When compared to latex and innerspring mattresses, ‘foam mattresses had the best performance in the overall ecological balance’. This is the result of the comprehensive study of mattress performance, conducted by Stiftung Warentest, the well-known and reputable German consumer organisation and foundation involved in investigating and comparing goods and services in an unbiased way, helping consumers make informed decisions.
In the current test they examined 13 new mattresses, classifying them according to several factors, such as lying properties and durability, but they also looked at the general environmental impact of the said mattresses according to a proprietary methodology. Test results showed that foam mattresses with synthetic covers have the least impact on the environment over the entire life cycle.
To the best of our knowledge, this is a first systematic assessment of the ecological impact of mattresses. Clearly, polyurethane foam mattresses do not only have supreme comfort and durability properties, but also perform high on the sustainability rating. It is a fully recyclable material and there are various ways to make low-carbon foams already today.