August 2020

Vegan Mattress Buying Guide: chemical free & hand made plant based mattresses

Vegan mattresses are the latest trend to hit the online mattress world and this guide is here to help you avoid buying a poor quality vegan friendly bed. Vegan options in retail have increased phenomenally in recent years with everything from restaurant menus to shoe options now having vegan alternatives. However, the mattress world has been relatively stuck in the past when it comes to natural vegan mattress options. Many options are simply cheap foam. If you're a vegan or someone who cares about the impact animal products have on the planet then your new mattress choice will be really important to you.

Trying to find a Vegan mattress can be a minefield. More often than not the search results and stores will just point you to a synthetic memory foam mattress or a mattress primarily filled with chemically manufactured polyester. Hardly the most attractive or advanced vegan mattress upholstery fillings. Which can make choosing a new vegan mattress really difficult.

artisan latex vegan mattress
Click to view out 100% Natural Vegan Mattress

Did you know there’s now a huge selection of plant-based upholstery fibres meaning your Vegan mattress choice can now rival traditional fibres and construction methods? Meaning you no longer need to compromise on comfort in your search for a perfect vegan mattress. If you’re looking for an entirely animal-free vegan mattress choice then you have come to the right place. We have a number of vegan mattress options to suit your budget and bedtime comfort preferences without an animal fibre in sight!

How to choose a Vegan Mattress

What should I look for in a Vegan mattress?

When looking for a Vegan mattress you should have the same high standards as when looking for a traditional mattress.

You’re going to be looking for:

  • The right support unit for your bodyweight
  • Then comfort layers to give the bed the overall ‘feel’
  • Upholstery layers that are either plant-based or synthetic

The issue is that many mattress makers are trying to cash in on the rise of Veganism and are simply offering their cheaper synthetic models as ‘Vegan-Friendly’. It’s a bit like a Vegan cafe menu that only has one item on it! We are different in that we have actively been researching to source the best natural plant fibres. So that you have a true comparative option to the other natural fibre mattresses.

We’ve road-tested these to create a Vegan mattress that compares with the best of the Natural fibre mattress models out there. In fact, we would go so far as to say it hands down beats all of the other ‘Vegan’ mattress options currently available.

Artisan 1500 side panel
Click to view our 100% Natural Vegan Mattress Model. Chemical Free & 100% Plant Based

Vegan Mattress Upholstery Options

Part of the problem in finding a non-animal fibre mattress is that mattress manufacturers have been really slow to uptake plant fibres into their mattresses. There’s a whole host of plant fibres, some of which have been used for centuries, which allow mattress manufacturers to make animal-free mattresses. We have listed the plant fibres that can currently be used below. Though looking around at the bed sellers hardly any of these are used at the moment in mattress manufacturers.

Plant fibres offer a Vegan alternative to animal fibres

Plant fibres such as Flax, Coir and Hemp have been used for centuries as resilient natural textiles. However, they are still relatively unused by many mattress manufacturers who prefer cheaper more readily available synthetic foam alternatives. We’ve been using plant fibres for some time now in our handmade mattress range.

They offer a breathable resilient quality to mattress upholstery that far outperforms polyester and foams. They also can help you move away from plastic fibres in vegan mattresses. Plant fibres also help the environment as they store carbon compared to the high carbon usage in foam production.

Are you aware that nearly all Vegan beds are polyester or chemical foam based?
Are you aware that nearly all Vegan beds are polyester or chemical foam based?
Don't you deserve a quality vegan mattress that's 100% natural?
Don't you deserve a quality vegan mattress that's 100% natural?
The Artisan Latex one of the UK's only Plant Based Vegan Mattress
Why settle for man made foam based mattresses?

This entirely Plant Fibre-based Vegan latex mattress takes comfort and responsibility to the next level. With very few true Vegan mattresses on this market, we have designed this model to use the best Natural Plant Fibres and Latex to bring you the perfect nights sleep. If you have allergies with animal fibres then the Artisan Latex provides an alternative that’s entirely plant-based.

Unlike boxed foam mattresses such as Casper, Eve, Simba Leesa and Made this model contains no synthetic foams or man-made polyester. Just 100% Natural plant fibres. Boxed foam mattresses claim to be Vegan friendly but this is because they are using man made foam, so whilst true its an entirely chemically synthetic product.

Containing Coir Coconut fibre, Organic Flax, Talalay latex, Rebound Cotton and Natural Bamboo this mattress provides deep comfort for the sleeper. The comfort layers are responsive to the sleeper wanting a cushioning sink before the 1500 Pocket spring unit provides the support. We’ve topped this off with a Chemical-free Damask cover.

Our Artisan Latex Vegan mattress is a two-sided mattress meaning you can use both sides of the mattress, unlike memory foam or boxed rolled mattresses. 2-sided mattresses have a far longer life span than cheaper foam beds.

This model comes with a full 10-year guarantee.

Artisan Latex Vegan Mattress
Artisan Latex Vegan Mattress
1 200GSM Bamboo Fibre
2 1500GSM Rebound Cotton
3 3cm Talalay Latex (Graphite Free)
4 450GSM Organic Flax Fibre
5 1000GSM Coconut Coir Fibre as the insulator
6 1500 Calico Encased Vanadium Coated Pocket Springs (Soft, Medium or Firm Tension Choices)
7 Total GSM: 3150
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Checkout our Vegan Mattress in more detail

Alternative Vegan Mattresses made in the UK

If you’re looking for a Vegan mattress then here at John Ryan we have a number of options to suit your budget and comfort preferences. If you can’t stretch to the 100% Plant Fibre Artisan Latex then we have some other options which rival or outperform the other vegan mattresses on the market. Our alternative is the Origins Reflex which is a firmer feel. This is still a hand made Pocket spring mattresses with generous fillings of polyester and man-made fibres.

Origins Reflex mattress on Cocktail Walnut Base
Click to view our Origins Reflex Vegan Mattress

If you’re looking for a Latex Vegan mattress then our Fusion range are made entirely out of 100% Natural Dunlop Latex with no animal fibres.

Click to view our 100% Natural Latex Mattresses: All of which are suitable for Vegans

What’s wrong with using foam for a Vegan mattress?

Many boxed mattresses such as Casper, Eve & Simba state they are Vegan-friendly mattresses. Which whilst technically true, doesn’t necessarily mean their one size fits all mattress models will be entirely suitable for your individual sleeping needs. This is especially true if you’re a hot sleeper or need to move quickly during the night.  ie if you have a sport or back injury where you frequently need to turn during the night. The issue with having to choose foam for your Vegan mattress choice is two-fold.

  1. Firstly foam mattresses are incredibly hot, they actively retain heat meaning that your bed can soon become a furnace in the warmer months.
  2. The second issue is that most foam mattresses are only one-sided. Meaning that you can’t turn the mattress to even out wear, You’re effectively buying a mattress with half the life span of a traditional two-sided mattress.

You will notice that 99% of all Vegan mattresses out there are relying on Polyester as their main fibre which, whilst technically Vegan-friendly, is man-made and synthetic. When searching for a Vegan mattress you’re probably wanting to stick to natural fibres as much as possible. The benefit of natural fibres is that they are far more breathable and resilient when compared to polyester and foams which compress far quicker. Just because you’re a vegan doesn’t mean you need to settle for synthetic upholstery which seriously limits your choices.

Polyester is often used as a Vegan-friendly fibre but is man-made unlike Plant Fibres
By limiting your options to foam only you're going to struggle to really find a truly suitable mattress. It also means you're relying on man-made synthetic foams in your mattress when there's a mix of wonderful plant fibres out there to choose from! There's plenty of Vegan mattresses being sold on the internet but what they don't tell you is they are entirely synthetic and are at the cheaper end of the mattress scale. Just because you're a vegan doesn't mean you should be limited to a mattress containing chemicals that are entirely synthetic. That's why we have spent years finding the very best Plant-based Natural fibres for the UK's only 100% Plant-based vegan mattress.
What they don’t tell you is their vegan models are entirely synthetic and are usually made of heat retentive foam or polyester

Shopping for a vegan-friendly bed can be confusing. If you know how to avoid cheap mass-produced foam you’re on your way to finding your perfect ethical nights sleep. Plant fibres offer you the Luxury of Natural Fibres without resorting to cheaper polyester. We understand that your budget will dictate the type of vegan fibres you can choose in a mattress but hope this article has helped shed some light on vegan mattresses. Wherever possible Natural Fibres should be chosen as they far outperform synthetic man-made alternatives. They are also less damaging to the environment making them a far more ethical choice.

So if you’re looking for a Vegan mattress to suit you why not get in touch with our small friendly team who can assist? If you’ve struggled to find a suitable Vegan mattress why not let us know and we can help.

You can call our small expert team on 0161 437 4419 or if you prefer to email why not get in touch with the form below?

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