Sleep Goes Green

Mattresses made of natural latex are starting to bounce out of specialty stores and into the mainstream


A cross section of Green Sleep's Vimala mattress, layered for firmness.

After Cecile Langelier started experiencing sleep-depriving aches from her new gardening ventures at home in Corning, Calif., last year, she and her partner Dennis Nelson decided the best balm might be a better mattress. Little did they know it would be made out of natural latex. "There was a support and softness that can only be described as being in my mother's arms," says Langelier, a former organizational-development consultant. "It was like lying down on a cloud."

The cost of this piece of paradise--a king-size mattress manufactured by Viv├Ętique under its Natural Bedroom brand, which the couple bought last fall in...

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