Organic Futon Mattresses vs Natural Futon Mattress
Whether you are building an organic mattress (futon) or a natural mattress (futon), the basic ingredients are the same. There are basically only a few ingredients considered organic or natural when manufacturing a mattress. These ingredients cannot be processed or manufactured, using chemical treatments of any kind, with few exceptions, such as hydrogen peroxide.
The main materials used in most mattresses include Cotton, Wool, Latex, and High Density Polyurethane Foams. Although advances have been made in foam production that reduce the amounts of chemicals used in its production, it still contains petro-chemicals and additives that prevent its categorization as either a natural or organic product. Cotton, Wool, and Latex can be within this categorization of natural or organic according to national organic standards. Specific standards have been created to identify and separate natural and organic products. These definitions have been assigned by the USDA's National Organic Program. The NOP deals with food and agricultural products that are not processed. For products that require post processing, such as cotton or wool fiber, or latex rubber, additional standards have been created to ensure that the integrity of the organic product remains. For Organic Cotton and Organic Wool, the Global Organic Textiles Standard or GOTS has been established and more recently for Organic Latex, the Global Organic Latex Standard or GOLS is used.
The USDA, GOTS, and GOLS, are the three main certification parties that certify for the end user that the ingredients meet and conform to the organic standards. The debate on the relative benefits of conventional and organic farming systems has in recent time gained significant interest. So far, global agricultural development has focused on increased productivity rather than on a holistic natural resource management for fiber security.
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