Eco-Friendly Foam For Back Pain

We all value our sleep, recognizing that over a third of our lives will be spent resting and healing. But it’s easy for us to forget how important a durable, supportive mattress is until it’s too late, and we suffer from back pain and sores in the morning. Most mattresses are made with foam, latex, and fibers that emit odors and VOCs, but eco-friendly memory foam mattresses exist for those of us who need a bit of healing each night.

Memory foam is not an all-natural material, but it can oftentimes be the best option for pain relief. The full-body contouring supports the spine, allowing the muscles to fully relax and release tension. And while they may not be 100% natural, many are eco-friendly and CertiPur-US certified, free of harmful chemicals, VOCs, or heavy metals.

This roundup includes 6 mattresses that are as sustainable as they are comfortable, including brands who offer payment plans, give back to their communities, and are American-made.

Here’s to your next good night’s sleep.

1. Plushbeds

Certifications | Greenguard Certified, CertiPur-US Certified, Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certified
Mattress Type | PlushBeds Gel Memory Foam
Features | Made in America, 100-night trial, 25-year warranty, free shipping, give back
Product Range | Twin mattress through California King (Split King also available)
Where To Buy | Online
Price | Queen $1,249

PlushBeds rank our top pick for both sustainability and luxury, with their nontoxic and eco-friendly Cool Bliss mattress. Combining gel memory foam, 100% natural latex, and several other layers, their 12” mattress will leave you feeling well-rested every morning, without the chemicals or off-gassing other mattresses have. They’re so dedicated to natural and eco-friendly living that their mattresses are Greenguard Certified, a certification given to less than 1% of mattresses in the US, in addition to having CertiPur-US and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certifications. Made in the USA, it’ll arrive quickly to your door for no additional cost, too. The number one reason we’re big fans? Their special gel memory foam fights any nighttime sweating and leaves us cool and refreshed in the morning, no matter the season.

PlushBeds Mattress Review | “We recently purchased a queen size [Cool Bliss] mattress, and have moved our queen Sleep Number to the spare bedroom. The PlushBeds mattress is consistently superior and much more comfortable, especially for pressure points that cause pain. Excellent product and we'd purchase it again.” - Gregory C.

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2. Loom & Leaf

Certifications | CertiPur-US Certified, Member of Sustainable Furnishings Council
Mattress Type | Premium Memory Foam
Features | Made in America, 120-night trial, 15-year warranty, free delivery and mattress removal, give back
Product Range | Twin mattress through California King
Where to Buy | Online  
Price | Queen $1,299

Loom & Leaf, started by parent company Saatva, is one of the most eco-friendly and natural brands we’ve ever seen. Similar to their all-natural latex mattress, Zenhaven, the Loom & Leaf is Certi-Pur US Certified, made with eco-friendly foams in the USA, which means low VOCs and no heavy metals. And they give back too, supporting high-need organizations around the country like the Wounded Warrior Project in Florida and the Rescue Mission in Albuquerque. What makes the Loom & Leaf stand out most is that they’ve accommodated every kind of sleeper—especially those with chronic back pain. With their premium memory foam, the mattress will conform to your body therapeutically over time, meaning no more soreness or achy joints. With a 120-night trial and free delivery and mattress removal, it’s definitely worth trying.

Loom & Leaf Mattress Review “After a month of sleeping on [a Loom & Leaf mattress], I have no idea why I was paying $3,000-4,000 for mattresses. I now get the best sleep I've ever had, no pressure on my back (I'm a back sleeper) and I feel like my body is in alignment when I lay down. I wake up rested and not tired through the day. I'm 6'2" and 240lbs so I was worried it wouldn't be enough support but I was wrong, the Relaxed Firm is perfect for me. I'm a customer for life now!” - Andy F.

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3. Nest

Certifications | CertiPur-US Certified, Certified Non-Toxic
Mattress Type | High Density Gel Memory Foam
Features | Made in America, 100-night trial, lifetime warranty, free shipping & returns
Product Range | Twin mattress through California King
Where To Buy | Online
Price | Queen $1,199

The Nest Alexander Series mattress makes our list for a number of reasons, but let’s start at the top: their options for firmness. Not only is this eco-friendly mattress made with certified nontoxic gel memory foam and cooling fabric, but it comes with two options for those who like their bed to be a little softer or firmer. Either way, you’ll have a comfortable and durable mattress that will give you the back relief you need. Another reason we adore Nest? Their customer service. They’re so confident your Nest mattress will last forever that they offer a lifetime warranty, and they offer a 0%-APR payment plan starting at just $67 a month. If you don’t believe us, don’t take our word for it—check out their 5-star reviews across the board.

Nest Mattress Review | “We purchased the Alexander Series king and the similar one for our daughter, twin size. Now we recommend this bed to everyone we see. I never wake up with a sore back and fall asleep right away. This has to be one of the best purchases we’ve made since moving back to the states.” - Juliet H.

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4. Tuft & Needle

Certifications | Greenguard Certified, CertiPur-US Certified, Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certified
Mattress Type | T&N Adaptive® Foam
Features | Made in America, 100-night trial, 10-year warranty
Product Range | Twin mattress through California King
Where To Buy | Online  
Price | Queen $575

Tuft & Needle sells one of the most popular mattresses worldwide—and it’s no surprise why. It’s the only large brand that includes Greenguard, CertiPur-US, and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certifications, making it the most eco-friendly mainstream mattress around. And it packs a punch, too: in addition to being sustainable, long-lasting, and supportive, they are the most affordable brand on the list, with a queen mattress starting at just $575. Their proprietary T&N Adaptive® Foam was developed from customer feedback and is paired with a support layer, for a good night’s sleep you won’t remember. No matter if you’re using box springs, slats, or an adjustable frame, the Tuft & Needle T&N Mattress will do wonders for your body and soul.

Tuft & Needle Mattress Review | “After a year and a half of waking up with back pain, we switched to Tuft & Needle. One night’s sleep on the T & N, and my back pain is now completely gone. We love the feel of the foam mattress. It is incredibly cozy, but firm and durable. We have already recommended it to several of our friends!” - Colleen

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5. Nectar

Certifications | CertiPur-US Certified
Mattress Type | Nectar Gel Memory Foam Mattress
Features | 365-night trial, lifetime warranty, free shipping & returns
Product Range | Twin mattress through California King
Where To Buy | Online
Price | Queen $725

Nectar’s Memory Foam Mattress might be the last mattress you ever buy—especially since it comes with a lifetime warranty. Plus, they know that testing out a bed for 5 minutes in a store won’t help us make a decision that will affect us for decades to come, so that’s why they offer a 365-night trial. Don’t like it? They’ll refund you and remove the mattress free of charge, though we don’t think you’ll feel that way. They’ve developed a 5-layer mattress that comes with temperature-controlled Tencel fabric, gel memory foam for comfort, and specially-designed materials that fight dust mites. And while it’s one of the more cost-effective mattresses on our list, they know hundreds of dollars can be a lot to swing at once, which is why they offer payment plans starting at $117 a month. Nectar’s thought of it all when it comes to a positive experience finding your space to rest for a lifetime.

Nectar Mattress Review | “I was skeptical about ordering a mattress through the mail and not trying it out first, but from our very first night sleeping in it, we have been so happy. I don’t wake up stiff and sore like I used to. I thought that’s just how it is as you get older, but now I wake up refreshed and pain-free!” - Caroline B.

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6. Bear Mattress

Certifications | CertiPur-US Certified
Mattress Type | Premium Memory Foam Mattress
Features | Made in America, 100-night trial, 25-year warranty, free shipping
Product Range | Twin mattress through California King
Where To Buy | Online  
Price | Queen $840

For those of us with chronic aches and pains when waking up, Bear Mattresses top the list for offering the most comfort and support. Their five layers weave together breathable Celliant technology, a proprietary graphite-gel memory foam to keep you cool, and three other layers of foam to relax your spine, back, and muscle pain in just a few nights. With more than 4,000 positive reviews praising its healing abilities, and the option to pay with monthly payments, we can see why it’s universally loved. If you’re not sure, test it out for up to 100 nights, and if you’re not a fan, they’ll refund you and arrange a timely pick-up. What’s even better: Bear offers exclusive pillows, bedding, mattress protectors, and foundations all made in the USA between South Carolina and Georgia, so it can be your one-stop shop for restful sleep.

Bear Mattress Review | “I chose the ‘Bear’ because of the Celliant technology, improved certified materials and the competitive price. It came within 2 days, unrolled it easily onto my old box spring and it expanded immediately with no odor. I have had a history of back pain and surgery, so was apprehensive about the just foam bed. I sleep in all positions, so [I] have found that it has just the right amount of give with med-firm support. I sleep better, and find I’m not nearly as restless throughout the night and my back feels better in the mornings. I have been recommending this to everyone who will listen.” - Patricia M.

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