Third Party Certifications:
Look for these certifications when researching your next organic mattress or bedding purchase.

Third-Party certifications give assurance to consumers that what is being claimed on a website about a sellerís products is true. Since there is no sheriff on the internet, these certifications and the audits of the sellers is really all you can depend upon in making your decisions.

One of the most prominent abuses of sites that show certification logos is that the company themselves have no certifications that are based on independent audits of their production and facilities. Without this you are virtually taking the word of an electronic stranger that what they claim to use in their mattress or bedding is accurate and reliable.

Who says a mattress is "CERTIFIED ORGANIC"?

Only a mattress company that undergoes and passes annual audits against a recognized organic standard by a reputable and authorized certifying organization may call their products organic or certified organic.

Mattress companies that simply use organic, or even certified organic components, may not call their product organic. Without independent audit there is no way to know if the claim being made actually occurs. The auditor's job is to verify that all required elements of an organic standard are met.

Consumers Beware: There are virtually thousands of websites that think nothing of making organic claims, and try to convince consumers of their products' purity, simply because they purport to use some organic components.

Third-Party Certifications Explained:

Greenguard Certification

UL Environment's GREENGUARD Certification program helps manufacturers create--and helps buyers identify and trust--interior products and materials that have low chemical emissions, improving the quality of the air in which the products are used. All certified products must meet stringent emissions standards based on established chemical exposure criteria.

UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories), acquired GREENGUARD in 2011, further advancing its mission of promoting global sustainability, environmental health, and safety. GREENGUARD Certification is broadly recognized and accepted by sustainable building programs and building codes around the world. Additionally, the GREENGUARD Product Guide serves as a free online tool for finding certified low-emitting products for offices, hospitals, schools, homes, and more.

GOLS: Global Organic Latext Standard
The "Global Organic Latex Standard", GOLS in short, is the newly introduced standard for sustainable processing methods of latex products from organic raw materials. This mainly addresses the standards which need to be maintained with relevance to processing, manufacturing, packing, labeling, trading and distribution of latex products. In addition to the use of organic raw material, this standard also concentrates on aspects such as human health, safety and welfare, and environment in the manufacturing process of latex products.

OTCO: Oregon Tilth Certification
Oregon Tilth is a nonprofit organization supporting and promoting biologically sound and socially equitable agriculture through education, research, advocacy, and certification. Oregon Tilth advocates sustainable approaches to agricultural production systems and processing, handling and marketing.
Oregon Tilth's purpose is to educate gardeners, farmers, legislators, and the general public about the need to develop and use sustainable growing practices that promote soil health, conserve natural resources, and prevent environmental degradation while producing a clean and healthful food supply for humanity.

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
The OTCO fiber program certifies to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), which is dedicated specifically for Fiber & Textile Handling and production. GOTS is a project of the International Working Group, who developed these consensus-based standards over many years of discussion and deliberation. The aim of the standard is to define requirements to ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labeling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer. The standards work to expand the potential organic supply chain and further developing global organic fiber and textile infrastructure.

Each phase of organic fiber and textile production will require certification, in a system similar to the current organic food and feed organic certification process under the National Organic Program (NOP). The process of textile manufacturing goes through many diverse phases, often in different facilities, before it reaches its terminal industrial or consumer product. Consequently, all phases of production require evaluation by an organic certifier for trace ability and compliance with organic standards.

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the new tool for an international common understanding of environmental friendly production systems and social accountability in the organic textile sector.

USDA National Organic Program
The USDA National Organic Program ensures the integrity of USDA organic products in the United States and throughout the world. The NOP is a regulatory program housed within the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. They are responsible for developing national standards for organically-produced agricultural products. These standards assure consumers that products with the USDA organic seal meet consistent, uniform standards. The USDA NOP regulations do not address food safety or nutrition.