, read our article to learn more.