My Green Mattress Review – My Top 3 Picks

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Conventional mattresses are toxic. The My Green Mattress range offers less toxic alternatives that are comfortable, supportive and affordable. But which one will suit your needs better? Let's find out.


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Updated September 2017

Quick Overview of the 3 My Green Mattresses


Pure Echo

Natural Escape

Simple Sleep

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Amazon rating

Our Healthy Mattress rating


(11 points)

Very High

(18 points)

Very High 

(17 points)

Manufacturers firmness scale

Medium firm 

rated 7 out of 10 where 10 is firmest


rated 6.5 out of 10

Plush Firm 

rated 8.5 out of 10

Our Comfort Rating


(6 points)


(11 points)


(11 points)


- Cotton

- Wool

- Pocket coils

- Organic cotton

- Wool

- Pocket coils

- Organic latex

- Organic cotton

- Wool

- Organic Latex


8 inches

11 inches

7 inches


Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen and King

Twin, Twin XL, Full, Queen and King

Twin, Twin XL, Full, Full XL, Queen, King and Cal King

Price on Amazon

Table 1 Quick Overview



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    Suits side/back sleepers
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    Wool used as natural flame barrier
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    Certified organic cotton cover
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    Quilted by hand
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    Greenguard Gold Certified mattress
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    10 year warranty
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    100 sleep night trial
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    Free shipping within continental U.S.
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    Not ideal for stomach sleepers
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    One-sided (can't flip)

If you're in a hurry, click on the items in the Table of Contents below. Otherwise, take as long as you need to read my in-depth My Green Mattress review.

Are These Mattresses Good For Your Health?

How did I calculate the Healthy Mattress Score for these My Green Mattresses?

What is the open flame test?

Every mattress sold in the United States must pass the Open Flame Test or the national mattress standard (16 CFR Part 1633). To pass the test, each mattress must burn slow. It must also generate less heat than non-compliant mattresses on fire. This has very important implications should a mattress catch alight in a fire whilst you are sleeping.

Watch the video to understand how mattresses are tested to be fire resistant to some level.

Why chemical fire retardants are toxic for your health?

To be resistant to fire many companies add chemical flame retardantsYour everyday mattress contains toxic chemicals like boric acid that act as a fire retardant. That is the SAME boric acid you use at home to get rid of cockroaches and ants! How comfortable does a boric acid-based fire retardant inside your mattress make you feel?

Are these flame retardants safe? Savvy Rest make a great analogy. 

Information sourced from well-known mattress manuafacturer Savvy Rest

These chemical fire retardants can bring on allergies and breathing difficulties for adults and children. You can read more about the flame retardant chemicals, as well as other toxins lurking in your mattress, by reading my post "7 Health Hazards Inside Your Mattress And How To Avoid Them".

Although mattresses by law need to pass the Open Flame test, they DO NOT need to contain chemical-based fire retardants to pass this test, despite what mattress salespeople will tell you.

Using wool as a natural fire retardant

The wool in the quilted cover for the Pure Echo, Simple Sleep and the Natural Escape mattresses becomes a natural fire barrier. These mattresses still pass the flame test required by U.S. law but it uses the natural fibers of wool vs. a toxic chemical like boric acid, making the My Green Mattresses reviewed in this post safer to sleep on. Fun fact - wool was used for many years to line the coats of fireman as a protective barrier.

Why is chemical off-gassing bad for your health?

Memory foam mattresses 100% synthetic. They are made from petroleum. One of the biggest criticisms of memory foam or polyurethane foam mattress is that when you unpack them,  the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) inside "off-gas" or give off a chemical odor. 

People can be allergic to this smell or just find it very offensive. Being exposed to those dangerous off-gassing chemicals isn't good for your health either. 

The 3 mattresses covered here in My Green Mattress review are made with no memory foam, only natural wool, 100% natural rubber latex and organic cotton.

No memory foam inside. Source

How do chemical emissions from the mattress impact air quality?

Manufactured products can contain chemicals that emit toxins. As mattresses and bedding sit so close to our mouth and nose when we are sleeping, the quality of the air we breathe can be greatly impacted.

If you are buying mattresses for babies, children or teenagers, air quality is an important consideration when buying a mattresses because their lungs are still developing. Air quality is also important when buying mattresses for the elderly with respiratory issues. If you want to know how you can improve the air quality in your bedroom, read my blog post "10 Ways To Improve the Air Quality In Your Bedroom".

What is the Greenguard Gold certification?

Greenguard certification mark. Source

One of the most stringest third party certifications as a mattress manufacturer to obtain is Greenguard Gold. This certification means that the mattress has been scientfically proven to low chemical emissions such as formaldehyde, phthalates and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). When you step into a new car or freshly painted room, that "chemical" smell is the emissions coming from the VOCs inside the plastic or paint.

Why natural cotton bedding isn't good for your health

Cotton is considered the world's "dirtiest" crop. Why? Because cotton crops use alot of pestcides. In fact, The cotton 25% of the world’s pesticides are used on cotton. So the production of cotton used in your everyday T-shirt, underwear and even your mattress, is not environmentally friendly.

Not only does cotton use huge volumes of pesticides but some of the most hazardous pesticides are used on cotton crops. To give you an idea how hazardous these pesticides can be, some of them were originally developed as toxic nerve gas during the Second World War (Source: Pesticide Action Network North America). These pesticides poison farm workers, kill wildlife and damage the environment.

When making a normal cotton is put into mattresses and other bedding, that same cotton treated with pesticides is then bleached when it is ready for processing.

When you sleep with mattresses, sheets and pillow cases containing non-organic cotton, you are breathing in the residue of those pesticides and bleach! Knowing that makes me feel very uncomfortable in buying a conventional non-organic cotton bedding!!! How does it make you feel?

Why GOTS certified cotton makes a difference

The cotton inside a My Green Mattress is certified as organic by GOTS - the Global Organic Textile Standard. This means...

Image provided courtesy of My Green Mattress

The 70% requirement refers to both the products themselves and the manufacturing processes.

This organic certification for the cotton inside the Pure Echo, Simple Sleep and Natural Escape, should give you confidence that these mattresses are less toxic than a normal mattress and safer to sleep on.

Certified organic cotton

Pure Echo

Natural Escape

Simple Sleep

Quilted top cover

1 inch

1 inch

1 inch


1.5 inches

3 inches


2 inches

Total inches (maximum)

4.5 inches

4 inches

1 inch

% of mattress layer




Table 2 The amount of certified organic cotton inside these 3 My Green Mattresses 


Another part of your buying decision should be knowing where My Green Mattress sources their cotton from. Thankfully, the cotton is harvested in the US, supporting a local business out of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Natural wool cleaned with GOTS certified cleaner

Just like cotton, wool can be full of chemicals. Sheep are "dipped" in chemical baths. And the wool off their back is washed in chemicals. I review many mattresses. I have never come across a company that treats their wool like My Green Mattress.

Before the wool is stuffed into the quilted cover of the Pure Echo, Simple Sleep and Natural Escape mattress, it's washed in an alcohol based detergent. Nothing new there, right? That detergent is GOTS certified organic. Now that is different.

Image provided courtesy of My Green Mattress

The natural wool is only be found in the quilted top cover of the Pure Echo, Simple Sleep and Natural Escape mattresses and it's combined with the certified organic cotton. The maximum amount of wool is therefore only 1 inch for all 3 mattresses in this My Green Mattress review.

Latex is made with no harmful or illegal chemicals 

The My Green Mattress Simple Sleep and Natural Escape contains natural Dunlop latex

Natural latex

Latex foam can be called "natural" or "botanical" by virtue of the latex originating from the sap of a rubber tree.

Latex comes from a rubber tree

Sap from a rubber tree. Source

Synthetic latex

You can also find latex products on the market that are 100% synthetic or blend of natural and latex. 

Beware savvy shopper...mattress manufacturers can label their latex as “natural” even if it contains up to 30% or more of synthetic latex.

100% pure latex

My Green Mattress used latex made from 100% natural rubber. So if having a natural mattress is important to you or you have allergies or chemical sensitivities, I would recommend you buy 100% rubber/natural latex products. If you can afford to upgrade to certified organic latex, even better.

Oeko who?

The natural botanical latex inside the Simple Sleep and Natural Escape is Oeko-Tex certified. This means that there were no harmful or illegal chemicals used in the production of this mattress. If anyone in your family has chemical sensitivities or allergies, this is GREAT news!

If you want more detailed information about the Oeko-Tex certification, watch the video below narrated by a man who sounds like a robot.

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Oeko-tex certification for latex

The best latex for your health would be 100% certified organic but with that comes a higher price tag.

Amount of latex

Pure Echo

Natural Escape

Simple Sleep

100% certified natural Dunlop latex

(comfort layer)

not applicable

3 inches

6 inches

% of mattress layer (maximum)




Table 3 The amount of natural latex inside the 3 mattresses reviewed

My number one tip when buying an organic mattress

Awarded Best Natural Mattress 2016

In 2016, the Sleep Sherpa, Ben Trapskin (well-respected mattress reviewer, named the My Green Mattress Natural Escape his Best Natural Mattress. Here is Ben unboxing the My Green Mattress Natural Escape he bought for his son:

Unboxing the Natural Escape Mattress. Video sourced from

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The Natural Escape mattress named 2016 Best Natural Mattress by Sleep Sherpa, . Image courtesy of My Green Mattress.

How Supportive Are These Mattresses?

Assessing the support and firmness of a mattress is a very individual thing. And there's no point me lying on the mattress on provided my opinion because what is supportive for me may not be supportive to you. So I'm not going to waste your time or mine in providing you with a support rating.

Instead, I will present you with the factors in each mattress which influence your support and depending on your own needs, you can make up your mind whether those factors are important to you or not.

How important are the layers of different materials inside the mattress?

The layering of materials in a mattress delivers the support you are looking for.

Mattress manufacturers deliver that support by varying the thickness of the layers and including different materials within those layers.

How does each layer of material contribute to support when sleeping?

Here is the breakdown of the layers inside the Pure Echo, Natural Escape and Simple Sleep.

My Green Mattress layer collage

Detailed layer view of the Pure Echo. Imges courtesy of My Green Mattress.


Pure Echo*

Natural Escape

Simple Sleep

GOTS Certified organic quilted cover with Eco Wool

1 inch

1 inch

1 inch

Heavy weight certified organic cotton batting

1 inch

not applicable

not applicable

GOTS certified organic natural Dunlop latex

not applicable

3 inches

6 inches

3 zone pocketed coil springs

7 3/4 inches

6 inches

not applicable

Total thickness of mattress

9 3/4 inches

10 inches

7 inches

Density of latex

not applicable



Indentation Load Deflection (ILD)



*One sided Pure Echo is 9 3/4 inches thick in total and the two-sided Pure Echo is 11 inches thick. The Natural Escape and Simple Sleep are only available as a one-sided mattress.

Table 4 The layers inside each mattress affecting support

The Pure Echo has a 1 inch layer of certified organic cotton batting. Batting is a filler material, providing a soft padding that covers the coil springs inside the mattress so they don't poke into you whilst you are sleeping.

Table 5 Detailed description of the layers inside the Pure Echo, Simple Sleep and Natural Escape mattresses

Great support where you need it

How do the pocketed spring coils in the Pure Echo and Natural Escape provide you with support?

How do the pocketed spring coils in the Pure Echo and Natural Escape provide you with support?

How does the thickness of the pocketed coil springs in the Pure Echo and Natural Escape affect how the mattress supports your weight?

Is the hybrid latex inside the Natural Escpae mattress more support than an ordinary latex mattress?

How does the percentage of latex inside the Simple Sleep mattress affect the level of support?

How does the number of pocketed coil springs make a difference to the support provided by these mattresses?

What firmness suits you?

As I have mentioned before in this My Green Mattress review, firmness is such a subjective thing. What is "firm" to me may be completely different to what you describe as "firm". I thought the best way to help you decide if any of the 3 mattresses covered in this review would suit your preferred level of firmness was to go with the consensus of opinion.

I went through all the customer reviews - the people who actually purchased each mattress on and compared them to what is officially provided by in the product description.

The latex inside Simple Sleep. Image provided courtesy of My Green Mattress.

Assessment of firmness of each mattress

Pure Echo*

Natural Escape

Simple Sleep

product description

Medium firm

Medium firm


What buyers/reviewers

say on


Not mentioned in the reviews

* Where 1 is softest and 10 is firmest

Table 6 Firmness comparison for the Pure Echo, Simple Sleep and Natural Escape mattresses

For people with back pain issues it is always best to opt for medium firm mattress. However, please consult your health professional if you do have specific back issues to see if they can recommend the best option for you.

Latex mattresses have another measure of firmness. This is called - mattress geek-out warning - ILD for "Indentation Load Deflection":

  • ILD 35 to 45 is firm
  • ILD 23 to 35 is medium
  • ILD 18 to 22 is plush.

The 3 inch comfort layer of 100% natural Dunlop rubber used in the Natural Escape is considered plush with an ILD of 18-22. One customer who purchased an Natural Escape mattress from said he had a 200 lb frame and found the mattress "firm and supportive." He fell asleep within 10 minutes every night!

The 6 inch comfort layer of 100% natural Dunlop rubber used in the Simple Sleep is considered firm with an ILD of 32-36. "It's firm not hard like a rock" was one customer's review of the Simple Sleep. 

The Pure Echo experienced the most inconsistency with opinion but again, I went with the majority which said "firm".

Suits Side and Back Sleepers best

So after all the information I have provided about support and firmness, which mattress suits your sleeping preference?

Mattresses with springs usually suit a side sleeper or back sleeper better.

If you are a petite back sleeper, a thinner mattress like the Pure Echo would likely provide you with adequate comfort. If you are a side sleeper and a heavier person, a thicker mattress, like the 11.5 inch thick Natural Escape (with lumbar support zones), would be a better fit for support and comfort.

Not sure about which firmness is for you?

You may be hesistating right now thinking, "It's a big investment. I'm not sure whether I want to buy I want a <insert firmness preference here>. How can I be sure that's what i will experience?" And I totally understand your position. If this is you, why don't you take up My Green Mattress the 100 Night Comfort Trial?

Pure Echo

Natural Escape

Simple Sleep

Want to read some reviews on about the support of these mattresses?

Our Comfort Score

How did I calculate the Comfort Score for these My Green Mattresses?

Do these mattresses sleep hot?

The natural wool inside the top cover regulates body temperature. This especially helps people who sleep hot. Since these mattresses contain no synthetic memory foam, this also removes the likelihood you will sleep hot at night.

Mattress freshness

The organic cotton and natural wool top cover provides breathability for the rest of the mattress. This will keep your mattress fresh and odor free. This feature will also keep you cool in hot months and warm in cool months of the year.

The cell structure of latex provides the best option in terms of breathability.

To keep latex mattresses like the Simple Sleep fresh and odorless, it should be topped with natural fibers like cotton and wool rather than treated or synthetic fabrics.

Try and wash your bed linen every 2 weeks as a minimum.


Made from natural rubber, the latex inside the Simple Sleep and Natural Escape prevents the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria inside your mattress.

Do these mattresses smell?

Most buyers have described the smell as natural. Up until the end of 2016, you will read customer reviews on that describe the smell as "barn-like" or "bitter almond".

In late 2016, My Green Mattress made 2 enhancements to the natural wool to minimize this natural smell:

  • They changed suppliers. Instead of importing the wool from New Zealand, they now source the wool within the United States;
  • They wash the wool in a GOTS-certified cleaner.

If you do live in a climate like Florida, you may find the humidity can bring out a natural wool odor. Unlike foam mattresses, the smell will take far less than 48 hours to disappear. If you live in a dry climate find this natural odor unpleasant, My Green Mattress recommends you air the mattress in the sun for a day before you sleep on it.

The bounce factor and sex

With more latex than that Natural Escape, the Simple Sleep has more bounce. And bounce helps when manoeuvring during sex and makes it more comfortable.

If you are tossing up between the Simple Sleep/Natural Escape or a memory foam mattress, consider this...when sleeping on latex, it bounces back immediately. We are talking bounce like a rubber call! It's the same raw material (rubber). This contrasts to memory foam, which takes more time to regain its shape and it has very little bounce factor.

Motion transfer

The impact of the latex

Here’s Ben from Sleep Sherpa demonstrating how much bounce you will get with the My Green Mattress Natural Escape with 3 inches of 100% natural Dunlop latex and the Simple Sleep with 6 inches of 100% natural Dunlop latex. When look at the video, look at how little of that bounce motion gets transferred across to the stationary bowling ball.

The action starts 13 seconds into the video. Video sourced from

The impact of the pocketed coil springs

Some of you may have experience with an innerspring coil mattress.

Compared to a pocketed coil system, the innerspring will transfer motion across the mattress as someone gets in/out of bed or rolls around. There's a chance this could disturb your sleep.

The reason this motion transfer doesn't happen with pocketed coils is because each coil spring is separate and not joined together. As the name suggests, the coil springs are wrapped individually in a fabric pocket or sock.

More bounce with a latex mattresses vs. memory foam mattress. Image sourced from

Memory foam also holds onto your body temperature. That's why you may have heard that memory foam "sleeps hot". As your body temperature heats up the mattress, it's support can melt away as well.

Innerspring coil system

Pocketed coil system

Each innerpring coil is tied together with a wire. When your weight compresses one section of the mattress, it impacts other sections of the mattress as well.

Each pocketed coil is individually wrapped and seperate from each other. When your weight compresses a few springs, it doesn't transfer that motion to other parts of the mattress.

Individually creating and wrapping each spring coil does mean that mattresses made with pocketed coil springs are more expensive than innerspring mattresses. However, if you are after a really comfortable mattress with minimum motion transfer, you would be willing to pay extra for the positive impact this would have on your sleeping experience.

A selection of conical coil springs. 

Does padding around the springs make a difference?

The coil springs inside the Pure Echo are covered with a certified soft organic cotton padding called batting. The batting stops the springs from sticking into your body and making you feel uncomfortable.

How Can You Make Your Mattress Last Longer?

Your average mattress should be replaced every 10 years.

Here are some factors that will help keep your mattress in shape for the long term:

  • Designed for bounce and resiliency, the 100% natural Dunlop rubber latex inside the Simple Sleep (6 inches) and Natural Escape (3 inches) will minimize sagging compared to other mattresses;
  • To extend the life of your one-sided mattress, simply spin the mattress from head to toe every month (view video);
  • The natural wool in the cover of the Pure Echo, Simple Sleep and Natural Escape , will help keep the mattress in shape for the long term.

Since natural and organic mattresses can be a significant investment, I recommend you purchase a mattress protector. This will also make your mattress last longer.

How to keep your mattress fresh

Consumer Reports have done a video which shows a natural way to keep your mattresses refreshed.

For something simpler, take a look at these non toxic, biodegradable and naturally-derived ingredients:

These fabric fresheners have not been tested on animals.

Who Makes The Mattress?

Suffering with eczema and allergies, Tim Master's little girl struggled to sleep at night. She coughed. She sneezed. She scratched. A loving husband and father as well as owner of My Green Mattress, Tim found it difficult to buy a low allergen mattress that he could afford. Is this the situation that you face now? If you want a hypoallergenic mattress, Tim created these his mattresses with your needs in mind.

My Green Mattress is a family affair. Pictured is Tim and his family. Image courtesy of My Green Mattress

About the company

Better For The Environment

Another great reason to consider this type of mattress is its lower impact on the environment. 

Most mattresses last about 10 years, so what happens to all those materials after you’re done with it? A mattress made with more organic and natural materials is designed to break down more and harm the environment less.

In choosing the Dunlop process to make their natural latex, My Green Mattress uses less energy during the manufacture of the Escape mattress. And this is better for the environment.

Your mattress arrives rolled up inside shrink-wrap. Image courtesy of My Green Mattress.

Handcrafted Mattresses Are Very Rare

Something that is very unique to My Green Mattress: they use a multi-needle quilter to quilt all the fabrics by hand. That's right, by hand! That's old-world craftsmanship. The cotton and wool layers are added to the coils, covered and then closed.

CEO Tim Masters closing a mattress by hand in his Illinois factory. Image courtesy of My Green Mattress.
The McMasters children Rylee, Kyle, Cindy, Madelyn, Megan. Image courtesy of My Green Mattress.

10 Year Warranty

My Green Mattress offers a 10-year warranty on all their mattresses. This is more or less considered the life of a mattress since most companies recommend you change mattresses at least every 10 years.

​This warranty will cover any product related defects due to either materials or manufacturing. You should know that some sagging is to be expected in all mattresses. So, this warranty only covers sagging greater than 1.5 inches (that’s fairly standard industry-wide).

Tips on how not to void your warranty​

For best and lasting support and performance, all the My Green Mattresses are designed to lie on a flat and firm surface. Consider a platform bed, foundation bed with no coils or a bed with slats no more than 3 inches between each slat. My Green Mattress warns buyers that putting their mattress on the wrong surface could void their generous 10 years warranty.

Where Is the Best Place to Purchase My Green Mattress?

Amazon is an e-commerce platform that is safe and well-known.

If you order your My Green Mattress through Amazon, shipping is free within the United States.

Ordering your My Green Mattress through Amazon means you also benefit from a 30-day easy return policy. Should there be any disputes between you and My Green Mattress, Amazon can act as an intermediary to return your mattress.

You can use your no annual fee Amazon store card. Amazon is currently offering finance on the higher priced Echo Luxe. No interest will be charged if you pay the selling price in full within 12 months. run specials on the My Green Mattress suite of mattresses.

The Unboxing Experience

How is the mattress shipped?

You might think that shipping an entire mattress is a real hassle. But to ship these products, My Green Mattress rolls and compresses your mattress so that it is easy to ship. That means whether you live in a house or an apartment, your My Green Mattress will always fit through your front door.

Watch Tim demonstrate their new roll packing machine: the fun really starts at 00:49 into the video.

Shipping is usually handled through UPS or FedEx.

Unpacking tips and tricks

My Green Mattress recommends the following 5 steps to opening your new My Green Mattress.


One tip I will provide from a customer who bought their Pure Echo mattress from Amazon is: you should open your My Green Mattress in the room where you plan on sleeping. 

The mattress will expand quickly so make sure you have enough room for it to expand (and personally getout out of the way)!!!

Watch the video on how to unroll a small mattress.

All you have to do is open the mattress and let it naturally return to its proper form.

One of the nice bonuses from My Green Mattress is that they use a pocketed spring system for support. That means that you do not have to wait up to 48 hours for your mattress to return to form like you do with many other memory foam mattresses.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I try any of these mattresses before you buy?

Do I need a box spring or a platform?

Which mattress protector is best to use?

I want to buy my mattress on but it's sold by a company called The Quality Sleep Shop. Can I trust them?

When organizes delivery of my new My Green Mattress, will they collect my old mattress?

My Verdict

There are 4 main reasons the My Green Mattresses I’ve reviewed in this post would be "just right" for you.

You are concerned about the toxins and chemicals you and your family could be exposed to by sleeping on an everyday mattress.

You or someone in your family suffers from allergies, breathing issues or chemical sensitivities that affect their sleep.

You are looking for a mattress that is not only healthy but provides comfort and support regardless of whether you are an individual, couple or family.

You are looking for a mattress that is better for your health and priced affordably.

Ready to buy?

Pure Echo

Natural Escape

Simple Sleep


All the My Green Mattresses images used in this post were provided courtesy of My Green Mattress.

I hope you have found my review useful.

May the zzzzzz's be with you,                                                                                         Michelle

 Michelle Henry 

 Editor and owner,

Better Bed Solutions 

My favorite pajamas have pink cup cakes on them. I'd love to average 7 hours a sleep a night but have 2 children under 5! Our dog Lucy snores the loudest in our bedroom. We sleep on a queen-sized Certi-PUR certified memory foam mattress.





















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My Blog - June 16, 2017 Reply

WOW just what I was searching for. I didn’t realize there was such a wide range of mattresses made with natural and organic and natural materials, When you have allergies, it’s really important to know what is inside a mattress.

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